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What To Do This Weekend: Oct 14-15

Learn about spiders, visit a cranberry bog, and celebrate pollinators this weekend at Mass Audubon.

Celebrate pollinators at Drumlin Farm

Berkshires

Browse a beautiful collection of nature photography at Art in the Barn in Lenox. Over 4,000 entries were submitted to the Mass Audubon’s Picture This: Your Great Outdoors photo contest and the 2016 winning images will be displayed in the Barn at Pleasant Valley. (all ages)

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Connecticut River Valley

The fall colors of Graves Farm are a wonderful backdrop for your nature photography. Photographer and naturalist John Green will teach you how to take advantage of natural lighting and improve your photographs at Photographing Fall Colors at Graves Farm. He’ll also discuss how not to disturb wildlife in their natural setting, which makes getting the perfect picture much easier. (adults, registration required)

The land is a storybook with many chapters. Hike Laughing Brook’s longest trail and look for clues of animal activity and natural history changes, at Reading the Landscape at Laughing Brook in Hampden. (adults, registration required)

Canoe the Arcadia Marsh and explore the surrounding watershed on a leisurely canoe trip, enjoying the fall foliage and learning about the wildlife that inhabits the area and ever-changing landscape. (adults and children ages 9+, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Learn All About Fall Fungi at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester and look for brittle-gills, milk mushrooms, waxy-caps, puffballs, and the honey mushroom. We’ll add our discoveries to the Broad Meadow Brook fungi inventory. (adults, registration required)

Leaf Peepers Family Program is a wonderful opportunity to connect with nature with the kids. Gather colorful leaves on a walk through Wachusett Meadow in Princeton and learn how to identify trees. Back at the Nature Center, there’ll be a fun leaf craft waiting for you. (all ages, registration required)

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Greater Boston

Celebrate all things pollinator during a visit to Drumlin Farm this Saturday for Pollinator Day. Create a fun pollinator craft to take home and visit vendors showcasing felting, candles, beeswax, lip balm, lotions and more. You’ll also get to meet a beekeeper, learn how to garden for pollinators, and taste honey. (all ages)

They may be creepy, but spiders are also nature’s bug zappers and help to control bug populations. Find out more and investigate the trails in Mattapan at Spider Web Walk. (families with children 5 and up)

Experience Moose Hill’s Vernal Pool Quest and follow clues, find quest markers, and discover the beauty of the trail this weekend. Family Quest Walk is a fun scavenger hunt activity and an engaging way to get outside with the family. (families with children 5+, registration required)

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South of Boston

The tart cranberry was a staple of the people of the First Nations, and its cultivation has played an influential part in our local history. Visit an abandoned bog to learn about ecological succession and more at Cranberry Bog Tour and Bake Fest in Marshfield. You’ll finish the in the kitchen to bake an assortment of yummy cranberry treats. (adults, registration required)

Attleboro Springs comes alive at night at their fun, non-scary, Halloween Spooktacular. Walk through pumpkin lit trails to see forest inhabitants that share natural history facts through fun skits and stories. Check out the games station and bake sale for more fun and treats. (all ages, registration required)

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Cape Cod and the Islands

John Kricher, author and Professor of Biology at Wheaton College, will be presenting a wide-ranging talk at Long Pasture in Barnstable. Among other things The Trade Off will contrast the lives, ecology, and natural history of long-distance migrant passerine birds, the orioles, tanagers, thrushes, flycatchers, and wood-warblers, with passerines that are permanent residents of lowland tropical forests. (adults, registration required)

Get ready for Thanksgiving with native cranberries that you pick! The Hunt for Red October at Sandy Neck beach will have you searching through the dunes for freshwater cranberry wetlands. Learn about wetland ecology and have an opportunity to pick some for yourself. (adults and children ages 6 and up, registration required)

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North Shore

All spiders spin silk, but not all make webs to catch their prey. How does a spider spin a web and not get caught in it? Come and find out the other ways these fascinating little animals use their magic threads during Spooky Spiders. (adults and children ages 3+, registration required)

The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island attracts an amazing variety of migrating birds. Learn to identify species by field marks, behavior, vocalizations, and habitat at Fall Migrant Birds of Plum Island. (adults, registration required)

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What To Do This Weekend: Oct 7-8

Make a collage, visit a bird banding station, tag monarchs, attend a Fall Fair, enjoy a paddle, and more, this weekend.

Monarch tagging at Allens Pond

Connecticut River Valley

At an elevation of 1,800 feet, Hawley Bog resembles the cold bogs of Canada, despite being conveniently located in northwestern Massachusetts. During Hawley Bog in the Fall visit the pristine peatland and present opportunities to see three types of Massachusetts carnivorous plants: sundew, pitcher plant, and bladderwort. (adults, registration required)

Do you enjoy the forest but wish you knew more about the trees? Then you’ll enjoy learning how to identify our native oaks by their leaves, acorns, bark, and growth habits as part of Introduction to the Oaks at Arcadia in Eathampton. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Beavers are busy this time of year, prepping lodges and dams for the winter and starting to cache food. Paddle Wachusett Meadow’s Wildlife Pond in Princeton to look for evidence of their handiwork, learn some beaver ecology, and see if you can spot them on the pond during Beavers by Canoe. (families with children ages 5+, registration required)

Explore the sanctuary grounds in search of birds during Saturday Morning Bird Walk for casual and novice birders alike. Discover the immense variety of birdlife that exists at Broad Meadow Brook’s large urban wildlife sanctuary in Worcester. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

If you’re inspired by the beauty of nature and are looking for a unique way to express yourself artistically, you’ll love the Landscape Collage Workshop at Ipswich River in Topsfield. Each participant will create a collage that can be matted and framed, made into a card, or placed in a scrapbook, using papers of varying colors, patterns, and textures. (adults, registration required)

Sunday is Family Day at the Bird Banding Station on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport. Watch Mass Audubon scientists capture, measure, weigh, examine, and release migrant songbirds. Learn about migration, habitat use, and scientific research at a real field station. (families with children ages 6+, registration required)

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Greater Boston

Celebrate Fall this weekend at Stony Brook’s 39th Annual Fall Fair and Wood Duck Derby in Norfolk. You’ll explore a field full of crafters selling their handmade wares, see animal presentations, listen to music, and more. (all ages)

Fall-blooming native wildflowers are the swan song of the growing season with their explosion of asters, goldenrods, and many others. Wildflowers of Fall with Drumlin Farm at Garden in the Woods in Framingham is your chance to get a quick introduction to these seasonal favorites. (adults, registration required)

This year, the Blue Hills Trailside Museum’s Annual Fall Festival & Yard Sale‘s theme is “change”. See the changes that occur in nature as the days get shorter and leaves change color, while making apple cider, enjoying art exhibits, crafts, and food trucks at this fun event for the whole family. (all ages)

Coyotes now reside in almost every U.S. state and can even thrive in large cities like Boston. During Howl do you do?  learn about these playful creatures and how to coexist with them peacefully at the Boston Nature Center. (adults and children ages 5+, registration required)

From telephoto lenses to macro to wide angle, there are so many options for you to capture the beauty of fall foliage. Fall Colors Photography Workshop at Broadmoor in Natick is a great chance to work on your nature photography skills with the pro Ethan Gordon, award winning photojournalist. (adults, registration required)

Send your kids on a butterfly art safari in the Museum of American Bird Art’s meadow and pollinator garden as part of Claymazing Butterflies and the Wildflower Meadow. Learn about butterflies, look at a caterpillar chrysalis under a digital microscope, and explore the meadow looking for caterpillars and butterflies. After, we’ll return to the pottery studio to create a flower and butterfly out of clay. (children ages 7-10, registration required)

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South of Boston

At Saturday Morning on the Pond  at Daniel Webster in Marshfied, use dip nets to catch dragonfly nymphs, discover the unique adaptations of caddisfly larva, and help conduct water tests to learn what the pond environment needs to stay healthy. (families with children ages 4+, registration required)

Oak Knoll’s Family Nature Hike in Attleboro highlights fall foliage. This guided hike is a great way to learn about local flora and fauna and answer all of your nature questions. (adults and children ages 3+, registration required)

Monarch Tagging at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth will give you a closer look at these delicate creatures and their migratory patterns. (adults and children ages 5+, registration required)

Go on a Kayak Exploration and paddle the extensive tidal creeks of Duxbury Marsh. The focus will be on saltmarsh ecology and coastal birds as we wind our way through this essential ecosystem. (adults, registration required)

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Cape Cod

During Bird Research in Action! at Wellfleet Bay, meet James and the rest of the bird banding team to learn about banding methods and the information gathered from this research. You will likely get to see live birds up-close and observe the banding process. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

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What To Do This Weekend: Sept 30-Oct 1

Go birding, practice yoga, tag monarchs, enjoy a foliage paddle, learn how to grow mushrooms, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

North Shore

Search for birds in one of the best year-round birding locations in the country. Newburyport and the surrounding vicinity make Saturday Morning Birding a program you won’t want to miss. (adults)

Dead in Good Company: A Celebration of Mount Auburn Cemetery is a collection of short essays, poems, and photographs by well-known local authors, birders, and dignitaries who describe the history and their special connections to this beautiful Cambridge cemetery. Co-editors John Harrison and Kim Nagy will be presenting at Ipswich River in Topsfield on how the book came to be, and the resident wildlife living in the area.  (adults, registration required)

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Greater Boston

Have a teen interested in wildlife care and conservation? They can gain hands-on experience working with the Wildlife Care staff as a member or Drumlin Farm’s Wildlife Biologists Club in Lincoln. Explore habitats, collect data, and work on real protection projects, while having fun and making friends at the same time. (teens, registration required)

Join Broadmoor in Natick this weekend for a Fall Foliage Morning Canoe on the Charles. You’ll travel on one of the most beautiful stretches of the Charles River and watch for wildlife found all along the edges. (adults, registration required)

Expand your stock of home grown food by learning simple and advanced techniques for growing your own gourmet mushrooms. Boston Nature Center’s Growing Food: Mushrooms in the Garden covers three different types of mushroom cultivation and best practices. In the end, you’ll go home with an inoculated log or bag, which will go on to yield tasty, homegrown treats. (adult, registration required)

Blue Hills Trailside Director Norman Smith will lead a day hike of hawk watching and banding, while sharing stories and natural history knowledge accumulated during his 40 years of research. Hawk Migration at Chickatawbut Hill is a perfect opportunity to observe raptors without travelling far from the city. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

How do you tag a delicate monarch butterfly for research? Come to Monarch Tagging at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth to find out, along with more information about these beautiful creatures and the scientific investigations that go into understanding their migration. (adults and children 5+, registration required)

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Cape Cod and the Islands

Mass Audubon’s Betrand Chair of Natural History and Field Ornithology Joan Walsh addresses sea level rise, forest communities, migration timing, insect populations, and more in State of the Birds 3: The Effects of Climate Change Presentation at Wellfleet Bay. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Peaceful and beautiful Wachusett Meadow is the perfect back drop for relaxation and grounding. Connect with yourself and nature at this weekend’s all levels Yoga at Wachusett Meadow class. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

High Ledges in Shelburne contains more than 400 species of hardwood plants within the diverse habitats of forest, open fields, beaver ponds, and ledge outcrops found onsite. Explore the new Wolf Den Trail and savor peak foliage season with spectacular views of Mount Greylock and the Deerfield River Valley at Autumn at High Ledges. (adults, registration required)

Enjoy the fall foliage while paddling at Canoeing the Arcadia Marsh, Connecticut River, and Mill River. You’ll also learn about the wildlife that inhabits these areas and the ever-changing landscape. (adults and children ages 9+, registration required)

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Berkshires

Hike to the summit of Lenox Mountain at this next installment of the Berkshire Summit Hiking Series. You’ll follow trails through northern hardwood and hemlock forests while looking for signs of wildlife and learning about the native trees and shrubs. From the top, you’ll take in a 50-mile view, at an elevation of 2,2126 feet. (adults, registration required)

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What To Do This Weekend Sept 23-24

Stargazing, kayaking, camping out, and quality family time; this weekend just keeps getting better and better. Check out just a sampling of what sanctuaries have planned.

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Berkshires

Herons, loons, and beavers, oh my! See these, and other wildlife, at a Naturalist Guided Canoe Trip at October Mountain State Forest’s large secluded lake. Explore the coves and inlets of the lake before going ashore to eat a snack, visit plant communities, and search for more signs of wildlife. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Spend your weekend Exploring Ice Glen Ravine in Stockbridge, a truly unique land-form. Carved by past glaciers, the ravine is  filled with magnificent boulders and giant hemlocks estimated to be more that 275 years old. (adults, registration required).

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Central Massachusetts

If you are between the ages of 3 and 5, bring your favorite adult and come to Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester for a fun filled hour of story, activity, and a nature walk. Preschool Story Hour will be especially great this weekend for those that love ladybugs. (families, registration required)

Are you counting steps or miles to improve your daily health and wellness? The peaceful and beautiful trails at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton are a terrific alternative to treadmills and dodging traffic on roadways. Step Into Nature is good for the body, and soul. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

During Family Campouts: River Camping at Ipswich River in Topsfield, take an evening canoe trip on Ipswich River, cook s’mores by the fire, and play fun games. After a sleeping in your tent, wake up to round two in the morning with more adventures and activities as family. (families, registration required)

Do good this weekend by helping to keep beaches clean. COASTSWEEP engages thousands of volunteers annually in cleaning Massachusetts shorelines and riverbanks across the state. For the Joppa Flats’ COASTSWEEP project, pick up trash from Plum Island beaches, the north end to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and Sandy Point State Reservation. (all ages)

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Greater Boston

Explore the ponds looking for ducks and geese, learn about what makes them so well adapted for life on the water, and meet one of our resident waterfowl up close during Chickadee Birders: Duck, Duck, Goose at Drumlin Farm. (families, registration required)

Enjoy the beauty of autumn and the start of leaf change along the Charles river with Broadmoor in Natick. Fall Foliage Family Canoe is a great chance to relax and watch for animals in and around the river, while bonding with family. (families, registration required)

Discover some of the unique adaptations of owls, practice owl calls, and meet some of Blue Hill Trailside Museum’s resident owls at Family Screech Owl Prowl in Milton. End this fun and unique event with a night hike to search for owls and other nocturnal life. (adults and children ages 6+ registration required)

Listen to a nature-themed story and then join a teacher naturalist for a short walk around the trails to learn about the resident animals and plants that call the the Boston Nature Center Home at Nature Story Hour. (families, registration required)

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South of Boston

A gong bath is like a very deep and lasting massage, that tunes the physical body and soul to the greatest possible resonance. Try something new this weekend by checking out Autumnal Equinox Gong Bath at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth. You’ll leave feeling recharged, reset, and relaxed. (adults, registration required)

Head to Daniel Webster for Saturday at the Pond. Use dip nets to catch dragonfly nymphs, discover the unique adaptations of caddisfly larva, and help conduct water tests to learn what the pond environment needs to stay healthy. (families, registration required)

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Cape Cod and the Islands

With its cool, long nights and the Milky Way arching overhead, September is an ideal time to become acquainted with the wonders of the heavens. September Skies at Long Pasture in Barnstable is an introduction to stargazing that will teach you to read star charts, become familiar with telescopes, and knowledgeably observe the night sky. (adults and children ages 12+, registration required)

Mainland Cape Cod’s most isolated coastline, Great Island, is a 6-mile barrier beach and island system separating Cape Cod Bay from Wellfleet Bay. You mission is to paddle out of the Herring River basin and along the glacial bluffs of Great Island with a rest stop at the southern tip. In this weekend’s Kayak Trip, you’ll take an extended adventure along winding tidal rivers, quiet bays, and scenic marshes. (adults and children ages 12+)

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What To Do This Weekend: Sept 16-17

Capture the beginnings of  a beautiful season with photography, exploration, and harvest celebrations this weekend.

Cape Cod and the Islands

Have you ever wondered how researchers catch and monitor birds for their studies? You can hear from experts about songbird migration first-hand at Wellfleet Bay’s bird banding station in Bird Research in Action. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

Witness the the treacherous journey made by terrapin hatchlings from their sandy dune nests to the safety of the marsh. These quarter-sized newborns are on the move this weekend at Hiking for Terrapin Hatchlings on Sandy Neck. (all ages)

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Greater Boston

The Audubon Shop at Drumlin Farm is hosting its annual Optics Fair on Saturday. Meet professionals from top optics manufacturers and Mass Audubon members will receive exceptional discounts on binoculars, spotting scopes, and tripods.

Enjoy the sweet reward of spinning honey comb as we reach the end of beekeeping season. You’ll find out why bees collect honey, where it’s stored, personally extract honey, and enjoy a small take home jar for yourself at Boston Nature Center’s Honey Harvest. (adults and children ages 5, registration required)

Learn how the geology of Moose Hill in Sharon is helpful to the growth of some plant species, yet discourages the presence of others. Can invasives really grow anywhere or are they selective about their soil type? Come find out at Wildflowers, Invasive Plants, and the Geology of Moose Hill. (adults, registration required)

Drumlin Farm has been alive with growth and activity this summer and it’s time to enjoy all the hard work at Fall Harvest Day. Come and enjoy cooking demonstrations, tastings, a tour of our fields, garden activities, and up-close encounters with the animals of Drumlin. (all ages)

As New England relaxes into autumn, beautiful fields of flowers and colorful leaf topped trees are just ramping up. Capture the “golden hour” soft lighting of a sunset in the great outdoors at Autumn Photography: Colors and Landscapes at Broadmoor in Natick. (adults, registration required)

Bring your child to Stony Brook in Norfolk this weekend to enjoy crafts, activities, and trails, while learning about Monarch Butterflies and Fall Bird Migration in Tiny Trekkers. (families, registration required)

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North Shore

Can you find the hidden natural treasures at Ipswich River with just a compass and a map? Find out how to find north, count paces, and hunt for treasure at this weekend’s Map and Compass Treasure Hunt in Topsfield. (adults and children ages 7+ registration required)

Summer may have ended but Joppa Flat’s 110 gallon tide pool touch tank is still filled with exciting marine life. Come visit and Meet Beach Creatures in the Fall to see for yourself, special features included for children. (adults, children ages 2+)

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Central Massachusetts

Hey Day at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton is sure to be your favorite fall event of the season. Enjoy cider pressing, hayrides, farm animals, pumpkin painting, and free pony rides. In addition, there will be fresh and delicious cider, baked goods, and produce, (all ages)

Fall fungi, aka mushrooms, are among the most diverse organisms we know of. Learn About Fall Fungi in Worcester and the unique quirks that this organism contains. Seek out different species and add them to the Broad Meadow Brook fungi inventory. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Late summer fields and roadsides are dominated by yellow-colored goldenrods and pastel-colored asters. These beautiful wildflowers are a staple in New England flora. You’ll find out how to identify features of these composites and enjoy a walk at the sanctuary at Asters and Goldenrods at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. (adults, registration required)

Get the basics of nature photography just in time to photograph the beauty of fall in the Connecticut River Valley Intro To Digital Photography at Laughing Brook in Hampden. Here, naturalist and photographer Kevin Kopchynski discusses the best practices for exposure, focus, and technique so you leave with a wealth of knowledge and beautiful photographs. (adults, registration required)

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Berkshires

From Iron Ore to Orioles at Pleasant Valley in Lenox offers a fascinating ecological history of the Berkshires landscape – a story of massive change and recovery. Visit various landscapes to see how charcoal, lime, glass and iron industries impacted native forests and wildlife. (adults, registration required)

Fall Birding at Lime Kiln Farm in Sheffield will explore the trails and watch for warblers, sparrows, thrushes, and other birds. We’re currently in the height of fall migration so these birding opportunities are ones you won’t want to miss. (adults)

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What To Do This Weekend: Sept 9-10

The trees are starting to turn, hawks are migrating, and the outdoor activities are getting better and better.

Monarch Butterflies, Photo by Tom Murray

Berkshires

Paddle across one of the Berkshire’s most beautiful lakes in search of eagles, herons, ravens, and a variety of songbirds on a Naturalist Guided Canoe Trip in Lee. The coves and marshes of the Lower Goose Pond and pristine Upper Goose Pond are waiting to be discovered. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Canoeing is a great way to explore natural areas you wouldn’t be able to on foot. Learn about the wildlife that inhabits an Easthampton wetland first hand in Canoeing the Arcadia Marsh this weekend.

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Central Massachusetts

The calm, reflective ambiance of New England Forests is the perfect backdrop for literature appreciation. This weekend, Broad Meadow Brook hosts a Reading Nature Hike, where you can get the best of both worlds. As you hike through the woods, meadows, and waters of the sanctuary, you’ll be enjoying snippets of literary humor, poetry, mystery, and action. (adults, registration required)

The Midstate Trail is a scenic footpath that runs 92 miles through Worcester County. Along this trail are two Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries, one of which is the beautiful Burncoat Pond in Spencer. Enjoy a relaxed-pace day hike highlighting natural history along the way at Mass Audubon Along the Midstate: Spencer. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

Savor the last remnants of summer, enjoy some time outdoors, and learn about butterflies at the annual Allens Pond Butterfly Census in South Dartmouth and Westport. This free annual event welcomes butterfly watchers of all ages and skill levels to help census as many areas of the wildlife sanctuary as possible. (families, registration required)

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Cape Cod and the Islands

Totally immerse yourself in nature and do something new in this 2-day Field School: Hiking Backwoods and Beaches. Extended hikes will explore the backwoods, remote beaches, dramatic dunes, quiet kettle ponds, and sheltering woodlands of the Outer Cape and take you to “hidden” parts of the Cape Cod National Seashore and local conservation areas that the average visitor (and local) rarely explores. (adults, registration required)

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Greater Boston

Boston Nature Center teams up with the Boston Food Forest Coalition for a harvest Abundance and Gratitude event. Work with flowers from the food forest, enjoy infusions of fresh teas, and appreciate the abundance of nature around us. (adults, registration required)

Stony Brook hosts a trip to Mt. Wataic in Ashby for an unforgettable experience. At Mt Wataic Hawk Watch, you’ll observe hawks in a prime migratory location while hiking through beautiful northern hardwood and hemlock forests. (adults, registration required)

Gain some good karma at Volunteer Service Days: National Day of Service at the Habitat Education Center in Belmont. You will survey and monitor nest boxes and restore other wildlife habitats, spending time doing good deeds for the world. (all ages, registration required)

Pack Monadnock in New Hampshire provides a broad view of New England surroundings and is a magnet for migratory raptors. During Broadmoor’s Hawk Watching at Pack Monadnock look for falcons, broad-winged hawks, and other raptors as they often come very close, feeding on migrating dragonflies. (adults, registration required)

If you’ve ever wished you lived on a farm growing up, now’s your chance. Afternoon Chores and More at Drumlin Farm gives you a chance to do the fun chores associated with country life, like feeding chickens, collecting eggs, and bringing hay to the sheep, goats, and cows. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a farm-fresh snack as your treat for a day well spent. (families, registration required)

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North Shore

Observe beautiful creatures while enhancing your creative skills at Butterflies and Dragonflies in Watercolor at Ipswich River in Topsfield. You’ll start by walking through the sanctuary to find and observe the subtle details of butterflies, dragonflies, and damselflies. After returning to the to the barn to learn some watercolor painting techniques, you’ll create a colorful piece yourself that’s ready for framing. (adults, registration required)

Visit the Joppa Flats Bird Banding Station on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge for Family Day at the Bird Banding Station. See Mass Audubon scientists capture, measure, weigh, examine, and release migratory songbirds which learns about their habitat and life. (adults and children ages 6+, registration required)

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What To Do This Weekend: Sept 2-3

This weekend is filled with unique opportunities to interact with wildlife, explore beautiful landscapes, and get active.

Diamondback Terrapin Turtle, Photo by Ron Kielb

Berkshires

Absorb the breathtaking 50 mile view from the summit of Lenox Mountain, 2,126 feet above sea level, at the next Berkshire Summit Hiking Series. The moderately strenuous hike follows three miles of wildlife filled trails. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

This weekend’s Saturday Morning Bird Walk at Acadia in Easthampton and Northampton will be host a pageant of neotropical migrants returning to their wintering grounds. The walk focuses on field identification techniques, flight patterns, field marks, habitat preferences, and songs and calls. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Discover the immense variety of bird life that exists at Broad Meadow Brook’s large urban sanctuary in Worcester. Saturday Morning Bird Walks for Adults will teach you the basics of birding and bird identification during an easy-to-moderate walk along the trails. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

The Newburyport/Plum Island area is one of the best year-round birding locations in the country. This weekend, a talented guide will work with you to search for this captivating avian activity in Saturday Morning Birding. (adults)

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Greater Boston

Bring your toddler or young child to the Boston Nature Center to experience the outdoors through sensory adventures in Nature Story Hour. They will listen to a nature-themed story and take a short walk around the trails in this great weekend activity for your little one. (family, registration required)

A great walking stick will stay by your side during miles of outdoor exploration, and reflect who you are. Customize your own or create a personalized gift in Blue Hills Trailside Museum’s Walking Stick Workshop. You can add bursts of color or enhance the natural beauty of the wood with stains and finishes, whatever brings your trail-side partner closer to you. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

If you’re in the Norfolk area and looking for a great children’s activity, stop by Stony Brook’s Tiny Trekkers. This weekend, you’ll be learning abut Monarch and Bird Fall Migrations through crafts, activities, and trail exploration. (family, registration required)

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South of Boston

It’s time for this year’s annual Butterfly Census at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth. Help members of the Massachusetts Butterfly Club identify various beautiful butterflies throughout the wildlife sanctuary’s serene grounds. (family, registration required)

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Cape Cod and the Islands

Martha’s Vineyard is extremely susceptible to rising sea levels. See the evidence first hand during Examining the Evidence: A Climate Change Walk and Talk at Felix Neck in Edgartown and find out what the sanctuary is doing address the effects of climate change. (adults)

Diamondback terrapins are a threatened species of salt marsh turtle, but a new season of hatchlings are starting to emerge. At this weekend’s Turtle Prowl at Wellfleet Bay, you can find and release hatchlings all along sanctuary trails. (adults and children ages 6+, registration required)

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Whimbrel Bird

What To Do This Weekend: Aug 26-27

Search for whimbrels and nighthawks, look at the stars, and learn about butterflies and trees, with a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Whimbrel via Mark Faherty

Cape Cod and the Islands

Dennis’ Chase Garden Creek hosts famous feeding grounds for fish, birds, mollusks, and crustaceans. Paddle through the water and learn how these animals have adapted to live in the tidal zone first hand in Life in the Reeds: A Chase Garden Creek Kayak Odyssey. (adults, registration required)

Whimbrels are a striking and exciting shorebird to observe, standing out from the flock with their unique, long, curved beaks. Sanctuary Director Bob Prescott leads an evening stroll by the bay in Whimbrels at Wellfleet Bay, searching for the distinctive bird and other wildlife. (adults, registration required)

This one-hour program at State Beach, run by a Felix Neck naturalist, explores a different aspect of Sengekontacket Pond each week. Saturdays at Sengekontacket include hands-on activities that engage with the birds above us and the creatures below the water’s surface. (all ages)

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South of Boston

Yoga at the Stone Barn in South Dartmouth allows you to connect with yourself and the outdoors in a relaxing natural setting. Breathe in the fresh air and exhale the stresses of the week. (adults)

Build your own kite to explore the characteristics of flight, a great educational activity for Duxbury Beach. Have some fun while noting the similarities between bird flight adaptations and your kite at Family Fun Day on the Beach: Kites and the Science of Flight. (all ages)

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Greater Boston

The Butterfly Garden at Stony Brook in Norfolk is a great place to observe and learn more about beautiful butterflies and how we can help their pollination. In Gardening for Butterflies, everyone will receive seeds or a seedling to take home for their own garden, along with a wealth of information. (adults and children age 6+, registration required)

Take advantage of the opportunity to view beautiful celestial happenings of the night sky with little light pollution. Star Gazing Nights at Moose Hill in Sharon will have telescopes and local astronomers, opening the doors to outer space for all who attend. (all ages)

What is a tree? Trees are great animal homes, shade makers, squirrel playgrounds, fresh air producers, and so much more. From bark and roots to leaves and tree rings, Tremendous Trees at Boston Nature Center will make a tree hugger out of you. (adults and children ages 5+, registration required)

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North Shore

The Newburyport and Plum Island area is one of the best locations for year-round birding in the country. At Saturday Morning Birding, you’ll search for avian activity with our talented guides and experience birds in their natural habitat. (adults)

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Central Massachusetts

Look to the wisdom of nature for effective ways to relax and reinvigorate yourself. Dr. Roxanne Daleo, a renowned health educator, leads Shinrin-Yoku Forest Breathing Guided Sanctuary Walks at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton. Leave with conscious methods to relive the relaxed experience when you are away from nature or feeling anxious, lonely, or depressed. (all ages, registration required)

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Berkshires

Spend the evening searching the skies for majestic aerial acrobatics at Evening Nighthawk Watch at Canoe Meadows in Pittsfield. (adults, registration required)

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Wellfleet Bay

What To Do This Weekend: Aug 19-20

Calling all weekend adventurers—summer is almost over and there are still things to check off your bucket lists.

Berkshires

Explore the meandering heart of the Berkshires by canoe this Sunday during a Naturalist Guided Canoe Trip. The ecologically rich Housatonic River is teeming with wildlife and waiting for you. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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Cape Cod and Islands

Experience State Beach through the eyes of a Felix Neck naturalist as part of Saturdays at Sengekontacket, filled with hands-on engaging activities. (all ages)

Love oysters but don’t know the first thing about how their raised? Take a Barnstable Oyster Farm Tour this weekend to learn more about shellfish aquaculture—and pick up some delicious oysters for yourself. (adults, registration required)

Discover the best estuary in the Outer Cape for herons and egrets by kayak. Winding tidal rivers, quiet bays, and the scenic marshes of Cape Cod make the Kayak Trip: Nauset Marsh in Eastham one you won’t want to miss. (adults and children 12+, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Can you tell the difference between Christmas fern and the hay-scented fern? Do you know what makes ferns unique to other flora and where to find them? Visit Broad Meadow Brook  in Worcester this Sunday for another inquisitive session of Plants Everyone Should Know. (adults only, registration required)

Forests that don’t have a history of logging are rare in Massachusetts. Specialist Bob Leverett will lead you on this Old Growth Forest Walk at Wachusett Mountain to find these special spots, along with some of the oldest red oaks anywhere. (adults, registration required)

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Greater Boston

Boston Area Beekeepers Association’s Open Hives are doing their part to save the bees. Experts on all aspects of honeybee life are here to answer questions, educate, and show off the Boston Nature Center’s collection of beehives in Mattapan. (all ages, registration required)

If your little one loves nature walks, crafts, and activities they’ll love Tiny Trekkers. This Saturday at Stony Brook in Norfolk, we’ll focus on the fun and unique worlds of reptiles and beavers. (families, registration required)

Observe, explore, and appreciate the diverse world around us. Drumlin Farm in Lincoln is a host of different habitats and wildlife just waiting to be discovered on this weekend’s Naturalist Walk. (adults and children age 12+)

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North Shore

Why should kids have all the fun? The Wonder and the Wow trips take you to amazing places with plenty of time to allow a full-immersion nature experience and socialize as a group. This weekend’s destination: Coolidge Reservation and Agassiz Rock. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

There’s nothing more relaxing than balancing in tree pose, breathing in fresh air, and listening to the gentle hums of nature all around you. Yoga at the Stone Barn in South Dartmouth brings inner peace to the outside world, allowing you to unwind and exhale. (adults)

Shorebirds are the first fall migrants to stop by Duxbury Beach after leaving their arctic breeding grounds. You’ll learn about magnificent creatures while enjoying quality time together at Family Fun Day on the Beach. (all ages)

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What To Do This Weekend: Aug 12-13

Things to look forward to this weekend: a butterfly festival, canoe and kayak trips, a duck derby, nature walks, and more!

Butterfly Festival at Broad Meadow Brook

Cape Cod and Islands

Head to State Beach for Saturdays at Sengekontacket, a one-hour program run by a Felix Neck naturalist that explores the nature of Sengekontacket Pond on Martha’s Vineyard. (all ages)

Take an Early Morning Bird Walk at Wellfleet Bay. From pine woodlands and freshwater pond to salt marsh and beach, Goose Pond Trail’s diverse natural communities offer diverse bird sightings. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Shorebird Kayak Exploration in Barnstable to witness the beginning of the fall migration on one of the Cape’s most beautiful barrier beaches, Sandy Neck. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

The Allens Pond annual Duck Derby takes place on Saturday in South Dartmouth. After the duck race, head to the sanctuary for a festival complete with great food, music, and a silent auction. Can’t make it but still want to try and win dinner anywhere in the world? The deadline to purchase a duck online is Friday at 5 pm. (all ages)

Construct some simple homemade Bathyscopes, a viewfinder for underwater exploration, at Duxbury Beach. (all ages)

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Greater Boston

Join Drumlin Farm on a field trip to Plum Island in Newburyport to see Swallows and Shorebirds at Sunset. (adults and children ages 14+, registration required)

Go on a guided Nature Walk at Boston Nature Center to discover in the forests, meadows, and seasonal wetlands. Ask questions and learn about the biodiversity in an urban setting. (adults and children ages 4+, registration requested)

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North Shore

Paddle to Thacher and Milk Islands, off the coast of Rockport, to visit an active nesting colony of herring and great-black backed gulls, and observe the behavior of young birds, from nestlings to fledglings. Then we’ll walk the mowed paths of the island to the North Tower lighthouse and climb the stairs to the top. (adults, registration required)

Bring the family for an Ocean Web Cruise aboard the Yankee Clipper for an exciting exploration of the lower Merrimack River ecosystem. We’ll also look for seabirds, seals, and waterfowl. (families, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Celebrate butterflies during the 10th Annual Barbara J. Walker Butterfly Festival at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester. On tap: Caterpillar Lab, nature walks, face painting, music, plant sale, and more.

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Berkshires

Explore the coves and marshes of one of the Berkshires’ most beautiful lakes on a Naturalist Guided Canoe Trip. Paddle across Lower Goose Pond to pristine Upper Goose Pond in search of eagles, herons, ravens, and a variety of songbirds. Eat a snack onshore and search for interesting plant and animal life. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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