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What To Do This Weekend: Dec 15-17

Look for winter birds, gaze at the stars, make snowman ornaments, celebrate the solstice, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Red-breasted nuthatch

Greater Boston

Spend your Friday night Star Gazing and looking at other night objects through big telescopes at Moose Hill in Sharon. (adults and children ages 6+)

At the Museum of American Bird Art, make Snowman Ornaments and a winter landscape collage inspired by the art of Charley Harper. After creating your artwork, go on a naturalist-guided hike around the wildlife sanctuary. (families, registration required)

While this year’s winter solstice occurs on December 21, Celebrate the Solstice early at Habitat in Belmont with history, lore, poetry, a solstice story, and a walk as the sun sets. (adults and children ages 10+)

Go on a Family Bird Walk at the Boston Nature Center to look for the most common birds found in Boston. Learn how to tell them apart and the best way to use binoculars. (families with children ages 8+)

Enjoy a Naturalist Walk at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. The walk will focus on one particular area or habitat as we build our understanding of ecological communities and our mutual interdependence. (adults and children ages 12+)

Look for golden and ruby crowned kinglets, rusty blackbirds, juncos, ruffed grouse, wild turkeys, and many more birds during a Family Winter Bird Walk at Stony Brook in Norfolk. Along the way, learn just how these creatures survive the harsh New England winters. (families with children ages 6+, registration required)

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North Shore

Go on a Lantern-lit Solstice Walk at Ipswich River in Topsfield. Stroll the trails to light up the night and then enjoy hot cider and cocoa at the bonfire. (adults and children)

Search out avian activity in the Newburyport/Plum Island area, one of the best year-round birding locations in the country, at Saturday Morning Birding. Beginners and birders of all levels are welcome. (adults)

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Central Massachusetts

Head to Broad Meadow Brook for bear-themed Preschool Story Hour. Listen to a story, enjoy an activity, and then go on a naturalist-led walk. (families, registration required)

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South of Boston

Oak Knoll is Attleboro is hosting a Teen Conservation Club series. During it, teens will delve into environmental science with activities like creating enrichment for our nature center’s animal collection and investigating local conservation topics. (ages 13-17, registration required)

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Cape Cod

Look for Winter Ducks at Long Pasture in Barnstable and other spots around town. Be on the lookout for black scoters, American wigeons, northern pintails, gadwalls, and ring-necked ducks. (adults and children ages 12+, registration required)

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What To Do This Weekend: Dec 9-10

Look at the night sky, make a holiday craft, go on a holly hike, observe backyard birds, and more!

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© Mary Weafer

Central Massachusetts

Come to the Holiday Nature Crafts Open House at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester to see our tree that’s been decorated with imaginative ornaments handcrafted from natural materials. Then join us in the Program Room to make your own!

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North Shore

Get ready for the Geminid meteor shower with an Astronomy Program at Ipswich River in Topsfield. Learn about its origin and the best ways to observe it. Weather permitting, we’ll step outside to catch a glimpse of the Geminid shower in its early stages. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

Search out avian activity in the Newburyport/Plum Island area, one of the best year-round birding locations in the country, at Saturday Morning Birding. Beginners and birders of all levels are welcome. (adults)

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Greater Boston

Looking for unique, adorable, handmade gifts? During Wonders of Wool: Holiday Ornaments at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, use cookie cutters to create needle felted wool ornaments or pins. (adults and children ages 12+, registration required)

Go Animal Tracking at Broadmoor in Natick to look for signs of animals as they forage for food and shelter. Learn to identify the tracks, chews, scat, burrows and other clues left by many creatures including deer, fisher and coyote. (adults, registration required)

During Winter Backyard Birding and Crafts at the Boston Nature Center get tips on how to use binoculars, go on a bird hike, and create some seed and fruit art for the birds to enjoy. (families w/ children ages 5+, registration requested)

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South of Boston

Enjoy a Sensory Exploration hike along the accessible Reflection Trail at Attleboro Springs. This trail was designed to be accessible by wheelchairs & strollers! (adults and children, registration required)

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Cape Cod and Islands

Go on a Holiday Holly Hike at Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary in Falmouth, home to one of the largest holly plantations in New England. Bring a grocery bag to fill with holly boughs for the holidays! (adults and children ages 12+, registration required)

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What To Do This Weekend: Dec 2-3

Go on full moon hikes, draw winter trees, learn about backyard birds, attend a holiday open house, and more this weekend.

Greater Boston

Tap into your inner artist and learn about trees during Drawing at Habitat: Winter Trees in Belmont. Begin indoors discussing different branching patterns. Then move outside with sketchbooks and pencils to draw what you find. (adults, registration required)

Get into the holiday spirit and attend a Wreath Making Workshop at Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton. Start with a balsam wreath base and add evergreen cuttings, cones and other natural elements. Finish your creation with your choice of ornaments and ribbon. (adults and children ages 6+, registration required)

Go on a Full Moon Family Owl Prowl at Broadmoor in Natick. Learn about owl calls, behavior, and habitat while exploring Broadmoor under moonlit skies. (families w/ children ages 6+, registration required)

Discover the beauty of Moose Hill in Sharon at night during a Full Moon Hike. Call for owls, test your night vision, and search the skies for constellations. (adults and children ages 6+, registration required)

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North Shore

Enjoy an early-morning guided Bird Walk at Ipswich River in Topsfield. Birds you may see include great horned owls, red-tailed hawks, pileated woodpeckers, cedar waxwings, and more. (adults, registration required)

Drop in at Joppa Flats in Newburyport for an up-close winter wildlife experience! During Meet Backyard Birds, watch demonstrations on bird research and banding and learn about your own backyard birds. (all ages)

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Central Massachusetts

Explore Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester during a Saturday Morning Bird Walk and discover the immense variety of birdlife that exists at this large urban sanctuary. We’ll 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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Connecticut River Valley

Explore the beauty of Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton as you hike the sanctuary trails at a relaxed pace during a Sense of the Season Walk. A naturalist will share info natural history along the way. (adults and children ages 4+, registration required)

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South of Boston

Attend the Holiday Open House at North River in Marshfield and enjoy cider and snacks while shopping for unique and locally handmade gifts created by the South Shore Woodturners and other local artisans.

Explore Oak Knoll in Attleboro at night during a Full Moon Hike. Take time to let your eyes adjust to the dim light and practice using your natural night vision.  Learn about nocturnal animals of Massachusetts as you hike the trails and listen for night sounds. (adults and children ages 6+, registration required)

Go on a Moonrise Owl Prowl at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth and Westport. We’ll use our best night vision skills as we walk and listen to calls of multiple species of owls and will learn more about each species, as well as interesting facts and information about any other nighttime wildlife that is discovered. (adults, registration required)

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What To Do This Weekend: Nov 24-26

There are so many ways to Opt Outside this weekend, starting on Black Friday. Go for a walk, attend a festival, or join a program.

Greater Boston

Spend your Black Friday away from the malls and outside in nature! During Drumlin Farm’s Giving Thanks for Nature in Lincoln, take a walk through the sanctuary as local artists give trailside performances, then contribute your own expressions of thanks with family-friendly crafts and activities.

Head to the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton for a Free Black Friday Hike and Art Activity. During a guided hike, be creative by constructing landscape art with natural materials. After the hike, head indoors to create Eric Carle-inspired art in our studio space. (families, registration required)

As the natural world turns into shades of browns and tans, odd shaped objects begin to take center stage. During Galls, Burs, Pods, and More at Boston Nature Center, discover surprises in a meadow that is filled with fantastic seed shapes. Collect a bouquet of dried flowers and learn about the variety of flower structures and shapes. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

After a filling Thanksgiving dinner, join Allens Pond for their Great, BIG “Walk it Off” Hike in South Dartmouth and Westport. Travel from the Allens Pond field station along the beach and onto the Quansett Trail—a scenic, calorie-burning blitz of approximately 6 miles. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Friday Morning Bird Walk at North River in Marshfield. Birders of all levels will enjoy spending the morning searching for birds in a variety of habitats year-round. (adults)

Oak Knoll is Attleboro is hosting a Teen Conservation Club series. During it, teens will delve into environmental science with activities like monitoring local amphibian populations, exploring the health of local wetlands, creating enrichment for our nature center’s animal collection, and investigating local conservation topics. (ages 13-17, registration required)

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North Shore

Go Birding from Nahant to East Boston with Joppa Flats. Look for sea ducks, loons, grebes, and winter shorebirds such as purple sandpipers. Other possible sightings include black-headed and mew gulls, king eiders, and Barrow’s goldeneyes. (adults, registration required)

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Cape Cod and Islands

Felix Neck is hosting its annual Fall Festival in Edgartown on Friday. This celebration of fall is a Vineyard tradition featuring hayrides, face painting, live music, food, wreath making, a weather station and crafts for kids, live animals, and trail walk. (all ages, registration required)

Drop in anytime on Saturday at Wellfleet Bay for their Sea Turtle Open House. Learn more about sea turtles and why they strand on the beaches of Cape Cod in the fall. Get a behind-the-scenes look at rescue efforts.

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What To Do This Weekend: Nov 18-19

Go nuts for squirrels, look for seabirds, learn about turkeys, go on a night hike, make an evergreen wreath, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

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© Paula Stephens

Greater Boston

Head to the Audubon Shop at Drumlin Farm to take advantage of their Holiday Sale. Mass Audubon members save 20% on nature-themed gifts and 15% on binoculars and spotting scopes.

Get the Most from your Smartphone Camera at Stony Brook in Nofolk. These phone cameras often provide opportunities for us to compose, crop, edit and share our photos. Go on a short photo tour and then we will head out to put those camera phones through their paces. (adults, registration required)

Take a New Moon Hike at Habitat in Belmont. Begin inside with an activity or two, before heading out to see what the night has in store. You’ll “see” the night in a whole new way! (families, registration required)

Go Nuts About Squirrels at the Boston Nature Center and navigate the forest looking for squirrel food, building nests, and doing other squirrely activities. Young naturalists will create a craft and go on a guided hike while learning about these smart animals. (families, registration required)

Help out with the Afternoon Chores at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. Feed chickens and collect eggs, then bring hay to the sheep, goats, and cows. After we finish up we’ll treat ourselves to a farm-fresh snack. (families, registration required)

Go on a Duckstravaganza in Concord. Now is a great time to watch beautiful wintering ducks. Target species include teals, shovelers, mergansers, buffleheads, pintails and more. The leader will also bring a spotting scope for close-up views of these stunning ducks. (adults, registration required)

Get in the Thanksgiving Spirit with Turkey Trot at Moose Hill in Sharon. Search for turkey habitats, make a special turkey project that can brighten up your holiday table, take home turkey trivia, and partake in a gobbling contest and try to sound like a real turkey. (families, registration required)

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Cape Cod

Take a Seabird Cruise from Sesuit Harbor in Dennis into Cape Cod Bay aboard the Albatross. Search for alcids, loons, gannets, and sea ducks in flight and floating on the waves. We may also spot gray and harbor seals and other marine life. (adults and children, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Make a Holiday Evergreen Wreath at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton. Identify some of the different types of evergreens and then make a decorative wreath using greens, winterberry, seed pods, and ribbon. (adults, registration required)

More than rhododendron and junipers, some trees, shrubs, vines, groundcover plants, and even ferns remain green throughout the winter. Learn How to Identify Evergreens at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester and explore the adaptations their stems and leaves use to survive the New England winter’s dry winds and low temperatures. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Look around, you will see squirrels and chipmunks harvesting the bounty of nuts that have fallen from oak, beech, hickory, and hazelnut trees. Enjoy a Nature’s Harvest Walk at Laughing Brook in Hampden as you learn about plants that can be harvested and the uses of these plants. (families, registration required)

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North Shore

Bring your friends for a pre-Thanksgiving guided Big Woods Hike at Ipswich River in Topsfield to discover the world of nature as plants and animals prepare for winter. Stop along the way to hear stories of those who lived on the land before us and learn more about the fascinating cultural history of the sanctuary. (registration required)

During Seabirds of Cape Ann with Joppa Flats, look for both migrant and wintering seabirds at Halibut and Andrews points and in the shelter of the cape’s many coves. Target species include red-throated loon, red-necked grebe, harlequin duck, black guillemot (and maybe other alcids), and three species of scoter. (adults, registration required)

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What To Do This Weekend: Nov 4-5

On tap for this weekend: full moon owl prowls, a wellness women’s workshop, autumn hikes, and more. Here is just a sampling of what you can do at a wildlife sanctuary.

Eastern Screech Owl © Kevin McCarthy

Greater Boston

Go on a Full Moon Owl Prowl at Broadmoor in Natick to explore the sanctuary under moonlit skies listening for our resident screech, barred, and great horned owls. (families with children ages 6+, registration required)

During the Women’s Wellness Guided Workshop at Moose Hill in Sharon, give yourself 3 hours to get away and learn how to take a deep “breath”, re-balance, and renew! (adults, registration required)

Do you have thousands of digital photos and are having trouble organizing or processing them? Join wildlife photographer and Mass Audubon instructor Shawn Carey for Take Control of Your Digital Photos: Adobe Lightroom Workshop at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton. (adults, registration required)

Explore art and science using fallen leaves as part of Leaf Man at Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton. After we read Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert, we’ll go outside to make discoveries about colors, shapes, and textures. After we explore, we’ll come back inside and create our own leaf art. (families, registration required)

Take a short hike at the Boston Nature Center to observe the fascinating Autumn Colors. Learn how and why leaves change color, and make beautiful autumn leaf sun-catchers to take home. (families, registration required)

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North Shore

During this month’s Autumn Art Explorations at Ipswich River in Topsfield, walk the sanctuary looking for natural items to make a mobile and explore the effects of the wind on trees, shrubs, grasses, birds, clouds, and more. (families, registration required)

Search out avian activity in the Newburyport/Plum Island area, one of the best year-round birding locations in the country, at Saturday Morning Birding. Beginners and birders of all levels are welcome. (adults)

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Central Massachusetts

Go on a Saturday Morning Bird Walk at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester to discover the immense variety of bird life that exists at this large urban sanctuary. We’ll 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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Connecticut River Valley

Explore the Beauty of Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. Hike the sanctuary trails at a relaxed pace while looking for the different signs of the season. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

Head to Oak Knoll in Attleboro after dark for a Family Owl Prowl! Start indoors with an interactive owl presentation about the  “Owls of Massachusetts” and owl Pellet dissection.  After, head out on the trail to listen for evidence of our feathery friends. (families, registration required)

Use your best night vision skills as you walk and listen to calls of multiple species of owls and learn more about each species during a Full Moon Owl Prowl at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth. (adults and children, registration required)

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Cape Cod

See live birds up-close and observe the bird banding process at Bird Research in Action! Wellfleet Bay’s bird banding station is a unique opportunity to see how scientists conduct bird research up close. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

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What To Do This Weekend: Oct 28-29

Celebrate Halloween, learn how to be a beekeeper, volunteer at a sanctuary, look up at the stars, and more this weekend.

North Shore

Learn how to paint birds during Birds in Watercolor in Topsfield. Take a short walk to observe the resident birds of Ipswich River, and then return to the barn to paint images of birds in their natural habitats. (adults, registration required)

Search out avian activity in the Newburyport/Plum Island area, one of the best year-round birding locations in the country, at Saturday Morning Birding. Beginners and birders of all levels are welcome. (adults)

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Greater Boston

Celebrate the fall harvest with all things pumpkin. Boston Nature Center’s Pumpkinfest is filled with pumpkin games, pumpkin carving, and pumpkin history. You’ll also get to enjoy yummy fall food. (all ages, registration required)

Moose Hill’s 35th Annual Halloween Prowl is happening this weekend in Sharon! Visit their barn filled with Jack-o-lanterns, discover the history of Halloween, meet costumed characters, and more. (all ages, registration required)

Get squirrel-y this weekend and learn about these cute creatures that seem to be all around us. Saturday Family Science will focus on squirrels, covering their adaptations, nests, and food activities. (families, registration required)

If you’re contemplating beekeeping or want to know more about the fascinating and vital insects, attend Drumlin Farm’s Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping in Lincoln. You’ll learn a ton, as well as get a chance to visit the hives and sample various honey. (adults, registration required)

Broadmoor’s Creepy Crawlies program in Natick features some of the strange and creepy critters from our wild and wacky world of animals. Get up close and personal with tarantulas, amphibians, snakes and even some cool cockroaches! (families with children ages 4+, registration required)

Birders and non-birders of all ages and skill level are welcome at Habitat Education Center’s Morning Bird Walks in Belmont. Come and enjoy gentle strolls through the sanctuary and look for signs of winter approaching. (all ages)

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South of Boston

Look up this weekend and learn about supermoons and other lunar phenomena. Supermoon with the South Shore Astronomical Society in Marshfield will be a fun way to learn about and watch the new moon and other objects in the sky. (all ages, registration required)

Teen Conservation Club is a new monthly program at Oak Knoll in Attleboro that explores environmental science with activities like monitoring local amphibian populations, exploring the health of local wetlands, creating enrichment for our nature center’s animal collection, and investigating local conservation topics. (teens ages 13-16, registration required)

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Cape Cod and the Islands

Felix Neck invites you to celebrate Halloween with them at Creatures of the Night on Martha’s Vineyard. There’ll be hayrides, self-guided night walks, animal masks, marshmallow roasting, and more. (all ages)

See live birds up-close and observe the bird banding process at Bird Research in Action! Wellfleet Bay’s bird banding station is a unique opportunity to see how scientists conduct bird research up close. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Wachusett Meadow’s Halloween Night Hike & Hayride in Princeton is not to be missed. Listen to the enchanting sounds of the night with family and friends while learning about nocturnal wildlife, making crafts, and enjoying the warmth of the bonfire. (all ages)

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Connecticut River Valley

Celebrate Halloween by learning about nocturnal animals and enjoying a night hike at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. During their Halloween Night Hike for Families, you’ll call for owls, see what colors we can see at night, and enjoy a “sparkle party”. (adults and children ages 5+, registration required)

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Berkshires

Help care for beautiful community gardens and the rest of the sanctuary at Canoe Meadows Volunteer Day. Volunteers are needed for a wide variety of projects including meadow restoration and fall garden clean up. (all ages, registration required)

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What To Do This Weekend Oct 21-22

Take part in fall festivals, bird banding, owl prowls, sourdough bread making, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Cape Cod and the Islands

See live birds up-close and observe the bird banding process at Bird Research in Action! Wellfleet Bay’s bird banding station is a unique opportunity to see how scientists conduct bird research up close. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

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South of Boston

October’s Sensory Explorations hike takes place at Attleboro Spring’s accessible Reflection Trail. These trails are designed to be accessible by wheelchairs and strollers, making it easier for everyone to enjoy the outdoor world and connect with nature. (adults and children ages 3 and up, registration required)

See “whoooo” you can find on the trails at Owl Prowl at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth. Wind through the wonders of the sanctuary trails and enjoy a fall evening of discovery. (adults and children ages 5+, registration required)

It’s Mass Audubon’s biggest South Shore celebration of the year, Daniel Webster’s 37th annual Farm Day! Tractor-drawn hayrides through beautiful grassland, live bluegrass music, educational presentations, games, crafts, artisans, delicious food, and more make this a day not to be missed! (all ages, registration required)

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Greater Boston

Come to the Boston Nature Center in Mattapan to celebrate the fall harvest. Pumpkinfest has all things pumpkin—create your own carved pumpkin, play pumpkin games, learn the history of Jack-O-Lanterns, and enjoy yummy fall food. (Families with children ages 5+, registration required)

Learn the age-old tradition of Sourdough Bread Making in Drumlin Farm’s hands-on workshop in Lincoln. Practice mixing, kneading, and shaping the loaves. Go home with your very own sourdough starter and the skills to continue making more at home. (adults, registration required)

Did you know that Belmont has two streams that run across town: Wellington Brook and Winn’s Brook? Rediscover these forgotten bodies of water during an enjoyable three-mile fall walk at Winn’s Brook Exploration. (adults, registration required)

Jon Atwood, Mass Audubon’s Director of Bird Conservation, will share the results of his and others’ research looking into the State of the Birds in Massachusetts at this weekend’s Purple Martin Conference at Stony Brook in Norfolk. (all ages, registration required)

During the Family Screech Owl Prowl at Blue HIlls Trailside Museum, discover some of the unique adaptations of owls, practice owl calls, and meet some of the museum’s resident owls before going on a night hike to search for owls and other nocturnal life. (families with children 6+, registration required)

Experience Bird Banding at Moose Hill in Sharon. After the presentation, we will take a night walk and meet with our bird banding leader, Vin Zollo. If we are lucky, we will have a chance to see a saw-whet owl up close and watch the whole process—capture, weigh, measure, examine, and release. (adults, registration required)

Claymazing Creations at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton infuses nature exploration, where you will learn about ecosystems and their animals and plants, with creative exploration, where you will learn about different hand building ceramic techniques to create sculptures inspired by nature. (children ages 7-10, registration required)

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North Shore

Search for avian activity in the Newburyport/Plum Island area this weekend at Saturday Morning Birding. Our talented guides will help you discover one of the best year-round birding locations in the country. Beginners and birders of all levels are welcome. (adults)

Go on an Early Fall Bird Walk at Ipswich River in Topsfield. Explore the sanctuary’s wetlands, fields, upland forest, and river edges in search of late-migrating warblers, vireos, hawks, and waterfowl; lingering summer birds such as tanagers and grosbeaks; and early winter arrivals including white-throated sparrows and juncos. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Encounter old favorites and new characters along Broad Meadow Brook’s slightly-spooky guided tour lit by soft luminaria. Halloween Hike at Boo Meadow Brook will be a festive fun evening filled with face painting, snacks, and costumes. (all ages, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Come celebrate the wonders of nature with walks, stories, live animals, crafts, and games. Nature Festival at Laughing Brook will be filled with fun activities and a great opportunity to explore the trails and appreciate nature. (all ages, registration required)

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Berkshires

Explore the remnants of a bygone era and learn about the people who traversed the Berkshires at the Discovering Historic Kennedy Park presentation. Find out more about Pleasant Valley’s historic 18th century barn and the Aspinwall hotel—once touted as “Hotel Beautiful”. (adults, registration required)

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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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