Category Archives: Get Outdoors

Turtle on a rock at Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary

5 Hidden Gems in the Metro West

You never know what you’ll find when exploring Boston’s Metro West. Mass Audubon Metro West Wildlife Sanctuaries—Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, Habitat in Belmont, Broadmoor in Natick, and Waseeka in Hopkinton—host miles of trails meandering through wetlands, fields, animal exhibits, and a few surprises. Don’t miss these hidden gems on your next visit.

1. For When You Want to Go on an Adventure

This hidden gem isn’t off the main parking lot at Habitat Education Center & Wildlife Sanctuary in Belmont. You’ll need to follow Lees Way trailhead off of Somerset Street in Belmont to the Weeks Trail area. Along Lees Way, look for what’s known to staff as “The Tree of Resilience”—a tree whose main trunk is dead and hollowed out, but still has two branches very much alive growing outside of it.

Continuing down the trail, you’ll come across Weeks Pond, where you may find a mother duckling leading her young, bullfrogs peeking through the tiny floating leaves, or damselflies skimming the surface. In the meadow, you may even catch our small herd of goats grazing.

2. For When You Need to Relax

With more than 600 acres, Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary in Natick is filled with spots that, when you find them, make the rest of the world melt away.

The red circled binoculars indicate where this hidden gem is. See full the full trail map here.

Relax on the log bench perched on top of a rock outcropping overlooking the Indian Brook Marsh. When entering through the parking lot, cross the boardwalks, and turn right at signpost #3, instead of hopping onto one of the main loop trails.

This spur trail, made specifically for this scenic outlook, offers a wonderful view of Indian Brook Marsh. Look and listen for Belted Kingfishers, Wood Ducks, Red-tailed Hawks, Great Blue Herons, and more. The longer you linger, the more you’re likely to see.

3. For When You’re Feeling Mysterious

While not on Drumlin Farm’s property, and definitely not natural, if you travel to the outskirts of the crops fields where we grow our food, you can find yourself next to one of Lincoln’s most mysterious and unexplainable pieces of local lore. Ponyhenge—as it’s known to the locals—is a collection of broken-down rocking horses, plastic ponies, and other horse figurines that have spontaneously started holding court along Old Sudbury Road, since sometime in 2010.

How did all these ponies get here?

The collection has grown steadily since then, and stranger still, their configurations are known to change periodically, as if by magic. You may visit and see them in a circle, lined up like racehorses, or strewn about haphazardly. To see for yourself, take the Boyce Field Loop trail down to Old Sudbury Road. Along the way, you’ll see where Drumlin Farm’s CSA and farmstand vegetables are grown.

*Please note Ponyhenge is on private property but can be viewed from the fence on Drumlin Farm’s edge. Please stay on the trails and do not walk through growing fields during your adventure.

X marks the spot! Follow the Boyce Field Loop through our crop fields to Ponyhenge. See the full trail map here.

4. For When You Need a Turtle Fix

There is a place in the Metro West where turtles can go to just get away from it all. Understandably, sometimes you just want soak up the sun, and our turtle rafts at Habitat do just that. Take the Pond Loop Trail around the aptly named Turtle Pond for a glimpse at these sunbathing reptiles.

Painted Turtles sunbathing on a log at Turtle Pond ©Justin Miel

In reality, they’re doing more than just lounging about—sun-basking serves many purposes, including helping to promote muscle activity and digestion, encouraging leeches and other parasites to drop off, and triggering the production of vitamin D, which is essential for strong shells. A pair of snapping turtles were recently at the pond, a new sighting among all the more usual painted turtles that enjoy their favorite basking spot.

5. For When You Want to Take the Trail Less Traveled By

Have you been to Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton before? This little-known sanctuary offers all the benefits that come with being off the beaten path: limited trail traffic, spectacular views, and the ability to take your time and make your own adventure. The sanctuary features a hidden pond with standing dead trees and snags that provide nesting sites for Eastern Bluebirds, Pileated Woodpeckers, Great Blue Herons, Ospreys, and the occasional Great Horned Owl.

View of the Pond at Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary, Hopkinton

Unlike the other Metro West wildlife sanctuaries, this site can be easy to miss. Look for the small parking lot along Clinton Street in Hopkinton, on the right about 2 miles up from turning onto it via Route 135.

What’s your favorite hidden gem at one of our Metro West wildlife sanctuaries? Share in the comments.

Three Openings Worth Celebrating

As more and more people discover the power of spending time outdoors, we’re doing everything we can to offer more opportunities to experience nature. In fact, one of the main goals in our new five-year Action Agenda is creating inclusive and equitable access to nature by opening more than 50 miles trails, creating three new urban sanctuaries, and protecting and restoring 17 urban green spaces. And three recent openings are prime examples of how we are accomplishing this goal.

New Pathways in Natick 

Mass Audubon President David O'Neill speaks with sanctuary supporters on the new bridge, which is surrounded by trees and water to the left.
Mass Audubon President David O’Neill speaks with sanctuary supporters on the new bridge.

Over the years, Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary‘s well-loved trail system has been compromised by heavy use, flooding, and erosion. Many trails were old cart paths, not designed for large numbers of visitors, and others have been impacted by beaver activity. Heavy storms due to climate change have also affected many locations. 

To ensure safe, accessible, and enjoyable connections to nature for all people, while protecting the habitats for the plants and animals, we launched an effort to improve our trail system following a comprehensive study completed by Peter Jensen, a nationally recognized trail-development expert. The plan addresses all nine miles of trails making reroutes, creating scenic viewpoints, adding puncheon and bog bridges, and much more. Improvements began in 2019 engaging volunteers, school groups, Mass Audubon campers, and others in the process. 

In May 2021, we untied the ribbon on the first phase of the project, which included the opening of a new trail and scenic bridge overlooking Little Farm Pond, replacing an unsafe and often flooded plank walkway. The event, which welcomed Mass Audubon President David O’Neill, Mass Audubon Board Chair Beth Kressley Goldstein, Metro West Director Renata Pomponi, Project Lead Elissa Landre, Mass Audubon staff, Board members, volunteers, and partners, also served as a wonderful opportunity to launch the Action Agenda

Easier Access in Attleboro 

The Knoll Stroll ribbon cutting.

Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary in Attleboro, located right on Park Street, has long been a center for the community. Now, with the opening of the new Knoll Stroll Trail, the sanctuary is accessible via public transportation, reducing a barrier to enjoying this nature oasis in the city. 

Connecting to the GATRA bus has long been a priority for the sanctuary. Thanks to the acquisition of the 26-acre Dorrance property in 2019, the vision became a reality. Now, visitors can walk 50 feet from the bus stop and be immediately immersed in nature via the new “Knoll Stroll” and the almost two miles of trails including a loop around Lake Talaquega.   

To celebrate the trail opening, David O’Neill joined South East Director Lauren Kras, Attleboro Mayor Paul Heroux, State Representative Jim Hawkins, State Senator Paul Feeney, longtime sanctuary supporter Ted Leach, and Brian Hatch of Hike Attleboro. 

An Accessible Barn in Lenox 

Matthew Keator of Mass Cultural Council, Lenox Select Board Chair Neal Maxymillian, West Director Becky Cushing Gop, David O'Neill, Allyce Najimy of Mass Cultural Council, and State Rep. William “Smitty’ Pignatelli cutting the ribbon
Matthew Keator of Mass Cultural Council, Lenox Select Board Chair Neal Maxymillian, West Director Becky Cushing Gop, David O’Neill, Allyce Najimy of Mass Cultural Council, and State Rep. William “Smitty’ Pignatelli

For more than 90 years Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary has welcomed visitors and served the community as a vibrant hub of conservation, environmental education, and outdoor recreation in the Berkshires.  

Our creative nature-based programming is seen as a vital community resource that supports curiosity, scientific exploration, and self-discovery. But the sanctuary’s aged facilities lacked the accessibility and amenities needed to support collaboration, creativity, and expansion. 

In order to welcome and accommodate the diverse needs of modern visitors, the sanctuary launched and completed the $1.125 million Opening Doors to Nature campaign. The centerpiece of this effort, an energy-efficient and universally accessible addition to its 18th-century barn, is now open for all to enjoy.  

The opening celebration was an opportunity to thank donors and supporters, including Mass Cultural Council for their generous $300,000 in support. Also joining West Director Becky Cushing Gop and President David O’Neill to cut the ribbon were Lenox selectboard chair Neal Maxymillian and State Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli. 

Sensory-Friendly Opportunities Expand Statewide

For people on the autism spectrum or with other sensory-sensitive needs, some environments can be overwhelming. Loud noises, bright lights, and crowds can make spaces less accessible for those with sensory sensitivities. In order to continue making nature accessible to all, we’re launching a series of Sensory Friendly Days at sanctuaries throughout Massachusetts this summer!

Walking in the woods

During these times, you can visit when properties are closed to the general public or tend to be relatively quiet. Some sites will have special hikes with nature guides available to recommend appropriate trails and guide your experience, while others provide self-lead opportunities. You can also find All Persons Trails at many of these sanctuaries, which feature wide, flat, ADA-Accessible paths connecting parking areas to the wilds of the sanctuaries.

Aides and companions receive free admission on Sensory-Friendly Days and on any regular visit day.

Check out These Sensory-Friendly Opportunities

  • Metro West: Broadmoor in Natick, Habitat in Belmont, and Drumlin Farm in Lincoln
  • Central Massachusetts: Wachusett Meadow in Princeton and Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester
  • South East: Oak Knoll in Attleboro, Tidmarsh in Plymouth, Stone Barn in Dartmouth, and North River in Marshfield
  • Cape Cod: Wellfleet Bay in South Wellfleet

These programs are supported in part by grants from the Lincoln, Sudbury, Belmont, Arlington, Natick, Sherborn, Framingham, Boston, Topsfield, Norfolk, Wrentham, Plainville, Sharon, Norwood, Walpole, Canton, Milton, Plymouth, Kingston, Attleboro, North Attleboro, Marshfield, Duxbury, Westport, Dartmouth, Millbury, West Boylston, Fitchburg, and Wellfleet Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Standing by the edge of a forest

125 Ways to Celebrate Nature

Essex, MA © Davey Walters

In honor of 125 years of Mass Audubon, we’ve compiled 125 nature ideas for you to enjoy and celebrate the amazing world around you! Share how you celebrate nature with us by tagging @massaudubon in your adventures online.

  1. Sign up for a CSA
  2. Walk, bike, or take public transport
  3. Buy local syrup or honey
  4. Sign up for Shave the Peak
  5. Compost your food scraps
  6. Choose meat-free Mondays
  7. Go for a walk outdoors
  8. Look for shapes in the clouds
  9. Walk barefoot in the grass
  10. Visit a farmer’s market
  11. Close your eyes and listen to the birds
  12. Source your energy renewably
  13. Play nature bingo
  14. Smell the flowers
  15. Follow tracks
  16. Play in the mud
  17. Wear your Mass Audubon swag
  18. Look for wildflowers
  19. Paddle a canoe
  20. Sketch your favorite nature scene
  21. Check out the full moon
  22. Meditate on a boardwalk
  23. Walk on the beach
  24. Watch birds at feeders
  25. Go for a night hike
  26. Play in the rain
  27. Stargaze
  28. Blow a dandelion
  29. Make a sandcastle
  30. Listen to a rainstorm
  31. Go hiking
  32. Talk to friends or family about climate change
  33. Eat a plant-based meal
  34. Listen to the howling wind
  35. Go for a bike ride
  36. Read a book outside
  37. Learn about local land history
  38. Support pesticide-free growers
  39. Participate in a community science project
  40. Make a donation to Mass Audubon
  41. Recycle cans and bottles
  42. Reduce your household water use
  43. Feel the sand in between your toes
  44. Search for fiddleheads
  45. Learn how to forage
  46. Make pine needle tea
  47. Plant milkweed to support monarch butterflies
  48. Learn how to identify frog calls
  49. Take a Mass Audubon program
  50. Look for fireflies
  51. Go on a lunchtime walk
  52. Protect a local vernal pool
  53. Skip chemical fertilizers in your garden
  54. Plant native plants
  55. Remove invasive plant species
  56. Climb a tree
  57. Play outside
  58. Pick up litter
  59. Watch the sunrise
  60. Watch the sunset
  61. Swim in the ocean
  62. Identify mushrooms and fungi
  63. Start an herb garden
  64. Visit a wildlife sanctuary
  65. Practice mindfulness outdoors
  66. Post a picture of your favorite spot outdoors
  67. Ditch single-use plastic bottles
  68. Volunteer with Mass Audubon
  69. Make a biodegradable bird feeder
  70. Visit Mass Audubon’s Advocacy Action Center
  71. Drink sustainably-farmed coffee
  72. Learn about the sheep-to-sweater process
  73. Join a community garden
  74. Take a deep breath of fresh air
  75. Hike to the top of a hill, drumlin, or mountain
  76. Learn how to mimic bird calls
  77. Use low flow settings on your home water use
  78. Go birdwatching
  79. Utilize natural light instead of electricity
  80. Go camping and leave no trace
  81. Hold off on fallen leaf removal, and learn about critters that make their homes there
  82. Try going zero-waste for a day
  83. Collect rainwater for reuse
  84. Re-sell, donate, or recycle old clothing
  85. Go on an outdoor scavenger hunt
  86. Paint outdoors
  87. Make a magical home in the woods
  88. Try geocaching
  89. Take your yoga flow outdoors
  90. Splash in puddles
  91. Catch raindrops on your tongue
  92. Open or roll down your windows for fresh air
  93. Learn why bees are so important
  94. Repurpose old fabrics into dish towels
  95. Dry your clothes outside
  96. Learn to identify trees by their buds
  97. Press a wildflower in the pages of a book
  98. Listen to nature sounds while falling asleep
  99. Watch some ants going about their business
  100. Draw a picture in the dirt with a stick
  101. Turn off the engine instead of idling your car
  102. Dip your toes in a local brook, stream, or river
  103. Rollover logs to look for salamanders (and put back the log where you found it)
  104. Learn about Indigenous land management
  105. Shop for clothes secondhand
  106. Have a picnic outdoors (and leave no trace)
  107. Opt-out of junk mail to reduce paper waste
  108. Use the iNaturalist app to identify wildlife
  109. Gift a native plant to someone you love
  110. Plant a tree
  111. Visit an aquarium
  112. Fly a kite
  113. Climb rocks
  114. Hug a tree
  115. Watch a nature documentary
  116. Dance outdoors
  117. Build a shelter (and leave no trace)
  118. Practice nature photography
  119. Explore a new trail
  120. Visit a sanctuary nature play area
  121. Put out a hummingbird feeder
  122. Howl at the moon
  123. Look for sunbathing turtles
  124. Make a water wall
  125. Build a compost creature

Sledding with Wachusett Meadow Camp Director Elizabeth Broughton

Camp Is Coming! An Update on Summer Camp 2021

What’s that? Did you say camp is coming? Yes, camp is coming!

Mass Audubon’s camp staff love winter, but we really miss summer camp, and we bet you do, too. Across the state and at one special property in southern New Hampshire, our camp staff is hard at work getting ready for next year.

Even with all the challenges and new protocols, we had an amazing summer in 2020, and we’re confident that our success in delivering a safe summer of camping this past year will guide us into an even better season of discovery, exploration, and fun in the outdoors in 2021.

Check out this video for the latest update on summer camp:

Registration will open a little later than usual, but keep an eye out for more updates from your Mass Audubon nature camp and contact your camp director if you have any questions.

And if you’re missing us as much as we’re missing you, campers, check out our upcoming winter programs for even more fun in nature.

We can’t wait to see you! Now get outside and enjoy nature!

Manchaug Pond, Sutton, MA © Marty Jo Henry

Fall Fest Fun for All

Manchaug Pond, Sutton, MA © Marty Jo Henry
Manchaug Pond, Sutton, MA © Marty Jo Henry

From October 24–31, Mass Audubon’s Fall Fest offers in-person and virtual programs, free activities, and unique fall experiences for all ages throughout Massachusetts. Here are all the ways you can get in on the fun!


Family Fun Days at Wildwood

Kick off Fall Fest a little early at Mass Audubon’s Wildwood Camp in Rindge, NH this weekend (October 17–18) where you can enjoy canoeing and kayaking, guided nature walks, archery, tie-dying, campfires, and more fall fun!

Fall Fest Programs

Howl at the full Halloween moon, prowl for owls, travel by hayride, and more with fall fest programs across the state, both in-person and online.

Nature Play Days

Create your own Fall Fest wherever you are with downloadable bingo cards, scavenger hunts, activity sheets, crafts, and more for Young Explorers during Nature Play Days.

Follow Along on Facebook

Make fall crafts, explore the outdoors, and meet spooky animals with us all week long through fun and interactive videos on our Facebook page.

Pumpkin Carving & Painting Contest

Enter our contest by sharing your artistic creations to our Facebook page from October 24–31. Try one of our pumpkin carving stencils or design your own masterpiece!

Fall-unteer at a Sanctuary

There are lots of great ways to give back to your community this fall by volunteering at a wildlife sanctuary near you. Volunteer projects take place outdoors, so you can spend some time working in nature and be socially distanced, too.

Exclusive Mass Audubon Experiences

During our “Fall Fun-raiser” silent auction, you can bid on exclusive Mass Audubon experiences like private strawberry-picking at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, unique animal encounters at Habitat in Belmont, Cape Cod adventures, and more.

Come Play Outside With Us!

You’ve probably heard the stories if not told them. They always start with … “When I was a kid…” and have some variation of … “I’d play outside all day until the dinner bell rang.” Of course, back then (whenever then was), things were different.

The internet was just a kernel of an idea. Television was limited to a few stations. And the amazing options of after school activities were, well, less than amazing. With fewer options, kids would head outdoors for entertainment–building forts, climbing trees, and playing hide-and-seek to name a few.

Sure, that still happens now, but research shows that children today spend less time outside than any other generation before them. 

Girl playing on tree

Why Nature Play Matters

There are endless benefits to playing in the outdoors. Specifically, nature play:

  • Promotes a healthy, active lifestyle 
  • Develops imagination, creativity, and invention 
  • Allows a space for children to navigate risk and problem solving 
  • Supports inquiry-based learning through curiosity and exploration 
  • Provides opportunities to practice adaptability, flexibility, and resilience.

And of course, when children are in nature, they find connections to the natural world. These connections are critical to creating the next generation of nature heroes. Researcher and educator David Sobel notes: “If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it.”

© Lisa Roberts

Introducing Nature Play Days 

As a way to encourage everyone, adults and children, to get out and play in nature, Mass Audubon is launching Nature Play Days. Each season, our team of wildly enthusiastic educators will share Nature Play ideas and activities, all of which can be done in your neighborhood, local park, or wildlife sanctuary. 

You can be someone who supports getting children outside, giving them the freedom to explore (safely of course), and ensuring they get all the benefits that come along with it. 

To start you off, here are 10 fall-themed activities.

Throughout the season, we’ll be posting weekly videos and hand-outs describing these activities on our website and social media. Follow along and share your discoveries with us!

Campers inspect a bird nest at Wachusett Meadow Nature Day Camp in Princeton

Hip, Hip, Hooray for Camp!

Summer just isn’t summer without camp. Sunshine, fresh air, friends, and fun in the outdoors are the optimal nourishment for body, mind, and soul. So when COVID-19 shut down Massachusetts this spring, our camp and education staff immediately got to work, developing plans to open some of our day camps if the opportunity presented itself.

While awaiting guidance from the state and local boards of health, they rewrote policies and created new safety and hygiene protocols, ordered PPE supplies, and adapted programming for the age of social distancing. Our top priority was to make camp as safe and fun as possible and give kids a healthy “dose of normalcy” for the first time in months.

Campers inspect a bird nest at Wachusett Meadow Nature Day Camp in Princeton
Campers inspect a bird nest at Wachusett Meadow Nature Day Camp in Princeton

And based on what we are seeing at our 11 day camps that are open across the state, it was all worth it. Don’t take our word for it, though. Here’s what a few camp families have recently shared with us.

Toads and Games and Friends, Oh My!

“What a gift to offer this magical experience during COVID! Our children came home every day energized and inspired, regaled us with stories of their encounters with the farm animals, catching toads, playing games outside, meeting new friends, and entertaining camp counselor stories about birds.”

Epidemiologist-Approved

“I am an epidemiologist and I was so happy with the safety precautions taken by the camp staff! I felt completely comfortable leaving my child at camp each day. The staff went above and beyond to create a fun and healthy environment for campers. I am so appreciative of the entire staff’s hard work this summer!” 

Hitting the Reset Button

Screenshot of a text message from "Kristine" that reads: "I just wanted to reach out to say that just 2 days of camp has reversed months of COVID damage in both my kids. It's compounding each day. [Heart Eyes Emoji] It really is special."
Text message received by one of our camp directors from a happy camp parent.

Rising to the Occasion

“I’m sad that the kids and our world is going through this, but I’m grateful you all rose to the occasion and still made it all happen. You did a GREAT job navigating this year.”

Heartful Thanks

“Camp was the best week we’ve had since COVID closed Massachusetts schools in March, no exaggeration. Your enthusiasm, warmth, professionalism and flexibility were utterly fantastic. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” 

Looking to Join the Fun?

The appreciation from our camper families and the smiles on our campers’ faces (underneath masks, of course) are just the fuel we need to persevere through these challenging times, together.  

There are still a small handful of slots available at a few sites, so if your child is eager to get in on camp this summer, check with your local day camp to see if they have availability. We can’t wait to see you! 

Take a Deep Breath of Nature

UPDATE 3/23/20: As It brings us great sadness to inform you that, to support the stay-at-home advisory given by Governor Baker, we will be closing all of Mass Audubon’s wildlife sanctuaries and trails to any visitation as of noon on Tuesday, March 24, until further notice. Please visit massaudubon.org/covid19 for more details.

Spring Trail

If ever there was a need for the benefits of being outside, it is now. Study after study has shown that being outdoors can do wonders for our health and well-being.  

And while our buildings have temporarily shut-down, our 38,000 acres of protected land is there for you to explore.  

Visit a favorite trail, or try a new one. While you’re there, take a deep breath, slow down, listen to the sounds around you, seek out signs of spring, and share what you see on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram

We may have to socially distance ourselves in person, but we can continue to be a strong community online. 

Need some inspiration on where to visit? 

A few important notes if you do plan on visiting: 

  • If you see others there, remember to socially distance yourselves and do not gather in large groups. 
  • If we feel a sanctuary is getting so much visitation that socially distancing becomes challenging, we may need to close the sanctuary. 
  • To prevent the spread of COVID-19, there will be no bathrooms available. 
  • For your safety, please do not play in the Nature Play Areas. 
  • See additional guidelines for the safety of people and wildlife.

Mass Audubon relies on memberships and admission fees to maintain our property and provide education programs. During this difficult time, we have opted to open our trails free to everyone. If you would like make a donation, you can designate your gift to the sanctuary you visited.  

Be sure to keep visiting our blog, where we will be sharing more ways to engage with nature over the coming weeks. Until then, stay well and get outside. 

What To Do This Weekend: March 7-8

Take part in maple sugaring, attend a pancake breakfast, go on an owl prowl, take a night hike, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

North Shore

Take a Sugaring Off Tour at Ipswich River in Topsfield to learn how to identify a sugar maple, observe tapping and sap collection methods, watch the sap being boiled down in the sugarhouse, and get a sweet taste of the final product. (adults and children, registration required)

Meet Backyard Birds at Joppa Flats in Newburyport. Bird Banding Station Manager Ben Flemer presents demonstrations on bird research and banding. You’ll learn about your own backyard birds and why they’re here while watching scientific research in action.

More on the North Shore

Greater Boston

Celebrate one of New England’s historic staple crops—maple sugar—during the Sap-to-Syrup Breakfast at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. Enjoy a hearty breakfast, then get a hands-on lesson about the sap-to-syrup process in our sugar maple grove. (registration required)

Head to Habitat in Belmont for a Maple Sugaring Celebration. Hear stories, learn to identify our local maples, and taste sap right from the tree before boiling down a little of our own to taste! (adults and children, registration required)

During Magnificent Mysterious Mammals at Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton, get a close encounter with the Striped Skunk during a live animal presentation. (families with children, registration required)

Boston Nature Center is also getting into Maple Sugaring. Try your hand at tapping the tree and enjoy some fresh sap! Learn about the different techniques and equipment used across New England and why Sugar Maples are so unique. (adults and children, registration required)

Bring the whole family to Broadmoor in Natick for Owl Prowl Adventures Under the Moon to learn about owl calls, behavior and habitat as we search and listen for our resident Screech, Barred, and Great Horned Owls. (families with children, registration required)

More in Greater Boston

South of Boston

Once dusk has settled over the marsh head out on a Full Worm Moon Hike at Tidmarsh in Plymouth. Stop, look, and listen for creatures that awaken with the setting of the sun. (adults and children, registration required)

Stewart Ting Chong has spent countless hours photographing Piping Plovers at Duxbury Beach. Check out some of his outstanding photos during the Opening Reception of Plover Photography Exhibit at North River in Marshfield.

More in South of Boston

Cape Cod

Go on a Children’s Owl Prowl at Wellfleet Bay. Learn about the amazing adaptations of our local owls and enjoy a story and head out on an evening hike searching for these mysterious nocturnal creatures. (families with children, registration required)

More on Cape Cod and Islands

Central Massachusetts

Discover the immense variety of bird life that exists at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester on a Saturday Morning Bird Walk. Learn the basics of bird identification and bird watching during this easy-to-moderate walk. (adults, registration required)

More in Central Massachusetts

Connecticut River Valley

Get an Introduction to Arcadia and Mass Audubon’s work in the Valley. Sanctuary Director Jonah Keane will share overview of how we protect the nature of Massachusetts, what’s so special about Arcadia, and how you can get involved. (adults, registration required)

More in the Connecticut River Valley