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belted kingfisher

What To Do This Weekend: Sept 21-22

Look for wildflowers, learn how to draw, go on a bird walk, paddle on the North Shore, have fun with slime, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

belted kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher

Greater Boston

Go on a guided Autumn Wildflower Exploration at Broadmoor in Natick. Learn about late-blooming wildflowers from asters to goldenrods and other composites, and a variety of swamp and marsh species. (adults, registration required)

Enjoy a free Fall Bird Walk at Boston Nature Center. Find and identify birds through field marks, sounds, and behaviors. Birders of all levels will enjoy these guided walks. (adults, registration required)

Learn how to Draw Hawks and Falcons at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton. Discover more about these beautiful birds of prey from a Mass Audubon naturalist while you learn to draw them from life with pencil and paper. (adults, registration required)

Discover Moose Hill in Sharon in a new way during Forest Bathing, a guided, slow-paced therapeutic combination of leisurely walking, sitting, and observation. Unplug, slow down, and de-stress through a series of gentle sensory-opening invitations that welcome us to deepen our connection with nature. (adults, registration required)

Birders and non-birders of all ages and skill levels are invited for a Bird Walk at Habitat in Belmont.

Kids ages 5-15 can join Drumlin Farm’s 4H Club, which provides opportunities for kids to become more healthy, connected, balanced, and empowered through hands-on activities with farm and nature themes. (registration required)

Meet professionals from top optics manufacturers, view product demonstrations, and get answers to your questions during the Mass Audubon Shop Optics Fair on September 21. Mass Audubon members will receive exceptional discounts on binoculars, spotting scopes, and tripods!

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North Shore

Go on a Morning Paddle at Ipswich River in Topsfield. Paddle through some of the most beautiful areas on the river to see flights of wood ducks, herons, and songbirds, along with basking turtles, hungry muskrats, and the beautiful autumn colors of the marshes. (adults, registration required)

Visit Joppa Flats’ Bird Banding Station on Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and observe the bird banding process. Mass Audubon scientists capture, evaluate, and release migrant songbirds while you learn about migration and habitat use. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Head to Wachusett Meadow for a Brown Hill Hawk Watch. Learn about the natural history of New England birds of prey, followed by a (moderately difficult) hike up Brown Hill to observe fall migration. (adults, registration required)

Learn about Goldrenrods and Asters at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester, part of their Essential Nature Series. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Have Fun with Science and Slime at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. Make your own slime, talk about slugs and how they use slime, play slimeball, and go for a slimy scavenger hunt. (families, registration required)

Get an Intro to Digital Photography at Laughing Brook in Hampden. Topics include best practices for capturing an image, understanding exposure and focus, and using both manual and automatic exposure settings. (adults, registration required)

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Berkshires

Celebrate Pleasant Valley’s 90th birthday with Birds, Blossoms, & Brunch. The fun begins at noon with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and views of Lenox Mountain. Enjoy mingling with friends and take the opportunity to get up-close with a few wildlife ambassadors from Nature Matters. (adults, tickets required)

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South of Boston

Learn how to look for birds with binoculars during Oak Knoll’s Family Explorations in Attleboro. (families, registration required)

Spend the morning Birdwatching at Daniel Webster in Marshfield. Look warblers, shorebirds, raptors, and more. (adults, registration required)

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Cape Cod

During Herons at Hemenway in Eastham, observe the black-crowned night-herons’ nightly flight to the marsh to feed. This is a great opportunity to see black-crowned and maybe yellow-crowned night-herons, great egrets, and belted kingfishers. (adults, registration required)

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aster

What To Do This Weekend: Sept 14-15

Look for hawks, learn about fall flowers, attend a fall festival, take part in the honey harvest, clean up a beach, take photos, practice yoga, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

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Aster

Berkshires

Canoe the Housatonic River in Lenox. During this leisurely paddle watch for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers and learn about why the waterway is the natural heart of the Berkshires. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

Enjoy a Hawk Watch Picnic on Blueberry Hill in Granville. Bring your own lunch and learn about birds of prey while watching their spectacular migration. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Look for Asters and Goldenrods at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. Learn identifying features of these composites and enjoy a walk at the sanctuary. (adults, registration required)

Take a Saturday Morning Bird Walk around Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. Focus on field identification techniques, flight patterns, field marks, habitat preferences, and songs and calls. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Celebrate harvest time with the whole family during Hey Day at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton. You won’t want to miss this annual festival featuring farm-related demonstrations, exhibits, and hands-on activities for all ages. 

Head to the top of Wachusett Mountain for a Hawk Watch. Look up as thousands of raptors migrate through our region and find out how to identify raptors in flight. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

Help clean up the beaches of Plum Island! Volunteers of all ages can assist in removing trash and debris from Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Sandy Point State Reservation, and the north end of the island as part of COASTSWEEP.

During Butterflies & Dragonflies in Watercolor at Ipswich River, take a quick walk around the sanctuary to observe butterflies, dragonflies, and damselflies, and then return to the barn to learn different watercolor painting techniques. (adults, registration required)

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Greater Boston

Make your way to Drumlin Farm in Lincoln for a Fall Harvest Celebration. Watch cooking demos, enjoy tastings, make herb butter, explore the garden, and meet some of our farm animals. (Free with admission)

Bring the whole family to celebrate Blue Hills Trailside Museum’s 60th Anniversary with free admission, live animal demonstrations, special exhibits, and engaging programs for all ages!

Practice your Autumn Photography skills at Broadmoor in Natick. Learn tips for the upcoming season of gorgeous colors and to take advantage of golden hour as you make the most of your fall landscape images. (adults, registration required)

Enjoy the Honey Harvest at Boston Nature Center. Find out why bees collect honey, where and how it is stored in the hive, and then watch as we uncap the honeycomb, extract the honey in a hand-crank spinner, and enjoy some “liquid gold.” (adults and children, registration required)

Watch a Bird Banding Demonstration at the historic Foxfire Farm in Uxbridge. See warblers, vireos, thrushes, flycatchers, and sparrows up close, watch the banding process, and learn field ID skills. (adults and teens ages 14+, registration required)

Experience Yoga and Mindfulness at Habitat in Belmont. After a 45-minute slow and gentle yoga class indoors, head outside to explore the trails. (adults, registration required)

South of Boston

Practice Yoga in the Stone Barn at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth with nothing but the sounds of birds and nature serving as the backdrop to your practice. Taught by a certified instructor from School of Yoga New Bedford, this program is suitable for yogis of all levels. (adults)

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Cape Cod

Go In Search of Diamondback Terrapins at Wellfleet Bay. Start off inside with an introduction to this fascinating species then head outside for a walk along sanctuary trails to look for hatchlings. (adults, registration required)

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Plants & Fungi Under 18 Winner © Sean Henderson

What To Do This Weekend: Sept 7-8

Search for fungi, look for birds, practice yoga, explore fall flowers, search for butterflies, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Plants & Fungi Under 18 Winner © Sean Henderson
© Sean Henderson

Berkshires

Discover Fantastic Fungi at Pleasant Valley in Lenox as we examine mushrooms big and small, edible and poisonous. (adults, registration required)

Canoe the Housatonic River in Lenox. During this leisurely paddle watch for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers and learn about why the waterway is the natural heart of the Berkshires. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Take a Saturday Morning Bird Walk around Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. Focus on field identification techniques, flight patterns, field marks, habitat preferences, and songs and calls. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Head to Wachusett Meadow in Princeton for Yoga at the Sanctuary. In this outdoor class, connect with your breath, body, mind, and nature with Wachusett Meadow as your backdrop. (adults, registration required)

Learn about Goldrenrods and Asters at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester, part of their Essential Nature Series. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

This program is cancelled It’s Family Day at the Joppa Flats Bird Banding Station in Newburyport. You’ll see Mass Audubon scientists evaluate and release the songbirds we’ve captured while you learn about migration and habitat use. (families, registration required)

Take part in Sunday Morning Yoga at Ipswich River in Topsfield. Bring your mat, and together we will create a comfortable balance to calm your mind, energize your body, and nurture your soul by practicing breathing, movement, and meditation. (adults, registration required)

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Greater Boston

Head to Drumlin Farm in Lincoln to help with Afternoon Chores. 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)

As part of Fall Gardening and Harvesting at Boston Nature Center, learn how to prepare your gardens for winter (and look ahead to spring), harvest some delicious late season crops, and learn how to incorporate them in healthy and tasty recipes. (families, registration required)

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South of Boston

Practice Yoga in the Stone Barn at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth with nothing but the sounds of birds and nature serving as the backdrop to your practice. Taught by a certified instructor from School of Yoga New Bedford, this program is suitable for yogis of all levels. (adults)

Take part in a Butterfly Census at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth. Savor the last remnants of summer, enjoy some time outdoors, and learn about butterflies. (adults and children, registration required)

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Martha’s Vineyard

This program is cancelled During Examining the Evidence: A Climate Change Walk and Talk at Felix Neck in Edgartown, walk the sanctuary to see areas that have been impacted by climate and weather events. Also see two ongoing projects that aim to address the changes that are occurring and learn what Mass Audubon is doing to address climate change. (adults)

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Diamondback Terrapin Ron Kielb

What To Do This {Long} Weekend: Aug 31-Sept 2

Look for Diamondback Terrapins, go on a boat tour, kayak at sunset, fly a kite, count butterflies, learn about coyotes, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Diamondback Terrapin © Ron Kielb

Cape Cod and Islands

Go In Search of Diamondback Terrapins at Wellfleet Bay. Start off inside with an introduction to this fascinating species then head outside for a walk along sanctuary trails to look for hatchlings. (adults, registration required)

Enjoy a Cuttyhunk and Elizabeth Islands Boat Tour with Long Pasture. On a privately chartered vessel, the trip will leave from Falmouth Harbor for an hour-and-a-half cruise through Vineyard Sound, Buzzards Bay, and along the Elizabeth Islands. Shipboard commentary will focus on landmarks, geology, wildlife and the history of these quiet, protected islands. (adults and children, registration required)

Take in a Sunset Kayak Tour at Felix Neck in Edgartown. Relax, unwind, and appreciate the painted sky like never before while paddling the waters. (adults and children ages 14+, registration required)

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South of Boston

Head to Duxbury Beach for a Family Fun Day all about kites. Build simple kites as we explore the science of flight.

This program was cancelled Go on a Sunset Hike at Tidmarsh in Plymouth. Explore the trails while learning about the history of Tidmarsh, its restoration, and observe first hand how nature is returning to reclaim this special place. (adults and children, registration required)

Take part in a Butterfly Census at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth. Savor the last remnants of summer, enjoy some time outdoors, and learn about butterflies. (adults and children, registration required)

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Greater Boston

Are you Curious about Coyotes? Head to Boston Nature Center to learn about coyotes and search the BNC trails for their signs and tracks. (families)

Be a Citizen Science and Survey Insects at Habitat in Belmont. The data collected will provide information about the diversity of urban wildlife including our important pollinators. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

Go Saturday Morning Birding in the Newburyport/Plum Island are — one of the best year-round birding locations in the country. Beginners and birders of all levels are welcome. (adults)

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Berkshires

Discover Fantastic Fungi at Canoe Meadows in Pittsfield as we examine mushrooms big and small, edible and poisonous. (adults, registration required)

Canoe the Housatonic River in Lenox. During this leisurely paddle watch for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers and learn about why the waterway is the natural heart of the Berkshires. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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Evening Sail on the Schooner Adventure

What To Do This Weekend: Aug 24-25

Go on a evening sail, look for birds, practice yoga, kayak, learn about mushrooms, gaze at the stars, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Evening Sail on the Schooner Adventure
Evening Sail on the Schooner Adventure

North Shore

Enjoy an Evening Sail aboard the 122-foot Schooner Adventure. During the sail, guests will learn about the schooner, the maritime and natural history of the area, and watch birds. (adults, registration required)

Go Saturday Morning Birding in the Newburyport/Plum Island are — one of the best year-round birding locations in the country. Beginners and birders of all levels are welcome. (adults)

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Greater Boston

Birders and non-birders of all ages and skill levels are invited for a Morning Bird Walk at Habitat in Belmont. Look for signs of migrating species, mating behaviors, and nest building. (all ages)

Spend your Sunday morning helping Boston Nature Center as part of Volunteer Morning. Drop-in to help out with the gardens and invasive plant control. (All ages)

Go on a Late Summer Bird Walk around Stony Brook in Norfolk to look for breeding birds and maybe migrating shorebirds. (adults, registration required)

Join local astronomers for a Star Gazing Night at Moose Hill in Sharon. Look at the stars and other night objects through big telescopes. (all ages)

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South of Boston

Head to Duxbury Beach for a Family Fun Day all about mudflats. Explore the mudflats searching for mollusks, crabs, and other creatures. Wear your boots because you are bound to get muddy!

Practice Yoga in the Stone Barn at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth with nothing but the sounds of birds and nature serving as the backdrop to your practice. Taught by a certified instructor from School of Yoga New Bedford, this program is suitable for yogis of all levels. (adults)

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Cape Cod

Experience Sunset on the Marsh by Kayak with Long Pasture. See the marshes of Gray’s Beach or Sampson’s Island bathed in opulent oranges, romantic reds, pearlescent pinks and magnificent purples. (adults, registration required)

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Berkshires

Discover Fantastic Fungi at Lime Kiln Farm in Sheffield as we examine mushrooms big and small, edible and poisonous. (adults, registration required)

Find out about Animals A to Z at Pleasant Valley in Lenox. Search for all the critters, from ants to zooplankton. Bring a picnic to enjoy the evening. (families, registration required)

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Beaver © Karen Riggert

What To Do This Weekend: Aug 17-18

Go canoeing, learn about beavers, look for butterflies, save on binoculars, practice yoga, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Beaver © Karen Riggert
Beaver © Karen Riggert

Berkshires

Canoe the Housatonic River in Lenox. During this leisurely paddle watch for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers and learn about why the waterway is the natural heart of the Berkshires. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

Find out about Animals A to Z at Pleasant Valley in Lenox. Search for all the critters, from ants to zooplankton. Bring a picnic to enjoy the evening. (families, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

During Beavers at Laughing Brook in Hampden, learn about these unique mammals and then head out on the trails looking for beaver dams, lodges, trees, and other signs that beavers have been busy! (adults and children, registration required)

Canoe the Arcadia Marsh along with the Connecticut River oxbow and the Mill River on this leisurely canoe trip in Easthampton and Northampton. Learn about the wildlife that inhabits these areas and the ever changing landscape. (adults, registration required)

North Shore

Enjoy Nature Walks & Journaling with Joppa Flats in Newbury. Discover seasonal vegetation and blooms on short walks then create memorable journals using writing, drawing, watercolor painting, and photos. (adults, registration required)

Drop in to Joppa Flats in Newburyport before the beach, after the beach, or instead of the beach to Meet Beach Creatures in a 110-gallon tide pool touch tank. Volunteers interpret the amazing animals you may or may not have seen on your own beach visits and answer all the “why, what, how” questions you want to know.

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Greater Boston

Take a free Coastal Bird Walk at Belle Isle Marsh to learn more about Boston’s coastal birds. Belle Isle Marsh offers a unique birding experience as it is close to urban life, but also has a highly productive coastal ecosystem. (adults, registration required)

It’s Turtle Time at Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton. Start inside with a hands-on investigation of turtle artifacts, an up-close visit with our resident turtles, a story, and a turtle craft. Then visit Trailside’s pond to watch turtles in their natural habitat. (families, registration required)

The gardens are in full swing, and producing some great, fresh, seasonal food. Head to Boston Nature Center in Mattapan for Garden Harvest to survey the garden, learn tasty recipes, and make a garden salad and fresh tea. (adults and children, registration required)

Go on a Naturalist Walk at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln to explore the many habitats of the wildlife sanctuary while building an understanding of ecological communities and our mutual interdependence. (adults and children ages 13+, registration required)

Visit the Mass Audubon Shop in Lincoln for Tax-Free Weekend savings and get 20% off Zeiss and Swarovski binoculars and spotting scopes! 

South of Boston

Head to Duxbury Beach for a Family Fun Day all about Shorebird Feeding Adaptations. Learn how shorebirds all eat at the same table and compete with each other for the shoreline’s bounty.

Practice Yoga in the Stone Barn at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth with nothing but the sounds of birds and nature serving as the backdrop to your practice. Taught by a certified instructor from School of Yoga New Bedford, this program is suitable for yogis of all levels. (adults)

It’s All About Bees and Butterflies at Tidmarsh in Plymouth. Take a short walk, explore, and learn new things about different plants, animals, and other parts of nature. (families, registration required)

During Oak Knoll’s Family Exploration in Attleboro, dive into our worm bin and discover the secret lives of these wiggly creatures and other hard working insects. (families, registration required)

Cape Cod and Islands

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

Kayak the Herring River in Harwich, one of the most wild and scenic rivers on Cape Cod. Wildlife abound along the peaceful banks and expansive marsh. (adults, registration required)

Twelve-spotted Skimmer dragonfly © Sharon Siter

What To Do This Weekend: Aug 3-4

Learn about dragonflies, look for birds, go for a hike, practice yoga, take a photography class, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Twelve-spotted Skimmer dragonfly © Sharon Siter
Twelve-spotted Skimmer © Sharon Siter

Cape Cod & Islands

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

During Examining the Evidence: A Climate Change Walk and Talk at Felix Neck in Edgartown, walk the sanctuary to see areas that have been impacted by climate and weather events. Also see two ongoing projects that aim to address the changes that are occurring and learn what Mass Audubon is doing to address climate change. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

Head to Duxbury Beach for a Family Fun Day all about Horseshoe Crabs. Build sand sculptures depicting both this unique creature and its fellow citizens of the beach.

Practice Yoga in the Stone Barn at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth with nothing but the sounds of birds and nature serving as the backdrop to your practice. Taught by a certified instructor from School of Yoga New Bedford, this program is suitable for yogis of all levels. (adults)

Go on a Nature Hike at Tidmarsh in Plymouth. Explore the trails while learning about the history of Tidmarsh, its restoration, and observe first hand how nature is returning. (adults and children ages 6+, registration required)

Attend a free Family Habitat Day at Oak Knoll in Attleboro to look for interesting animals, plants, and see what has visited the sanctuary. (families, registration required)

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Greater Boston

Take a free Coastal Bird Walk at Belle Isle Marsh to learn more about Boston’s coastal birds. Belle Isle Marsh offers a unique birding experience as it is close to urban life, but also has a highly productive coastal ecosystem. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Saturday Morning Hike at Moose Hill in Sharon to find out about the changing seasons, local geology, conservation at Moose Hill, and Mass Audubon Quests. (adults and children, registration required)

During Dazzling Dragonflies and Damselflies at Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton, investigate native dragonfly and damselfly specimens, hear a story, and make a dragonfly craft. Then go on a short guided hike to look for dragonflies and damselflies. (families, registration required)

Learn how to Tell a Story with Your Images at Broadmoor in Natick. Find out how photojournalists tell their stories through photos using the summer scenery and wildlife at Broadmoor. (adults, registration required)

Head to Boston Nature Center for Go Bats to learn fact from fiction about bats. From the tiny bumblebee bat to the giant flying fox, bats inhabit an amazing variety of ecosystems and are vitally important to the health of the global habitat. (families, registration required)

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North Shore

Drop in to Joppa Flats in Newburyport before the beach, after the beach, or instead of the beach to Meet Beach Creatures in a 110-gallon tide pool touch tank. Volunteers interpret the amazing animals you may or may not have seen on your own beach visits and answer all the “why, what, how” questions you want to know.

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Connecticut River Valley

As part of the Gems of the Valley series with Arcadia, visit Lynes Woods Wildlife Sanctuary in Westhampton. Look for signs of moose and bear while taking a moderate hike to the edge of Lyman Brook and back again. (adults, registration required)

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Berkshires

Celebrate Pleasant Valley’s 90th Anniversary in Lenox. Enjoy a fun-filled day of learning, memories, and a bonfire. Thanks to our sponsors, everyone will enjoy free admission. (some programs require registration)

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Greater Yellowlegs © Rachel Bellenoit

What To Do This Weekend: July 27-28

Look for shorebirds, learn about ferns, explore the world of butterflies, fly a kite, make art, create an underwater viewfinder, kayak at sunset, and more with a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Greater Yellowlegs © Rachel Bellenoit
Greater Yellowlegs © Rachel Bellenoit

Berkshires

Learn the Ferns at Pleasant Valley in Lenox. Find out how to identify a fresh assortment of local ferns, then head outside to test your new skills. (adults, registration required)

During this leisurely Canoe on the Housatonic River in Lenox watch for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers and learn about why the waterway is the natural heart of the Berkshires. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

If you’ve been curious about the mushrooms, head to Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton for Fungus Among Us. Start with a presentation indoors followed by a walk on the Arcadia trails. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Connect with the natural world in a healing, calming, grounding, and replenishing way through a Shinrin-Yoku “Forest Breathing” Guided Sanctuary Walk at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton. (adults, registration required)

Take a closer look at sedges as part of this month’s Essential Nature Series at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

Focus on Shorebirds with Joppa Flats in Newburyport. Our area’s extensive mudflats, salt marshes, and salt pannes provide excellent feeding areas and roosting sites for Black-bellied and Semipalmated Plovers, Greater and Lesser yellowlegs, Semipalmated and Least sandpipers, Short-billed Dowitchers, Willets, Hudsonian Godwits, and more. (adults, registration required)

Drop in to Joppa Flats in Newburyport before the beach, after the beach, or instead of the beach to Meet Beach Creatures in a 110-gallon tide pool touch tank. Volunteers interpret the amazing animals you may or may not have seen on your own beach visits and answer all the “why, what, how” questions you want to know.

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Greater Boston

Learn about the Beautiful World of Butterflies at Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton. Start inside with an investigation of butterfly and moth specimens, a story, and a craft. Then go on a short walk around a native plant garden followed by a guided hike to look for local butterflies. (families, registration required)

Go Fly a Kite at Boston Nature Center. Partake in feather races, learn about wingbeat patterns, and make our very own kites. Bring your own kite for some quality flying time as well. (families, registration required)

Join local astronomers for a Star Gazing Night at Moose Hill in Sharon. Look at the stars and other night objects through big telescopes. (all ages)

During Birds, Blocks, and Bags with Sherrie York at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton use simple block printing tools to transform a cotton tote into a portable work of art inspired by nature.

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South of Boston

Go on a Beach Ramble at Allens Pond in Westport and South Dartmouth and explore the flora and fauna along our Beach Loop Trail. (adults and children, registration required)

Head to Duxbury Beach for a Family Fun Day to construct some simple homemade bathyscopes, a viewfinder for underwater exploration.

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Cape Cod and Islands

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

Kayak Cape Cod at Sunset with Long Pasture. This guided kayak excursion goes through the marshes of Gray’s Beach or Sampson’s Island to see these ecosystems bathed in opulent oranges, romantic reds, pearlescent pinks and magnificent purples. (adults, registration required)

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Monarch Butterfly at Long Pasture © Matthew Magann

What To Do This Weekend: July 20-21

Go for a bird walk, look for butterflies, take a night hike, practice yoga, enjoy a science cruise, paddle around, and more with a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Monarch Butterfly at Long Pasture © Matthew Magann
Monarch Butterfly © Matthew Magann

Greater Boston

Take a free Coastal Bird Walk at Belle Isle Marsh to learn more about Boston’s coastal birds. Belle Isle Marsh offers a unique birding experience as it is close to urban life, but also has a highly productive coastal ecosystem. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Naturalist Walk at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln to explore the many habitats of the wildlife sanctuary while building an understanding of ecological communities and our mutual interdependence. (adults and children ages 13+, registration required)

Enjoy a night of camping under the stars as part of Moose Hill’s Family Camp-Out in Sharon. Make s’mores over a campfire before you drift off to sleep to the sounds of crickets and owls. (families, registration required)

During Boston Nature Center’s Pollination Station, see the magic of butterflies take wing. Go for a walk to learn how to identify butterflies and make a take home butterfly craft. (families, registration recommended)

Go on a Family Night Hike at Blue Hills Trailside Museum. Test your senses, look and listen for animals, and gaze at the stars. (families, registration required)

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South of Boston

Head to Duxbury Beach for a Family Fun Day all about Piping Plovers. Make a craft to help illustrate the unique adaptations of this pint size dynamo.

Practice Yoga in the Stone Barn at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth with nothing but the sounds of birds and nature serving as the backdrop to your practice. Taught by a certified instructor from School of Yoga New Bedford, this program is suitable for yogis of all levels. (adults)

During Oak Knoll’s Family Exploration in Attleboro, grab a bug net and explore the field and forest to see what cool insects we can find. (families, registration required)

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Cape Cod and Islands

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

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North Shore

Go on a River Ecology Science Cruise on the Merrimack River with Joppa Flats. Practice hands-on science and look for seabirds, seals, and waterfowl on every trip. (families, registration required)

Enjoy Nature Walks & Journaling with Joppa Flats in Newbury. Discover seasonal vegetation and blooms on short walks then create memorable journals using writing, drawing, watercolor painting, and photos. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Head to Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester for a butterfly-themed Preschool Story Hour. Listen to a story, make a craft, and then go for a walk. (families, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Look for Dragonflies and Damselflies by Canoe with Arcadia. Start indoors learning how to identify each group, then head outdoors in canoes for field experience. (adults, registration required)

Visit Laughing Brook to explore Insects of the Field and Forest. Watch as a bee pollinates a flower, see how many different types of butterflies you can count, and learn what lives within all that white spittle on the field plants. (families, registration required)

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Berkshires

Canoe the Housatonic River in Lenox. During this leisurely paddle watch for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers and learn about why the waterway is the natural heart of the Berkshires. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

Find out about Animals A to Z at Pleasant Valley in Lenox. Search for all the critters, from ants to zooplankton. Bring a picnic to enjoy the evening. (families, registration required)

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Belted Kingfisher © Christopher Ciccone

What To Do This Weekend: July 13-14

Look for birds, go kayaking, create art on the beach, learn how to make mead, practice yoga, find fireflies, visit a bog, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Belted Kingfisher © Christopher Ciccone
Belted Kingfisher © Christopher Ciccone

Cape Cod and Islands

Go on an Early Bird Walk at Wellfleet Bay. From pine woodlands and freshwater pond to salt marsh and beach, the sanctuary’s diverse natural communities offer diverse bird sightings. (adults, registration required)

Kayak Cape Cod and Climb Sandy Neck Lighthouse with Long Pasture. This guided kayak excursion is a wonderful opportunity to learn about some of Cape Cod Bay’s most fascinating places: the remote cottage colony, the expansive dunes, and the massive Great Marsh. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

Head to Duxbury Beach for a Family Fun Day. Join the celebrated artist Marcia Ballou at her canvas as she invites you to add your talents to a piece illustrating the bounty of the beach.

Practice Yoga in the Stone Barn at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth with nothing but the sounds of birds and nature serving as the backdrop to your practice. Taught by a certified instructor from School of Yoga New Bedford, this program is suitable for yogis of all levels. (adults)

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Greater Boston

Learn how to Make Mead at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. This hands-on workshop covers the history of this fascinating beverage, ingredient selection, and steps to creating delicious mead.(adults 21+, registration required)

During Flickering Fireflies at Stony Brook in Norfolk make a craft, exploring the science behind the glow, and head outside to search for fireflies on the sanctuary. (adults and children, registration required)

As part of Firefly Friends at Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton enjoy a little ice cream, make a firefly craft, learn what fireflies like, and how you can make your backyard more firefly friendly. Then we’ll venture outside into the night to go looking for these flashing insects. (families, registration required)

Help Habitat in Belmont with Removing Invasive Plants including buckthorn, bittersweet and others, that have invaded Habitat and make it difficult for native plants to thrive. (adults and children, registration required)

Take a Summer Tree Identification Hike at the Boston Nature Center to get a closer look at the forest around us. Go home knowing how to spot a maple, oak, black locust, and birch. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

Drop in to Joppa Flats in Newburyport before the beach, after the beach, or instead of the beach to Meet Beach Creatures in a 110-gallon tide pool touch tank. Volunteers interpret the amazing animals you may or may not have seen on your own beach visits and answer all the “why, what, how” questions you want to know.

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Central Massachusetts

Take a closer look at sedges as part of this month’s Essential Nature Series at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester. (adults, registration required)

Connect with your breath, body, mind, and nature during Yoga at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton. This class is appropriate for all levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners, as several options/modifications will be given for each pose (asana). (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Visit Hawley Bog with Arcadia. During summer you should see blooming orchids such as grass pink and fringed orchid, all three native insectivorous plants, and the many members of the heath family that make the bog their home. (adults, registration required)

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Berkshires

Canoe the Housatonic River in Lenox. During this leisurely paddle watch for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers and learn about why the waterway is the natural heart of the Berkshires. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

Find out about Animals A to Z at Pleasant Valley in Lenox. Search for all the critters, from ants to zooplankton. Bring a picnic to enjoy the evening. (families, registration required)

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