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What To Do This Weekend: August 20-21

From sunrise to sunset, we have your weekend adventures covered.

© Ryan O'Sullivan

© Ryan O’Sullivan

South of Boston

Calling all early birds! Head over to Powder Point Bridge at Duxbury Beach for a Sunrise Photography Workshop with North River. From the bridge, the group will venture over to the dunes and explore photographing beach roses, interesting shadows, and the morning waves. (Adults, registration required)

Celebrate the beauty of a summer evening with a tractor-drawn Sunset Hayride through the Daniel Webster in Marshfield. Relax fireside and listen to some traditional stories of the season. Then hop on the hay wagon for an evening of adventure. Finish up the evening with a visit to Fox Hill to watch the stars come out! (Families, registration required)

With the sounds of birds and nature as the backdrop, experience tranquility as you practice Yoga at the Stone Barn in Dartmouth. Taught by a certified yoga instructor, this program is suitable for yogis of all levels. (Adults, registration required)

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Cape Cod and Vineyard

Enjoy a Sunset Kayak paddling around Cotuit Bay, North Bay, and West Bay with naturalists from Long Pasture in Barnstable. (Adults, registration required).

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

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Greater Boston

Come see the magic of butterflies take wing during Pollination Station at the Boston Nature Center. Walk around the sanctuary and learn how to identify butterflies as well as see them in their natural habitats. (Families, registration required)

Go on a Naturalist Walk at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln to discover the amphibians, reptiles, mammals, flowering plants, trees, shrubs, lichens, fungi, insects, and birds that can be found at the sanctuary. (Adults, registration required)

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North of Boston

Join Joppa Flats for Saturday Morning Birding in the Newburyport/Plum Island area. Beginners and birders of all levels are welcome. (Adults)

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Central Massachusetts

Learn how to Identify and Use Local Plants including the many blackberry species found at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester. (Adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Take a walk at Laughing Brook in Hampden to discover some of Nature’s Mysteries, such as what animal left its tracks, what critter ate a food item, or who left their scat behind. (All ages, registration required)


Search for frogs, fish, herons, muskrats, and signs of beavers during a Canoe Trip on the Housatonic River. During this leisurely paddle, learn about the natural history of this waterway that serves as the heart of the Berkshires. (Ages 10+, registration required)

Learn about bird language theory and then put these ideas into practice as part of Song of the Forest workshop. Birders, naturalists, educators, conservationists, and nature-loving families will leave with new eyes and ears for the world of birds! (All ages, registration required)

More in the Berkshires

Taking Photos While Out and About?

Enter your pics in the 2016 Mass Audubon Photo Contest!

What to Do This Weekend: Dec. 19-20

Explore the wonders of nature this weekend with bird walks, mammal tracking workshops, a sea duck field trip, and more!

  • Take a Naturalist Walk around Drumlin Farm in Lincoln to learn about what’s happening around the wildlife sanctuary at this time of year. (Adults)
  • Bird Away the Winter Blues at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury with the staff from Broadmoor. We’ll be looking for species like American coot, common goldeneye, golden-crowned kinglet, and American tree sparrow. Bald eagles are often a possibility at this time of year, as occasional visitors from the north like horned larks, red-breasted nuthatch, and snow bunting. (Adults, registration required)
American coot

American coot

  • During Introduction to Tracking Mammals at Ipswich River in Topsfield, learn the basics of tracking local mammals. Following the indoor introduction, we’ll hike the sanctuary to search for tracks, chews, and scat.
  • Come out with the talented guides from Joppa Flats for Saturday Morning Birding to search to find birds in the Newburyport/Plum Island area, one of the best year-round birding locations in the country.  Beginners and birders of all levels are welcome. (Adults)
  • Join Doug Lowry for Dessert and Destinations 2015: The Pacific Northwest and Alaska Coastline at North River in Marshfield. Through photos, stories, and journal readings Doug will visit the land of complex communities that support the interplay of kelp and urchin, sea otters and salmon, and wolves and cedar. Dessert will be a mixed berry cobbler. (Adults, registration required)
  • Welcome the Winter Solstice at Boston Nature Center at little early this weekend. Learn about the science and myth behind the winter solstice, make and decorate a paper luminary to take home, and help out the birds this season by making your own bird feeder. (Family, registration required)
  • Scan the waters of Cape Cod for eiders, grebes, mergansers, widgeons and as part of The Sea Ducks of Winter hosted by Long Pasture in Barnstable. (Ages 12+, registration required)
  • Birders and non-birders of all ages and skill level welcome on a Morning Bird Walk at Habitat in Belmont. Come and enjoy gentle strolls through Habitat as we look for signs of change as winter approaches. (All ages)

For a full listing of our weekend programs, visit our program catalog, where you can register online.