Wild edibles, a nature play date, canoeing for beginners, a visit to bird banding station, a Mother’s Day hike, and spring wildflowers are just a few of the ways to enjoy the great outdoors with us this weekend.
- Martha’s Vineyard has a cornucopia of wild foods. Join Felix Neck Sanctuary Director Suzan Bellincampi for Eat Wild and learn how to identify and prepare wild edibles that can be found in your backyard and island neighborhood. (Adult, registration required)
- Drop in anytime for Nature Play Date – Kabloom! at Boston Nature Center to take part in hands-on activities, arts and crafts, guided hikes, and stories and more. Unstructured outdoor play develops creativity and a deep connection to nature while having fun in the outdoors. (Family)
- Join Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary for Canoeing for Beginners to learn or brush up on basic paddling strokes such as the forward and back paddle, sweep, draw, and j-stroke. Learning how to make these strokes correctly will enable you to control your canoe with far less effort. We’ll practice on land and in the backwaters, and then canoe the river to enjoy the sights and sounds of a spring afternoon. (Adult, registration required)
- How would you like a really good look at some of our migrant and resident birds without using your binoculars? Come for a Banding Station Visit to the Joppa Flats Bird Banding Station at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island. You will be surprised at the actual sizes, colors, and details of the birds you think you know. (Adult, registration required)
- Bird Mount Auburn for the Birds with Drumlin Farm is a special opportunity to enjoy our spring migrants, especially the colorful wood warblers, while supporting bird conservation and education initiatives at Drumlin Farm. This exciting morning of birding in the beautiful garden-like setting of Mount Auburn Cemetery, a state listed IBA (Important Bird Area), is offered as part of our annual Bird-a-thon fundraising events. (Adult, registration required)
- Your Mom doesn’t want another bottle of perfume! Treat her instead to a Mother’s Day Hike on the beautiful trails at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary. Wildflowers are in bloom, frogs and salamanders crowd vernal pools, and birds are singing! Each Mom will receive a laminated guide of her choice from Mass Audubon’s series including Guide to Northeastern Butterflies and Butterfly Gardening, Guide to Backyard Birds of Eastern North America or Pond Watchers Guide to Vernal Pools of Eastern North America. (All, registration required)
- Admire the beginning of spring and the earliest spring blossoms in the woodlands as part of Wildflowers and Spring Changes at Pleasant Valley in Lenox. We will take a leisurely walk and, along the way, learn the natural history of these lovely spring wildflowers and other signs of spring. (Family)
For a full listing of programs, visit our online program catalog, where you can now register online for many of our programs. And if you’re out taking photos, don’t forget to enter the 2014 Mass Audubon Picture This Photo Contest!