Tax-free sales, duck derby, nature walks, canoe and kayak trips, gardening tips, butterfly exploration, and star watching are just a few of the programs we have on tap for the weekend.
- If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your binoculars or scope, this may be the best time to do it! Swarovski Optik, Zeiss, and Pentax are offering fantastic savings for all of August. Plus save more during tax-free weekend at the Audubon Shop.
- Enter a duck in the Allens Pond Duck Derby in South Dartmouth for a chance to win “dinner for two anywhere in the world!” In addition to the race, there will be live music, bbq, activities for kids, a silent auction, and a plant auction.
- Use your five senses to explore Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Hampden as part of a Forest Sensory Walk. See how many items you can find on our “unnature trail,” listen to the many different sounds, smell and taste nature’s mints, and feel different textures. (Family, registration required)
- As part of Kayak Sampsons Island, paddle around Cotuit Bay, North Bay, and West Bay with naturalists from Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary. Highlights include bird life and the natural history of the harbor. (Ages 12+, registration required)
- The herb and vegetable gardens burst with bounty. Join Master Gardeners Mary-Ann Emery and Liz Leonard for Organic Gardening: Enjoying Your Herb Harvest at Canoe Meadows in Pittsfield to learn how to use herbs fresh in garden-fresh recipes and preserve herbs for use later in the season. (Adults, registration required)
- Take a Naturalist Walk around Drumlin Farm in Lincoln and learn how to observe, explore, and appreciate the world around us. (Adult)
- Join Deb Cary, sanctuary director for Broad Meadow Brook and Wachusett Meadow for Canoeing at Eagle Lake in Holden. This is the perfect experience for beginning paddlers and wildlife watchers. We will explore the lake for the nature that can be found and take a short walk through the adjacent woodlands. (Adult, registration required)
- Join local astronomers for a look at the stars and other night objects through big telescopes during Free Star Party at Moose Hill in Sharon. The event is on-going, so drop in for all or just some of the evening. (All)
- Come see the magic of butterflies take wing during Boston Nature Center’s Pollination Station (Caterpillars & Butterflies). Local entomologist Teá Kesting-Handly will show you amazing caterpillars, as well as adult butterflies, and allow you to explore the lifecycles of these amazing insects. This presentation includes a walk around the Nature Center to learn how to identify butterflies as well as see them in their natural habitats. (All, registration encouraged)
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!