Weekend Update: August 22-23

emilyWe’ve got a wide variety of activities to make your weekend exciting. Paddle wetlands rich in wildlife, learn how to take great bird photos, try yoga in a picturesque natural setting, and more.

        • The whole family will enjoy Family Dusk Paddles: Discovering Wetlands at Ipswich River in Topsfield. Learn about the wonders of waterways firsthand while traveling through meandering backwaters lined with cattails. Stop to sample aquatic life using buckets and strainers. (All ages, registration required)
        • Visit birding hotspots with experienced leaders at Joppa Flats in Newburyport’s Saturday Morning Birding. Birders of all experience levels, including beginners, are welcome. The only requirement: bring your sense of excitement about this great area, one of the nation’s best year-round birding locations. (Adult)
        • Enjoy an introduction to nature on a First Child in the Woods/Caregiver and Infant/Toddler Walk. Explore the changing beauty of Arcadia in Easthampton. Your young child or children can gently discover the natural world while you gain the skills to confidently lead explorations of your own. (Family, registration required)
        • How do nature photographers capture detailed portraits of active birds? Shutterbugs of all levels will benefit from Bird Photography at Boston Nature Center in Mattapan. This program covers equipment, software, composition techniques, where to go and how to approach birds, ethical issues, and more. (Adult, registration required)
        • Embark on a Canoe Trip on the Housatonic River sponsored by Berkshire Sanctuaries. Look for frogs, herons, muskrats, and other creatures on a leisurely paddle down this meandering and scenic waterway at the heart of the Berkshires. (All ages, registration required)
        • Get acquainted with the trees of Massachusetts at Biodiversity Walks—Hemlock Forests at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton. Discover their ecological importance and fascinating connections with human history. (Adult, registration required)
        • At Felix Neck in Edgartown, take a Guided Kayak Tour by Single Boat or Double Boat on Sengekontacket Pond. Watch American oystercatchers, cormorants, and
          other birds feed and frolic as you learn about the natural history of the saltwater
          communities on Martha’s Vineyard. (Must be age 11 or older to paddle, everyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, registration required)
        • Bring the relaxing sounds of nature to your yoga practice with Allens Pond’s Yoga at the Stone Barn in South Dartmouth. The historic restored Stone Barn, surrounded by fields and birdlife, forms the perfect backdrop. This program is suitable for yogis of all levels. (Adult)

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

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