Weekend Update July 19-20

beesCanoe trips, camp outs, a mushroom walk, a cheese making class, and a beekeeping workshop are just a few of the ways to enjoy the outdoors this weekend.

  • Watch for frogs, fish, herons, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the Housatonic River as part of the Berkshires Sanctuaries’ Canoe Trip. Join us to learn about the natural history of the waterway that is the heart of the Berkshires. (Adults, registration required)
  • Experience the magic of gliding quietly over the silky smooth waters of the upper reaches of Charles River as you paddle with the unhurried current downstream. What lies beyond the next bend? Find out as part of Stony Brook’s Family Canoe Trip. (All, registration required)
  • Join Broadmoor for Canoeing with Eagles in the scenic Monadnock region of New Hampshire. Watch for adult eagles as they soar and fish and juveniles as they stretch their wings in preparation to leave the nest. Bring a lunch for a picnic part way. (Adults, registration required)
  • Explore the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield after hours during a Family Camp Out under the stars. You bring the tent, and we’ll provide the s’mores. Wake up and enjoy an early-morning breakfast, before paddling downstream to look for turtles, frogs, herons, and creatures that live above and below the water’s surface. (Families, registration required)
  • Moose Hill’s Making Mozzarella in Sharon is back by popular demand! Learn how you can make fresh mozzarella at home. With time, we’ll not only make a batch of mozzarella, but ricotta as well. Bring a couple of food storage containers to take home samples. (Adults, registration required)
  • Can you distinguish a bolete from a gilled mushroom? Join Drumlin Farm for a Fungi Field Walk around the wildlife sanctuary to discover as many fungi as we can. Learn about the crucial and sometimes astonishing roles these fascinating life forms have in the ecosystem and some methods for identifying mushrooms and other fungi in the field. (Adults, registration required)
  • Did you know that you can keep bees in your backyard? During the Beekeeping 101 workshop at the Boston Nature Center, you will learn what it takes to keep a busy, productive hive of bees happy! Learn where to get your bees, how to set up and maintain the hive, and what types of activities and time commitment are required throughout the year. (Adults, registration required)

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!

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About Hillary T.

Where: Mass Audubon Headquarters, Lincoln Who: Massachusetts transplant by way of Florida and New York. Raising two young girls, who she hopes will be budding naturalists Favorite part of the job: Learning something new every day from some of the smartest and most enthusiastic groups of people

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