Weekend Update: May 30-31

fairyhouseThis weekend, visitors of all ages can enjoy a terrific mix of activities at our wildlife sanctuaries across the state, such as nature festivals, a photo workshop, a horseshoe program, and more.

        • At an Adult Hike at Rocky Hill in Groton, visit amphibian breeding pools, a heron rookery, and a chestnut oak grove. Participants will learn some natural history and the geography of the wildlife sanctuary.  (Adult, registration required)
        • Take a magical tour with Make a Fairy or Troll House at Oak Knoll in Attleboro. Stroll through the field and out on the trail to gather materials for fairy and troll houses. Then, head indoors to design and create fanciful little dwellings using the found materials as well as dried flowers, colorful pebbles, and other decorations. (Family, registration required)
        • Connect with nature at Joppa Flats in Newburyport’s Bio-Blitz Free-for-All! At this full-day event, adults and children will enjoy indoor and outdoor activities that encourage them to learn more about the animals, plants, and insects that frequent our butterfly garden, salt marsh, and backyard. (All ages)
        • The whole family will enjoy one of our Saturday Morning Bird Walks for Families at Stony Brook in Norfolk. Make friends while learning how to find and identify local bird species and habitats. (Family, registration required)
        • Celebrate the wilds of Massachusetts at Ipswich River in Topsfield’s 18th annual Audubon Nature Festival. This event features live music, a raffle, and a sale of native plants that’ll make your garden attractive to monarchs. See live owls up close, crawl inside a demonstration beaver lodge, learn about sustainability, take a guided hike, and much more! Proceeds provide critical support for our education and conservation programs. (All ages)
        • Expand your photography repertoire and explore nature with your camera at Broadmoor in Natick’s Focus on Macro Photography Workshop. An award-winning photojournalist will help you tackle the challenges affecting close-up photography, including depth of field issues and lighting. (Adult, registration required)
        • At Arcadia in Easthampton’s very first Valley Bird Festival, organized and sponsored by environmental organizations throughout the area, everyone can enjoy a fun-filled day with feathered friends. This free event includes live bird of prey presentations, games, and activities for all ages. In addition to the event at Arcadia, bird walks and early morning special events will take place at the new Fort River Wildlife Sanctuary in Hadley. (All ages, registration required)
        • Discover Live Horseshoe Crabs with Dan Gibson of the Horseshoe Crab Conservation Association. At this Wellfleet Bay program, start with an interactive, family-friendly program featuring live horseshoe crabs, then get creative with a stencil craft. (All, registration required)

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

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