We’ve got a full roster of programs that will help you enjoy the delights of the fall season. Encounter amazing mushrooms, learn to shuck oysters, search for carnivorous plants at a unique northern bog, and much more.
- Fall showers bring fungi. Here are two events that’ll help you appreciate these fascinating organisms.
- Meet the Fabulous Fungi of New England at North River in Marshfield. Author and mycologist Dr. Lawrence Millman introduces fungi with a lecture, then leads a three-hour foray to identify mushrooms in the forest. (Adult, registration required)
- Explore a different side of fungi with Ipswich River in Topsfield’s Edible Wild Mushrooms Workshop. Uncover tips on distinguishing edible species, finding them, and cooking them with an indoor introduction, field walk, and culinary demonstration. (Adult, registration required)
- See the world in a whole new way with Microscopic Adventures at the Boston Nature Center in Mattapan. Take to the trails to hunt for small creatures and nature items and observe them up close with hand lenses and microscopes. (Family, registration required)
- Experience an unusual ecosystem with Hawley Bog in the Fall sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries. This pristine peatland contains all three types of carnivorous plants that are found in Massachusetts: sundew, pitcher plant, and bladderwort. (Adult, registration required)
- Hiking the Neff Trail at Laughing Brook in Hampden offers you the chance to explore a beautiful and often-overlooked route. Discuss the history of the area, look for signs of wildlife, and see a spectacular hemlock grove on this three mile hike. (Ages 7+, registration required)
- Try a Barnstable Oyster Farm Tour and Tasting at Long Pasture in Barnstable. As part of this year’s Farm Fest, take a low-tide walking tour of a working oyster farm right off the beach at the wildlife sanctuary and choose your own samples to taste. Then enjoy a presentation about all things oyster—shucking lesson included! (Adult, registration required)
- The whole family can start the morning off right with Stony Brook in Norfolk’s Tiny Trekkers. Hit the trails and learn about the world around you. Explore a varying series of nature topics through crafts, activities, and lots of laughter. (Family, registration required)
- Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester is rich in bird life, with 164 species spotted at the wildlife sanctuary. Casual and novice birders alike will enjoy discovering this incredible diversity on a Saturday-Morning Bird Walk for Adults. Learn the basics of birding and species identification during an easy-to-moderate walk along the trails. (Adult, registration required)
For a full listing, visit our online program catalog, where you can register for most of our programs.