As the summer winds down, we’ve got a weekend packed full of activities to help you get the most out of these last hazy days. Enjoy a family-friendly caterpillar event, feast your eyes on autumn wildflowers, paddle through a river or saltmarsh, and more.
- At Drumlin Farm in Lincoln’s Caterpillar Celebration, enjoy a day of exploration and discovery with the Caterpillar Lab. Marvel at the beauty and behaviors of these creatures through live animal displays, photographs, art, and scientific study. (All ages)
- Springtime may be famous for flowers, but there are many beautiful fall blooms, too. At Arcadia in Easthampton’s Asters and Goldenrods, visit various habitats to search for yellow and white goldenrods and white, blue, and purple asters. Learn tips for distinguishing species and practice using an identification key. (Adult, registration required)
- Wildwood in Rindge, New Hampshire is offering Ponding and Wetland Exploration for Families. Discover the diverse ecosystem of Hubbard Pond, including insects with remarkable life cycles. (Family, registration required)
- Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester is the largest urban wildlife sanctuary in New England. Explore it alongside a naturalist on a Guided Sanctuary Walk. Stop to take a closer look at any interesting sights, which may include some of the many bird, plant, and butterfly species that make their home here. (All ages, registration required)
- Join Ipswich River in Topsfield for a Map and Compass Treasure Hunt around the sanctuary. Bring your own compass or use one of ours as we learn to find north, orient ourselves, count paces, and use the map and compass together to find our way. After some basics, we’ll hit the trails and use the new skills we learned to search for some hidden natural treasures. (Family, registration required)
- Take a Wildflower Foray in Mt. Washington, sponsored by Berkshire Sanctuaries. Explore Guilder Pond on Mt. Everett and another site off the beaten path. Observe amazing late summer flowers and other surprising plants. (Adult, registration required)
- Butterfly watchers of all ages and skill levels are invited to help with a Butterfly Census at Allens Pond in Westport. Savor the last days of summer and learn about these beautiful insects. Members of the Massachusetts Butterfly Club will lead survey teams and help with identification. (Family, registration required)
- Embark on a Guided Kayak Tour by single or double boat at Felix Neck in Edgartown. Observe the antics of shorebirds, explore the marsh, and search for pond wildlife. (Age restrictions apply—see listing, registration required)
For a full listing, visit our online program catalog, where you can register for most of our programs.