Celebrate butterflies, go on nature walks, watch for shooting stars, enjoy a paddle, practice outdoor yoga, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.
Go on a Summer Morning Canoe on the Charles with Broadmoor in Natick. Listen to bird songs and watch for great blue herons, turtles and dragonflies as we paddle during the quiet morning hours. (adults, registration required)
Take a deep dive into habitats and ecological communities on a Naturalist Walk at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, where you’ll explore the sanctuary observing, learning, and looking for amphibians, reptiles, mammals, flowering plants, trees, insects, birds, and more. (adults)
During Star, S’mores, and Meteors at Blue Hills in Milton, take in the sunset while we toast marshmallows, enjoy some celestial stories, and watch for early falling stars from the Perseid meteor showers. (families, registration required)
Stretch your legs on a Nature Walk at Boston Nature Center. Find out what there is to discover in the forests, meadows, and seasonal wetlands and learn about the biodiversity in an urban setting. (adults and children ages 4+, registration required)
Explore the fascinating world of Stony Brook in Norfolk during an Evening Wildlife Prowl. The pace will be relaxed and senses heightened as we look for creatures that come out just as the sun is setting (including owls, beavers, otters, and bats). (adults, registration required)
South of Boston
With rates of up to one meteor per minute, the Perseid Meteor Shower is not to be missed! Pack your telescope and/or binoculars and head to Allens Pond in South Dartmouth to watch as it lights up with beauty. (adults and children 12+, registration required)
Explore the Woods of Wareham on a guided hike through the trails at the Great Neck Wildlife sanctuary. Learn more about the flora and fauna that we encounter in the pine forest and marshes. (adults, registration required)
Learn how shorebirds all eat at the same table and compete with each other for the shoreline’s bounty during this week’s free Duxbury Beach Family Fun Day.
Cape Cod and Islands
This one-hour program at State Beach, run by a Felix Neck naturalist, explores a different aspect of Sengekontacket Pond each week. Saturdays at Sengekontacket include hands-on activities that engage with the birds above us and the creatures below the water’s surface. (all ages)
Take in the view from atop Sandy Neck Lighthouse and see all of Cape Cod Bay on a Barnstable Harbor Kayak Excursion. Land on Sandy Neck at the remote cottage colony and learn about one of the bay’s most fascinating places. (adults, registration required)
Head to Wachusett Meadow in Princeton to connect with your breath, body, mind, and nature during Yoga at the Sanctuary. This class is appropriate for all levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners, as several options/modifications will be given for each pose. (adults, registration required)
Celebrate butterflies with a day of educational fun for all ages as part of the Barbara J. Walker Butterfly Festival at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester. Expect nature-themed arts and crafts, a live caterpillar exhibit, butterfly plant sales, delicious food, and music.
Connecticut River Valley
Get an Introduction to Grasses at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. Find out the characteristics that distinguish grasses from grass-like sedges and rushes and learn how to identify some of the grasses found at Arcadia. (adults, registration required)
Spend a morning at Ipswich River in Topsfield learning about Butterflies of Massachusetts. Find out how to identify local species and their host plants, flight times, and life cycles. (adults, registration required)
Search out avian activity in the Newburyport/Plum Island area, one of the best year-round birding locations in the country, as part of Saturday Morning Birding. Beginners and birders of all levels are welcome. (adults)