What To Do This Weekend: Dec 15-17

Look for winter birds, gaze at the stars, make snowman ornaments, celebrate the solstice, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

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Greater Boston

Spend your Friday night Star Gazing and looking at other night objects through big telescopes at Moose Hill in Sharon. (adults and children ages 6+)

At the Museum of American Bird Art, make Snowman Ornaments and a winter landscape collage inspired by the art of Charley Harper. After creating your artwork, go on a naturalist-guided hike around the wildlife sanctuary. (families, registration required)

While this year’s winter solstice occurs on December 21, Celebrate the Solstice early at Habitat in Belmont with history, lore, poetry, a solstice story, and a walk as the sun sets. (adults and children ages 10+)

Go on a Family Bird Walk at the Boston Nature Center to look for the most common birds found in Boston. Learn how to tell them apart and the best way to use binoculars. (families with children ages 8+)

Enjoy a Naturalist Walk at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. The walk will focus on one particular area or habitat as we build our understanding of ecological communities and our mutual interdependence. (adults and children ages 12+)

Look for golden and ruby crowned kinglets, rusty blackbirds, juncos, ruffed grouse, wild turkeys, and many more birds during a Family Winter Bird Walk at Stony Brook in Norfolk. Along the way, learn just how these creatures survive the harsh New England winters. (families with children ages 6+, registration required)

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North Shore

Go on a Lantern-lit Solstice Walk at Ipswich River in Topsfield. Stroll the trails to light up the night and then enjoy hot cider and cocoa at the bonfire. (adults and children)

Search out avian activity in the Newburyport/Plum Island area, one of the best year-round birding locations in the country, at Saturday Morning Birding. Beginners and birders of all levels are welcome. (adults)

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Central Massachusetts

Head to Broad Meadow Brook for bear-themed Preschool Story Hour. Listen to a story, enjoy an activity, and then go on a naturalist-led walk. (families, registration required)

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South of Boston

Oak Knoll is Attleboro is hosting a Teen Conservation Club series. During it, teens will delve into environmental science with activities like creating enrichment for our nature center’s animal collection and investigating local conservation topics. (ages 13-17, registration required)

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Cape Cod

Look for Winter Ducks at Long Pasture in Barnstable and other spots around town. Be on the lookout for black scoters, American wigeons, northern pintails, gadwalls, and ring-necked ducks. (adults and children ages 12+, registration required)

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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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