What To Do This Weekend: Dec 8-9

Look for seals, go on a holly walk, make a wreath or ornament, watch a documentary, search for birds, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

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Greater Boston

Go on a Family Bird Walk to learn how to use binoculars to search for the most common birds found at the Boston Nature Center. Mini-activities along the hike will include singing like a bird, a bird food hunt, and a closer look at feathers, nests, and other bird related artifacts.

Kids can whip up some Winter Lotions and Potions at Stony Brook in Norfolk. Make some Fizzy Bath Bomb Cupcakes, lotion fish, and more as we get into the holiday spirit. (children ages 6-16, registration required)

Watch the documentary Straws at Broadmoor in Natick. Actor and Director Tim Robbins narrates a colorful history of man’s origins and obsession with using straws and marine researchers, citizen activists and business owners discuss how they’re making a sea of change…one plastic straw at a time. (adults, registration required)

Celebrate the start of the holiday season by creating a beautiful and unique wreath to take home during the Wreath Making Workshop at Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton. During the workshop, we’ll learn about evergreens and their adaptations to winter. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

This year, the Geminid Meteor Shower reaches maximum activity on the night of December 13, when as many as 120 shooting stars might be seen each hour under clear skies. Meet at Ipswich River in Topsfield days ahead to discuss the nature of meteor showers, their origins, and the best ways to observe them. (adults and children ages 10+, 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)

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South of Boston

Take a Seaside Seal Stroll family hike on Gooseberry Island in Westport that is focused on learning about and looking for harbor and grey seals. Learn about their lives, what brings them to our area and proper etiquette for viewing these protected species in their natural habitat. (families, registration required)

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Cape Cod and Islands

Go on a Holiday Holly Hike at Ashumet Holly in Falmouth. Learn about the natural history of the sanctuary’s 50 original hollies propagated by former property owner and Massachusetts’s first Agriculture Secretary, Wilfred Wheeler. (adults and children ages 12+, registration required)

Celebrate Christmas in Edgartown. Felix Neck will host a pop-up natural history museum with live animals, exhibits, and hands-on activities.

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Central Massachusetts

Head to Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester for the Holiday Nature Crafts Open House  to view our tree decorated with imaginative ornaments handcrafted from natural materials, and then make your own.

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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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