Look for animal tracks, meet backyard birds, learn how to felt, go for nature walks, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.
South of Boston
North River Wildlife Sanctuary will be at the Scituate Farmers Market. Stop by the table for hands-on activities that explore the wonderful world of birds and their unique adaptations.
Take a guided Family Nature Hike at Oak Knoll in Attleboro and look for winter wildlife and the signs they leave behind. (adults and children ages 3+, registration required)
During the introductory Wonders of Wool at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, get to know basic needle felting tools and techniques. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you catch on as you create and personalize a felted creation of your own! (adults, registration required)
Have Fun with Animal Footprints and Signs at Broadmoor in Natick. Discover what tracks otters, rabbits, deer, coyote and many other animals leave behind. (families with children ages 6+, registration required).
Celebrate nature through art, songs, puppets, stories, and nature play at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton, as part of Winter Nature and Art Discovery. (families, registration required)
During the Winter Photography Workshop at Boston Nature Center learn about equipment recommendations as well as techniques for exposure, lighting, and composition. Head outside to take photographs and, if time permits, come back indoors to discuss ways to enhance your images. (adults, registration required)
Spend your Friday night attending the Wolf Moon Celebration at Ipswich River in Topsfield. Go on a guided woodland walk and then warm up with savory appetizers, and a wine tasting with Mill River Winery. (adults 21+, registration required)
Stop by Joppa Flats in Newburyport for a chance to Meet Backyard Birds. You’ll learn about your own backyard birds and why they’re here while watching scientific research in action.
Connecticut River Valley
Go for a Winter Walk at Laughing Brook in Hampden to look for tracks as well as other signs of wildlife such as browsing, scat, and winter homes. (adults, registration required)
Learn about the natural history of one of our most common birds, the American Crow. Take a trip to Springfield or Greenfield to observe a spectacular natural event as the birds congregate by the thousands at a nighttime roost. (adults, registration required)
Strap on snowshoes (or microspikes, depending upon conditions) and join us for Lenox Mountain Summit Hike at Pleasant Valley. Track wildlife, identify trees by their bark, and take in a 50-mile view from the top. This is a moderately strenuous hike. (adults, registration required)
During Understanding Tracks & Signs at Canoe Meadows in Pittsfield. Discover a new window into who-done-it mysteries that take place outside in nature. (adults and children ages 6+, registration required)