What To Do This Weekend: January 28-29

Learn how to make cheese, care for goats, search for owls, take a meditative walk, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

A goat at Habitat Education Center in Belmont

Greater Boston

During Simple Cheesemaking at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, sample homemade cheeses while learning the skills you need to make your own cheese at home. You will leave with recipes, resources, and the confidence you need to pursue cheesemaking. (adults and children ages 14+, registration required)

Have you been entertained by the goats at Habitat Education Center in Belmont? Now you can return the favor! During a Goat Social Session, help brush and exercise the goats while learning about their personalities and lifestyle. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

Go on a Family Owl Prowl in the Blue Hills. Discover some of the unique adaptations of owls, practice owl calls, and meet some of Blue Hills Trailside Museum’s resident owls before going on a night hike to search for owls and other nocturnal life. Space is limited. (Families with children ages 6+, registration required)

During Animal Tracking at Broadmoor, learn to identify the tracks, chews, scat, burrows and other clues left by many creatures including deer, fisher, and coyote. Enjoy a guided walk as we search for signs of our local winter wildlife. (adults, registration required)

Join Boston Nature Center for its first Winter Pruning Workshop as we tend to the young fruit and nut trees at the food forest. Learn how pruning helps trees prepare for spring and increases fruit yield. This free program is sponsored by the Boston Food Forest Coalition. (adults, registration required)

Attend the opening reception for Birdscapes: Recent Oil Paintings by James Coe, the newest exhibit at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton.

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North of Boston

Head to Ipswich River in Topsfield for Nature Art in Field and Studio, a one-day workshop that focused on Barry Van Dusen’s current residency with Mass Audubon. Barry will discuss the approaches he uses to create artwork on location and in his studio. Then, roll up your sleeves and dive into your sketchbook! (adults, 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.

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South of Boston

During Owls and Omelets, join the North River Wildlife Sanctuary team in Marshfield as we seek out our resident screech and great horned owls, explore some owl adaptations and work up our appetites in the process. After the early morning prowl, we will head indoors for a full breakfast. (adults, registration required)

Experience the magic of calling for owls after listening to the classic story, Owl Moon. This before dinner program is specially designed for families with children aged 3-6, but all are welcomed to attend. (families, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Join Broad Meadow Brook on a Winter Birding field trip to Plum Island to search for winter ducks and raptors along the coast.  (adults, registration required)

Learn to connect with the natural world in a healing, calming, grounding, and replenishing way through a Shinrin-Yoku Forest Breathing Guided Sanctuary Walk at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton. Look to the wisdom of nature for effective ways to relax and reinvigorate yourself. (All ages, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Get an Introduction to Arcadia and Mass Audubon by joining Sanctuary Director Jonah Keane for an overview of how we protect the nature of Massachusetts and how you can get involved. (adult, registration required)

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Join a naturalist for a 2-hour Wildlife CSI: Understanding Animal Tracks & Signs adventure in search of tracks, scat, and other signs of animals that stay active throughout the winter. (adults and children ages 6+, registration requested)

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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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