kayaking in Barnstable

What To Do This Weekend: July 14-15

Go kayaking, make mead, look for fireflies, practice yoga, take a nature cruise, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Kayaking in Barnstable

Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard

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)

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)

More in Cape Cod and the Islands

South of Boston

Explore the Woods of Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary in Wareham. Open your senses and observational skills up to the wildlife that call the pine forest and marshes home and learn more about the flora and fauna that we encounter. (adults, registration required)

Practice Yoga at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth with nothing but the sounds of birds and nature serving as the backdrop to your practice. (adults, registration required)

Unlock the Secrets of Fireflies at Tidmarsh in Plymouth on a guided walk of the sanctuary after dark. (adults, registration required)

More South of Boston

Greater Boston

Join us for a leisurely Summer Morning Canoe on the Charles at Broadmoor in Natick. Listen to bird songs and watch for Great Blue Herons, turtles, and dragonflies as you paddle during the quiet hours. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Family Night Hike at Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton. Test your senses, look and listen for animals, and (conditions permitting) gaze at the stars. (families, registration required)

Learn how to make mead, an ancient wine made from honey, in this hands-on Mead Making Workshop at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. We’ll cover the history of this fascinating beverage, ingredient selection, and the steps to creating delicious mead. (adults, registration required)

Get the Most of Your Smartphone Camera at Stony Brook in Norfolk. Head out on the trails after a quick tour to put those camera phones through their paces. (adults, registration required)

Find out how to ID Summer Trees at Boston Nature Center. Distinguish between a maple, oak, black locust, or birch as you take a closer look at the forest around us. (adults, registration required)

More in Greater Boston

North Shore

Go on a Beach Creature Cruise with Joppa Flats aboard the Yankee Clipper. Practice hands-on science, use interactive props, and look for seabirds, seals, and waterfowl. (families, registration required)

More on the North Shore

Central Massachusetts

Yoga is a beautiful way to connect to your inner refuge. Head to Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester to experience Yoga at the Sanctuary surrounded by the serenity of nature. (Adults, registration required)

More in Central Massachusetts

Connecticut River Valley

Explore the world of Dragonflies and Damselflies, jewels of the insect world, at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. Learn tips on how to identify the common species in our area and go for a walk to find them. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

More in the Connecticut River Valley


Canoe the Upper and Lower Goose Ponds or the Housatonic River with Pleasant Valley. Look for wildlife and learn about the region’s waterways. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

More in the Berkshires

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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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