Hunt for treasure on the beach, go on nature walks, tour an oyster farm, photograph the night sky, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.
Take a naturalist-guided Nature Walk at the Boston Nature Center to discover the sanctuary’s forests, meadows, and wetlands. Ask questions and learn about the biodiversity in an urban setting. (adults and children ages 4+)
Go on an Essex River Wildlife Adventure by Kayak with Ipswich River. Paddle through the beautiful creeks and inlets of the Essex River basin, where mudflats provide feeding areas for returning shorebirds and snowy and great egrets, while common terns feed in the shallower waters. (adults, registration required)
Drop in to Joppa Flats before the beach, after the beach, or instead of the beach to Meet Beach Creatures in a 110-gallon tide pool touch tank. Volunteers interpret the amazing animals you may or may not have seen on your own beach visits and answer all the “why, what, how” questions you want to know.
South of Boston
Celebrate the beginning of National Moth Week by going to Moth Night at Moose Hill in Sharon. Start with an indoor presentation then head outside to do field research collected from live moth traps made with bright lights over white sheets. (adults and children ages 7+, registration required)
Learn how to Photograph the Night Sky at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth. Get tips on camera equipment, camera settings, and how to post-process images before going outdoors to take photos. (adults, registration required)
Channel your inner pirate and go on a Compass Treasure Hunt on Duxbury Beach, part of North River’s Family Fun Day on the Beach.
Cape Cod and Islands
Go on a Oyster Farm Tour in Barnstable. This low-tide walking tour of a working oyster farm right off the beach at Long Pasture is a fun opportunity to see how an oyster grant works and learn about aquaculture. (adults, registration required)
Head to State Beach for Saturdays at Sengekontacket, a one-hour program run by a Felix Neck naturalist that explores the nature of Sengekontacket Pond on Martha’s Vineyard. (All ages)
Take an Early Morning Bird Walk at Wellfleet Bay. From pine woodlands and freshwater pond to salt marsh and beach, Goose Pond Trail’s diverse natural communities offer diverse bird sightings. (adults, registration required)
Connecticut River Valley
Head to Arcadia for the perfect Introduction to Nature for Infants and Toddlers. This one-hour hike will enable your child or children, birth to 5 years old, to gently discover the natural world around them and give you skills to confidently lead explorations of your own. (families, registration required)