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What To Do This Weekend: July 28-29

Look for butterflies, forage for edible plants, learn how to identify ferns, fly a kite, kayak a creek, search for whimbrels, practice yoga, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Greater Boston

Go on a Foraging Walk and Cooking Demo at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln and find out how to identify, harvest, and prepare edible plants found in everyday landscapes. (adults, registration required)

Learn about the Beautiful World of Butterflies at Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton. Start inside with an investigation of butterfly and moth specimens, a story, and a craft. Then go on a short walk around a native plant garden followed by a guided hike to look for local butterflies. (families, registration required)

Go Fly a Kite at Boston Nature Center. Partake in feather races, learn about wingbeat patterns, and make our very own kites. Bring your own kite for some quality flying time as well. (families, registration required)

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South of Boston

As part of Aquatic Explorers at Tidmarsh in Plymouth, take a closer look at the sanctuary’s pond and stream in search for some of the amazing creatures who call the water home. Use nets and hand lenses to see tadpoles, frogs, fish, and other critters up close! (families, 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)

Celebrate Family Fun Night at Oak Knoll in Attleboro by playing a game or making a craft. (families, registration required)

Head to Duxbury Beach for Free Family Fun about Horseshoe Crabs. Build sand sculptures depicting both this unique creature and its fellow citizens of the beach. Bring your buckets and pails.

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Cape Cod and Islands

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)

With their striking, long, curved beaks, whimbrels are always an exciting shorebird to observe. Join a naturalist for an afternoon stroll by the bay in search of Whimbrels at Wellfleet Bay along with other wildlife. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Kayak Expedition of Chase Garden Creek in Dennis, a breeding ground for fish, birds, mollusks and crustaceans. Learn how these animals have adapted to live in the tidalzone by paddling through their waters with knowledgeable Mass Audubon naturalists. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

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.

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Central Massachusetts

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. Slow down and breathe in the “medicine” of nature. (adults, registration required)

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Berkshires

Go Canoeing on the Housatonic River in Lenox, looking for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the way. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

Go on a journey into the Fascinating World of Ferns at Pleasant Valley to learn clues that reveal their true identity. Find out how to identify a fresh assortment of local ferns, then head outside to test your new skills.

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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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