Explore a bog, meet beach creatures, celebrate fireflies, look at the stars, practice yoga, go canoeing and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.
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.
During Flickering Fireflies at Stony Brook in Norfolk, make a craft, explore the science behind the glow, and discover the different kinds of fireflies that live in our area. Then we’ll head outside to search for fireflies on the sanctuary. (all ages, registration required)
Join local astronomers for a look at the stars and other night objects through big telescopes as part of a Star Gazing Night at Moose Hill in Sharon. (ages 6+)
Explore the Bog at Poutwater Pond, a National Natural Landmark and Massachusetts’ first Nature Preserve. Look for stunted trees and shrubs as well as unusual orchids and insect eating plants. (adults, registration required)
During Digging in the Garden at Boston Nature Center learn gardening techniques to make the most out of your garden, as well as dealing with insect pests and water levels. Our education plots in the Clark Cooper Community Gardens provide a perfect setting for some hands-on garden lessons. (families, registration required)
Explore the world of Dragonflies and Butterflies at Broadmoor in Natick. During separate programs for adults and families, learn all about these beautiful winged creatures and how to help them!
As part of Insects for Beginners at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln find out about the 6 common insect orders. Walk through various habitats of the sanctuary with tips on how and where to find insects that inhabit ponds, fields, and forest. (adults and children 12+, registration required)
South of Boston
North River in Marshfield is hosting a Fantastic Firefly Festival. Celebrate with games, activities, crafts, and demonstrations, all ages will find something to enjoy. You’ll also learn how to identify, count, and report data on our resident fireflies!
It’s Saturday Morning Storytime at Oak Knoll in Attleboro. Join our teacher naturalist each month as we read a fun story and then play a nature game, explore the sanctuary or meet one of our animals! (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)
Cape Cod and Islands
Kayak the Herring River in Harwich, one of the most wild and scenic rivers on Cape Cod. Wildlife abound along the peaceful banks and expansive marsh. The river also has a rich human history that includes cranberry harvesting, manufacturing, ship building. and fishing. (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)
As part of Helping Wildlife for Families: Hummingbirds at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton get a hands-on introduction to ruby-throated hummingbirds, then take a couple of short hikes to some of our monitoring sites. (families, registration required)
Go on a Saturday Morning Bird Walk for Adults at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester. We’ll teach you the basics of birding and bird identification during an easy-to-moderate walk along the trails. (adults, registration required)
Connecticut River Valley
Visit Hawley Bog with Arcadia. During summer you may see blooming orchids such as grass pink and fringed orchid, all three native insectivorous plants, and the many members of the heath family that make the bog their home. (adults, registration required)
During Pleasant Valley Wildlife Ramble, explore the lower trails of the Lenox sanctuary with an experienced guide. Search for evidence of (and hopefully see!) many wild birds and mammals as we hike along the rich pond and stream ecosystems that form the heart of the sanctuary. (adults, registration required)
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)