What To Do This Weekend: July 8-9

Go canoeing and kayaking, visit a bog, practice mindfulness and yoga, learn about butterflies and dragonflies, and more with a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

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Spend four days practicing mindfulness through observation, appreciation, and awareness of Berkshire flora and fauna as part of Mindfulness & Nature with Pleasant Valley and Kripalu in Lenox. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Naturalist-Guided Canoe Trip on the Housatonic River in Lenox. Look for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers. Along the way, learn about why the waterway is the natural heart of the Berkshires. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Explore the Arcadia Marsh, Connecticut River oxbow, and the Mill River on this leisurely Canoe Trip with Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. Learn about the wildlife that inhabits these areas and the ever changing landscape. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

Visit the Hawley Bog, pristine peatland, where you could 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)

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Central Massachusetts

Connect with yourself as you connect with nature during Yoga at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton. In this all levels yoga class, find out how to connect with our breath, our bodies, and our minds with nature as our backdrop. (adults, registration required)

Wander through Wetlands with Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester. Hear all about the valuable jobs that wetlands perform for the natural and human communities while hiking vernal pools, streams, a swamp, and a marsh while l. (adults and children ages 10+, 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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Greater Boston

Have Fun with Dragonflies and Damselflies at Broadmoor in Natick. Learn all about these beautiful winged creatures and how to help them this summer! (families, registration required)

Head to the Museum of the American Bird Art in Canton for Reduction Linocuts with Sherrie York. During this 2-day workshop, learn block cutting techniques, tips for effective inking, hand-printing methods, and more. (adults, registration required)

During Butterfly Gardens at Boston Nature Center, get tips on attracting these magnificent creatures to your own yard.  Find out about the varieties of native plants that support butterflies through their entire life cycle. (adults, registration required)

Have you ever wondered what it takes to Bulid a Toad a Home? Stop by the Blue Hills Trailside Museum to build and decorate a flowerpot based toad home to add to your yard. Construction time for each home is ten minutes or more, depending on how elaborate you’d like your toad home to be.

South of Boston

Go Family Ponding at Stony Brook in Norfolk and collect samples from below the surface. Among the creatures you may discover living below and on the surface are dragonflies, side-swimmers, clams, diving beetles, water scorpions, and more. (families, registration required)

Head to Duxbury Beach for a Family Fun Day. Join celebrated artist Marcia Ballou at her canvas as she invites you to add your talents to a piece illustrating the bounty of the beach. 

Spend the day at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth enjoying nature, yoga, music, and peace as part of Open Hearts | Open Skies. Start the day with early morning yoga, followed by brunch. Later in the day meditate, practice more yoga, then finish with a gourmet dinner and a guided evening beach hike. (adults, registration required)

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Cape Cod and Islands

Go on a Full Moon Hike at Wellfleet Bay. Look and listen for nocturnal wildlife as we enjoy the sun setting over Cape Cod Bay and the full moon rising over the treetops to the east. (adults and children ages 12+, registration required)

See Sengekontacket Pond on the Vineyard via a Moonrise Kayak as we celebrate the different full moons of summer. With a guide, kayak on the pond as the sun sets, stars twinkle, and the moon rises. (adults and children ages 11+, registration required)

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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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