What To Do This Weekend: June 10-11

Take a canoe or kayak trip, learn photography tips, draw clouds, identify invasive plants, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Canoe at Arcadia

North Shore

Go on a Sense of Wonder Walk at Ipswich River in Topsfield to discover who lives in the meadow. Use nets to sweep the meadow and take a closer look at the fascinating creatures. After, have fun making our own bubbles! (families, registration required)

Enjoy Saturday Morning Birding with Joppa Flats. Join beginners and birders of all levels to search out avian activity in the Newburyport/Plum Island area. (adults)

More on the North Shore

Greater Boston

Spend the morning of capturing our cloudgazing to paper as part of Drawing at Habitat in Belmont. After a discussion of the science and cultural history of clouds, we’ll move outside to seek inspiration from the morning sky before beginning our drawing. (adults, registration required)

During 10 Great Tips for Spring and Summer Nature Photography at Broadmoor in Natick learn everything from tricky lighting to moving wildlife while exploring the sanctuary. (adults, registration required)

Are you stressed out? Head to Boston Nature Center for a guided Outdoor Meditation Walk. The natural world will be our setting for reflection and stillness. (adults, registration required)

More in Greater Boston

South of Boston

As part of Herons at the Nest, take an easy walk to a magnificent rookery, which serves as home to more than 30 pairs of great blue herons near Stony Brook in Norfolk. We’ll also spend time searching for the many other species such as wood ducks and hooded mergansers. (adults, registration required)

Brighten your gardens, provide habitat for birds and butterflies, and support Mass Audubon South Shore Sanctuaries by purchasing native shrubs and flowering perennials during the Native Plant Sale and Open House in Marshfield. Master gardeners will be available for advice and to answer questions.

Head to Allens Pond in South Dartmouth for Yoga at Stone Barn with nothing but the sounds of birds and nature serving as the backdrop to your practice. (adults)

Bring the kids to Oak Knoll in Attleboro for Roots & Shoots, a program that helps to place the power and resources for creating practical solutions to big challenges in the hands of the young people. (children ages 8-13, registration required)

More South of Boston

Cape Cod

Join Long Pasture for Barnstable Harbor Kayak and Climb Sandy Neck Lighthouse and kayak Cape Cod’s largest barrier beach and salt marsh system. Then go ashore to climb the Sandy Neck barrier beach lighthouse and see the beautiful view. (Ages 12+, registration required)

During a Seashore Ramble at Wellfleet Bay use dip nets and magnifiers to search for swimming, flying, and burrowing wildlife on the sanctuary’s beach at low tide. You may see crabs, turtles, fish, and much more! (families, registration required)

More on the Cape

Central Massachusetts

During Reading Nature, hike through the woods, meadows, and waters of Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester. Along the way, share and consider snippets of humor, poetry, mystery, and action. (families, registration required)

Take a guided walk at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton to Identify Invasive Plants that can be found throughout Central Massachusetts. Learn where the plants come from, how the plants spread, and what you can do to keep these plants in check. (families, registration required)

More in Central Massachusetts

Connecticut River Valley

Canoe the Arcadia Marsh, Connecticut River oxbow, and the Mill River on this leisurely trip. Learn about the wildlife that inhabits these areas and the ever changing landscape. (all, registration required)

More in the Connecticut River Valley


Go Birding in the Berks at Post Farm Marsh in Lenox, a perfect place to look and listen for marsh birds such as the American bittern, Virginia rail, sora, common gallinule and marsh wren. This is an easy to moderate hike.  (adults, registration required)

 More in the Berkshires

Taking Photos?

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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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