What To Do This Weekend: June 11-12

Celebrate all things dairy, tag and study horseshoe crabs, go on an adventurous hike, explore nature at night, go paddling, get fit, and more with us this weekend. Here is just a sampling of what we have on tap.

Horseshoe crab

Horseshoe crab


Head out to the Berkshires for a 6.6-mile round trip hike with an elevation gain of 1,625 feet as part of the Berkshires Hiking Summit Series. This Saturday, you can tackle Race Brook Falls and along the Taconic ridgeline to the summit of Mount Race. (Adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

A summer night at Pierpont Meadow in Dudley can be magical; meadows full of fireflies, owls in the treetops, busy beavers, and more. Experience it all on a Night Hike. (Adults, registration required)

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North of Boston

Enjoy a family-friendly leisurely canoe paddle in Topsfield as part of Popsicles on Perkins Island. Look for sunbathing turtles and other river creatures on the banks and in the backwaters of the beautiful Ipswich River. Once we get to the island, stretch your legs and enjoy some popsicles. (Ages 5+, registration required)

Venture out with Joppa Flats’ talented guides for Saturday Morning Birding to find birds in one of the best year-round birding locations in the country: the Newburyport/Plum Island area. Beginners and birders of all levels are welcome to drop in and join us. (Adults)

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Greater Boston

Head out to Drumlin Farm to kick off National Dairy Month for Dairy Day. Celebrate our favorite dairy animals and the tasty treats they help us produce. We love our cows and goats, and we know you will, too. (All)

Explore photography from a different perspective, close-up with Broadmoor’s Focus on Macro Photography Workshop in Natick. A great opportunity to work with a pro on specific challenges affecting macro photography including depth of field issues and lighting. (Adults, registration required)

Join Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition at Boston Nature Center for Mattapan Moving for Life. Free activities include nature walks, zumba, yoga, fitness boot camp demonstrations, heart healthy cooking demonstrations, and children’s nature activities. (All)

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South of Boston

Go on a free Wildflower Walk in Scituate with the team from North River to learn how to identify native flora in a variety of habitats. (Adults, registration required)

Head out on a nighttime Beaver Walk at Stony Brook in Norfolk to look for beavers as well as bats, moths, beavers, fox, and raccoons. Bring your flashlight and we’ll cover the lens in red to preserve our night vision before we head outside. (Ages 6+, registration required)

Enjoy a Family Nature Hike at Oak Knoll in Attleboro to get some exercise and discover what’s happening in nature. (Families, registration required)

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Cape and Vineyard

Join Wellfleet Bay’s efforts to learn more about horseshoe crabs on Cape Cod by Tagging Horseshoe Crabs at Priscilla Landing in Orleans. We’ll observe horseshoe crabs coming up on the beach to spawn at high tide, and talk about their behavior, biology, conservation, and management while we tag and count them. (Ages 8+, registration required)

Join Felix Neck for an exciting Guided Kayak Tour on Sengekontacket Pond. Paddle by Sarson’s Island to see nesting shorebirds. Watch American oystercatchers and cormorants. All trips focus on the natural history of saltwater communities found on Martha’s Vineyard. (Ages 11+, registration required)

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 at the Sandy Neck barrier beach lighthouse and have the unusual privilege of climbing to the top to see the beautiful view. (Ages 12+, registration required)

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