What To Do This Weekend: June 17-18

Celebrate Father’s Day weekend with hikes, canoe and kayak trips, a scavenger hunt, bird walks, a drawing class, cruise, and more.

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Go Birding in the Berks and explore the boreal and mixed forest along Jones Nose ridge near the summit of Mt. Greylock while looking for blackpoll warbler and Swainson’s thrush. This is a strenuous hike over steep terrain. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Celebrate the coming of summer and Father’s Day with a leisurely Canoe Trip at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. Watch for wildlife and learning how to identify wetland plants such as pickerel weed, buttonbush, and royal fern. (all, registration required)

Learn about the Insects of the Field and Forest at Laughing Brook in Hampden. Watch as a bee pollinates a flower, see how many different types of butterflies you can count, and learn what lives within all that white spittle on the field plants. (families, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Go on a Father’s Day Hike at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton and trek to the summit of Brown Hill. Each Dad will receive a laminated guide of his choice from Mass Audubon’s series. (all, registration required)

Learn how to recognize trees during Plants Everyone Should Know at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

Go on a Hands-on Science Cruise with Dad to explore the lower Merrimack River ecosystem. Look for seabirds, seals, and waterfowl and learn about this vital part of the area’s natural history. (families, registration required)

Create a Fairy Garden at Ipswich River in Topsfield. We’ll provide the container, rocks, and native plants, you bring your imagination. After creating the gardens, listen to a solstice story and then take a short walk. (families, registration required)

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Greater Boston

Celebrate Father’s Day with a Breakfast at Blue HIlls in Milton followed by a nature hike to the top of Great Blue Hill with a naturalist. We’ll search out animal tracks and sign, take a look at some of the cool rocks on the hillside, and enjoy the view at the top of Eliot Tower. (adults and children ages 3+, registration required)

Take a Naturalist Walk at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln to look for amphibians, reptiles, mammals, flowering plants, trees, shrubs, lichens, fungi, insects, and birds. (adults and children ages 12+)

Take a relaxing Father’s Day Canoe Trip on the Charles in Natick Watch the morning mist rising off the river. Keep an eye out for great blue herons and other birds gliding over the water. And enjoy a hearty brunch mid-trip. (adults, registration required)

Take part in a Midsummer Celebration at Boston Nature Center and learn about signs of the seasons, the Earth’s place in the universe, and how your garden knows what time of year it is.  We will explore the garden plots and food forest, as well make a take home craft. (families, registration required)

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South of Boston

Take a Guided Walk at Tidmarsh Farm to see first hand why we are trying to protect this incredible land and turn it into a Wildlife Sanctuary. (rsvp requested)

Walk around Stony Brook in Norfolk to find info about the Martins and Swallows that travel thousands of miles annually to nest in the sanctuary’s field. (adults, registration required)

Learn how to Draw Wildflowers at Oak Knoll in Attleboro with Abby Rovaldi, program coordinator from the Attleboro Arts Museum. (adults and children ages 5+, registration required)

Enjoy a free Beach Ramble along the Beach Loop trail at the Allens Pond in South Dartmouth/Westport. Explore many different habitats and their inhabitants as you meander through grassland meadow before walking by the salt pond onto a sandy beach. (adults and children ages 5+)

Go on an all-day Kayak Exploration of the North and South Rivers in Marshfield. Having the tides in our favor on both stretches will help as the distance of our paddle is approximately 20 nautical miles. (adults, registration required)

Bring Dad to Moose Hill in Sharon for Dad & Me—a self guided scavenger hunt. Enjoy the many sights and sounds as you follow each clue to the final prize package for your family. (all)

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Cape Cod

Help Wellfleet Bay with Box Turtle Tracking. First learn about the sanctuary’s monitoring and research practices then head out for an active excursion to track box turtles. (adults and children ages 12+, 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 to climb the Sandy Neck barrier beach lighthouse and see the beautiful view. (Ages 12+, 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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