Listen to music, look for dragonflies, kayak on a river, track shorebirds, run in a race, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.
Cape Cod and Islands
Go on a Turtle Prowl at Wellfleet Bay to look for nesting diamondback terrapins, a threatened species of salt marsh turtle. (adults and children ages 6+, registration required)
Kayak on the Herring River, one of the most wild and scenic rivers on Cape Cod due to protection afforded it by the town of Harwich, with Long Pasture. (adults and children ages 12+, registration required)
Track Shorebirds on Martha’s Vineyard with Felix Neck. Walk the beach with a shorebird biologist to record field data, search for birds and nests, and identify bird and mammal tracks in the sand.
South of Boston
During Hiking Through Geologic History at Tidmarsh in Plymouth, learn about the processes that shape the land we walk on, some defining moments in the geologic history of Massachusetts, and how the flora and fauna we see all around us are determined by the rocks beneath our feet. (adults, 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)
Drumlin Farm’s Summer Music Series kicks off Friday night with the band Sweet Wednesday. Bring a picnic, some blankets and chairs, and your family and friends to relax on our lawn on a warm summer evening. (tickets required)
Go Beach Combing on Carson Beach with Boston Nature Center. Walk the beach looking for shells, driftwood, interesting rocks, and much more! (families, registration requested)
Spend part of your Saturday morning at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton having fun, exploring and discovering nature, listening to engaging stories, and creating art during their weekly Nature and Art Discovery Program. (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 Family Beaver Tales at Ipswich River in Topsfield, listen to the story Beaver at Long Pond, take an up-close look at beaver artifacts, and then walk to Rockery Pond to see a beaver lodge and dam. (families, registration required)
Explore the lower Merrimack River ecosystem aboard the Yankee Clipper during a Back River Birding Cruise with Joppa Flats. Practice hands-on science, use interactive props, and look for seabirds, seals, and waterfowl. (families, registration required)
Head to Wachusett Meadow in Princeton for a Family Canoe on Wildlife Pond. Look for Wood Ducks, bullfrogs, and kingfishers and learn about wetland habitats. (families, registration required)
Connecticut River Valley
Remove Water Chestnut by Canoe with Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. This invasive plant crowds out native plants and the wildlife that depend on them. It also obstructs boating and other recreational activities. (adults, registration required)
Lace up your sneakers and head to the Berkshires for the Wild Thing 2018, a wooded 5k/10k trail run starting and ending at Pleasant Valley in Lenox to raise money for conservation and education programs in Berkshire County. (registration required)