American Oystercatcher

What To Do This Weekend: June 30-July 1

Go kayaking to find coastal birds, look for fireflies after dark, learn how to keep bees, search for diamondback terrapins, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

American Oystercatcher via USFWS

South of Boston

Summer is officially here and with it comes one of nature’s most brilliant light spectacles, the flight of the fireflies. Look for Fantastic Fireflies on a guided walk at Tidmarsh in PLymouth after dark. (all ages, registration required)

Celebrate Family Fun Night at Oak Knoll in Attleboro by playing a game or making a craft. (families, registration required)

Go on a Beach Ramble at Allens Pond in Westport and South Dartmouth and explore the flora and fauna along our Beach Loop Trail. (all ages, registration required)

Learn all about ticks, how to check for them, and the best way to repel them during a free Tick Talk Walk at Daniel Webster in Marshfield. (adults, registration required)

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Cape Cod

Go In Seach of Diamondback Terrapins at Wellfleet Bay on the Cape. We will start off inside with an introduction to this endangered species then head outside for a walk along sanctuary trails in search of nesting turtles. (adults, registration required)

Kayak Through Chase Garden Creek with Long Pasture to see Common Terns dive over sand lance and orange-billed American Oystercatchers prowl along the shoreline searching for a meal. (adults, registration required)

More on the Cape


Go Canoeing on the Housatonic River in Lenox, looking for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the way. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Learn to connect with the natural world in a healing, calming, grounding, and replenishing way through a Shinrin-Yoku “Forest Breathing” Guided Sanctuary Walk at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton. Slow down and breathe in the “medicine” of nature. (adults, 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

Birders and non-birders of all ages and skill levels can enjoy a Morning Bird Walk around Habitat in Belmont. Be ready for surprises!

Join the Boston Area Beekeepers Association at Boston Nature Center for a Beekeeping Workshop on getting started with queen rearing! (adults, registration required)

Be a Wildlife Detective at Boston Nature Center. During this family hike through an urban oasis, investigate forests, wetlands, and meadows that are jam-packed with wildlife. Discover a variety of animal homes and even build one of our own! (families, registration required)

More in Greater Boston

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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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