Go on a bird walk, search for wildflowers, look for fireflies, practice outdoor yoga, learn outdoor survival skills on a river, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.
Go on a free Coastal Bird Walk at Belle Isle Marsh in East Boston. Belle Isle Marsh offers a unique birding experience as it is close to urban life, but also has a highly productive coastal ecosystem. (adults, registration required)
Young nature explorers can build and take home an animal that you made out of LEGO and explore outside to learn about the amazing wildlife that lives in your neighborhood as part of Nature and Art STEAM Lab: LEGO Critter Creations at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton. This month’s theme: Turtles. (families with children ages 7-10, registration required)
During Firefly Friends at Blue Hills Trailside Museum, enjoy a little ice cream, make a craft, and find out how you can make your backyard more firefly friendly. Then venture outside into the night to go looking for these flashing insects. (families, registration required)
Enjoy a Spring Wildflower Exploration at Broadmoor in Natick. Learn about asters, milkweed and other essential flowers for pollinators, and much more. (adults, registration required)
Go on a Fungi Walk at Drumlin Farm and learn how to distinguish a bolete from a gilled mushroom. In addition, find out about the crucial and sometimes astonishing roles these fascinating life forms have in the ecosystem. (adults, registration required)
Get tips on how to keep yourself and your family safe during Outdoor Safety for Beginners at Boston Nature Center. (adults)
South of Boston
Go on a 2.5-mile beach walk at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth and Westport to look for Sea Glass to Canvas. After the walk, make a beach-inspired work of art using the materials found on our shores.
Take an Amphibian and Reptile Ramble at Tidmarsh in Plymouth. If we’re lucky, we may get up close and personal with some of these fascinating creatures! (adults and children ages 6+, registration required)
Using dip nets, microscopes, and other tools explore all things aquatic as part of the free Family Ponding at Island Creek Pond in Duxbury. (all ages, registration required)
Take part in Outdoor Yoga at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton to connect with your breath, body, mind, and nature. This class is appropriate for all levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners. (adults, registration required)
This month’s Essential Nature Series at Broad Meadow Brook is all about Amphibians. Over the course of two Sundays, gain a thorough understanding of local nature, natural communities, and habitats. (adults, registration required)
Connecticut River Valley
Explore the world of Dragonflies and Damselflies, jewels of the insect world, at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. Learn tips on how to identify the common species in our area and go for a walk to find them. (families with children ages 8+, registration required)
Get an Intro to Digital Photography at Laughing Brook in Hampden. Topics will include best practices for capturing an image, understanding exposure and focus, and using both manual and automatic exposure settings.
Join Pleasant Valley for a walk at Post Farm Marsh in Lenox, a perfect place to look and listen for Wrens, Rails, and Other Marsh Birds.
During the Youth River Survival Canoe Challenge at Ipswich River in Topsfield, kids can learn the basics of canoe safety, paddle strokes, and the river knowledge. On Perkins Island, they will be challenged to craft a paddle out of natural materials, and then test it out on the paddle back to the mainland. (children ages 9-14,registration required)
Adults can enjoy Birds and Brunch via a morning canoe trip along the Ipswich River. Paddle upstream to Perkins Island and enjoy a yummy quiche and biscuit brunch with coffee and juice. (adults, registration required)
Search out avian activity in the Newburyport/Plum Island area, one of the best year-round birding locations in the country, as part of Saturday Morning Birding. Beginners and birders of all levels are welcome. (adults)