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What To Do This Weekend: Mar 17-18

Go maple sugaring, do farm chores, look for signs of spring, build a wood duck nest box, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Wood duck © Matt Filosa

Wood duck © Matt Filosa

Greater Boston

Journey back in time to enjoy the time honored tradition of turning sap to syrup at Moose Hill’s Maple Sugaring Weekend in Sharon. Go on a 90-minute guided tour, visit the sugar shack, and eat sweet treats. (registration required)

During Navigation 101 at Boston Nature Center, learn to use a compass, read a map, and navigate by reading the landscape during this introductory navigation course. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

Have Fun with Animal Footprints and Signs at Broadmoor in Natick. Look for tracks and signs of otters, rabbits, deer, coyote and many other animals. (families, registration required)

It’s Afternoon Chore Time at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln! Feed chickens and collect eggs, then bring hay to the sheep, goats, and cows. After finishing, treat yourself to a farm snack. (families, registration required)

Celebrate nature through art, songs, puppets, stories, and nature play at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton, as part of Winter Nature and Art Discovery. (families, registration required)

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North Shore

On naturalist-guided Sugaring Off Tours at Ipswich River in Topsfield, learn how to identify a sugar maple, observe tapping and sap collection methods, watch the sap being boiled down in the sugarhouse, and get a sweet taste of the final product.

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)

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South of Boston

Conduct your very own hands on science experiment during Family Science Sunday at Oak Knoll in Attleboro. Each month will feature a different topic and a different drop in activity kit. (families, registration required)

Go on a Wild, Wild Woodcock Walk at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth to witness their courtship ritual at dusk. (adults, registration required)

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Cape Cod and Islands

Saturday marks the 23rd Annual Cape Cod Natural History Conference in Wellfleet. This all-day conference featuring presenters from environmental organizations across Cape Cod speaking on a diversity of natural history topics. (adults, registration required)

Celebrate a more contemplative side of St. Patrick’s Day at Felix Neck in Edgartown with Irish Harp music, tradition, and storytelling. (registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Head to Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester for Preschool Story Hour to hear a story, do an activity, and go on a naturalist-led walk. (families, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

During Climate Change: Nature’s Solutions at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton learn latest scientific findings, projections for our area, and potential impacts to our ecosystems. You will leave with actions you can take right away to be part of the solution. (adults, registration required)

Look for Harbingers of Spring at Laughing Brook in Hampden including skunk cabbage poking its leaves from beneath the snow, red-winged blackbirds, and even early frogs.

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Take part in a hands-on Kestrel & Wood Duck Nest Box Building Workshop at Pleasant Valley in Lenox. Learn info about the fascinating natural history of these birds as well as how to identify an appropriate location for your box. (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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