What To Do This Weekend: March 18-19

Go snowshoeing, search for beavers, make cheese, learn about maple sugaring, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Snowshoes at Wachusett Meadow

Berkshires

Head to Pleasant Valley in Lenox to Build a Bluebird Nest Box. Assemble pre-cut bluebird nesting box kits and learn where and how to place their boxes in the right habitat. (all, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

It’s never too early to start birding. During Family Bird Fun at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton learn an aspect of birding and then head outside for practice. (families, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Go on a Snowshoe Walk or Winter Hike at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton to see how exceptionally beautiful the winter woods and meadows are exceptionally when hushed by a blanket of snow. Warm-up hot chocolate provided! (adults, registration required)

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North of Boston

Head to Ipswich River in Topsfield for an evening Owl Prowl to look and listen for barred, great horned, and screech owls. Before we head out on our nocturnal adventure, we’ll learn fun owl facts in our cozy Barn using real owl mounts, feathers, and talons. (all, registration required)

Enjoy Saturday Morning Birding around the best year-round birding locations in the country: the Newburyport/Plum Island area. Beginners and birders of all levels are welcome. (adults)

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Greater Boston

During Drumlin Farm’s Simple Cheesemaking Workshop in Lincoln, learn to make and sample several different cheeses, including yogurt cheeses, paneer, mozzarella, and fresh goat cheese. (adults and teens 14+, registration required)

Learn About Spring at Boston Nature Center with a scavenger hunt, a nature art project, and a garden activity. We will also learn about the importance of the equinox, and how the amount of daylight affects animals’ activities and appearances. (families, registration requested)

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South of Boston

Journey back in time to enjoy the time honored tradition of turning sap to syrup at Moose Hill’s Maple Sugar Festival in Sharon. Go on a 90-minute guided tour, meeting costumed characters from the past, and visit the “sugar shack” where we turn sap into authentic maple syrup. All will get to taste! (all, registration required)

Hike along Attleboro Spring’s accessible Reflection Trail using your senses to investigate natural wonders as part of a Sensory Exploration. (all, registration required)

Explore Stony Brook in Norfolk after dark to search for Beavers at Night. Start the evening with a short discussion of their natural history and some hot chocolate before heading out on the trails. (adults and children ages 6+, registration required)

During Tracking: Footprint Mysteries and Telltale Signs at North Hill Marsh in Duxbury, uncover what animals have been active at the sanctuary. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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Cape Cod

Go In Search of Winter Waterfowl with Wellfleet Bay. Ducks, loons, and grebes are plentiful on open water throughout the winter and early spring. Bring binoculars; we’ll provide a scope. (adults, registration required)

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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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