Take part in maple sugaring, attend a pancake breakfast, go on an owl prowl, take a night hike, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.
Take a Sugaring Off Tour at Ipswich River in Topsfield to 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. (adults and children, registration required)
Meet Backyard Birds at Joppa Flats in Newburyport. Bird Banding Station Manager Ben Flemer presents demonstrations on bird research and banding. You’ll learn about your own backyard birds and why they’re here while watching scientific research in action.
Celebrate one of New England’s historic staple crops—maple sugar—during the Sap-to-Syrup Breakfast at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. Enjoy a hearty breakfast, then get a hands-on lesson about the sap-to-syrup process in our sugar maple grove. (registration required)
Head to Habitat in Belmont for a Maple Sugaring Celebration. Hear stories, learn to identify our local maples, and taste sap right from the tree before boiling down a little of our own to taste! (adults and children, registration required)
During Magnificent Mysterious Mammals at Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton, get a close encounter with the Striped Skunk during a live animal presentation. (families with children, registration required)
Boston Nature Center is also getting into Maple Sugaring. Try your hand at tapping the tree and enjoy some fresh sap! Learn about the different techniques and equipment used across New England and why Sugar Maples are so unique. (adults and children, registration required)
Bring the whole family to Broadmoor in Natick for Owl Prowl Adventures Under the Moon to learn about owl calls, behavior and habitat as we search and listen for our resident Screech, Barred, and Great Horned Owls. (families with children, registration required)
South of Boston
Once dusk has settled over the marsh head out on a Full Worm Moon Hike at Tidmarsh in Plymouth. Stop, look, and listen for creatures that awaken with the setting of the sun. (adults and children, registration required)
Stewart Ting Chong has spent countless hours photographing Piping Plovers at Duxbury Beach. Check out some of his outstanding photos during the Opening Reception of Plover Photography Exhibit at North River in Marshfield.
Go on a Children’s Owl Prowl at Wellfleet Bay. Learn about the amazing adaptations of our local owls and enjoy a story and head out on an evening hike searching for these mysterious nocturnal creatures. (families with children, registration required)
Discover the immense variety of bird life that exists at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester on a Saturday Morning Bird Walk. Learn the basics of bird identification and bird watching during this easy-to-moderate walk. (adults, registration required)
Connecticut River Valley
Get an Introduction to Arcadia and Mass Audubon’s work in the Valley. Sanctuary Director Jonah Keane will share overview of how we protect the nature of Massachusetts, what’s so special about Arcadia, and how you can get involved. (adults, registration required)