What To Do This Weekend: May 18-19

Look for wildflowers, go birding, practice yoga, learn how to draw, kayak under a full moon, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.



Go on a Spring Wildflower Walk at Pleasant Valley in Lenox. Learn to use guides to look up plants we discover along the way. Bring curiosity and a magnifying lens if you have one. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Sharpen your bird identification skills during a Saturday Early Morning Birding at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. See many warbler species and other songbirds, like the indigo bunting and rose-breasted grosbeak. Birders of all levels are welcome. (adults, registration required)

As part of Wildflower for Families at Laughing Brook in Hampden look for wild oats, trillium, fringed polygala, lady’s slippers, and more! (families, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Head to Wachusett Meadow in Princeton for Yoga at the Sanctuary. In this outdoor class, connect with your breath, body, mind, and nature with Wachusett Meadow as your backdrop. (adults, registration required)

Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester is hosting a Preschool Story Hour. Listen to the story 100 Bugs, join in an activity, and head outside on a naturalist-led walk. (families, registration required)

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North Shore

Search for Edible Plants of the Seashore with Ipswich River in Marblehead. In addition to finding sylvan species like Juneberry and sassafras, you will encounter Irish moss, used to thicken desserts; dulse, a tasty and healthful substitute for chewing tobacco; and laver (or nori), the seaweed used for sushi rolls. (adults, registration required)

Enjoy Nature Walks & Journaling with Joppa Flats in Newburyport. Discover seasonal vegetation and blooms on short walks then create memorable journals using writing, drawing, watercolor painting, and photos. (adults, registration required)

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Greater Boston

Visit birding hotspots in the Blue Hills during Saturday Morning Birding in Milton. Experienced birders will be leading the group to a variety of locations in the area in search of the most interesting birds. (adults, registration required)

Learn how to Draw and Paint Birds with internationally recognized artist Barry Van Dusen at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton. (adults, registration required)

Look for Bobolinks in Norfolk with Stony Brook at the old Norfolk airstrip. This beautiful grassland is a less-birded area and a reliable breeding ground for Bobolink, swallows, and Eastern Bluebirds. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Naturalist Walk at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, exploring the sanctuary’s different habitats looking for signs of spring. (adults and children ages 12+)

Head to Habitat in Belmont for Yoga and Mindfulness. After a 45-minute slow and gentle yoga class indoors, go outside to explore the trails. The poses and flow will prepare us for a mindfully curious walk around the property. (adults, registration required)

Take a Full Moon Hike at Moose Hill in Sharon. Call for owls, test your night vision, and search the skies for constellations. (adults and families with children ages 6+)

Are you Wild about Amphibians? Head to Broadmoor in Natick to learn about our frog and salamander friends and take a short walk to our marsh and vernal pool to see more animals in the wild. (families, registration required)

Do a little Spring Gardening at Boston Nature Center. Learn how garden plants affect the soil quality, how to protect against drought and insects, and anything else you wonder about gardening! (families, registration suggested)

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Cape Cod and Islands

See Sengekontacket Pond on Martha’s Vineyard in a new light during a Moonlight Paddle. With a guide, kayak on the pond as the sun sets, stars twinkle and the moon rises. (adults and children ages 14+, registration required)

Take part in Box Turtle Tracking at Wellfleet Bay. First learn monitoring and research practices in an indoor presentation then go on an active excursion to track box turtles. (adults and children ages 8+, 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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