What To Do This Weekend: May 20-21

Celebrate turtles, look for birds and wildflowers, take in an art exhibition, look at the stars, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Snapping Turtle © Susumu Kishihara

Greater Boston

Head to the Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton for a Turtle Festival. Explore fun turtle facts, take part in hands-on activities to find out what’s inside a turtle shell, and make turtle-themed crafts.

The Museum of American Bird Art in Canton kicks off its new exhibition with an Exhibit Opening & Artist Reception. Meet Barry Van Dusen, Mass Audubon’s artist-in-residence, who spent the last year travelling across the state and chronicling the rich and diverse wildlife, habitats, and landscapes he encountered at each wildlife sanctuary.

During Nature Photography at Waseeka in Hopkinton learn to fine tune your composition, lighting, depth of field, and other techniques that can help make the most of your images at this beautiful place. (adults, registration required)

Take leisurely walk to explore the Trees of Mount Auburn Cemetery in all their springtime splendor. We’ll examine their trunks and buds and discuss their role in history. (adults, registration required)

Head to Garden in the Woods in Framingham to learn all about Wildflowers of Spring. Find out how to identify flowers, their habitats, and pollinators during classroom instruction and a walk in the field. (adults, registration required)

Take a Nature Walk at the Boston Nature Center. Along with a teacher naturalist, stroll on the trails through the forests, meadows, and seasonal wetlands and found out about the biodiversity in an urban setting. (adults and children ages 4+, registration requested)

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North Shore

During Ipswich River’s Spring Forest Bathing in Topsfield, take a guided mindfulness hike through forested trails and reconnect with the sights, sounds, smells, and textures of nature. We’ll finish our walk with time for reflection and a relaxing cup of tea in the Nature Center.

Enjoy Saturday Morning Birding with Joppa Flats. Join beginners and birders of all levels to search out avian activity in the Newburyport/Plum Island area. (adults)

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South of Boston

Go on a Walk for Wildlife at Daniel Webster in Marshifeld. Whether you’re interested in birds, bugs, plants, or just being outdoors, we’ll have fun for all ages at this free day of discovery.

Join local astronomers for a Star Gazing Night at Moose Hill in Sharon. Look at the stars and other night objects through big telescopes. (adults and children ages 6+)

Take part in a Sensory Explorations hike along Attleboro Spring’s accessible Reflection Trail behind LaSalette Shrine. We’ll focus on using one sense to investigate natural wonders. (adults and children ages 3+, registration required)

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Cape Cod and Islands

Oystercatchers, plovers, and terns, oh my! During Tracking Shorebirds with Felix Neck in Edgartown, walk the beach with a shorebird biologist to record field data, search for birds and nests, and identify bird and mammal tracks in the sand.

Use dip nets and magnifiers to search for swimming, flying, and burrowing wildlife on the beach at low tide as part of Wellfleet Bay’s Seashore Ramble. We hope to see crabs, turtles, fish, and much more! (families, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Take an an early morning Bird Walk at Lake Wampanoag in Gardner to search of bobolinks, bluebirds, warblers, and more. Beginners and birders at all levels of expertise are welcome. Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them. (adults, registration required)

Create your own art from found material as part of Crafty Art & Upcycling at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester. This is a great chance to give yourself some “me” time while meeting other like-minded, crafty people and reusing household items. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Enjoy the beauty of Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton at a relaxed pace during a Seasonal Nature Walk. (adults, registration required)

Look for Frogs at Laughing Brook in Hampden. Head to the vernal pool in search of wood frogs and spring peepers. At this time of year you should be able to see tadpoles and adults as well as egg masses. (families, registration required)

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Go on a Spring Wildflower Search at Pleasant Valley in Lenox. Take a leisurely walk and search for early blooming flowers. We’ll gather for snacks and look up any mysterious plants we discover along the way. (adults)

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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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