Porcupine © Cheryl Rose

What To Do This Weekend: Nov 10-11

Go for hikes; learn how to make cheese; try block printing; search for beavers, owls, and porcupines; take a seabird cruise; and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend. Also, Veterans and their families get free admission to our wildlife sanctuaries this Sunday and Monday.

Porcupine © Cheryl Rose

Porcupine © Cheryl Rose

North Shore

Bring your family to Ipswich River in Topsfield to unplug, stretch your legs, and give thanks for the great outdoors as part of the Big Woods & Little Woods Hike. After your hike, warm up in the Barn by the woodstove! (adults and children, registration required)

Attend a Family Open House at Joppa Flats in Newburyport to say bon voyage to the migrating songbirds flying south for the winter. There will be plenty of drop-in activities and exhibits featuring bird banding demonstrations, interactive games, and lots of table-top science.

More on the North Shore

Greater Boston

Explore the world of owls during a Family Owl Prowl at Blue Hills Trailside Museum. Discover some of the unique adaptations of owls, practice owl calls, and meet some of the museum’s resident owls before going on a night hike to search for owls and other nocturnal life. (families, registration required)

Be a Busy Beaver at Broadmoor in Natick and discover what life is like as a beaver and how to recognize signs that a beaver has been in the area. As sunset approaches, watch for our resident beavers on their evening explorations. (families, registration required)

During Simple Cheesemaking at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, taste homemade cheeses while learning the skills you need to make your own cheese at home. (adults and children ages 13+, registration required)

Take part in Yoga and Mindfulness in Nature at Habitat in Belmont, a 45-minute slow and gentle yoga class indoors, and then head outside to explore the trails of Habitat. (adults, registration required)

Join artist Sherrie York to Explore Block Printing at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton. Design, carve, and print two small blocks inspired by natural forms: plants, animals, insects… anything! (adults, registration required)

Kids can go On the Trail of Turkeys at Stony Brook in Norfolk. Learn some facts about turkeys, search outside for signs of turkeys, and also make a fun a turkey craft. (children, registration required)

As part of a Forest Regeneration Study at Moose Hill in Sharon, join Teacher Naturalist, Michael Scutari Acciavatti for a hands-on afternoon of observation, inquiry, and more as we visit selected trees and test plots. (adults)

Enjoy an Evening Stroll at the Boston Nature Center to look for animals that are primarily active at dusk and dawn including owls, bats, deer, foxes, and raccoons. (adults, registration required)

More in Greater Boston

South of Boston

Go on a Fall Foliage Exploration at Oak Knoll in Attleboro to explore the colors of fall and learn about the science of dendrology (trees). (adults and children, registration required)

More in South of Boston

Cape Cod

Gear up for Thanksgiving with a Turkey Trek at Wellfleet Bay. Learn about their behavior, natural history, and curious turkey facts. (adults and children ages 6+, registration required)

Embark on a Seabird Cruise from Sesuit Harbor in Dennis into Cape Cod Bay aboard the Albatross. Search for alcids, loons, gannets, and sea ducks in flight and floating on the waves. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

More on Cape Cod and Islands

Central Massachusetts

See Waterfowl in Greater Worcester in a van tour. Find out how to identify a variety of beautiful water birds in the field, explore some hidden local areas, and come away with a greater appreciation of these birds and the waterways that they rely on. (adults, registration required)

More in Central Massachusetts

Connecticut River Valley

Enjoy the Trees at High Ledges in Shelburne. Hike through the forests to the top of the ledges, all the while learning how to identify trees once their leaves have fallen. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Porcupine Hike at Graves Farm in Williamsburg and get to know the second largest north American rodent. Hike to visit a porcupine den and look for quills and tracks along the way. (adults, registration required)

More in the Connecticut River Valley

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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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