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What To Do This Weekend: Oct 20-21

Look for birds, go on a foliage or fungi hike, attend a farm festival, celebrate nature-inspired Halloween, harvest honey, band owls, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

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South of Boston

Head to Attleboro Springs in Attleboro for a Fall Foliage Exploration to explore the fall colors and learn about the science of dendrology (trees). (adults and children, registration required)

Saturday is Farm Day at Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield, where the grasslands will be transformed into a festival of fall farm fun including live owls, bluegrass music, hayrides, and more.

More South of Boston

Cape Cod and Islands

During Bird Research in Action! at Wellfleet Bay, meet James and the rest of the bird banding team to learn about banding methods and the information gathered from this research. You will likely get to see live birds up-close and observe the banding process. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

More on Cape Cod and Islands

Greater Boston

Go on a naturalist-led Fall Hike to the summit of Great Blue Hill in Milton to appreciate the fall foliage and scenic view. Learn about the area’s history, how to identify trees, and observe how wildlife is preparing for winter. (adults and children ages 6+, registration required)

Uncover the Secret Lives of Owls at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton.  There will a story, a sing along with the different owl calls, a clay-owl craft, and then a nature hike. (families, registration required)

During a Fungi Field Walk at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, discover the crucial roles fungi have in the ecosystem, and methods for identifying mushrooms and other fungi in the field. (adults and teens 14+, registration required)

Enjoy Fall Birding at Broadmoor in Natick to find out what birds are staying and going and who is making what call or song. (adults, registration required)

Experience Saw-whet Owl Banding at Moose HIll in Sharon. After a presentation, take a night walk for a chance to see a saw-whet owl up close and watch the whole banding process. (adults, registration required)

Celebrate the Honey Harvest at Boston Nature Center. Learn why bees collect honey, where and how it is stored in the hive, and then, together, we will uncap the honeycomb, extract the honey in a hand-crank spinner, and enjoy some “liquid gold.” (adults and children ages 5+, registration required)

More in Greater Boston

North Shore

Ipswich River in Topsfield will be transformed into a magical forest for Halloween Happenings. Go on a a guided walk along our Halloween trail, home to some interesting creatures that come out just for Halloween. (adults and children ages 4+, registration required)

Search out avian activity in the Newburyport/Plum Island area, one of the best year-round birding locations in the country, as part of Saturday Morning Birding. Beginners and birders of all levels are welcome. (adults)

More on the North Shore

Central Massachusetts

Treat yourself to non-scary, educational fun at Broad Meadow Brook’s Boo Meadow Brook Halloween Hike in Worcester. There will also be face painting and snacks. Costumes welcome! (adults and children, registration required)

Learn how to Identify Sparrows at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton. First get tips and techniques indoors before heading outside to search for sparrows in the field. (adults, registration required)

More in Central Massachusetts

Connecticut River Valley

During The Lives of Beavers at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton, learn about this animal’s amazing adaptations and life histories and search for signs of beavers. (adults, registration required

Visit Laughing Brook in Hampden and take a 3-mile, moderate Hike along the Neff Trail to a beautiful hemlock forest. Along the way we’ll talk about the past history of the area including the many stone walls that we see. (adults, registration required)

More in the Connecticut River Valley


Canoe the Housatonic River with Pleasant Valley in Lenox. Along the way, watch for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

More in the Berkshires

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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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