What To Do This Weekend: Oct 7-8

Make a collage, visit a bird banding station, tag monarchs, attend a Fall Fair, enjoy a paddle, and more, this weekend.

Monarch tagging at Allens Pond

Connecticut River Valley

At an elevation of 1,800 feet, Hawley Bog resembles the cold bogs of Canada, despite being conveniently located in northwestern Massachusetts. During Hawley Bog in the Fall visit the pristine peatland and present opportunities to see three types of Massachusetts carnivorous plants: sundew, pitcher plant, and bladderwort. (adults, registration required)

Do you enjoy the forest but wish you knew more about the trees? Then you’ll enjoy learning how to identify our native oaks by their leaves, acorns, bark, and growth habits as part of Introduction to the Oaks at Arcadia in Eathampton. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Beavers are busy this time of year, prepping lodges and dams for the winter and starting to cache food. Paddle Wachusett Meadow’s Wildlife Pond in Princeton to look for evidence of their handiwork, learn some beaver ecology, and see if you can spot them on the pond during Beavers by Canoe. (families with children ages 5+, registration required)

Explore the sanctuary grounds in search of birds during Saturday Morning Bird Walk for casual and novice birders alike. Discover the immense variety of birdlife that exists at Broad Meadow Brook’s large urban wildlife sanctuary in Worcester. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

If you’re inspired by the beauty of nature and are looking for a unique way to express yourself artistically, you’ll love the Landscape Collage Workshop at Ipswich River in Topsfield. Each participant will create a collage that can be matted and framed, made into a card, or placed in a scrapbook, using papers of varying colors, patterns, and textures. (adults, registration required)

Sunday is Family Day at the Bird Banding Station on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport. Watch Mass Audubon scientists capture, measure, weigh, examine, and release migrant songbirds. Learn about migration, habitat use, and scientific research at a real field station. (families with children ages 6+, registration required)

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Greater Boston

Celebrate Fall this weekend at Stony Brook’s 39th Annual Fall Fair and Wood Duck Derby in Norfolk. You’ll explore a field full of crafters selling their handmade wares, see animal presentations, listen to music, and more. (all ages)

Fall-blooming native wildflowers are the swan song of the growing season with their explosion of asters, goldenrods, and many others. Wildflowers of Fall with Drumlin Farm at Garden in the Woods in Framingham is your chance to get a quick introduction to these seasonal favorites. (adults, registration required)

This year, the Blue Hills Trailside Museum’s Annual Fall Festival & Yard Sale‘s theme is “change”. See the changes that occur in nature as the days get shorter and leaves change color, while making apple cider, enjoying art exhibits, crafts, and food trucks at this fun event for the whole family. (all ages)

Coyotes now reside in almost every U.S. state and can even thrive in large cities like Boston. During Howl do you do?  learn about these playful creatures and how to coexist with them peacefully at the Boston Nature Center. (adults and children ages 5+, registration required)

From telephoto lenses to macro to wide angle, there are so many options for you to capture the beauty of fall foliage. Fall Colors Photography Workshop at Broadmoor in Natick is a great chance to work on your nature photography skills with the pro Ethan Gordon, award winning photojournalist. (adults, registration required)

Send your kids on a butterfly art safari in the Museum of American Bird Art’s meadow and pollinator garden as part of Claymazing Butterflies and the Wildflower Meadow. Learn about butterflies, look at a caterpillar chrysalis under a digital microscope, and explore the meadow looking for caterpillars and butterflies. After, we’ll return to the pottery studio to create a flower and butterfly out of clay. (children ages 7-10, registration required)

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South of Boston

At Saturday Morning on the Pond  at Daniel Webster in Marshfied, use dip nets to catch dragonfly nymphs, discover the unique adaptations of caddisfly larva, and help conduct water tests to learn what the pond environment needs to stay healthy. (families with children ages 4+, registration required)

Oak Knoll’s Family Nature Hike in Attleboro highlights fall foliage. This guided hike is a great way to learn about local flora and fauna and answer all of your nature questions. (adults and children ages 3+, registration required)

Monarch Tagging at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth will give you a closer look at these delicate creatures and their migratory patterns. (adults and children ages 5+, registration required)

Go on a Kayak Exploration and paddle the extensive tidal creeks of Duxbury Marsh. The focus will be on saltmarsh ecology and coastal birds as we wind our way through this essential ecosystem. (adults, registration required)

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Cape Cod

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)

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