What To Do This Weekend: October 22-23

Experience about bird banding, take a mindful hike, learn how to grow mushrooms, go on a Halloween night hike, volunteer, and more!

Young male Nashville warbler at the Wellfleet Bay Bird Banding station via Elora Grahame

Young male Nashville warbler at the Wellfleet Bay Bird Banding Station via Elora Grahame

Greater Boston

During Growing Food: Mushrooms in the Garden at Boston Nature Center, learn simple and advanced techniques for growing your own gourmet mushrooms. This free 3-hour workshop covers 3 different types of mushrooms cultivation: logs, cardboard, and wood chips. (All ages, registration required)

Take a Field and Forest Wagon Ride at Brookwood Farm in Milton. Blue Hills Trailside Museum and Blue Star Equiculture have teamed up to offer a unique naturalist-guided, one-hour interpreted horse-drawn wagon ride through the fields and woodlands. (All, registration required)

More in Greater Boston

North of Boston

Join Joppa Flats for Saturday Morning Birding in the Newburyport/Plum Island area. Beginners and birders of all levels are welcome. (Adults)

More North of Boston

South of Boston

Reconnect with nature as you unplug and de-stress during Moose Hill’s Mindfulness and Woman’s Wellness Retreat in Sharon. During either a morning or  afternoon session, take a relaxed-pace trail walk and learn techniques and strategies to raise personal awareness and empowerment. (Adults, registration required)

More South of Boston

Cape Cod

Head over to Wellfleet Bay for a Bird Banding Demonstration, a very special opportunity to see birds up-close and in-the-hand while learning about banding methods and the information gathered from these research projects. (Ages 10+, registration required)

More on the Cape

Central Massachusetts

Go on a Halloween Night Hike and Hayride at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton. Listen to the sounds of the  night, make Halloween crafts, watch nature skits, sit by a campfire, and more. (All ages)

Head to Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester for a pumpkin-themed Preschool Story Hour. (Families, registration required)

More in Central Massachusetts

Connecticut River Valley

As part of Lost Towns of the Quabbin: A Natural and Historical Field Trip, take a hike back to the 19th century and discover the once thriving community of Dana, one of the four towns lost when the area was flooded to form the Quabbin Reservoir. On this four-mile round trip walk, we will journey on an old road through the open forest, with stops along the way to explore the history and wildlife of the region. (Adults, registration required)

More in the Connecticut River Valley


Help Pleasant Valley care for their beautiful native gardens, trails/boardwalks, and education spaces during the sanctuary’s Volunteer Day in Lenox. (All ages)

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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