What to Do This Weekend: October 29-30

Something wicked is happening at Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuaries…wicked fun, that is! Celebrate Halloween with a variety of pumpkin programs and activities, take a tour of a cranberry bog, learn to identify trees in winter, and more!

Spooky Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkins © Richard Johnson

Spooky Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkins © Richard Johnson

Greater Boston

Celebrate the fall harvest with Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins at Boston Nature Center. Try your hand at pumpkin carving, take part in pumpkin seed experiments and contests, and learn about the history of the Jack-O-Lantern. (Families, registration required)

Bring your own carved pumpkin to Halloween at the Museum at Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton on Saturday evening for an illuminated Jack-O-Lantern float on the pond. Make an animal mask to take home with you, and play a game to earn a Halloween treat. (Families, registration required)

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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)

Learn how to paint birds with an experienced artist at Birds in Watercolor at Ipswich River in Topsfield. Take a short walk to observe the resident birds of the sanctuary, and then return to the Barn to use watercolors to paint images of birds in their natural habitats. (Adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

Head on over to North River Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield for a Cranberry Bog and Harvest Tour. Learn how the tart, red cranberry was a staple of the people of the First Nations and how its cultivation has played an influential part of our local history on a guided tour. (Adults, registration required)

Join Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in Sharon for their popular Halloween Prowl. Enjoy this autumn holiday in a fun and non-scary way as you encounter costumed characters along a candle-lit trail. After the hour-long guided walk, return to the Nature Center and enjoy a drink and popcorn at a campfire sing-a-long. (All ages, registration required)

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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)

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Central Massachusetts

Hike to Fieldstone Farm from Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary in Princeton and enjoy the chance to explore this spectacular 300-acre property that provides a significant north-south corridor for wildlife. (Adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Have you ever looked at a tree in winter and wondered what kind it might be? Learn about Tree Identification at High Ledges Wildlife Sanctuary in Shelburne and become familiar with the characteristic bark of trees in different habitats and at different stages of growth. (Adults, registration required)

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Berkshires

Help Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary care for their beautiful native gardens, trails/boardwalks, and education spaces during the sanctuary’s Volunteer Day in Lenox. (Ages 10+)

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