What To Do This Weekend: October 6-7

Attend a Fall Fair, go paddling, take a hike, learn photography, witness fall migration, track box turtles, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Plymouth

Greater Boston

Head to Stony Brook’s Fall Fair & Wood Duck Derby in Norfolk for the local artisans, music, and crafts. And adopt a duck for a chance to win great prizes—whether you can make it to the fair or not!

During The Mighty Monarch at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton, learn about the exciting ways in which monarch butterflies migrate. Start with a story, look through digital microscope to examine monarch butterflies up close, create a butterfly using air-dry clay, then go on a short nature hike. (families, registration required)

Enjoy the fall sights on a 6.5-mile Hike from Stonehurst to Habitat in Belmont. (adults, registration required)

Celebrate the fall harvest by creating your own carved pumpkin, playing pumpkin games, and enjoying some fine fall food as part of Pumpkinfest at Boston Nature Center. Learn about the history of pumpkins and the Jack-O-Lantern story.

Go on a Fall Foliage Canoe down one of the most beautiful stretches of the Charles River with Broadmoor. Start from the Medfield marshes, enjoy the many colors along the bank and the smell of wild grapes. (adults and children ages 12+, registration required)

More in Greater Boston

South of Boston

Take in Fall Migration at Tidmarsh in Plymouth and observe the many migrants embarking on one of nature’s greatest journeys! Birders of all abilities and levels welcome. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

Explore the different habitats at Oak Knoll in Attleboro during a Family Day.  Look for interesting animals, plants, and see what has visited the sanctuary. (all ages, registration required)

More South of Boston

Cape Cod and Islands

Learn how to become a citizen scientist during Box Turtle Tracking at Wellfleet Bay. Discover our box turtle monitoring and research practices in an indoor presentation then go on an active excursion to track box turtles. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

Gathering Color: A Natural Dye Workshop at Long Pasture in Barnstable teaches the basics of dyeing with traditional raw, natural dyestuffs from ancient times. You will leave class with enough naturally dyed yarn for a small project. (adults, registration required)

More on Cape Cod and Islands

North Shore

It’s Family Day at the Joppa Flats Bird Banding Station on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. See Mass Audubon scientists capture, evaluate, and release migrant songbirds while you learn about migration and habitat use. (adults and children ages 6+, registration required)

More on the North Shore

Central Massachusetts

Go on a Saturday Morning Bird Walk for Adults at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester. We’ll teach you the basics of birding and bird identification during an easy-to-moderate walk along the trails.  (adults, registration required)

More in Central Massachusetts

Connecticut River Valley

Take a Fall Foliage Photography Hike at Laughing Brook in Hampden to learning about natural history, land use, and tips and tricks for capturing and creating beautiful nature photographs. (adults, registration required)

During the Art Trail Walk for Families at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton stop at 7 stations, each with fun and family-friendly activities for you to gain a better eye for observing nature through art skills.  (families, registration required)

More in the Connecticut River Valley


Go Canoeing on the Housatonic River in Lenox, looking for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the way. (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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