What To Do This Weekend: Sept 9-10

The trees are starting to turn, hawks are migrating, and the outdoor activities are getting better and better.

Monarch Butterflies, Photo by Tom Murray


Paddle across one of the Berkshire’s most beautiful lakes in search of eagles, herons, ravens, and a variety of songbirds on a Naturalist Guided Canoe Trip in Lee. The coves and marshes of the Lower Goose Pond and pristine Upper Goose Pond are waiting to be discovered. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Canoeing is a great way to explore natural areas you wouldn’t be able to on foot. Learn about the wildlife that inhabits an Easthampton wetland first hand in Canoeing the Arcadia Marsh this weekend.

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Central Massachusetts

The calm, reflective ambiance of New England Forests is the perfect backdrop for literature appreciation. This weekend, Broad Meadow Brook hosts a Reading Nature Hike, where you can get the best of both worlds. As you hike through the woods, meadows, and waters of the sanctuary, you’ll be enjoying snippets of literary humor, poetry, mystery, and action. (adults, registration required)

The Midstate Trail is a scenic footpath that runs 92 miles through Worcester County. Along this trail are two Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries, one of which is the beautiful Burncoat Pond in Spencer. Enjoy a relaxed-pace day hike highlighting natural history along the way at Mass Audubon Along the Midstate: Spencer. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

Savor the last remnants of summer, enjoy some time outdoors, and learn about butterflies at the annual Allens Pond Butterfly Census in South Dartmouth and Westport. This free annual event welcomes butterfly watchers of all ages and skill levels to help census as many areas of the wildlife sanctuary as possible. (families, registration required)

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Cape Cod and the Islands

Totally immerse yourself in nature and do something new in this 2-day Field School: Hiking Backwoods and Beaches. Extended hikes will explore the backwoods, remote beaches, dramatic dunes, quiet kettle ponds, and sheltering woodlands of the Outer Cape and take you to “hidden” parts of the Cape Cod National Seashore and local conservation areas that the average visitor (and local) rarely explores. (adults, registration required)

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Greater Boston

Boston Nature Center teams up with the Boston Food Forest Coalition for a harvest Abundance and Gratitude event. Work with flowers from the food forest, enjoy infusions of fresh teas, and appreciate the abundance of nature around us. (adults, registration required)

Stony Brook hosts a trip to Mt. Wataic in Ashby for an unforgettable experience. At Mt Wataic Hawk Watch, you’ll observe hawks in a prime migratory location while hiking through beautiful northern hardwood and hemlock forests. (adults, registration required)

Gain some good karma at Volunteer Service Days: National Day of Service at the Habitat Education Center in Belmont. You will survey and monitor nest boxes and restore other wildlife habitats, spending time doing good deeds for the world. (all ages, registration required)

Pack Monadnock in New Hampshire provides a broad view of New England surroundings and is a magnet for migratory raptors. During Broadmoor’s Hawk Watching at Pack Monadnock look for falcons, broad-winged hawks, and other raptors as they often come very close, feeding on migrating dragonflies. (adults, registration required)

If you’ve ever wished you lived on a farm growing up, now’s your chance. Afternoon Chores and More at Drumlin Farm gives you a chance to do the fun chores associated with country life, like feeding chickens, collecting eggs, and bringing hay to the sheep, goats, and cows. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a farm-fresh snack as your treat for a day well spent. (families, registration required)

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North Shore

Observe beautiful creatures while enhancing your creative skills at Butterflies and Dragonflies in Watercolor at Ipswich River in Topsfield. You’ll start by walking through the sanctuary to find and observe the subtle details of butterflies, dragonflies, and damselflies. After returning to the to the barn to learn some watercolor painting techniques, you’ll create a colorful piece yourself that’s ready for framing. (adults, registration required)

Visit the Joppa Flats Bird Banding Station on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge for Family Day at the Bird Banding Station. See Mass Audubon scientists capture, measure, weigh, examine, and release migratory songbirds which learns about their habitat and life. (adults and children ages 6+, registration required)

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