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Family Fun with Nature

Here’s a month full of opportunities to take a hike, or look for and learn about wild animals at sanctuaries, trails and nature centers across Eastern Massachusetts:


 


Sunday, Nov. 4


Wild about Beavers, 3-5pm, Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St., Natick. Learn how and why beavers build dams and how to spot signs of beavers living in an area. As sunset approaches, watch beavers on their evening explorations. Pre-registration required. Ages 8 and up. Adults, $12; children, $8. 508-655-2296; www.massaudubon.org.


 


Tuesday, Nov. 6




Babes in the Woods, Stroll at Bellevue Pond, 10-11:30am, Middlesex Fells Reservation, South Border Road, Medford. Meet at the parking lot at South Border Road for a stroll through the woods. Carriages and strollers welcome. FREE. 781-662-5214; www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/metroboston/fells.htm.


 

Owl Prowl, 7-9pm, Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, 108 North St., Norfolk. Pre-registration required. Fee, $11. Practice your owl hoots and learn what makes owls so special, then head out to the trail to look and listen. 508-528-3140; www.massaudubon.org. 


 


Sunday, Nov. 11


Let’s Talk Turkey & Other Fowl, 11am – 3pm, Joppa Flats Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. Nature activities, crafts, games and experiments at your own pace, both indoors and out. Pre-registration required. Families with children ages 2-12. Child, $3. 978-462-9998; www.massaudubon.org/joppaflats.


 


Tuesday, Nov. 13




Babes in the Woods, Hike at Spot Pond, 10-11:30am, DCR Botume House Visitor Center, 4 Woodland Road, Stoneham. Take a hike through the woods. Hikes are not strenuous, but your child may need a front pack, backpack or jogging stroller. FREE. 781-662-5214; www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/metroboston/fells.htm.


 


Wednesday, Nov. 14


Good Earth Arts, Nature’s Harvest, 10-11:30am, Joppa Flats Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. Learn about nature through art and exploration. Pre-registration required. For ages 3-6. Adult/child pair, $14. 978-462-9998; www.massaudubon.org/joppaflats.



Sharks, Skates & Rays,
3:30-5pm, Joppa Flats Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. Learn about wildlife, habitats and making smart environmental choices. Pre-registration required. Children ages 8-11, $14. 978-462-9998; www.massaudubon.org/joppaflats.


 


Friday, Nov. 16




IN: 0in 0in 0pt">A Maritime Forest March, 1pm, Joppa Flats Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. A 90-minute nature hike. Pre-registration required. Children ages 3-6. Adult/child pair, $14. 978-462-9998; www.massaudubon.org/joppaflats.


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Birds of Prey,
5 and 6pm, Eliot Recreation Center, 133 Eliot St., Brookline. Mass Audubon presents live owls and hawks. Preview show, 5-5:30pm, for children ages 4-6. Presentation, 6-7pm, for children ages 7 and up. Adults, $8; children, $6. 617-730-2076; www.townofbrooklinemass.com/recreation.


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IN: 0in 0in 0pt">Hellcat Swamp Safari, 9:30am and 1:30pm, Joppa Flats Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. Take a two-hour habitat hike. Morning session for children in grades 4-8; afternoon sessions for grades 1-3. Pre-registration required. Adults, $10, children, $7. 978-462-9998; www.massaudubon.org/joppaflats.


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MILY: Verdana">Big Woods Hike, noon to 3:30pm, Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. A two-hour naturalist-guided walk to discover the natural and cultural history of the sanctuary. Rain or shine. Pre-registration required. Ages 5 and up. Adults, $7; children, $6. 978-877-9264; www.massaudubon.org.


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MILY: Verdana">Tuesday, Nov. 20


MILY: Verdana">Babes in the Woods, Hike at Crystal Springs Trail, 10-11:30am, Crystal Springs parking area, Lynn Fells Pkwy., Melrose. Take a hike through the woods. Hikes are not strenuous, but your child may need a front pack, backpack or jogging stroller. FREE. 781-662-5214; www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/metroboston/fells.htm.


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MILY: Verdana">Sunday, Nov. 25


MILY: Verdana">What’s That Bird?, 9:30am and 12:30pm, Joppa Flats Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. Learn how to identify birds. Pre-registration required. Families with children ages 8-16. Admission, $7. 978-462-9998; www.massaudubon.org/joppaflats.


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MILY: Verdana">Monday, Nov. 26




Full Moon Night Hike, 6:30-8:30pm, Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road, Framingham. Near the night of the Beaver Moon, venture out into the dark forest to enjoy the nighttime sights and sounds. Enjoy hot cocoa and make a full moon booklet. Pre-registration required. Accompanied children only. Admission, $8. 508-877-7630; www.newenglandwild.org.


 


Tuesday, Nov. 27


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