What Can We Do? Join our teacher naturalists as we explore the nature and agriculture of Drumlin Farm.All activities are free with admission—and if you are a Mass Audubon Member, admission is also free. Drumlin has convenient hours, and plenty of parking.
When are activities offered? Through April 15, activities are offered:
Weekends: 10:00 am, 11:30 am, and 2:30 pm
After April 15, activities are offered:
Weekdays: 10:00 am and 11:30 am
Weekends: 10:00 am, 11:30 am, and 2:30 pm
Visiting Drumlin Farm
A visit to Drumlin Farm can be exciting and adventurous or relaxing and peaceful—maybe even all in one day! You'll find plenty to do on your visit:
Woolly sheep, spunky goats, chickens, pigs, cows, mules, and our pony greet you in our rustic animal barns, where our livestock operation takes place. Our farmers do chores in the late afternoon and are happy to answer questions for visitors. (For their safety and yours, please do not feed the animals).
Visit our Bird Hill and Drumlin Underground exhibits for the rare chance to see New England's most popular wild animals up close, including our skunk, rabbit, owls, hawks, deer, and fox. These animals make Drumlin Farm their home because they have been injured or disabled and cannot survive in the wild.
The Learning Garden
Ever climbed inside a tent of beans? Tasted fresh mint off the stem? Get your hands dirty in our learning garden and find out how much fun vegetables can be! The garden is at its best during the late spring, summer, and fall months, and you can also purchase our own produce at the farm stand to take home with you.
Discover Drumlin Activities
Join our naturalists on the farm for drop-in discovery activities to learn more about the nature of Massachusetts. Discover Drumlin activities are free with admission to the sanctuary and take place at 10:00 am and 11:30 am on weekdays from April 16 - October 31, and at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, and 2:30 pm on weekends year round. Activities and their locations are listed daily in the bulletin near the admissions window.
Hop onboard for a good old-fashioned hayride around the farm. In the spring, summer, and fall seasons, hayrides depart from the Red Barn, weather permitting, every 15 minutes from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm - 3:45 pm. Age 13 - adult $2, 2 - 12 $1, under 2 free.
Stroll along our vegetable fields, amble through the woods, or hike to one of the highest points in the greater Boston area on our 3 miles of trails. The view from the top of our drumlin offers a glimpse of both Mt. Modadnock and Mt. Wachusett on a clear day.
Farm and Nature Programs
Drumlin Farm's nature and agriculture programs are the perfect way to explore the farm, forest, fields, and wetlands all around us. Join our teacher-naturalists as they guide your experience with hands-on activities, hikes, farm chores, and wildlife investigations. With hundreds of program options for children, families, adults, school groups and clubs, the possibilities are endless! Visit our online catalog to learn more.
On Your Way Out
On your way out, visit our farm stand and the Audubon Shop, both located near the admissions area. The farm stand offers a variety of Drumlin Farm's products based on seasonal availability, including fresh vegetables, maple syrup, meat, wool, and fleece. Top off your visit with an ice-cream treat from the Audubon Shop, or browse our fine selection of nature gift items and binoculars.
Monthly Activity Highlights:
January: With winter upon us, nature seems to have fallen asleep, but a closer look reveals small wonders in the ways plants and animals survive the cold months. Mammals seek shelter in dens and cavities, birds forage in mixed flocks, and our sheep get woollier by the day. Visit Drumlin Farm this January to witness the wonders of winter survival.
February: Although snow still blankets the ground, sap is moving in the maples, a sign of buds and leaves to follow! As the days warm but the nights remain chilly, our maple trees produce a sugary sap that we harvest, boil, and package right here at Drumlin Farm as our own delicious maple syrup. Come explore the sanctuary in February to see the signs of this age-old tradition-and perhaps taste fresh maple syrup. Toward the end of the month, you may see the first goat kids of the season as well!
March and April: As winter begins to fade away, signs of spring burgeon around Drumlin Farm, a taste of the warmer months to come. Trees begin to put out buds that will eventually open into beautiful green leaves. Migratory birds make their way North again, flying over Drumlin's fields and forests. Amphibians and invertebrates awaken in the ponds as the ice melts. Kids and lambs scamper about the sheep and goat shed. Shake off your cabin fever at Drumlin Farm this season.
May and June: With longer days and more sunlight, everyone wants to get outside—including you! Spring wildflowers dot the forests and fields. The growing lambs and goat kids explore the outdoors with more confidence each day. In Boyce Field, spring crops grow and fruit, including strawberries toward the end of May. Enjoy the excitement of an awakening summer at Drumlin Farm.
July and August: In the heart of the summer, diversity abounds in every corner of the sanctuary. Boyce Field is at its best, flourishing with an array of colorful vegetables. Young birds fledge, tadpoles change into frogs, and butterflies grace our gardens. The farm animals graze in their pastures, taking refuge in the shade during the heat of the day. Visit Drumlin Farm this season to get the best of the summer months.
September: Early fall brings cooling temperatures and the first signs of fall. Birds begin their fall migrations south, as do green darner dragonflies. The fields have all seen their last planting, and the farmers begin to harvest their fall crops. Chipmunks scurry about, gathering seeds for the upcoming winter months. Join us and enjoy the first signs of fall at Drumlin Farm this September.
October: The heart of fall brings fantastic colors and smells as the trees change color and fall. Monarch butterflies gather and begin their migration to Central America. Pumpkins grow in the fields, ready for carving or cooking. The sheep move down from the Drumlin and other summer pastures to their winter homes on the farm core. Experience the best of the fall on your visit to Drumlin Farm this month.
November: In this transition time between fall and winter, Drumlin Farm and its inhabitants are preparing for the cold. The gardens grow cover crops, the pony gains his winter coat of fur, and the winter resident birds settle in. Explore Drumlin Farm in this transitional season to see how the natural world gears up for winter.
December: With winter upon us, the nature seems to have fallen asleep. But a closer look reveals small wonders in the ways that plants and animals survive the cold months. Mammals seek shelter in dens and cavities, birds forage in interspecies flocks, and our sheep get woollier by the day. Visit Drumlin Farm this December to witness the wonders of winter survival.