Winter Fun for Everyone

Snowshoeing through the woods

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Don't let cold temperatures or a few inches of snow keep you from getting outdoors! Winter offers once-a-year opportunities to explore some of nature's most fascinating phenomena. 

Mass Audubon's 60 wildlife sanctuaries provide a variety of ways to venture out with the family, get some fresh air with friends, or take up a new cold-weather hobby. So bundle up and join us for some fun activities this winter. You'll be glad you did!

Kids snowshoeing at BNC


What better way to explore a sparkling winter landscape than with footwear that allows you to virtually float atop the fluffy stuff? Just about all of our wildlife sanctuaries welcome snowshoeing from January-March, and a few even offer equipment to rent or borrow.

Sign up for a guided snowshoe program to search for signs of wildlife, learn how to identify trees without their leaves, and take in stunning views of the natural landscape. (Bonus—some outings wrap up with hot cocoa and coffee!)

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Wildlife Tracking

Curious about the critters that leave "footprints" on snow-covered yards and fields? Our naturalists can help you solve the mystery!

At one time, being able to read animal tracks was vital for survival. Today, identifying signs of wildlife can teach us a lot about the animals that live in our area. Learn how to distinguish the markings of deer, porcupines, fishers, foxes, bears, moose, and more. Before you know it, you'll be on your way to becoming a tracking expert!

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Snowy Owl at Westport Beach © Fred Laberge
Snowy Owl © Fred Laberge

Winter Birding

When it comes to spotting birds, spring gets all the attention. But winter actually presents the best (and sometimes only) opportunity to observe species like Snowy Owls, Bald Eagles, winter finches, sea ducks, and more. Join guided bird walks at snowy hotspots around the state, go on a night hike to listen for owls, or take a program to learn about the unique adaptations that enable these amazing creatures to survive harsh New England winters.

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Photography Workshops

Winter landscapes offer some of the most stunning photo ops of the year—rolling hills blanketed in snow, moonlit trees lining stone walls, and shimmering seaside sunsets.

If you own a digital camera but feel like you're not taking full advantage of its features, we can help! Several of our wildlife sanctuaries offer winter workshops and classes led by professional photographers. Master the basics and learn techniques for experimenting with lighting, focus, depth of field, and composition. Then head out to capture the beauty of local landscapes and wildlife!

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Taps and buckets in Drumlin Farm's sugar maple grove

Maple Sugaring

In late winter, it's time to start gearing up for maple sugaring season in Massachusetts. Not only do several of our wildlife sanctuaries produce their own maple syrup, they also offer sugaring programs, tree-tapping demonstrations, and/or sugaring festivals. Learn about the sugaring process from sap to syrup and get a taste of the sweet stuff at Ipswich RiverBlue Hills Trailside Museum, Moose Hill, Drumlin FarmHabitat, Boston Nature Center, and North River.