Annual Duck Derby

Rubber ducks in the water at the Allens Pond Duck Derby

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Duck Derby is a fun annual event where thousands of rubber ducks—sponsored by individuals just like you—are released on an incoming tide for an epic race from Buzzards Bay into Allens Pond.

With fierce determination, they fight their way to the finish line where the first five to cross win Grand Prizes! Many other lucky ducks will claim fantastic runner-up prizes, including a special honor for the "Slacker Quacker" (the last duck to finish the race). ​

This beloved event supports Mass Audubon's ecological and outreach projects.

Because this year marks both our 18th Duck Derby and Mass Audubon's 125th anniversary, we have some special treats in store! 

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→ To watch the race in person, you must register for Duck Derby Race Viewing. Paid registration is required ($15/person), as this is a staff-guided walk that crosses private property.

→ Read the Duck Derby Official Rules for more information about winner selection, prize claims, and event regulations.

Summer Celebration & Silent Auction

Saturday, August 14 • 10:00 am-2:00 pm

FREE Admission

Celebrate summer and our approaching Duck Derby with free fun for all ages! Enjoy a guided walk around Allens Pond's spectacular coastal property, and learn about the awesome animals (and the habitats they depend upon) that Mass Audubon helps protect. Scheduled activities include a "Make-and-Take Nature Confetti Craft" and wildlife-themed games where you'll learn about shorebirds, Ospreys, turtles, and more.

Be sure to check out our exciting silent auction during the celebration! This is your chance to bid on awesome prize packages donated by local retailers. Attendees will also be able to enter ducks in this year's Duck Derby.

Learn more & get complete event details >

Event Sponsors

Many thanks to this year's Grand Prize Sponsors. Because of their generosity, 100% of all duck sponsorships will directly support Mass Audubon's ecological and outreach projects. Please consider supporting these local businesses and let them know you appreciate their support of Mass Audubon!

→ Interested in becoming a Duck Derby Event Sponsor? View our list of sponsor benefits and contact Carrie Sweigart by email for more information.

Grand Prize Sponsors

The Bayside Restaurant Sylvan Nursery Inc.

Supporting Sponsors

Feingold & Associates
My Generation Energy (MGE)