Regional News

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Cape Cod and Islands

NEAQ loggerhead release at Craigville Beach © Karen Strauss

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event November 30, 2019

Drop in over Thanksgiving weekend to learn more about sea turtles, find out why they strand on the beaches of Cape Cod in the fall, and enjoy an afternoon of sea turtle-inspired activities!

American Robin eating holly berries © Dana Spires 750

Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event December 14, 2019

Take a "holly-day" season walk at one of the largest holly plantations in New England! Learn about the natural history of hollies and gather your own holly boughs to take home. 

Family doing crafts at Felix Neck's Annual Fall Festival

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event November 29, 2019

It's a fall-tastic day the whole family will enjoy! Featuring hayrides, face painting, live music, food, crafts for kids, live animals, trail walks, and more.

Horseshoe Crab survey volunteers at work © Gabrielle Mannino

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Summer 2019 was an incredible season for Felix Neck's Osprey, Atlantic Horseshoe Crab, breeding shorebirds, odonate, and salamander citizen science projects! Over 40 individuals trekked through woods and across beaches to collect the data needed for the conservation and management of these iconic Vineyard species. 

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Central Massachusetts

Preschoolers building snowmen at Wachusett Meadow

Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary

Play is the natural work of children. Our preschool program allows children to spend time outdoors learning, explore the wonders of nature, build friendships, and develop a deeper sense of place. Enrolling now for Spring 2020 session (starts January 28).

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Connecticut River Valley

"Cosmos flowers" painting © Ella Condon

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event December 14, 2019

Enjoy a free reception with light refreshments, view the newest exhibit in the Gallery, and discover original artworks available for purchase! 25% of all sales will benefit Arcadia's Art House.

Morning view of Mt. Tom from Arcadia's meadows © Phil Doyle

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

Arcadia has been an ecological gem and educational innovator in the Pioneer Valley since 1944. You're invited to celebrate everything that's been accomplished in the last 75 years, and help us look toward to a bright future for the generations to come!

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Greater Boston

Wind turbine at a cranberry farm in Plymouth, MA (Photo: Erin Ellingwood)

Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event November 13, 2019

Join Broadmoor at Jack's Abby Brewery in Framingham for food, locally-brewed beer, and thought-provoking discussions about nature with various experts. (December: speaker & topic TBD)

Lilac-breasted Rollers in Uganda by David Larson (staff)

Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary

Experience unforgettable journeys, from an exploration of the biodiversity-rich Sky Islands of Arizona to endangered species conservation projects on Hawaii's Big Island and more. Each themed night offers a location-based buffet dinner and engaging visual presentation. Next program is November 21.

Metal sculpture of figure meditating

Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event November 29, 2019

Reclaim the day after Thanksgiving for the outdoors, away from the malls, at this annual arts festival! Enjoy live music, local art, storytelling, family-friendly nature crafts, and more.

Students brainstorming ideas at the 2018-2019 Youth Climate Summit

Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

Students are invited to take part in the next Youth Climate Summit on November 23! This ongoing collaboration engages local high school teams to work on climate justice projects that help their local and global communities. 

Students brainstorming ideas at a Youth Climate Summit in 2018

Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

Stony Brook is teaming up with Oak Knoll and Moose Hill to host a Climate Action Summit on November 13 at Wheaton College. The goal? To equip area high school students with the skills, knowledge, and inspiration they need to take effective action in mitigating the effects of climate change at the local level.

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North Shore

Kids hugging a big tree at Ipswich River

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event November 23, 2019

Journey back in time with Mass Audubon and the Topsfield Historical Society! Enjoy a child-friendly guided hike with hands-on games and activities to learn about the people and wildlife who have called these forests home.

Amy Weidensaul

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Please join us in giving a warm welcome to Ipswich River's new director, Amy Weidensaul. "I grew up in Massachusetts and, after a long career with the National Audubon Society in Maryland and Pennsylvania, I’m returning home," says Amy. 

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South of Boston

Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary in early fall © Jesse Ferreira

Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

The South Coast Sanctuaries team is very excited by the privilege of adding the grounds of the Sacred Heart Retreat Center to our Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary. It is an incredibly important parcel and a huge conservation success story.

Hand-turned wood burled vase for sale at our Holiday Open House

North River Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event December 7, 2019

Come shop for unique and locally handmade gifts in a relaxed atmosphere—no hustling or bustling required! You'll also enjoy free admission, cider, snacks, craft demonstrations, a Discovery Room for the kids, and more.

Eastern Screech Owl red morph (Photo: Mark Faherty)

Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary

Come learn first-hand about the owls of Massachusetts this fall and winter! Enjoy an indoor presentation followed by a night hike to listen for owls. Suitable for all ages 5 & up. 

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