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Our wildlife sanctuaries host exciting special events throughout the year, from seasonal festivals and exhibit openings to special lectures and open houses.

    Closeup of snow on autumn foliage © Julie Gagliardo

    Mass Audubon Shop

    Special Event November 20–24, 2019

    Get your holiday shopping done early and support Mass Audubon at the same time! Members get 20% off gift purchases, plus great savings on binoculars and spotting scopes. In-store only.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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!

    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.

    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)

    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. 

    "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.