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People sitting around a waterfall with sun coming in
Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary ©Gretchen Etrl

The Last Hurrah: 10 Things to Do Before Summer Ends

August 14, 2023

Summer’s Not Over Yet!  

The season may be winding down, but summer’s not done yet. Here are 10 unique ways to squeeze out every last drop of warm weather before we concede to fall. Explore your favorite sanctuary, try something new, or make your own adventure.   

1. Explore the Water on Kayak or Canoe 

Kayak and canoe rentals, self-guided tours, and guided programs are still available at Wachusett Meadow, Ipswich River, and Felix Neck. Paddle your way through rivers, inlets, and ponds to see nature from an aquatic point of view. Paddling details

up close shot of a canoe with Mass Audubon logo

2. Hike a New Trail 

There are hundreds of miles of trails throughout Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries. How many have you hiked? Take in mountain views from Pleasant Valley and High Ledges or visit the babbling waterways of Laughing Brook and Rutland Brook. Explore the fields at Wachusett Meadow and Drumlin Farm or walk the boardwalks at Broadmoor and Stony BrookDiscover a new trail 

campers walking on trail through meadow
Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Princeton

3. Read a Good Book Outside 

Spread a blanket, crack open a good book, and enjoy the pleasures of reading outdoors before the winter chill creeps in. This summer, we’re reading Fresh Banana Leaves by Jessica Hernandez, A Wing and a Prayer by Anders and Beverly Gyllenhaal, Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake, and more. Your new favorite summer read can be found at the Mass Audubon Shop. Shop online

bookshelf filled with nature books

4. Cultivate Harmony with Yoga and Mindfulness Programs 

Breathe in. Breathe out. Reflect on the season and get in touch with your inner self through mindful flows outside. Birdsong and warm breezes will delight your practice at Wachusett Meadow, Magazine Beach Park, and Allens PondFind yoga & mindfulness classes

A group of five people rolling out different colored yoga mats in a flat, grassy area.
Drumlin Farm, Lincoln © Mimi Palmore

5. Go On a Bird Walk 

As late summer skies fill with feathered friends, why not learn about local bird life from Mass Audubon avian experts. There’s always a nearby bird walk to join, where we’ll lead you through local hotspots interpreting the sights and sounds found along the way.  Find a nearby bird walk 

A dozen people looking out across a meadow surrounded by forest.
Brewster's Woods, Concord

6. Take a Walk Along the Coast 

Feel the sea breeze in your hair, sand in your toes, and salty mist in the air. A beach walk in late summer is an absolute must. Bonus points for catching the sunrise or sunset from the shore. Take it all in from Felix Neck, Long Pasture, or Allens Pond.  Find a coastal trail

Two adults walking on a boardwalk at sunset, one pointing at something in the distance.

7. Taste the Summer Harvest 

Savor the growing season by visiting one of our dual wildlife sanctuary and sustainable farms. Around this time of year, you can find peppers, herbs, and root vegetables at Drumlin Farm and Moose Hill’s farm stands.  Get a taste

A man in an orange shirt tosses a watermelon to a man in a green and blue striped shirt. A woman stands on a truck bed, waiting to toss the watermelon into a white box.
Moose Hill, Sharon

8. Play Naturalists with Your Family

Share some laughs at the cross section of fun and learning by playing naturalists! Search for nature clues, ask questions, and make memories outside with Young Explorers activity sheets, nature bingo, and Nature Smarts Workbooks. More family fun 

campers with nets in meadow

9. Create Art Outdoors 

Let nature be your muse! Draw inspiration from the colors, shapes, and feelings the natural world instills at the tail end of the summer season. Bring a drawing pad to your next self-guided adventure or join us for ceramic, painting, and drawing programs. Get creative

a closeup of someone drawing an opossum on a notebook

10. Capture & Share Summer Memories  

When winter rolls through, you’ll be looking back on the warmer months fondly. Don’t miss the chance to capture these unforgettable moments by bringing your camera along. When it comes to wild animals, breathtaking landscapes, and loved ones among the trees, a picture is worth more than a thousand words. 

Think you’ve captured something truly special? Enter our annual Picture This Photo Contest before September 30, 2023 for a chance to win. Nature photography opportunities 

Photographer taking picture
© Alison Leedham

More to Explore

Looking for more? There are over 60 Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries throughout Massachusetts waiting for you, and a packed program catalog filled with unique summer experiences. Stay curious and celebrate your last hurrah before the summer's end!