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Private Family/Group Nature Exploration Programs

Sponsored by Broadmoor

Schedule:

2 classes (show schedule)
Mon, Apr 05, 2021
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Sat, Nov 13, 2021
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Location:

Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, Natick MA

Audience:

Family
(suitable for children 0 - 17 years)

Members:

Adult $130.00, Child $10.00

Nonmembers:

Adult $150.00, Child $12.00
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Take a personalized, private, and safe guided tour into the wonders of nature with your family. A Mass Audubon Naturalist will lead your group on an exploration of Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, guiding you through hands-on investigations of plants and animals and observing the interactions in the ecosystem.

Chose Your Program:

Wetland ExplorationsLearn why wetlands are important in this hands-on program. Visit the marsh, where you will search for herons, turtles and frogs, and explore the life of underwater creatures with nets and buckets. Feel the spongy stalks of the arrow arum plant and try to find the carnivorous bladderwort. You will also take a short hike to the vernal pool, a body of water that can appear and disappear throughout the year. See where salamanders and frogs start their lives and take an up-close peak at the other creatures living here, such as caddisflies in their 'log cabin homes' and brightly colored fairy shrimp.

Into the Woods
Search the layers of the forest from the soil underfoot to the swaying tree tops. Use binoculars to search for birds and squirrels in the canopy, use magnifying glasses to expose the secret jobs of the F.B.I. (fungus, bacteria & invertebrates) in the leaf litter, and look for tracks and signs of other forest friends along the trails. Learn to tell the age of a white pine tree, visit the beech and seek out witch's hats. Find out why they all call the woods their home.

Meadow Adaptation Mysteries
Investigations of the air and land will unlock mysteries of how plants and animals are adapted to the meadow. Seek out tiny hopping insects that camouflage with meadow plants using a sweep net, spot bright dragonflies hovering mid-air, find many ways that plant leaves are protected from burning in the sun, and look for evidence that rabbits and deer visit the field too. Watch birds swoop overhead, observing how their beaks and wings help them to chase and eat flying insects, and learn to identify the birds most often nesting here.

Story Rocks, Dancing Trees, and other Land Mysteries
Learn to look for and solve nature mysteries! Tell the story of the landscape based on evidence found on the sanctuary. Use detective skills to discover how gravity, volcanoes, glaciers, wind, water and people cause change in the landscape--sometimes slowly and sometimes quickly. The winter-scape is the perfect time to learn!

Night Hikes
Experience the quiet night and learn about local nocturnal animals. Explore how some animals are adapted to the night life. Test how your adaptations measure up when you head down the trails with a teacher naturalist. Look and listen for other night-time animals while on your hike, such as beaver, deer, or turkey. If the sky is clear, try to find constellations and planets and learn to tell them apart. In summer months, watch for bats swooping for insects, or fireflies flashing secret messages.

All programs can be customized to your group's interests; optional activities for children based on age and interest can be provided.

Available for Scheduling

Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays, and Fridays; some weekends

Rates

up to 2 hours per program
Members: Family rate $130 covers up to 5 people; $10/additinal person. Programs are limited to a maximum of 10 people.

Non-members: Family rate $150 covers up to 5 people; $12/additional person. Programs are limited to a maximum of 10 people.

Book Your Program

Please email [email protected] with your prefered program, date, and time.

Payment will be required at time of booking.

Safety

All programs will adhere to COVID-19 guidelines recommended by the CDC and Massachusetts Department of Health.

  • All participants over age 2 must wear a properly fitted mask for the duration of the program.
  • Staff will wear a mask and comply with social distancing requirements from your group.
  • All materials and supplies will be properly sanitized before use.
  • Programs limited to a maximum of 10 participants.

Instructions and Directions:

Adult rate reflects the family rate for up to 5 people; child rate reflects the additional fee per person beyond the initial 5 covered by the family rate.
Contact [email protected] to book.

Registration is required.
For your own security, DO NOT send credit card information via email.

For more information, contact:

280 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760
For your own security, DO NOT send credit card information via email.