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4th Graders - Every Kid in a Park PassOnline, Free
Fri, September 2, 2016  -  Fri, September 1, 2017   
President Barack Obama created Every Kid in a Park so fourth graders and their families could discover our wildlife, resources, and history for free.
2017 DCR MassParks PassMassachusetts, $$
Sun, January 1, 2017  -  Sun, October 1, 2017   
The Massachusetts DCR ParksPass provides unlimited day-use parking at state park facilities that charge a parking fee. This is a great value and a fun incentive to enjoy our expansive park system.
Fee Free National Parks DaysMassachusetts, Free
Mon, January 16, 2017  -  Sun, November 12, 2017   
One of five Fee Free days/periods at National Parks, Forests & Wildlife refuges. Enjoy free admission to several Massachusetts parks today.
Swan Boat RidesBack Bay, $
Sat, April 15, 2017  -  Sun, September 17, 2017   
Enjoy a peaceful 15 minute paddleboat cruise around the Boston Garden lagoon. The only boats of their kind in the world, inspired by the opera Lohengrin.
Garden in the WoodsFramingham, $
Sat, April 15, 2017  -  Mon, October 16, 2017   
Families enjoy 45 acres of trails including woodlands, pond, bog, brook and wildflower meadow with 1,600 native plant species at New England Wild Flower Society's Garden in the Woods, one of the country's premier garden...
Nantucket Annual Daffodil FestivalNantucket
Fri, April 28, 2017  -  Sun, April 30, 2017   
Millions of blooming daffodils will transform Nantucket during the Annual Daffodil Festival. Lots of fun activities amidst the beautiful spring landscape.
Junior Ranger DayBoston, $
Sat, April 29, 2017  -  Sat, April 29, 2017   
Do you like learning about special places and sharing them with your friends and family? Learn how to explore and protect the Boston Harbor Islands and earn an official Junior Ranger Badge.
Permaculture and HugelkulturBoxford, $
Sun, April 30, 2017  -  Sun, April 30, 2017   
Hugels are an adaptable and buildable method of sustainable gardening. Join us in building a hugel for the ifarm garden, and learn how you can use this technique in your own garden.
Arbor Day Celebration and Tree GiveawayFramingham, Free
Sun, April 30, 2017  -  Sun, April 30, 2017   
Come to this fun-filled, family-friendly day to celebrate trees and the forests they live in. There will be children’s activities, games, art projects, face painting, and investigation stations throughout the Garden.
Westborough Fishing ChallengeWestborough
Sat, May 6, 2017  -  Sat, May 6, 2017   
The Westborough Fishing Challenge is being held at the Minuteman Park from 9am - 1pm where Angler Education volunteers will be on hand to help you or your family members cast a line, learn about fish in our waters, safety, ethics, and fishing equipment.
Needham Family Fishing DerbyNeedham, Free
Sat, May 6, 2017  -  Sat, May 6, 2017   
On the shores of Needham Reservoir, cast a line, learn about fish in our waters, safety, ethics, and fishing equipment.
Westborough Family Fishing FestivalWestborough, Free
Sat, May 6, 2017  -  Sat, May 6, 2017   
This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided
Seed Starting WorshopBoxford, $$
Sat, May 6, 2017  -  Sat, May 6, 2017   
Learn the basics of seed starting from ifarm's head permaculturist Debby Richards. Participants will work in our two-acre permaculture garden and learn the timing, techniques, and intricacies of various types of seed starting.
Outdoors Rx Franklin Park Monthly SeriesBoston, Free
Sat, May 6, 2017  -  Sat, May 27, 2017   
Join Outdoors Rx for a monthly program series in Franklin Park filled with family nature walks, a ponding adventure, games, wellness, and overall outdoor fun!!
Brookline Reservoir Family Fishing FestivalBrookline
Sun, May 7, 2017  -  Sun, May 7, 2017   
On the shores of Brookline Reservoir, cast a line, learn about fish in our waters, safety, ethics, and fishing equipment.
Coe's Pond Kids Fishing DerbyWorcester
Sat, May 13, 2017  -  Sat, May 13, 2017   
This annual event co-sponsored with the Worcester Fish and Game Association will be held from 8am - 11pm. If you have fishing equipment, bring it along. A limited quantity of fishing equipment and bait will be available.
Lilac Sunday at Arnold ArboretumJamaica Plain, Free
Sun, May 14, 2017  -  Sun, May 14, 2017   
This beloved Boston tradition celebrates the lilacs as well as many other special collections at their peak at this lovely time of year. Come celebrate spring at the Arnold Arboretum.
Farrington Fairy FestivalLincoln, $
Sat, May 20, 2017  -  Sat, May 20, 2017   
Calling all Fairies, Elves, Gnomes and other magical creatures! Join us for 3 hours of fairy crafts, a walk through our enchanted woods to meet the Fairy Queen who will help you make a fairy house.
Rain Gardens WorkshopBoxford, $$
Sat, May 20, 2017   
Rain gardens are an important tool for catching runoff and decreasing erosion. Join us in adding an organic rain garden to our beautiful permaculture garden.
Prouty Woods: A Family's LegacyLittleton, Free
Sat, May 20, 2017  -  Sat, May 20, 2017   
Explore a day of Hidden Treasures in Littleton! Guided hikes, Native American story/craft, planting/touring Littleton Community Farm, herb classes for kids and adults, and a wildlife demonstration await you!
Powisset’s Preschool Farm ExplorersDover, $
Wed, May 24, 2017  -  Wed, June 7, 2017   
The Trustees invite you to take the hand of your preschooler, roll up your sleeves, and discover the connections between the farm and the food we choose from the grocery store shelves
Celebrate National Scavenger Hunt Day! Fairyborough TrailActon, $
Wed, May 24, 2017  -  Wed, May 24, 2017   
I spy with my little eyes… Strange things have been popping up in Fairyborough. Head to the path to see if you can spot what is out of place here!
'Dirt Don't Hurt' at The Children's Museum in Easton!Brockton, $
Thu, May 25, 2017  -  Thu, May 25, 2017   
Kids never need an excuse to get down and dirty, but at The Children’s Museum in Easton on Thursday, May 25, we’ll be encouraging it!
Wild Ones Nature AdventuresMedfield, $$$
Thu, June 8, 2017  -  Thu, June 29, 2017   
Get your little wild one back outside with this 4-week series is designed for children ages 3-5 and their guardians focused on first introductions to nature.
Nara Summer Family CampoutActon, $$$
Fri, June 9, 2017  -  Sat, June 10, 2017   
Nara Summer Family Campout For campout details visit www.acton-ma.gov/register Program #1091 TO PARTICIPATE YOU MUST PREREGISTER BY WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 NO ALCOHOL PERMITTED TO BE BROUGHT ON PREMISES
Nara Summer Family CampoutActon, $$$
Fri, June 9, 2017  -  Sat, June 10, 2017   
Nara Summer Family Campout TO PARTICIPATE YOU MUST PREREGISTER BY WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 Online registration begins February 10, 2017 Mail-In Registration is Also Available Call 978.929.6640 Ext. 0 or e-mail: [email protected]
Garden Structures WorkshopBoxford, $$
Sun, June 11, 2017  -  Sun, June 11, 2017   
Head permaculturist Debby Richards will show various methods of constructing garden structures, including plant supports made from bamboo and flower boxes made of upcycled pallets.
South End Garden TourBoston, $$
Sat, June 17, 2017  -  Sat, June 17, 2017   
This year's South End Garden Tour will feature a mix of public and private spaces including private back yards, front gardens, roof deck gardens, community gardens, and neighborhood 'pocket parks.'
Bee Hotels WorkshopBoxford, $
Sat, June 17, 2017  -  Sat, June 17, 2017   
We will be using wood to create a home for solitary pollinators. Participants will go home with the skills to create their own bee hotel, big or small.
Nara Summer Family CampoutActon, $$
Thu, June 22, 2017  -  Fri, June 23, 2017   
A family over night summer camping experience at Nara Park in Acton, MA.. For more Campout Details Visit our website: WWW.ACTON-MA.GOV/REGISTER Program #1091
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