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2017 DCR MassParks PassMassachusetts, $$
Sun, January 1, 2017  -  Sun, October 1, 2017   
The Massachusetts DCR ParksPass provides unlimited day-use parking at state park facilities that charge a parking fee. This is a great value and a fun incentive to enjoy our expansive park system.
Fee Free National Parks DaysMassachusetts, Free
Mon, January 16, 2017  -  Sun, November 12, 2017   
One of five Fee Free days/periods at National Parks, Forests & Wildlife refuges. Enjoy free admission to several Massachusetts parks today.
Family Jam-Making: Green Briar Nature CenterSandwich, $$$
Sun, April 2, 2017  -  Sat, December 23, 2017   
Here is an opportunity for an adult and child to make jam together with Education Director Mary Beers. Take home four to six (8 oz.) jars of finished product. Children must be at least 6 years old to be in the kitchen.
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...
Bees at the Harvard Museum of Natural HistoryCambridge, $
Fri, April 28, 2017  -  Wed, November 1, 2017   
Whatís the buzz at the Harvard Museum of Natural History? Itís all about BEES! After a long winter nap, our honeybee hive is humming again.
Full Moon Walks for Families & AdultsSandwich, $$
Fri, June 9, 2017  -  Wed, September 6, 2017   
Come for a hooting and howling good time out and about at Green Briar by the light of the full moon. Look and listen for signs of animals and hear some great stories about the moon and night animals.
Go fly a kite on Spectacle IslandBoston, Free
Fri, June 9, 2017  -  Sun, August 27, 2017   
Enjoy flying your kite from the highest point in Boston Harbor, one of the city's best kite-flying destinations! Bring a kite or make your own!
Sea KayakingBoston, Free
Sat, July 1, 2017  -  Mon, September 4, 2017   
Join our staff for a short paddle off of Spectacle Island. Enjoy the sights of Spectacle Island in the Boston Harbor with friends and family!
Beach and BelowBoston, Free
Sat, July 1, 2017  -  Mon, September 4, 2017   
Join New England Aquarium staff to discover what lies beneath the waves and Spectacle Island! Listen and take part in activities about the environment on Spectacle Island.
Mapping MicrowildernessBoston, Free
Sat, July 1, 2017  -  Mon, September 4, 2017   
Become a citizen scientist! Explore the habitats of Spectacle Islands with a park naturalist and help document and identify the flora and fauna using the iNaturalist app.
Beach and BelowBoston, Free
Sat, July 1, 2017  -  Mon, September 4, 2017   
Learn what lies beneath the waves at Georges Island with staff from the New England Aquarium. Explore the environment of Georges Island and how you impact it.
Youth FishingBoston, Free
Sat, July 1, 2017  -  Mon, September 4, 2017   
Join a staff member to learn the basics of saltwater fishing. Great for all ages but children must be accompanied by an adult and participants must have a Massachusetts saltwater fishing license if 16 or older.
Peddocks Island PaddleBoston, Free
Sat, July 1, 2017  -  Mon, September 4, 2017   
Circle the island, see historic sites and and geological features during this day-long class led by REI. Everything provided by REI, no prior experience necessary.
Under the SeaBoston, Free
Sat, July 1, 2017  -  Mon, September 4, 2017   
Join a ranger and learn about the creatures that live below the tide line. Fun and learning for all ages but especially children and families!
Sea KayakingBoston
Mon, July 3, 2017  -  Wed, August 30, 2017   
Join our staff for a short paddle off of Spectacle Island and experience kayak or paddle. This beginner-friendly program offers an introduction to basic paddling.
Apple Picking Guide: MassachusettsOnline, $
Thu, August 10, 2017  -  Sun, October 22, 2017   
Massachusetts has nearly 50 apple orchards that encourage you to share in the joy of picking your own apples. Consult this online list to find one near you.
'e' inc.'s Summer Science Discovery ProgramCharlestown, $$$
Mon, August 21, 2017  -  Fri, September 1, 2017   
Need a summer program for your kids in August? Check out 'e' inc.'s Summer Science Discovery Program.
Let's Shellibrate! Oyster Farm TourMartha's Vineyard, $$
Today  -  Thu, August 24, 2017   
Enjoy an insiderís tour of a working oyster farm by boat. Learn how these incredible bivalves support our vibrant ecosystem and eat fresh oysters plucked right from the waters around you.
Tidepools & WracklinesIpswich, $
Join us as we investigate the tidepools and the wrackline on Steep Hill Beach to discover and record the many creatures that live along the shore.
First Time Camper Program at Wompatuck State ParkHingham, $
Sat, August 26, 2017  -  Sun, August 27, 2017   
Join us overnight and learn to setup a tent, build a campfire, and more! Weíll give you tips and ideas to ensure a great first time camping experience.
Dirtopia!Acton, $
Tue, August 29, 2017  -  Sat, September 2, 2017   
The giant pile of dirt is back! Scoop, sculpt, squish! Dig, climb, burrow! Mud pies, mud paintings, mud this, and mud that. Bring your boots and prepare to get messy!
4th Graders - Every Kid in a Park PassOnline, Free
Sat, September 2, 2017  -  Sat, September 1, 2018   
President Barack Obama created Every Kid in a Park so fourth graders and their families could discover our wildlife, resources, and history for free.
Labor Day Family CampoutMedfield, $$
Sat, September 2, 2017  -  Sun, September 3, 2017   
Join us to learn all the essential camping skills such as how to pitch a tent, building and maintaining a fire, staying warm at night, and cooking delicious meals over a flame.
Labor Day Backyard OlympicsMedfield, $
Sat, September 2, 2017  -  Sat, September 2, 2017   
Gather friends and family to create teams for some friendly competition! We'll provide the backyard games, so all you need is your competitive spirit. Each event will have prizes for winners!
New England Fall Foliage Hotlines & WebsitesOnline, Free
Sun, September 3, 2017  -  Fri, November 10, 2017   
Find the latest foliage reports for New England this fall. View our round-up of toll-free numbers to call for up-to-date fall foliage information for New England.
Charles River History Walking Tour & Wildlife TalkWaltham, Free
Sun, September 3, 2017  -  Sun, September 3, 2017   
Historic walking tour and wildlife talk presented by the Waltham Land Trust, followed by a visit to Watch City Bike Lab and a talk with the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation.
Wild Ones Nature AdventuresMedfield, $$
Thu, September 7, 2017  -  Thu, September 7, 2017   
A 4-week series designed for children ages 3-5 and their guardians focused on first introductions to nature. Sessions will be experiential and hands-on, with opportunities for children to explore the wilderness in new ways.
Open Days Program Garden Tour & Family Time EventsCarlisle, $
Sat, September 9, 2017  -  Sat, September 9, 2017   
Private estate garden tour, children's activities, beekeeping and cooking demonstrations, box lunches, pop-up shop for cooks and gardeners to benefit the Garden Conservancy. No reservations required; rain or shine.
Family Nature PhotographyTopsfield, $
Sat, September 9, 2017  -  Sat, September 9, 2017   
Join Stephanie Majeau for a lesson in photographing the natural world around you. The sanctuary is the perfect setting to learn something new with your family and friends.
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