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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, $$
Sun, January 1, 2017  -  Sun, October 1, 2017   
The Massachusetts DCR ParksPass provides unlimited day-use parking at state park facilities that charge a parking fee. This is a great value and a fun incentive to enjoy our expansive park system.
Fee Free National Parks DaysMassachusetts, Free
Mon, January 16, 2017  -  Sun, November 12, 2017   
One of five Fee Free days/periods at National Parks, Forests & Wildlife refuges. Enjoy free admission to several Massachusetts parks today.
Family Jam-Making: Green Briar Nature CenterSandwich, $$$
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   
What’s the buzz at the Harvard Museum of Natural History? It’s all about BEES! After a long winter nap, our honeybee hive is humming again.
Strawberry Picking at Tougas FarmNorthborough, $
Sat, June 3, 2017  -  Sun, June 25, 2017   
Pick-Your-Own strawberries, strawberries desserts at the farm kitchen, playground and petting zoo make for a great family day at Tougas Family Farm
Wild Ones Nature AdventuresMedfield, $$$
Thu, June 8, 2017  -  Thu, June 29, 2017   
Get your little wild one back outside with this 4-week series is designed for children ages 3-5 and their guardians focused on first introductions to nature.
Full Moon Walks for Families & AdultsSandwich, $$
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!
School's Out CampoutMedfield, $$$
Sat, June 24, 2017  -  Sun, June 25, 2017   
Now that school's out, it's time for a campout! Pack up your gear and bring the whole family to this classic overnight under the stars.
Muddy Masterpieces!Acton, $
Thu, June 29, 2017  -  Thu, June 29, 2017   
Grab a paint brush, a palette of mud and create a unique mud painting. Help us create a one-of-a-kind community art piece by adding your own artistic flair to a marvelous, muddy mural.
Bruce Molsky and Darol Anger perform at Club PassimCambridge, $$
Sat, July 1, 2017  -  Sat, July 1, 2017   
Bruce Molsky, 'one of America's premier fiddling talents' and Darol Anger, a fiddler, composer and educator, perform their music live at Club Passim, located in Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA.
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.
Summer Family Drop-In Series at ifarmBoxford, Free
Wed, July 5, 2017  -  Wed, August 23, 2017   
Get outside this summer at ifarm! Every Wednesday between 1pm and 3pm, come explore the farm, meet the animals and try out that week’s craft activity.
Let's Shellibrate! Oyster Farm TourMartha's Vineyard, $$
Thu, July 6, 2017  -  Thu, July 6, 2017   
Farm.Field.Sea hosts an insider’s tour of a working oyster farm, by boat. Learn how these incredible bivalves support our vibrant ecosystem and eat fresh oysters plucked right from the waters around you.
Cold As Ice: A 300lb Block of Ice!Acton, $
Fri, July 7, 2017  -  Fri, July 7, 2017   
Get ready for a cold day in July! Make chilly discoveries when you put salt, coins, keys, and liquid watercolors on a 300-pound block of ice.
Planting for PollinatorsBoxford, $$
Sun, July 9, 2017  -  Sun, July 9, 2017   
Head permaculturist Debby Richards will guide participants through plant varieties that ifarm uses to support pollinators, and share skills that can be used in any garden, big or small.
Discoveries at DuskMedfield, $$
Tue, July 11, 2017  -  Tue, August 8, 2017   
Bring the whole family to the forest for nighttime discoveries and sweet treats by the fire. Each week we'll explore different parts of the property!
Farmer and Chef for a DayMartha's Vineyard, $$
Thu, July 20, 2017  -  Thu, July 20, 2017   
Farm.Field.Sea presents a tour of Martha's Vineyard's North Tabor Farm produce and shiitake mushroom farm, followed by an in-the-field cooking demo and a communal, local-as-it-gets farm lunch.
Ponkapoag Bog WalkCanton, Free
Sat, July 22, 2017   
Join us on a fascinating venture into an Atlantic white cedar bog, a unique world of carnivorous plants and quaking vegetation. We’ll step deep into the heart of this mysterious world on the newly improved bog boardwalk.
The Buzz About Bees with Anita DeeleyBoxford, $$
Sun, July 23, 2017   
Curious about bees? Thinking of becoming a beekeeper? Wondering how you can help them? Join us for an informative talk to learn all about bees and beekeeping.
The Buzz About Bees with Anita DeeleyBoxford, $$
Sun, July 23, 2017  -  Sun, July 23, 2017   
Curious about bees? Thinking of becoming a beekeeper? Wondering how you can help them? Join us for an informative talk to learn all about bees and beekeeping.
Bloomin’ Fantastic Flower Workshop at Morning Glory FarmMartha's Vineyard, $$
Thu, July 27, 2017  -  Thu, July 27, 2017   
Explore the flower fields of Morning Glory Farm, stem by stem. Learn how to style your own flower arrangements, from whimsical to organic, taking inspiration from the fields and pastures around you.
Houghton’s Pond Family Fish FestivalMilton
Sat, July 29, 2017   
On the shores of Houghton's Pond, cast a line, learn about fish in our waters, safety, ethics, and fishing equipment.
Let's Shellibrate! Oysters, ClamsMartha's Vineyard, $$
Tue, August 1, 2017  -  Tue, August 1, 2017   
Learn about growing oysters and how these incredible bivalves support our vibrant ecosystem. Pick up a rake and try your hand at clamming and taste the fruits of your labor.
Spiders by the PondMilton, $
Sat, August 5, 2017  -  Sat, August 5, 2017   
Take a closer look at webs and the spiders that create them as you explore around the edges of Trailside Museum’s pond with your family.
The Magic of Maligned WeedsBoxford, $$
Sat, August 12, 2017  -  Sat, August 12, 2017   
Weeds have a bad reputation, but plants like dandelion have many uses and benefits. We will discuss various common weeds, and why we shouldn’t be so quick to pull them from our gardens.
Stars, S'mores, and MeteorsMilton, $
Sat, August 12, 2017  -  Sat, August 12, 2017   
Enjoy the view from the top of Chickatawbut Hill while we toast marshmallows around the campfire and enjoy some celestial stories. As darkness descends, we’ll spread out our blankets and star gaze.
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