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Nature and Outdoor Events for Kids and Families Near Boston

Introducing children to the wonders of nature at an early age can do wonders for the imagination, and help to raise a caring environmentally aware human. Find all sorts of nature-themed events near Boston for kids and treat them to a wonderful world of learning.


Fire Pit Saturdays at Powisset FarmCarver, $
Sat, January 14, 2023  -  Sat, February 11, 2023   
Your ticket includes two hours at a private firepit for six people (we’ll light your fire for you), private picnic table seating, wood for burning, roasting sticks and a kit for making six s’mores.
Free Entrance Days in the National ParksOther Boston Area, Free
Mon, January 16, 2023  -  Mon, January 1, 2024   
Come experience the national parks! On five days in 2023, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.
Notchview Lessons + EventsWestern Mass, $$
Wed, January 18, 2023  -  Tue, March 28, 2023   
Notchview provides programs and adventures throughout season. Whether it’s a full moon ski tour, wilderness trek or s’mores by the fire, we have something for everyone. Check back in for our upcoming programs.
CraneOutdoors: Snowy Owl ProwlIpswich, $$
Sat, January 21, 2023  -  Sun, March 26, 2023   
Wide-open coastal sites are the location of choice for wintering Snowy Owls; common perches are dunes and salt hay staddles. In winters past, the owls have been frequent visitors to the Crane Wildlife Refuge.
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Groundhog Day & Climate Action Day: Drumlin FarmLincoln, Free
Today   
Will Ms. G, the groundhog, predict a long cold winter, or an early spring? Join us at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm to help our famous groundhog decipher the weather clues and deliver her forecast.
Preschool Farm Explorers at Chestnut Hill FarmSouthborough, $
Today  -  Thu, February 2, 2023   
Bundle up and we’ll explore the farm and woodlands of Chestnut Hill Farm. Who knows what wintery delights await? Topics could include: animal tracking, ice experiments, snow activities, or animal hibernation.
Chestnut Hill by Moonlight: Exploring Winter Life by the Full Snow MoonSouthborough, $
Sat, February 4, 2023  -  Sat, February 4, 2023   
The full moon in February is called the “snow moon” because typically- there’s snow! If the moon lives up to its name, you’ll learn to build a snow shelter traditional to some Canadian indigenous cultures.
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Moakley Park Winter Warmer EventBoston, Free
Sat, February 11, 2023  -  Sat, February 11, 2023   
Come to Moakley Park for a free, fun afternoon complete with warm drinks, yummy snacks, games, crafts, and more. Enjoy Enjoy s'mores, popcorn, and hot cocoa, love music, crafts and games.
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The Merrimack River Eagle Festival 2023Newburyport, Free
Tue, February 14, 2023  -  Sat, February 18, 2023   
When winter returns to the lower Merrimack Valley, so do Bald Eagles and Snowy Owls and other exciting winter wildlife. Every year we host a grand event marking their return.
Preschool Farm Explorers at Chestnut Hill FarmSouthborough, $
Thu, February 16, 2023  -  Thu, February 16, 2023   
Adult supervision is required; this is not a drop off program. Little farmers and their grownups should wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that can get a little dirty. Fee covers one child and an adult.
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Enchanted Forest at FruitlandsHarvard, $$
Sat, February 18, 2023  -  Sun, February 26, 2023   
Calling all woodland fairies, elves, and gnomes! The Frost King has come to spend the winter at the Fruitlands Fairy Forest and he has brought all sorts of new enchantment with him.
Tapping Maple Trees at Gore PlaceWaltham, $
Sat, February 18, 2023  -  Sat, February 18, 2023   
It’s sugar maple tapping season and Gore Place is going to be tapping their sugar maple trees! Join the farmer and educators as we walk around Gore Place to tap our sugar maples.
The Great Backyard Bird CountSouthborough, $
Sat, February 18, 2023  -  Sat, February 18, 2023   
We recommend downloading the Merlin or eBird apps ahead of time to assist you with identifying birds as you spot them. Your guide will be Tim Puopolo, a Trustees ranger and naturalist.
All About Sheep and WoolSouthborough, $
Sat, February 18, 2023  -  Sat, February 18, 2023   
Learn about the journey from sheep to sweater. Touch wool at various stages of processing, and try your hand at the carding brush and drop spindle!
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Drumlin Farm Activities for February Vacation WeekLincoln, $$
Mon, February 20, 2023  -  Fri, February 24, 2023   
Looking for something to do over school vacation week in February and April? Drumlin Farm offers school vacation week programs for children in grades Pre-K-8.
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Boston Nature Center February Vacation Week ProgramsBoston, $$
Mon, February 20, 2023  -  Sat, February 25, 2023   
During February school vacation week, children (ages 5-14) will explore winter nature though hands-on investigation, art projects, games, and more.
February on the Farm (February Vacation Week!)Southborough, $
Tue, February 21, 2023  -  Fri, February 24, 2023   
February farm activities could include sledding, making snow friends, visiting lambs, tasting maple syrup, hiking, or making farm and nature-related crafts!This drop-off program is designed for children in grades kindergarten through 5th.
Winter Wander on Peddocks IslandHull, $$
Sat, February 25, 2023  -  Sat, February 25, 2023   
Celebrate the season with a special winter excursion to Peddocks Island, complete with light refreshments, guided tours, and plenty of time to explore on your own!
Mountain Mindfulness ~ Family Forest Walk with Sandy WilsonOther Boston Area, Free
Sun, February 26, 2023  -  Sun, February 26, 2023   
Join us on this peaceful, family-friendly walk, suitable for families with children able to walk one to three miles. Leave inspired with skills to access the healing benefits of nature for the whole family!
Preschool Farm Explorers at Chestnut Hill FarmSouthborough, $
Thu, March 2, 2023  -  Thu, March 2, 2023   
We will begin by learning about a seasonal topic based on what is happening in nature or the yearly cycle on the farm. We will take a walk on the farm.
Preschool Farm Explorers at Powisset FarmDover, $
Thu, March 2, 2023  -  Thu, March 2, 2023   
Every other Thursday morning will have a different theme including “What Plants Need to Grow” or “Life under a Log.”Activities may include planting seeds, searching for decomposers under rocks,as well as art projects and stories.
Big Barn Story & Craft HourDover, $
Fri, March 3, 2023  -  Fri, March 3, 2023   
Each morning will focus on something happening at the farm, or in the surrounding pastures and woods. The craft we make together will be reflective of what we learn on the farm.
Chestnut Hill by Moonlight: Uncovering Spring by the Full Worm MoonSouthborough, $
Sat, March 4, 2023  -  Sat, March 4, 2023   
Experience a magical full moon evening on the farm.Your guide will be ranger Bob, a local scoutmaster and devoted member of the Trustees community.This family-friendly event welcomes adults and children.
Fire Pit Saturdays at Powisset FarmDover, $
Sat, March 4, 2023  -  Sat, March 4, 2023   
Your ticket includes two hours at a private firepit for six people (we’ll light your fire for you), private picnic table seating, wood for burning, roasting sticks and a kit for making six s’mores.
Maple Tap-A-Thon at Chestnut Hill FarmSouthborough, $
Sun, March 5, 2023  -  Sun, March 5, 2023   
Each family group will set their own tap to get the farm’s maple flowing! You’ll go home with instructions on how to tap your own maple trees and make your own syrup.
Spring Sensations Guided HikeSouthborough, $
Sat, March 11, 2023  -  Sat, March 11, 2023   
Explore the signs of spring with all five senses and tune in to nature. Your guide will be Tim Puopolo, a Trustees ranger and naturalist.
Fire Pit Saturdays at Powisset FarmDover, $
Sat, March 11, 2023  -  Sat, March 11, 2023   
Your ticket includes two hours at a private firepit for six people (we’ll light your fire for you), private picnic table seating, wood for burning, roasting sticks and a kit for making six s’mores.
Book Bugs: Farm Fun for Little OnesSouthborough, $
Tue, March 14, 2023  -  Tue, March 14, 2023   
Each day will have a different theme such as “Goats and Sheep,” “What is a Seed,” or “How Veggies Grow.” This program is best suited for children ages 2-5, with an accompanying adult.
Preschool Farm Explorers at Chestnut Hill FarmSouthborough, $
Thu, March 16, 2023  -  Thu, March 16, 2023   
We will begin by learning about a seasonal topic based on what is happening in nature or the yearly cycle on the farm. We will take a walk on the farm.
Preschool Farm Explorers at Powisset FarmDover, $
Thu, March 16, 2023  -  Thu, March 16, 2023   
Activities may include planting seeds, searching for decomposers under rocks, and other age-appropriate hands-on farm “chores,” as well as art projects and stories. Little explorers are welcome to attend each week for new experiences!
Big Barn Story & Craft HourDover, $
Fri, March 17, 2023  -  Fri, March 17, 2023   
Each morning will focus on something happening at the farm, or in the surrounding pastures and woods. The craft we make will be reflective of what we learn and of life on the farm.
Wondering About Worms Vermicomposting WorkshopSouthborough, $
Mon, March 20, 2023  -  Mon, March 20, 2023   
In this family-friendly workshop, you will learn all about vermicomposting-composting with worms! Meet Red Wiggler worms up close, learn about foods they can and cannot eat, and study their unique body structures.
Preschool Farm Explorers at Chestnut Hill FarmSouthborough, $
Thu, March 23, 2023  -  Thu, March 23, 2023   
We will begin by learning about a seasonal topic based on what is happening in nature or the yearly cycle on the farm. We will take a walk on the farm.
Agriculture Afternoons (Early Release Days!)Southborough, $
Thu, March 30, 2023  -  Fri, March 31, 2023   
Participants will engage in a fun-filled afternoon with activities such as visiting the farm animals, hiking the trails, creating art projects, and playing games.This program is for children who are in kindergarten-5th grade.
Preschool Farm Explorers at Powisset FarmDover, $$
Thu, March 30, 2023  -  Tue, May 30, 2023   
Activities may include planting seeds, searching for decomposers under rocks, and other age-appropriate hands-on farm “chores,” as well as art projects and stories. Recommended for children aged 2 years 9 months to age 5
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Wicked Tulips Flower Farm U-Pick Tulip ExperienceRhode Island, $$
Wed, May 3, 2023  -  Sun, May 7, 2023   
Tiptoe through more than 600,000 tulips, experience the sights, sounds, and smells of spring on a historic farm and bring home a fresh hand picked bouquet of the most amazing tulips you have ever seen.
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