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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.


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4th Graders - Every Kid in a Park PassOnline, Free
Mon, September 2, 2019  -  Tue, September 1, 2020   
President Barack Obama created Every Kid in a Park so fourth graders and their families could discover our wildlife, resources, and history for free.
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2020 DCR MassParks PassMassachusetts, $$
Wed, January 1, 2020  -  Thu, October 1, 2020   
The Massachusetts DCR ParksPass provides unlimited day-use parking at state park facilities that charge a parking fee. This is a great value and a fun incentive to enjoy our expansive park system.
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January Reindeer QuestHingham, Free
Wed, January 1, 2020  -  Fri, January 31, 2020   
Grab your snow shoes, hiking boots or cross country skis and get the family outside to celebrate the winter all January long and seek out our elusive herd of wooden reindeer sculptures found throughout the farm's trails.
Snowshoeing @ Gore PlaceWaltham, $$
Fri, January 3, 2020  -  Tue, March 31, 2020   
Come and snowshoe the 50 acres of open terrain at Gore Place in Waltham. Snowshoe rentals are available for toddlers through adults. Children will enjoy the Story Trail as part of their winter adventure!
Fee Free National Parks DaysMassachusetts, Free
Mon, January 20, 2020  -  Wed, November 11, 2020   
One of five Fee Free days/periods at National Parks, Forests & Wildlife refuges. Enjoy free admission to several Massachusetts parks today.
Boston Harbor Islands Winter Wildlife CruiseBoston, $$
Sat, January 25, 2020   
Bring your binoculars and explore the winter bird and wildlife in and around Boston Harbor. The cruise will travel to the outer islands and Hingham Harbor with narration provided by park rangers and bird experts.
Natural PapermakingBoston, $
Sat, January 25, 2020   
January 25, 2020 (Saturday) 1:00pm - 2:30pm Location: Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, Mattapan MA Audience: Family(suitable for children 5 - 12 years) Members: Adult free, Child $6.00 Nonmembers: Adult free, Child $9.00
Tracks and Signs: Unfolding a StoryBoston, $
Sun, January 26, 2020   
January 26, 2020 (Sunday) 10:30am - 12:00pm Location: Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, Mattapan MA Audience: Family(suitable for children 5 - 12 years) Members: Adult free, Child $6.00 Nonmembers: Adult free, Child $9.00
The Science of SnowBoston, $
Sun, January 26, 2020   
Join us as we learn why all snowflakes are unique and discover how the properties of snow help animals survive in the winter. We will put on our chef hats and use science to mix up some natural ice cream.
Fun with Animal Footprints and SignsNatick, $
Sun, January 26, 2020  -  Sun, January 26, 2020   
Have you wondered what animal made those tracks? Learn what tracks can tell us about which animals are active during the winter, where they go and how they survive.
Animal Tracking at Broadmoor for AdultsNatick, $
Sun, January 26, 2020  -  Sun, January 26, 2020   
Learn to identify the tracks, chews, scat, burrows and other clues left by many creatures including deer, fisher and coyote. Enjoy a guided walk as we search for signs of our local winter wildlife.
Animal Tracking at Broadmoor for AdultsNatick, $
Sun, January 26, 2020  -  Sun, January 26, 2020   
Learn to identify the tracks, chews, scat, burrows and other clues left by many creatures including deer, fisher and coyote. Enjoy a guided walk as we search for signs of our local winter wildlife.
A Pretty Fine PineBoston, Free
Sat, February 1, 2020   
Pine trees are awesome! In the winter they keep their leaves, provide food and shelter for many animals, and provide tasty treats for humans.
Winter Nature WalksBoston, $
Sun, February 9, 2020   
Location: Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 500 Walk Hill Street, Mattapan MA Audience: Family(suitable for children 5 - 12 years) Members: Adult free, Child $6.00 Nonmembers: Adult free, Child $9.00
Animal Tracking at Broadmoor for AdultsNatick, $
Sun, February 9, 2020  -  Sun, February 9, 2020   
Learn to identify the tracks, chews, scat, burrows and other clues left by many creatures including deer, fisher and coyote. Enjoy a guided walk as we search for signs of our local winter wildlife.
Fun with Animal Footprints and SignsNatick, $
Sun, February 9, 2020  -  Sun, February 9, 2020   
Have you wondered what animal made those tracks? Learn what tracks can tell us about which animals are active during the winter, where they go and how they survive.
Winter Backyard Birding and CraftsMattapan, $
Sun, February 16, 2020  -  Sun, February 16, 2020   
December 22, 2019 (Sunday) 1:00pm - 2:30pm Location: Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, Mattapan MA Audience: Family(suitable for children 5 - 12 years) Members: Adult free, Child $6.00 Nonmembers: Adult free, Child $9.00
Winter WanderBoston, $
Sat, February 22, 2020  -  Sat, February 22, 2020   
Enjoy a guided walk, play in the snow (if the weather cooperates), or join us by the fire for símores on the beach. Ferry departs from Long Wharf in downtown Boston.
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Harvard Lions Club WinterfestHarvard, Free
Sat, February 29, 2020   
The Harvard Lions in cooperation with other community organizations are running a free family -friendly community event to throw out the winter blues and awaken the orchards.
Animal Tracking at Broadmoor for AdultsNatick, $
Sun, March 1, 2020  -  Sun, March 1, 2020   
Learn to identify the tracks, chews, scat, burrows and other clues left by many creatures including deer, fisher and coyote. Enjoy a guided walk as we search for signs of our local winter wildlife.
Fun with Animal Footprints and SignsNatick, $
Sun, March 1, 2020  -  Sun, March 1, 2020   
Have you wondered what animal made those tracks? Learn what tracks can tell us about which animals are active during the winter, where they go and how they survive.
Botany Club for Kids ages 12-15Jamaica Plain, $
Tue, April 21, 2020  -  Fri, April 24, 2020   
Discover your inner botanist! This drop-off program for teens will have them using the outdoors to study plant parts and functions, making models, and experimenting with photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration, Learn about how plants work!


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