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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, $$
Wed, January 1, 2020  -  Thu, October 1, 2020   
The Massachusetts DCR ParksPass provides unlimited day-use parking at state park facilities that charge a parking fee. This is a great value and a fun incentive to enjoy our expansive park system.
Fee Free National Parks DaysMassachusetts, Free
Mon, January 20, 2020  -  Wed, November 11, 2020   
One of five Fee Free days/periods at National Parks, Forests & Wildlife refuges. Enjoy free admission to several Massachusetts parks today.
Bunny Quest at Bird ParkWalpole, Free
Wed, March 18, 2020  -  Mon, April 20, 2020   
Spring has sprung at Bird Park! To celebrate, we invite you to participate in our Spring Bunny Quest. For this self-guided adventure, all you need are some good walking shoes and a keen eye to spot the six wooden bunny sculptures hidden throughout the park.
Everyday Nature Tasks: Simple Activities For Outdoor Fun and LearningBoston, Free
Thu, March 26, 2020  -  Thu, April 30, 2020   
Simple nature tasks for all ages. You can do these in your own backyard or neighborhood while social distancing. A different activity each weekday. Learning and fun!
Kite Making with Glenn DavidsonActon, $$
Sun, April 5, 2020  -  Sun, April 5, 2020   
Join kite enthusiast, Glenn Davidson, to build a kite! He'll provide the kite materials. Visitors will decorate and tie the knots. Weather permitting, he'll give us tips for flying kites outside on our lawn.
PUDDLESTOMPERS Habitat Class: Signs of SpringNewton, $
Fri, April 10, 2020  -  Fri, April 10, 2020   
Our Habitat Child/Adult classes are fun & educational for kids and parents! Each 55 minute class is organized around a seasonally relevant concept, occurrence, or natural element. Kids Ages 2-5 invited to come with an adult!
PUDDLESTOMPERS Habitat Class: Birds NestingNewton, $
Fri, April 17, 2020  -  Fri, April 17, 2020   
Our Habitat Child/Adult classes are fun & educational for kids & parents! Each 55 minute class is organized around a seasonally relevant concept, occurrence, or natural element. Kids ages 2-5 with an adult are invited to come!
Farmer for a Day: April VacationSouthborough, $$
Mon, April 20, 2020  -  Thu, April 23, 2020   
Kids can be junior farmers by caring for our animals, hiking our trails, creating nature crafts, exploring the farm, and learning to plant farm-fresh food.
TimberNook Spring Break ProgramCarlisle, $$
Mon, April 20, 2020  -  Fri, April 24, 2020   
TimberNook provides children of all abilities time to explore, create, build, design, take risks and dive into their imagination. Children of all abilities are welcome.
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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Wicked Tulips Flower Farm (2020 Dates TBD)Rhode Island, $$
Sun, April 26, 2020  -  Sat, May 16, 2020   
Tiptoe through more than 600,000 tulips, experience the sights, sounds, and smells of spring on a historic farm and bring home a fresh hand picked bouquet of the most amazing tulips you have ever seen.
Earth Day Turns 50! Journey SticksActon, $$
Wed, April 29, 2020  -  Wed, April 29, 2020   
Grab a stick and keep an eye out for special nature objects along the walk. Collect and create a journey stick to share your unique nature story.
PUDDLESTOMPERS Habitat Class: FlowersNewton, $
Fri, May 1, 2020  -  Fri, May 1, 2020   
Our Habitat Child/Adult classes are fun & educational for kids & parents! Each 55 minute class is organized around a seasonally relevant concept, occurrence, or natural element. Kids ages 2-5 with an adult are invited to come!
Galileo Star Party at Farrington Nature LincLincoln, $
Sat, May 2, 2020  -  Sat, May 2, 2020   
Do you want to learn more about the stars? Have you ever used a telescope to stargaze? Join us for a night of storytelling, stargazing, and s'mores!
PUDDLESTOMPERS Habitat Class: Frogs & ToadsNewton, $$
Fri, May 8, 2020  -  Fri, May 8, 2020   
Our Habitat Child/Adult classes are fun & educational for kids & parents! Each 55 minute class is organized around a seasonally relevant concept, occurrence, or natural element. Kids ages 2-5 with an adult are invited to come!
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Lilac Sunday at Arnold Arboretum 2020Jamaica Plain, Free
Sun, May 10, 2020  -  Sun, May 10, 2020   
This beloved Boston tradition celebrates the lilacs as well as many other special collections at their peak at this lovely time of year. Come celebrate spring at the Arnold Arboretum.
PUDDLESTOMPERS Habitat Class: SnakesNewton, $$
Fri, May 29, 2020  -  Fri, May 29, 2020   
Our Habitat Child/Adult classes are fun & educational for kids & parents! Each 55 minute class is organized around a seasonally relevant concept, occurrence, or natural element. Kids ages 2-5 with an adult are invited to come!
PUDDLESTOMPERS Habitat Class: Ducks & GeeseNewton, $$
Fri, June 5, 2020  -  Fri, June 5, 2020   
Our Habitat Child/Adult classes are fun & educational for kids & parents! Each 55 minute class is organized around a seasonally relevant concept, occurrence, or natural element. Kids ages 2-5 with an adult are invited to come!
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South End Garden TourBoston, $$
Sat, June 20, 2020  -  Sat, June 20, 2020   
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.'
TimberNook Summer Nature ProgramsCarlisle, $$$
Tue, July 7, 2020  -  Fri, August 7, 2020   
5 -one week themed outdoor sensory nature programs. Enroll in one week or up to all 5. Small groups of 6-20 children, ages 4-12. Children of all abilities welcome!!


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