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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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2019 DCR MassParks PassMassachusetts, $$
Tue, January 1, 2019  -  Tue, October 1, 2019   
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 21, 2019  -  Mon, November 11, 2019   
One of five Fee Free days/periods at National Parks, Forests & Wildlife refuges. Enjoy free admission to several Massachusetts parks today.
Arnold Arboretum Tours & Discovery PacksJamaica Plain, Free
Mon, April 1, 2019  -  Tue, December 31, 2019   
Enjoy free Arboretum tours. Tours start at the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Boston. Times vary. Families can also take the self-guided tour with a plant treasure map.
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Garden in the WoodsFramingham, $
Mon, April 15, 2019  -  Tue, October 15, 2019   
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...
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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.
New England Fall Foliage Hotlines & WebsitesOnline, Free
Tue, September 3, 2019  -  Sun, November 10, 2019   
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.
Great Spots To View Fall Foliage - New EnglandOnline, Free
Tue, September 10, 2019  -  Sun, November 10, 2019   
There are great spots all over New England to take in the splendor of the Fall foliage. Here are just a few of our favorites for you to check out.
Caterpillars: Life on the Leaf EdgeActon, $
Wed, September 11, 2019  -  Sun, October 6, 2019   
Explore a live caterpillar experience with educators from The Caterpillar Lab of Marlborough, NH combined with hands-on, immersive activities inspired by these incredible and stunning local creatures.
Family Owl ProwlMilton, $
Sat, September 14, 2019  -  Sat, September 14, 2109   
Discover some of the unique adaptations of owls, practice owl calls, and meet some of the museum's resident owls before going on a night hike to search for owls and other nocturnal life.
Trails & Sails: 10 Days of Walks & Water EventsSalem, Free
Today  -  Sun, September 29, 2019   
Explore Essex County’s cultural, historic, and natural sites during 10 days of 150+ FREE events scheduled for TRAILS & SAILS: Two Weekends of Walks & Water
Red Panda Day at the Franklin Park ZooBoston, $
Sat, September 21, 2019  -  Sat, September 21, 2019   
Join us as we celebrate International Red Panda Day at Franklin Park Zoo. Learn all about these species during zookeeper chats. Meet author Gemmesa Johnson and listen to a reading of her book Seacoo.
Garden Design with Native PlantsNatick, $$
Sat, September 21, 2019  -  Sat, September 21, 2019   
Learn the basics of designing a garden and how to incorporate native plants! Native plants can be beautiful and are a great way to attract wildlife such as butterflies and birds to your garden.
Jamaica Pond Photo WalkJamaica Plain, Free
Sat, September 21, 2019  -  Sat, September 21, 2019   
End your summer in style! Join the Conservancy and local photography organization @IGBoston for a guided tour and photo meetup on the shores of Jamaica Pond- filled with beautiful scenes for landscapes, portraits, and more.
Autumn Wildflower ExplorationNatick, $
Sun, September 22, 2019  -  Sun, September 22, 2019   
Come learn from the best! This guided walk will focus on learning about late-blooming wildflowers in Broadmoor's diverse meadow and wetland habitats covering both native and invasive plants..
Fall Foliage Family Canoe on the CharlesNatick, $$
Sun, September 22, 2019  -  Sun, September 22, 2019   
Bring the family and join us as we paddle one of the most beautiful stretches of the Charles River. Enjoy the beauty of autumn and the start of leaf change along the river.
Celebrate Take a Child Outside WeekActon, $
Tue, September 24, 2019  -  Sun, September 29, 2019   
Join us for Take a Child Outside Week September 24 through September 29! We'll be celebrating with a week of programs exploring the outdoors and having fun.
Rockin' with RaptorsBoston, Free
Sat, September 28, 2019  -  Sat, September 28, 2019   
Join Boston Nature Center for our annual Rockin’ with Raptors festival and the 17th Anniversary of the George Robert White Environmental Conservation Center in Mattapan. Takes place rain or shine.
Hawk Migration at Chickatawbut HillMilton, $$
Sat, September 28, 2019  -  Sun, September 29, 2019   
Join Trailside Museum Director Norman Smith for a day of hawk watching and banding. Norman will share stories and natural history knowledge accumulated during his 40 years of research.
Fall Foliage Morning Canoes on the CharlesNatick, $$
Sat, September 28, 2019  -  Sat, October 19, 2019   
Start the weekend off with a paddle down one of the most beautiful stretches of the Charles River during the peak of leaf color change.
Fall Frolic on Peddocks IslandBoston, $
Sat, September 28, 2019  -  Sat, September 28, 2019   
Enjoy guided hikes with park rangers, make s’mores at an island campfire, sip apple cider, or crunch through the leaves as you wind through beautiful wooded trails.
Cars & Critters Car Show at Stone ZooStoneham, $
Sun, September 29, 2019  -  Sun, September 29, 2019   
Wild about cars? Visit Stone Zoo as Mustangs of Massachusetts (MOM) presents Cars and Critters! This car show will feature cars of all makes and models.
TimberNook Central MA: Launch Event Day 1 / Ages 5-12Boylston, $$
Mon, September 30, 2019  -  Mon, September 30, 2019   
TimberNook Central MA is launching brand new nature programming designed to get kids outside playing creatively and imaginatively with their peers through grand play schemes including fort building and
TimberNook Central MA: Launch Event Day 2 / Ages 1.5 - 4 yrsBoylston, $
Tue, October 1, 2019  -  Tue, October 1, 2019   
TimberNook Central MA is launching brand new nature programming for kids designed to inspire creative and imaginative play through grand play schemes with peers such as creating a nature kitchen and building forts.
TimberNook Central MA: Launch Event Day 3: Ages 4-12Boylston, $
Wed, October 2, 2019  -  Wed, October 2, 2019   
TimberNook Central MA is launching brand new nature programming designed to get kids outside playing creatively and imaginatively with their peers through grand play schemes that require problem solving, and team work.
Backyard and Beyond: Leaf ArtActon, $$
Wed, October 2, 2019  -  Wed, October 2, 2019   
We will collect colorful leaves that we find throughout Discovery Woods and use them to make a suncatcher, a painted leaf print, or a textured leaf rubbing. You can decide how to use your leaves!
The Unseen World: Using Remote Cameras to Discover WildlifeMilton, $
Thu, October 3, 2019  -  Thu, October 3, 2019   
Remote “trail” cameras that snap a picture or record video are now relatively inexpensive. Find out how you can document the unseen world of your own backyard!
Choate Island Day - RESCHEDULED TO OCTOBER 5, 2019Ipswich, $
Sat, October 5, 2019  -  Sat, October 5, 2019   
On Choate Island Day, Trustees will provide boat transportation to Choate Island. They will also offer history talks, children’s treasure hunt, and refreshments. Visitors are encouraged to bring picnic lunches and spend the day.
Stories in Stone: a Geologic Exploration of Great Blue HillMilton, $
Sat, October 5, 2019  -  Sat, October 5, 2019   
If you’d like to uncover the stories of fire, ice, and deep time told by the rocks of Great Blue Hill, join geologist Les Tyrala on a gently paced walk up to the summit.
Family Owl ProwlMilton, $
Sat, October 12, 2019  -  Sat, October 12, 2019   
Discover some of the unique adaptations of owls, practice owl calls, and meet some of the museum's resident owls before going on a night hike to search for owls and other nocturnal life.
Columbus Day Drop-off ProgramNewton, $$
Mon, October 14, 2019  -  Mon, October 14, 2019   
Looking to get your kiddos outside and active on their days off from school? Join PUDDLESTOMPERS Nature Exploration on Columbus Day to dig for worms, identify plants, fly like a bird and so much more!
Night in the Blue Hills: An Accessible AdventureMilton, $
Sat, November 23, 2019  -  Sat, November 23, 2019   
Explore the night-time woods in the Blue Hills and discover the changes created in the gathering dark. The path is accessible for participants on foot, using wheelchairs, or using other mobility devices.


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