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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.

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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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.
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.
Backyard and Beyond: Lantern Light-upActon, $
Fri, November 22, 2019  -  Fri, November 22, 2019   
We’ll have all the materials you’ll need to make a one of a kind lantern. When you’re finished, put in an LED candle and join us for a lantern procession at 4:15pm!
Celebrate World Anteater Day at Franklin Park ZooBoston, $
Sat, November 23, 2019  -  Sat, November 23, 2019   
In celebration of World Anteater Day, visit Jockamo, the giant anteater at his exhibit inside Franklin Park Zoo’s Tropical Forest on November 23, between 10:30 am and 2:00 pm.
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.
Backyard and Beyond: Winder Tracking with PrimiTimActon, $
Sun, December 1, 2019  -  Sun, December 1, 2019   
Signs of animals are all around us, if we know where to look! Join primitive-skills expert, Tim “PrimiTim” Swanson, to learn and practice the ancient skill of tracking. .
Annual Candlelight Stroll at Strawberry BankeNew Hampshire, $$
Sat, December 7, 2019  -  Sun, December 22, 2019   
Visitors stroll from house to historic house, greeted by costumed role players and performers who recreate the traditions of times past, rediscovering the joys of simpler times
Holiday Holly Hike at Ashumet Holly Wildlife SanctuaryFalmouth, $$
Sat, December 14, 2019  -  Sat, December 14, 2019   
Join Director Ian Ives the morning of December 14 for a 'holly-day' season walk at Ashumet Holly in Falmouth—home to one of the largest holly plantations in New England!
Family Hike: Short Days, Long NightsBoston, Free
Sun, December 15, 2019  -  Sun, December 15, 2019   
Join us for a winter family hike. Free and open to all, most suitable for children ages four through ten. Meet at the Hunnewell Building Visitor Center.
PUDDLESTOMPERS Nature Exploration December Vacation Drop-offNewton, $$
Mon, December 16, 2019  -  Tue, December 31, 2019   
Join PUDDLESTOMPERS Nature Exploration during December vacation! Each day we explore a new nature topic through songs, games, and hands-on exploration. Foster your child's love of nature and get them out and exploring with PUDDLESTOMPERS!

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