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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 Walking ToursJamaica Plain, Free
Thu, April 1, 2021  -  Tue, November 30, 2021   
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.
Ferry Service to Spectacle IslandBoston, $$
Fri, May 21, 2021  -  Tue, October 12, 2021   
Looking to head out and explore the outdoors this weekend? You can take a ferry to Spectacle Island to spend some time on the beach, hike the North Drumlin, and enjoy panoramic views of Boston on your trip.
Storybook Trail at Wolback FarmSudbury, Free
Mon, May 31, 2021  -  Sun, October 31, 2021   
Ideal for families with young readers, the Storybook Trail at Wolbach Farm in Sudbury consists of a dozen stations along a 3/4-mile path through the woods.
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Wild Hideaways: Designed for Adventure at Tower HillBoylston, $$
Tue, June 1, 2021  -  Thu, September 30, 2021   
Visitors will be invited to explore a fantastical collection of interactive, outdoor hideaways inspired by art and nature, and custom designed by local landscape architects and artists.
Fall Bouquet CSANorth Andover, $$
Tue, August 31, 2021  -  Tue, October 5, 2021   
Brighten your home and your day with a fresh bouquet! Share bouquets are lush 20 to 25 stem arrangements featuring assorted seasonal stems from our historic gardens and surrounding landscape.
The Arboretum ExperienceJamaica Plain, Free
Tue, August 31, 2021  -  Sun, October 17, 2021   
The Arboretum Experience is a free, multi-genre self-guided journey featuring four audio plays, twelve movement meditations, and pop-up performances for all ages presented by American Repertory Theater and the Arnold Arboretum.
Wee ExplorersNorth Andover, $
Tue, September 7, 2021  -  Tue, October 19, 2021   
Explore up in the trees and down in the dirt with this nature-based toddler playgroup. Children and their caregivers can peek under rocks, inspect tree bark for hiding bugs, and jump in puddles.
Wee Explorers at Stevens Coolidge House and GardensNorth Andover, $
Tue, September 7, 2021  -  Tue, October 19, 2021   
Come explore the magic of nature at Stevens Coolidge House and Gardens. Peek under rocks, inspect tree bark for hiding bugs, and jump in puddles.
After School Insect AdventuresNorth Andover, $$
Tue, September 14, 2021  -  Tue, October 19, 2021   
Drop off the kids after school and spend the afternoon outside with spiders, bees, and beetles! Children will gain knowledge on different types of insects in our classroom and deepen their observation skills.
Young Naturalists at Gore PlaceWaltham, $$
Sat, September 25, 2021  -  Sat, October 23, 2021   
Come explore with us at Gore Place! Using our grounds as a backdrop, youth will practice their science and naturalism skills. We will make close observations, record findings in your nature journal, and share questions.
Tot TimeWaltham, $
Tue, October 5, 2021  -  Tue, October 5, 2021   
Explore nature with rocks, sticks, water, and more. Provocations to explore different elements of nature are open-ended and allow children to do as little or as much of an activity as they like.
Paint and Play: Artsy OutdoorsNorth Andover, $
Sat, October 9, 2021   
Children and their caregivers are invited to explore elements of the gardens at Stevens Coolidge through a hands on approach in this weekly outdoor arts and adventure program.
Friends on the Farm: Afterschool SeriesDover, $$
Tue, October 12, 2021  -  Tue, October 12, 2021   
We will explore and identify trees and plants as they prepare for winter and discover the important role the moon has on the rhythms of the farm.
Tot TimeWaltham, $
Tue, October 19, 2021  -  Tue, October 19, 2021   
Explore nature with rocks, sticks, water, and more. Provocations to explore different elements of nature are open-ended and allow children to do as little or as much of an activity as they like.
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New England Gem & Mineral Show 2022Topsfield, Free
Sat, April 30, 2022  -  Sun, May 1, 2022   
Children's activities include Spin-A-Gem, gold panning, mineral sifting and geode cracking. For adults Minerals, Fossils, Gem Stones, Jewelry, Beads, Lapidary & Jewelry supplies.
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Lilac Sunday at Arnold Arboretum 2022Jamaica Plain, Free
Sun, May 8, 2022  -  Sun, May 8, 2022   
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.
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