Mass Audubon's Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary March 2016 Programs


 

Advance registration is required for most programs. Programs are held at Broad Meadow Brook unless otherwise indicated.

Discovering Nature as a Preschooler – Spring 2016 Tuesday Session I

3/1/2016 to 4/5/2016, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM

Fee: $100 Child Members, $125 Child Non-members.  

Description: This six-week series of nature classes is designed for young children ages 4 to 5 unaccompanied by a parent. Each week brings a new focus, but we’ll always begin indoors with games, activities, or crafts, and then explore the great outdoors on Broad Meadow Brook’s clearly marked trails.  This is a wonderful opportunity for young children to learn about nature and meet other children, in a safe, caring environment. For ages 4 to 5.  For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.

Discovering Nature for Children Ages 5-8 – Spring 2016 

3/1/2016 to 4/5/2016 1:00 PM-3:30 PM

Fee: $100 Child Members, $125 Child Non-members.  

Description: This six-week series of nature classes is designed for children ages 5-8. We’ll explore nature topics in-depth through hands-on experiments, activities and investigations. Then we’ll spend time outdoors, putting our learning into action on the trails of Broad Meadow Brook. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to deepen their knowledge of nature in a supportive environment. For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.  Sponsored by Mass Audubon at Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

Volunteer Day at Broad Meadow Brook

3/2/2016, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Fee:  Free

Description: Help care for the sanctuary and enjoy a few hours of fresh air, fun and fulfillment.  Come once or every week and become part of our growing group of sanctuary volunteers.  Together with Mass Audubon staff, put up signs and markers, look for wildlife tracks, pick up branches, fill bird feeders, tend the gardens, and distribute program information.  Some tasks may require heavy lifting.  Ability to work without supervision required.  Carpentry skills welcome.  Nature lovers appreciated.  Sponsored by Wheelabrator Millbury.  For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087

Natural Science Illustration Mini Series: Botany

3/3/2016 to 4/28/2016, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Fee: $60 Child Members, $75 Child Non-members.  

Description: Before there were cameras and computers, drawing and painting were an integral part of science education. This “ancient” way of learning is slowly being revived with great success.  Through the use of discussions, discovery, writing, research, and art we will explore, plant anatomy, insect pollinators, and the art of botanical illustration. Students will come away with an understanding of the scientific process of discovery while honing their writing, comprehension, and art skills. This is a 5 week series of classes.  For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.  Sponsored by Mass Audubon at Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

Friday Morning Birds

3/4/2016, 7:00 AM-9:00 AM

Fee: Free for Mass Audubon Adult Members, $5 Adult Non-members 

Description: This the first walk of the year. Enjoy a leisurely birding experience and help document the sanctuary birds over the season. This weekly walk helps us confirm which birds are migrating and which are year-round residents. We’ll explore different corners of the sanctuary each week … you never know what we will find. Birders of all levels are invited. For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087

Saturday-Morning Bird Walk for Adults

3/5/2016, 7:00 AM-9:30 AM

Fee: Free for Adult Members, $5 Adult Nonmembers 

Description: Explore the sanctuary grounds in search of birds during this program for casual and novice birders alike. Come discover the immense variety of birdlife that exists at this large urban sanctuary. We’ll teach you the basics of birding and bird identification during an easy-to-moderate walk along the trails.  Free for members. Bring binoculars and field guides, if you have them. Wear appropriate footwear and bring a water bottle. For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.  

First Saturday of the Month Volunteer Days at Broad Meadow Brook

3/5/2016, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Fee: Free  

Description: Help care for the sanctuary and enjoy a few hours of fresh air, fun and fulfillment.  Come once or every week and become part of our growing group of sanctuary volunteers.  Together with Mass Audubon staff, put up signs and markers, look for wildlife tracks, pick up branches, fill bird feeders, tend the gardens, and distribute program information.  Some tasks may require heavy lifting.  Ability to work without supervision required.  Carpentry skills welcome.  Nature lovers appreciated.  Sponsored by Wheelabrator Millbury.  For more information call 508.753.6087

Brownie Try-It Workshop – Senses

3/5/2016, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Fee: $7 Child Members, $7 Child Non-members.  

Description Earn the Senses Try-it at this workshop for Brownie Scouts. Meet at the Visitor Center for a mix of indoor and trail-based activities. Explore the Sanctuary on foot or maybe even snowshoes after you work on your Try-it! For ages 6 to 9.  For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.  

Build a Bluebird House

3/5/2016, 1:30 PM-3:00 PM

Fee: $15 Mass Audubon Adult Members, $20 Adult Non-members   Children free

Description: Who doesn’t love bluebirds? Beautiful and fun to watch, they help gardeners by eating insects all day long.  Help bluebirds by building nest boxes from pre-cut kits. The boxes are suitable for other small cavity-nesting birds such as black-capped chickadees, tree swallows, white-breasted nuthatches. You’ll learn how to place your boxes in the right habitat, plus more about eastern bluebird conservation efforts. Fee is per nest box. Please bring a hammer. For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.   Sponsored by Mass Audubon at Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

Volunteer Day at Broad Meadow Brook

3/9/20165, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Fee:  Free

Description: Help care for the sanctuary and enjoy a few hours of fresh air, fun and fulfillment.  Come once or every week and become part of our growing group of sanctuary volunteers.  Together with Mass Audubon staff, put up signs and markers, look for wildlife tracks, pick up branches, fill bird feeders, tend the gardens, and distribute program information.  Some tasks may require heavy lifting.  Ability to work without supervision required.  Carpentry skills welcome.  Nature lovers appreciated.  Sponsored by Wheelabrator Millbury.    For more information call 508.753.6087

Homeschool Programs at Broad Meadow Brook – Rocks Rock

3/10/2016, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Fee: $8 Child Members, $12 Child Non-members. 

Description: What is Geology? Learn to classify various types of rocks and what differentiates them.  Hike the trails to see what covers the ground of the sanctuary and find out how they got there. Find out why rocks are so important to humans. Broad Meadow Brook’s homeschool programs offer a friendly, cooperative learning environment for people of all ages! Our homeschool programs are designed for the homeschooling family.  Parents are welcome to attend, or students may stay on their own if a medical form is on file with the sanctuary. At the end of all programs, students will receive follow-up information and activities so the learning can continue at home. We look forward to learning with you! For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.  

Nature Adventures for 5-7 Year Olds

3/10/2016, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Fee: $8 Mass Audubon Child Members, $12 Child Non-members.  

Description: Join us for a hands-on nature program designed especially for five, six, and seven year olds. Each month we’ll focus on a new nature topic. We’ll explore our nature topic indoors  using investigations, crafts, and activities and outdoors in Broad Meadow Brook’s beautiful 400-acre wildlife sanctuary. These classes will provide in-depth learning in a supportive social environment. (Homeschool classes for 8-16 year olds meet at the same time.)   For ages 5 to 7.  For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087

Winter Ducks at Sachuest Point

3/12/2016, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Fee: $37 Mass Audubon Adult Members, $42 Adult Non-members 

Description: Join us as we once again make a trip to the fantastic coast of Rhode Island to explore Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge for harlequin ducks, eiders, surf scoters, and scaup bobbing in choppy, cold waters. Turn your lenses to shore and spy on purple sandpipers crawling over the exposed rocks. Be prepared for bitterly cold winds, but hey, it really is fun!  Bring lunch, binoculars, and a field guide.  Dress in layers for the cold weather. For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.   Sponsored by Mass Audubon at Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

Third Week Wonders Preschool Series: Who Took the Farmer’s Hat?

3/16/2016, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

Fee: $3 Mass Audubon Child Members, $4 Child Non-members. Adults free  

Description: If you are between the ages of 3 and 5, bring your favorite adult for a thematic hour of a story, an activity, and a naturalist-led walk. Choose from the third Wednesday, Thursday, or Saturday of each month.  Be prepared to go outside. For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.  

Volunteer Day at Broad Meadow Brook

3/16/2016, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Fee:  Free

Description: Help care for the sanctuary and enjoy a few hours of fresh air, fun and fulfillment.  Come once or every week and become part of our growing group of sanctuary volunteers.  Together with Mass Audubon staff, put up signs and markers, look for wildlife tracks, pick up branches, fill bird feeders, tend the gardens, and distribute program information.  Some tasks may require heavy lifting.  Ability to work without supervision required.  Carpentry skills welcome.  Nature lovers appreciated.  Sponsored by Wheelabrator Millbury.    For more information call 508.753.6087

Third Week Wonders Preschool Series: Who Took the Farmer’s Hat?

3/17/2016, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

Fee: $3 Mass Audubon Child Members, $4 Child Non-members. Adults free

Description: If you are between the ages of 3 and 5, bring your favorite adult for a thematic hour of a story, an activity, and a naturalist-led walk. Choose from the third Wednesday, Thursday, or Saturday of each month.  Be prepared to go outside. For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.  

Third Week Wonders Preschool Series: Who Took the Farmer’s Hat?

3/19/2015, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

Fee: $3 Mass Audubon Child Members, $4 Child Non-members. Adults free    

Description: If you are between the ages of 3 and 5, bring your favorite adult for a thematic hour of a story, an activity, and a naturalist-led walk.Choose from the third Wednesday, Thursday, or Saturday of each month.  Be prepared to go outside. For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.

Volunteer Day at Broad Meadow Brook

3/23/2016, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Fee:  Free

Description: Help care for the sanctuary and enjoy a few hours of fresh air, fun and fulfillment.  Come once or every week and become part of our growing group of sanctuary volunteers.  Together with Mass Audubon staff, put up signs and markers, look for wildlife tracks, pick up branches, fill bird feeders, tend the gardens, and distribute program information.  Some tasks may require heavy lifting.  Ability to work without supervision required.  Carpentry skills welcome.  Nature lovers appreciated.  Sponsored by Wheelabrator Millbury.  For more information call 508.753.6087.

Volunteer Day at Broad Meadow Brook

3/30/2016, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Fee:  Free

Description: Help care for the sanctuary and enjoy a few hours of fresh air, fun and fulfillment.  Come once or every week and become part of our growing group of sanctuary volunteers.  Together with Mass Audubon staff, put up signs and markers, look for wildlife tracks, pick up branches, fill bird feeders, tend the gardens, and distribute program information.  Some tasks may require heavy lifting.  Ability to work without supervision required.  Carpentry skills welcome.  Nature lovers appreciated.  Sponsored by Wheelabrator Millbury.  For more information call 508.753.6087.

Thank you for helping us protect the nature of Massachusetts!!!

Mass Audubon works to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. Together with more than 100,000 members, we care for 35,000 acres of conservation land, provide school, camp, and other educational programs for 225,000 children and adults annually, and advocate for sound environmental policies at local, state, and federal levels. Founded in 1896 by two inspirational women who were committed to the protection of birds, Mass Audubon is now one of the largest and most prominent conservation organizations in New England. Today we are respected for our sound science, successful advocacy, and innovative approaches to connecting people and nature. Each year, our statewide network of wildlife sanctuaries welcomes nearly half a million visitors of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds and serves as the base for our work.

To support these important efforts, call 800-AUDUBON (800-283-8266) or visit www.massaudubon.org