Mass Audubon to host fun events through September

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Kid-friendly events to be held at Mass Audubon through September

Nature Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
6/22, 7/6, 7/20, 8/3, 8/17
Adult: $3 Members/ $6 Non-Members
Child: $6 Members, $9 Non-Members
Registration not required

Introduce your pre-schooler to nature with this fun program. Programs may feature a story, nature games, crafts, short walks outside, or meeting one of the museums animal residents. Meet, play, and learn with other families. Each program runs for 45 minutes and meets most Thursdays. Museum admission is included with this program. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Secret Lives of Fireflies
Thursday, June 22, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 pm
Ages 12 and up. Call to Register: 617-333-0690
($8 M/$10 NM)

Watching fireflies is a special part of warm summer nights in New England. We watch, we enjoy, but do we really know what their flashes mean? An en-“lightening” presentation, by Don Salvatore of the Museum of Science’s Firefly Watch will open the doors of scientific discovery into the secret lives of fireflies. You will also learn how you can participate in a citizen science project to monitor firefly populations, and what can be done to improve your yard for fireflies and other insects.

This program is intended for adults and older children. Families with young children may be interested in the “Firefly Friends” program held the following night.

After the indoor presentation, participants will be taking a guided night-walk to observe fireflies outside. Wearing long pants and bringing bug spray is recommended.

Build a Toad Home
Saturday, & Sunday, July 8 & 9, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Ages 3 and up
$5 materials fee – no preregistration

Price listed is a materials fee for one toad home and does not include museum admission.

Have you ever wondered what it takes to build a toad a home? Stop by the museum to build and decorate a flowerpot based toad home to add to your yard. Materials for each home are $5, and we’ll give you construction help and decoration advice. Construction time for each home is ten minutes or more, depending on how elaborate you’d like your toad home to be. The exhibit will be staffed and open to the public during the times listed.

Family Night Hike!
Saturday, July 15, 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Families with children, Ages 6 and up.
Registration Required:
$ 8 M/$ 10 NM

Night can transform the ordinary into something magical. Explore the night-time woods at the base of Great Blue Hill and discover the changes created in the gathering dark. We’ll do experiments to test your senses, look and listen for animals, and (conditions permitting) gaze at the stars. The evening begins with a brief orientation in the museum’s auditorium, followed by a walk on some of the easier paths near the museum.

To preserve the magic of the night, we ask that only adults carry flashlights. Please wear sturdy walking shoes, and insect repellent is recommended. Raindate for this event is July 22.

Spiders by the Pond
Saturday, August 5, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Ages 5 and up.
Registration Required:
$ 8 M/$ 10 NM

How can an animal inspire so much fear yet produce one of the most beautiful objects in nature? Take a closer look at webs and the spiders that create them as you explore around the edges of Trailside’s pond. We’ll show you some simple techniques to get a closer look at these secretive creatures, and we’ll make discoveries about Trailside’s spider residents.

Stars, S’mores, and Meteors
Saturday, August 12, 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Ages 5 and up.
Registration Required:
$ 10 M/$ 12 NM

Enjoy the view from the top of Chickatawbut Hill while we toast marshmallows around the campfire and enjoy some celestial stories. As darkness descends, we’ll spread out our blankets and star gaze. If we’re lucky, we may see some early falling stars from the Perseid meteor showers.

Please bring bug spray, a blanket and a jacket or sweater. Rain date for this program is Saturday, Aug. 19. This program is not held at the museum. A link to directions to the program site is included in the registration confirmation email.

August 12 is the night of peak meteor activity. Sunset is at 7:49 p.m. The constellation Perseus is in the northeastern sky; the moon rises at 10:39 p.m. (waning gibbous, 76% illuminated).

Walking Stick Workshop
Saturday, September 2, 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Ages 8 and up.
Registration Required:
$ 30 M/$ 36 NM

Do you have a walking stick for your walks and adventures? Perhaps you know someone who would enjoy one for a holiday gift? Join teacher/naturalist Vinny Milone to uniquely decorate an unfinished walking stick for future excursions. Class participants can paint and decorate sticks with bursts of color, or enhance the natural beauty of the wood with stains and finishes.

Program fee includes an unfinished hiking stick, decorating materials, workshop time, and an optional hike.

Family Owl Prowl
Sat, September 23, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (9/30 Fowl Weather)
Registration Required:
Ages 6 and up
$ 8 M/$ 10 NM

Explore the world of owls in this program for ages 6 and up. 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. Space is limited and there will be no walk-in registration for this event.

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