Science & Nature

Old Colony YMCA
2 Greenside Way South (GPS: 237 Wareham Road)
Plymouth, MA 02360
Phone: 508-927-3100

Old Colony YMCA

Come and see all that our Plymouth Branch has to offer you and your family this season! You'll find classes, programs, pricing rates, and so much more! Join in the fun! At the Y, we strengthen communities by advocating for positive change. From A to Z, our programs answer community needs with action and attention. GIVE, JOIN, VOLUNTEER, AND DO SO MUCH MORE. The YMCA is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility. That’s because a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. Read more about Old Colony YMCA

WDC North America
7 Nelson Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
Phone: 508-746-2522

WDC Whale and Dolphin Conservation

WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, (formerly WDCS) is the leading global charity dedicated to the conservation and protection of whales and dolphins. We defend these remarkable creatures against the many threats they face through campaigns, advising governments, conservation projects, field research and rescue. Read more about WDC Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary
2000 Main Street
Marshfield, MA 02050
Phone: 781-837-9400

Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary

Hundreds of acres of grasslands, woodlands, and wetlands await you at Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary. For birders of all experience levels, there are observation blinds overlooking a shallow wetland that attracts herons, egrets, and shorebirds, as well as muskrats and mink. Read more about Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary

South Shore Natural Science Center
48 Jacobs Lane
Norwell, MA 02061
Phone: 781-659-2559

South Shore Natural Science Center

The South Shore Natural Science Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about the natural and cultural environments of the South Shore. Our mission is to provide natural science experiences that educate, excite, and commit every generation to preserve the environment and to encourage responsible use, stewardship and enjoyment of our natural resources. Read more about South Shore Natural Science Center

Mass Audubon Society
Phone: 800-283-8266

Mass Audubon Society

Mass Audubon works to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. Together with more than 100,000 members, they 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. Read more about Mass Audubon Society

Billington Sea Kayak
41 Branch Point Road
Plymouth, MA 02360
Phone: 508-746-5644

Billington Sea Kayak

Enjoy a few hours or a full-day kayaking or canoeing in one of New England’s most historic and sought after outdoor destinations. The beautiful Billington Sea in the heart of Plymouth, Massachusetts is only a five-minute drive from Downtown Plymouth and will take you to a picturesque environment featuring expansive shorelines, native wildlife, and an undisturbed eco-system. Read more about Billington Sea Kayak

North River Wildlife Sanctuary
2000 Main Street
Marshfield, MA 02050

North River Wildlife Sanctuary

At this sanctuary, a half-mile boardwalk leads you on a fascinating journey through a red maple swamp and small cattail marsh to a salt marsh overlooking the North River. During the spring and summer, the Woodland Loop usually offers a look at scarlet tanagers and ovenbirds. Read more about North River Wildlife Sanctuary

North and South Rivers Watershed Association
214 South Street
Norwell, MA
Phone: 781-659-8168

North & South Rivers Watershed Association (NSRWA)

The mission of the NSRWA is to preserve, restore, maintain and conserve in their natural state, the waters and related natural resources within the watershed.

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Beaver Dam Conservation Area
242 Beaver Dam Rd
Plymouth, MA 02360

Beaver Dam Conservation Area

Trail Distance: 2.4 miles
Activities: Hiking Read more about Beaver Dam Conservation Area

Captain John Boats Whale Watching & Deep Sea Fishing
10 Town Wharf
Plymouth , MA 02360
Phone: 508-746-2643

Captain John Boats Whale Watching & Deep Sea Fishing

New England's largest Whale Watch Fleets guarantees whale sightings as you cruise Cape Cod Bay in comfort. Climate-controlled main cabin & full galley service.
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Crawley Woodlands Preserve
Billington Street
Plymouth , MA 02360

Crawley Woodlands Preserve

Trail Distance: 1.0 miles
Activities: Hiking Read more about Crawley Woodlands Preserve

Center Hill Preserve Trail
Center Hill Road
Plymouth , MA 02360

Center Hill Preserve Trail

Trail Distance: 1.7 Mile
Activities: Hiking Read more about Center Hill Preserve Trail

Russell & Sawmill Pond Trail
Bourne Street.
Plymouth , MA 02360
Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
175 Edward Foster Rd Headquarters
Scituate, MA 02066
Phone: 781-545-8026

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

The Gerry E. Studds Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary sits at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay.
Our mission is to conserve, protect and enhance the biological diversity, ecological integrity and cultural legacy of the sanctuary while facilitating compatible use.

Visit the weblink for more information on our events, contests & more! Read more about Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Eel River Preserve
190 Long Pond Rd
Plymouth, MA 02360

Eel River Preserve

Trail Distance: 4.4 miles
Activities: Walking and Hiking Read more about Eel River Preserve

Blake Planetarium
117 Long Pond Road
Plymouth, MA 02360
Phone: 508-830-4470

Blake Planetarium

The Blake Planetarium is a state of the art facility that immerses its audience with video and sound. Read more about Blake Planetarium

Shifting Lots Preserve
Salt Marsh Lane (off Rt. 3A)
Plymouth, MA 02360
Phone: 774-343-5121 (Wildlands Trust)

Shifting Lots Preserve

This Preserve spans 45 acres of Plymouth. The southern portion of Shifting Lots Preserve includes a salt marsh estuary known as Ellisville Harbor. Salt marshes are commonly known to be the most productive ecosystems on earth. They provide essential nursery grounds for numerous fish species. Preserving the quality of the salt marsh helps to protect a web of interconnected species. Shifting Lots Preserve is also home to sand dunes and a migrating barrier beach which helps to protect adjacent uplands from severe storm surges. Read more about Shifting Lots Preserve

Explore Natural Plymouth
204 Long Pond Road
Plymouth, MA 02360
Phone: 774-773-9982

Explore Natural Plymouth

EXPLORE Natural Plymouth connects visitors and residents to the forests, farms, wetlands, waterways and habitats of America’s Home Town by establishing a network of destinations and events that celebrate its ecological heritage and natural beauty.  EXPLORE Natural Plymouth is a coalition of nonprofit organizations, government agencies and private businesses dedicated to this effort. Read more about Explore Natural Plymouth

Clear Pond Trail
Clear Pond Rd
Plymouth , MA 02360

Clear Pond Trail

Trail Distance: .6 miles
Activities: Hiking Read more about Clear Pond Trail

A.D. Makepeace Company
146 Tihonet Road
Wareham, MA 02571
Phone: 508-295-5437

A.D. Makepeace Company

A.D. Makepeace Company offers public, group and private cranberry bog tours throughout the year, during both the blossom season in the spring and the cranberry harvest season in the fall. Before or after your tour, visit Makepeace Farms in Tihonet Village for cranberry-themed gifts, delicious sandwiches and salads, treats from their bakery, gourmet foods and cooking tools, specialty teas and coffees, cookbooks, and surprises for all ages! Read more about A.D. Makepeace Company

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Heritage Museums & Gardens
67 Grove Street
Sandwich, MA 02563
Phone: 508-888-3300

Heritage Museums & Gardens

Heritage Museums and Gardens is located in one of Plymouth County's beautiful neighboring towns - Sandwich, Massachusetts. The museum is comprised of three galleries featuring American Folk Art, antique automobiles, and seasonal traveling exhibitions.  Their expansive gardens  feature a collection of thousands of rhododendrons, including a collection of the world-renowned Dexter variety. Their typical bloom time is Memorial Day Weekend through mid-June. Other horticultural areas of interest include: holly, daylily, herb, hosta, and heather gardens, as well as more than a thousand varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers. Read more about Heritage Museums & Gardens

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Plymouth Cruises Aboard Lobster Tales
9 Town Wharf
Plymouth, MA 508-746-5342

Plymouth Cruises Aboard Lobster Tales

Whether you choose a Lobster Excursion, Pirate Cruise, Ice Cream Sundae Cruise, Wine Cruise or Harbor Tour, be assured that the experience will always be unique, interesting, educational and fun. Spanning across all age levels, with a variety of options, cruises sail rain or shine and may be privately chartered. Located within walking distance to Plymouth Rock, Mayflower II (under repair-due ba Read more about Plymouth Cruises Aboard Lobster Tales

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Myles Standish State Forest
Cranberry Rd.
South Carver , MA 02360
Phone: 508-866-2526

Myles Standish State Forest

Sprawling across the southern sections of Plymouth and Carver, Myles Standish State Forest is the largest publicly owned recreation area in southeastern Massachusetts. More than 470 campsites are tucked in the forest or set along the edges of four of the park's 16 ponds. Two visitor use areas offer picnicking, swimming, fishing, canoeing. Read more about Myles Standish State Forest

Town Forest Trail
Long Pond Road
Plymouth, MA 02360

Town Forest Trail

Trail Distance: 7.9 miles
Activities: Hiking Read more about Town Forest Trail

Ames Nowell State Park
Linwood Street
Abington , MA
Phone: 781 857-1336

Ames Nowell State Park

Walking TrailsAmes Nowell is a year-round day use area with recreational activity centered around Cleveland Pond which is popular with boaters and fisherman. Development includes a picnic area, ball field and several miles of trails along the pond edge and the surrounding woods. Read more about Ames Nowell State Park

Halfway Pond Conservation Area
Mast Road
Plymouth, MA 02360

Halfway Pond Conservation Area

Preserves:
Big Point Preserve at Halfway Pond (23.4 acres)
Conant-Storrow Preserve (26.7 acres)
Gallows Pond Preserve (56 acres)
Tayler-Touster Wildlands (61 acres)
West Shore Preserve at Halfway Pond (242.5 acres)

Location:
Mast Road and West Long Pond Road, two miles south of Long Pond Road Read more about Halfway Pond Conservation Area

Pilgrim Trail Plymouth, MA 02360

Pilgrim Trail

Pilgrim Trail - Town of Plymouth Conservation Land.  This trail takes you from Plymouth Rock through Brewster Gardens and eventually Morton Park. 

Total Distance: 2.7 Miles Read more about Pilgrim Trail

Nelson Memorial Park
Nelson Street Waterfront area (North end of Water Street)
Plymouth , MA

Nelson Memorial Park

The newly renovated Nelson Memorial Park is a popular destination for many Plymouth residents and visitors. Families with children will enjoy the playground and picnic area. There is also a new "splash pad" area where kids can cool off on hot summer days. Other features include a new small boat ramp and a bike path that follows the harbor to Hedge Road in North Plymouth. Read more about Nelson Memorial Park

Plymouth County Sheriff's Department Petting Zoo & Horticultural Center
74 Obery Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
Phone: 508-830-6810

Petting Zoo & Horicultural Center

For more than 100 years, the Sheriff of Plymouth County has operated a farm on Obery Street. Though times have changed, the farm is still a vibrant, full-time agricultural resource. Bring your family to visit this free Petting Zoo, pack a picnic and shop at the year-round Horticultural Center! Read more about Petting Zoo & Horicultural Center

Plymouth MA

Hike Plymouth! Hiking Books

In addition to the historical sites, Plymouth and the South Shore are peppered with scenic ponds, pine forests, pine barrens, cranberry bogs, and beaches. Hiking trails crisscross many areas. Especially noteworthy are Myles Standish State Forest, southwest of Plymouth, and the Pine Hills, southern Plymouth, which includes the highest point, 395 ft., in Plymouth County. Read more about Hike Plymouth! Hiking Books

South Triangle Pond Conservation Area
Drew Road
Plymouth, MA 02360

South Triangle Pond Conservation Area

Preserves:
Barnes-Jenkins Hole Wood Lot (4.1 acres)
Herbert W. Bartlett Preserve (40.1 acres)
Phillips Preserve (3.5 acres)

Location:
Off Drew Road

Area:
47.7 acres Read more about South Triangle Pond Conservation Area

Davis-Douglas Conservation Area
Ship Pond Road
Plymouth, MA 02360

Davis-Douglas Conservation Area

Preserves:
Six Ponds East Preserve- (80 acres)
Emery Preserves- (138 acres)
Davis-Douglas Farm- (10 acres), new home of the Wildlands Trust (to be acquired in Fall of 2012)
Town of Plymouth Conservation Land- (53 acres)

Location:
Clark Road, Long Pond Road, Ship Pond Road

Area:
281 acres Read more about Davis-Douglas Conservation Area

Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association
265 D South Meadow Road
Plymouth, MA 02360
Phone: 508-866-7878

Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association

The Cape Cod Cranberry Growers' Association, established in 1888, is one of the oldest farmer organizations in the country. By maintaining focus on grower issues, the goal of the Association is to "Enhance the economic viability of the Massachusetts cranberry grower". Their mission is to support and promote the cranberry growers of Massachusetts. The Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association website offers a wealth of information and resources for growers, teachers, the community and visitors interested in learning everything there is to know about growing and caring for this beautiful fruit. Read more about Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association

North Hill Marsh
Mayflower Street
Duxbury, MA
Phone: 781-837-9400

North Hill Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary

North Hill Marsh’s oak and pine woodlands, wetlands, and 90-acre pond provide prime habitat for wildlife, especially migratory waterfowl. A clearly marked trail system leads you through the sanctuary. Read more about North Hill Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary

Route 3A
Plymouth, MA 02360
Phone: 508-866-2580

Ellisville Harbor State Park

Acquired by the State of Massachusetts in 1991, Ellisville Harbor is one of the most scenic spots on the South Shore coastline. It features small fishing boats, a barrier beach, salt marsh, sphagnum bog, forested upland, and open meadow. Read more about Ellisville Harbor State Park

A.D. Makepeace Company
146 Tihonet Road
Wareham, MA 02571
United States
Phone: 508-322-4028
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Cranberry Harvest Bog Tour

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 9:00am

Visit the world's largest cranberry grower during peak harvest season!  The A.D. Makepeace Company is offering public tours during the picturesque harvest season.  Our guided tours include a discussion of each growing season, touches upon the history of the cranberry industry and our company, allows for interaction with our farmers, and features the viewing of our wet harvest cranberry operation.

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Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary
Winslow Cemetery Road
Marshfield, MA 02050
United States
Phone: 781-837-9400

38th Annual Mass Audubon’s Farm Day

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

It's Mass Audubon’s biggest South Shore celebration of the year, our 38th annual Farm Day! Head on down to Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary, where the grasslands will be transformed into a festival of fall farm fun. With tractor-drawn hayrides through beautiful fields, live bluegrass music, educational presentations, games, crafts, artisans, delicious food, and more, Farm Day is not to be missed!

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Union Street Canoe Launch Marshfield, MA 02050
United States

Kayak Explorations: The North River with a Picnic

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 9:30am to 2:00pm

Our plan for this paddle is to ride the tide up the river, stopping at Couch's Beach for an autumn themed picnic before a tide change and return trip to the Union Street Canoe Launch. We will paddle past one of Mass Audubon's least known properties and survey its inhabitants. We will provide all kayaking equipment as well as the picnic.

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A.D. Makepeace Company
146 Tihonet Road
Wareham, MA 02571
United States
Phone: 508-322-4028
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Cranberry Harvest Bog Tour

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 1:00pm

Visit the world's largest cranberry grower during peak harvest season!  The A.D. Makepeace Company is offering public tours during the picturesque harvest season.  Our guided tours include a discussion of each growing season, touches upon the history of the cranberry industry and our company, allows for interaction with our farmers, and features the viewing of our wet harvest cranberry operation.

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Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary
137 Beaver Dam Road
Plymouth, MA 02360
United States
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Whooo's Out There?

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Embark on a night hike to look for creatures that come out once the sun goes down. This family-friendly program features fun activities to help us learn all about the owls, bats, and other animals we might see!

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A.D. Makepeace Company
146 Tihonet Road
Wareham 02571
United States
Phone: 508-322-4028
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Cranberry Harvest Bog Tour

Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 9:00am

Visit the world's largest cranberry grower during peak harvest season!  The A.D. Makepeace Company is offering public tours during the picturesque harvest season.  Our guided tours include a discussion of each growing season, touches upon the history of the cranberry industry and our company, allows for interaction with our farmers, and features the viewing of our wet harvest cranberry operation.

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A.D. Makepeace Company
146 Tihonet Road
Wareham 02571
United States
Phone: 508-322-4028
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Pick-Your-Own Cranberry Tour

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 1:00pm

Create a new tradition this year! Join us for one of these tours and you can dry harvest your own cranberries - then you can brag about it at the Thanksgiving table!  The A.D. Makepeace Company is offering two public pick-your-own cranberry tours this year, September 29 at 11am, October 17 at 1pm and October 30 at 1pm.

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Peter Igo Park Boat Launch Brant Rock, MA
United States

Kayak Explorations: Halloween Paddle on the Green Harbor River

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Enjoy the autumn colors of Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary from a totally different perspective as we paddle the oxbows and meanders of the Green Harbor River. Past trips gave us opportunities to see deer swimming across the river and a great horned owl getting mobbed by red winged blackbirds. We will be on the look out for fall migrants.

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Tihonet Village
150 Tihonet Road
Wareham, MA 02571
United States
Phone: 508-322-4028

Grumpy's Cranberry Harvest 5K Trail Run/Walk

Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 9:00am

Enjoy this nature lover's trail run/walk around the cranberry bogs during a live wet harvest!
Children, adults, runners, walkers, nature enthusiasts, environmentalists, and cranberry lovers will enjoy this beautiful route while learning some berry fun facts along the way!

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Rexhan Beach Parking Area
Standish Street
Marshfield, MA
United States

The 1898 Portland Gale: The Storm that Changed the River’s Mouth Walk

Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Join Kezia Bacon, NSRWA’s nature columnist, for a tour of the Rexhame Dunes, which prior to 1898 was the location of the mouth of the North & South Rivers. Kezia will explain how the storm known as the Portland Gale changed the course of the rivers, and subsequently altered the lives of many area residents. As we’ll be walking primarily on sand, sturdy footwear is recommended. No dogs, please. (Meet in the Rexhame Beach parking area, at the end of Standish Street in Marshfield.)

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