Science & Nature

North River Wildlife Sanctuary
2000 Main Street
Marshfield , MA

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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South Shore Natural Science Center
48 Jacobs Lane
Norwell , MA
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

Billington Sea Kayak
41 Branch Point Road
Plymouth , MA
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

Old Colony YMCA
2 Greenside Way South (GPS: 237 Wareham Road)
Plymouth , MA
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

Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary
2000 Main Street
Marshfield , MA
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

WDC North America
7 Nelson Street
Plymouth , MA
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

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

Plymouth Cruises Aboard Lobster Tales
9 Town Wharf
Plymouth , MA

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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Clear Pond Trail
Clear Pond Rd
Plymouth , MA

Clear Pond Trail

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

A.D. Makepeace Company
146 Tihonet Road
Wareham , MA
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 (closed until March) 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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Route 3A
Plymouth , MA
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

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

Myles Standish State Forest
Cranberry Rd.
South Carver , MA
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

Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association
265 D South Meadow Road
Plymouth , MA
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

Explore Natural Plymouth
204 Long Pond Road
Plymouth , MA
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

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

Plymouth County Sheriff's Department Petting Zoo & Horticultural Center
74 Obery Street
Plymouth , MA
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

Eel River Preserve
190 Long Pond Rd
Plymouth , MA

Eel River Preserve

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

Town Forest Trail
Long Pond Road
Plymouth , MA

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

Heritage Museums & Gardens
67 Grove Street
Sandwich , MA
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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Russell & Sawmill Pond Trail
Bourne Street.
Plymouth , MA
Crawley Woodlands Preserve
Billington Street
Plymouth , MA

Crawley Woodlands Preserve

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

Pilgrim Trail Plymouth , MA

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

Halfway Pond Conservation Area
Mast Road
Plymouth , MA

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

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
175 Edward Foster Rd Headquarters
Scituate , MA
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

Blake Planetarium
117 Long Pond Road
Plymouth , MA
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

South Triangle Pond Conservation Area
Drew Road
Plymouth , MA

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

Captain John Boats Whale Watching & Deep Sea Fishing
10 Town Wharf
Plymouth , MA
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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Center Hill Preserve Trail
Center Hill Road
Plymouth , MA

Center Hill Preserve Trail

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

Beaver Dam Conservation Area
242 Beaver Dam Rd
Plymouth , MA

Beaver Dam Conservation Area

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

Shifting Lots Preserve
Salt Marsh Lane (off Rt. 3A)
Plymouth , MA
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

Davis-Douglas Conservation Area
Ship Pond Road
Plymouth , MA

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

South Shore Natural Science Center
48 Jacobs Lane
02061 Norwell , MA
United States
Massachusetts US

WaterWatch Lecture Series - Firefly Watch: Citizen Science from Your Back Porch

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Join Don Salvatore and Jacqui Shuster, past and present coordinators for this international citizen science project. Learn how to identify and record a number of species of “lightning bugs” to help track their populations as scientists explore the challenges in habitat and climates for this iconic summer time resident. Recommendations on how to make your yard more attractive to fireflies will be shared. Part of our Free WaterWatch Lecture Series.

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North River Wildlife Sanctuary
2000 Main Street
Marshfield , MA
United States
Phone: 781-837-9400
Massachusetts US
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Birding With Your Own Tutor: Coastal Birds by Van

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Looking for an outside activity for your family or friends? How about learning a fun new skill side by side? We will provide your personal birding tutor from our cadre of experienced and enthusiastic birders for small groups of up to 5 people. Along with approachable expertise, we will have field guides and binoculars to share. Learn the basics to set you up for a lifetime of birding adventures!

 

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North River Wildlife Sanctuary
2000 Main Street
Marshfield , MA
United States
Phone: 781-837-9400
Massachusetts US
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MASS AUDUBON PRESENTS: BIRDING BY VAN

Monday, March 11, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Enjoy birding but don’t want to walk long distances? Join Sanctuary Director Sue MacCallum to travel to local hot spots by van to see what we can find outside our windows. We will step outside occasionally and take short walks on level ground, but no need for hiking boots!

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Stellwagen Beer Company
100 Enterprise Drive
Marshfield , MA
United States
Massachusetts US

Mass Audubon South Shore Sanctuaries presents: Tap Into Nature

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm

Need something to look forward to on your winter calendar? By March, even the most enthusiastic outdoorspeople are beginning to tire of the cold. Tap Into Nature with us – learn about our work in the community and enjoy local beer and camaraderie among like-minded individuals while helping to support Mass Audubon’s educational programming in South Shore schools.

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North River Wildlife Sanctuary
2000 Main Street
Marshfield , MA
United States
Phone: 781-837-9400
Massachusetts US

Who's Who In the World of Hoot

Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Bundle up and join us for an evening immersed in the parliament of owls under a full moon. Through a night walk, observation and listening skills, activities like dissecting pellets, readings and with a few surprises we will celebrate all things owl in the land of avian sovereignty.

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Needle Lodge
1 Camp Kiwanee Road
Hanson , MA
United States
Massachusetts US

Water – New England’s Next Big Challenge

Friday, March 29, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

Watershed Action Alliance of Southeastern Massachusetts invites you to register for its third biennial conference on critical water issues in our region and beyond.

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North River Wildlife Sanctuary
2000 Main Street
02050 Marshfield , MA
United States
Phone: 781-837-9400
Massachusetts US
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Timberdoodles and Tapas

Friday, March 29, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Every good birding adventure should start right. Begin the evening by sharing a variety of delicacies at the North River office. As the sun begins to set, Teacher Naturalist Doug Lowry will lead us outdoors to witness the amazing courtship display of the male American Woodcock, the twisting and turning "timberdoodle," as he dives, whistling, from the sky to attract potential mates. It’s an unusual and impressive sight, to be sure!

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North River Wildlife Sanctuary
2000 Main Street
02050 Marshfield , MA
United States
Phone: 781-837-9400
Massachusetts US
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Vernal Pools and Other Signs of Spring

Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Explore some of the South Shore’s hidden pockets with Teacher Naturalist Doug Lowry. He will take the group out together in the van, guided by a spirit of curiosity and adventure. Among other signs of spring, we will explore the phenomenon of the sometimes elusive vernal pool, a relatively short-lived oasis that provides the breeding ground and nursery for several species of amphibians.

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North River Wildlife Sanctuary
2000 Main Street
02050 Marshfield , MA
United States
Phone: 781-837-9400
Massachusetts US
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Timberdoodles and Tapas

Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Every good birding adventure should start right. Begin the evening by sharing a variety of delicacies at the North River office. As the sun begins to set, Teacher Naturalist Doug Lowry will lead us outdoors to witness the amazing courtship display of the male American Woodcock, the twisting and turning "timberdoodle," as he dives, whistling, from the sky to attract potential mates. It’s an unusual and impressive sight, to be sure!

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Oliver Mill Park
Nemasket Street Rte 44 Across from KOA
02346 Middleboro , MA
United States
Massachusetts US

6th Annual Herring Run Festival

Saturday, April 13, 2019 to Sunday, April 14, 2019

April 13 & 14, 2019 from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm both days
Middleborough's 6th Annual Herring Run Festival is scheduled for April 13 and 14 at the Oliver Mill Park, Route 44 and Nemasket Street.  There will be Vendors, Food, Games, Exhibits, Demonstrations, Music, and lots of Herring!  Free Admission

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Heritage Museum & Gardens
67 Grove Street
02563 Sandwich , MA
United States
Phone: 508-888-3300
Massachusetts US

Hydrangea Success Series: Hydrangea Pruning Workshops

Saturday, April 13, 2019 to Sunday, April 14, 2019

April 13 1:30-3pm and April 14 10:30am-12pm - Even the most experienced gardeners can be overwhelmed by the prospect of pruning hydrangeas. Join Heritage Hydrangea Curator and expert Mal Condon to learn how to selectively prune your plants to improve vigor, increase bloom density, check plant height, and enhance ornamental value.

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Heritage Museums & Gardens
67 Grove Street
Sandwich , MA
United States
Phone: 508-888-3300
Massachusetts US

Spring Fling Event at Heritage Museum & Gardens

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 2:00pm to 7:00pm

Celebrate the opening day of Heritage’s 50th season! Experience the mobile food and craft beer movements, while spending time outdoors with friends and family. Listen to live music while dining al fresco on some of the area’s best-known food trucks in the lush gardens of Heritage.

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Heritage Museum & Gardens
67 Grove Street
02563 Sandwich , MA
United States
Phone: 508-888-3300
Massachusetts US

Art Adventures: “Sticks and Stones” with the Mythmakers

Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

ArtWeek Massachusetts event! Stop by our hands-on Maker Station for some art-inspired fun! Artists Andy Moerlein and Donna Dodson will guide visitors of all ages to create sculptures with the same kinds of materials that they use in their work.

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Heritage Museum & Gardens
67 Grove Street
Sandwich , MA
United States
Phone: 508-888-3300
Massachusetts US

Hydrangea Success Series: Planting and Replanting

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Learn more about HMG’s successful practices with planting and replanting of Hydrangeas. Learn about planting techniques, soil creation and amendment, mulching best practices, fertilizing, and hydrangea bloom color control!

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Heritage Museum & Gardens
67 Grove Street
Sandwich , MA
United States
Phone: 508-888-3300
Massachusetts US

Hydrangea Success Series: Planting and Replanting

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Learn more about HMG’s successful practices with planting and replanting of Hydrangeas. Learn about planting techniques, soil creation and amendment, mulching best practices, fertilizing, and hydrangea bloom color control!

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North River Wildlife Sanctuary
2000 Main Street
02050 Marshfield , MA
United States
Phone: 781-837-9400
Massachusetts US

North River Nature Camp

Monday, July 8, 2019 to Friday, August 9, 2019

At North River Nature Camp in Marshfield, children ages 4.5 to 14 are encouraged to explore their curiosity about the natural world. Daily activities include trail explorations, habitat investigations, hands-on experiments, wildlife observation, creative games and crafts, and more. Each day a new adventure awaits!

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South Shore Natural Science Center
48 Jacobs Lane
Norwell , MA
United States
Phone: 781-659-2559
Massachusetts US

43rd Annual Corn Festival

Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Popular with families across the region, the Corn Festival is an annual event celebrating the fall harvest, and natural and cultural heritage of New England. The event includes all day activities, such as hay rides and craft demonstrations, as well as scheduled events like live animal presentations. Also enjoy live, ongoing music, ranging from the oldies, bluegrass, folk and country.

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

39th Annual Mass Audubon’s Farm Day

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 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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