Science & Nature

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

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

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

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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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

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

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

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

Town Forest Trail
Long Pond Road
Plymouth , MA

Town Forest Trail

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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

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

Russell & Sawmill Pond Trail
Bourne Street.
Plymouth , MA
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

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

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

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

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

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 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
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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Norris Reservation
39 Dover Street
Norwell , MA
United States
Massachusetts US

Twilight Solstice Exploration

Friday, December 21, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

A walk through Norris Reservation exploring nocturnal wildlife, their adaptations, and our own senses! Kids and families! Looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays? Want to take a walk in a local park on the shortest day of the year during a full moon? Join the NSRWA as we explore the Norris Reservation in Norwell… during twilight!!!

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Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary
137 Beaver Dam Road
02360 Plymouth , MA
United States
Massachusetts US

Winter Solstice Full Moon Hike

Friday, December 21, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Join us at Tidmarsh to celebrate the solstice with a night hike and experience the sanctuary after dark! Since the winter solstice is the longest night of the year, it's the perfect time to search for creatures that awaken once the sun goes down. While exploring by the light of the full moon, we'll also learn about the history of the winter solstice.

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

Thriving and Surviving in Winter

Monday, December 24, 2018 to Monday, December 31, 2018

December 24, 26, 27, 28, 31 9:00am – 2:30pm (School Vacation Week) Ages 6 – 10
How does a beaver survive winter? What do deer eat while the ground is covered in snow? How have people survived through the winter for hundreds of years? Join us for our Winter Vacation Camp as we explore animal tracks in the snow, try our hand at winter bird watching, and discover the secrets of surviving in the harsh winters of New England.

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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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Half-day December Vacation Explorations

Thursday, December 27, 2018 to Friday, December 28, 2018

9am-noon each day; register for either or both

December 27, 2018 (Thursday)  Printmaking for Kids Children 6 - 14 yrs
Join us for a short trail walk and then let creativity be your guide as we explore nature through the art of printmaking. From the use of simple household items to more advanced techniques, we'll have projects suitable for all ages! Please bring appropriately layers and footwear for being outside. Please also bring a snack and water bottle. 

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Tidmarsh Farms
60 Beaver Dam Road
02360 Plymouth , MA
United States
Massachusetts US

Winter Ducks Walk

Friday, January 4, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Go on a birding outing focused on winter waterfowl such as wigeon, teal, shoveler, pintail, and more! Hone your current bird identification skills and pick up some new ones. Beginners and birders of all levels welcome. Please bring your own binoculars.

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Tidmarsh Farms
60 Beaver Dam Road
02360 Plymouth , MA
United States
Massachusetts US

Sunrise Hike

Saturday, January 5, 2019 - 6:00am to 8:00am

Start the New Year off right by joining us for a sunrise hike to connect with the outdoors! This 2- mile hike will traverse mostly flat terrain and give us a glimpse into the lives of creatures like owls and coyotes.

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

South Shore Duck Run

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 8:15am to 12:00pm

A traditional winter birdwatching activity will take us to the open waters, both fresh and salt,  in search of ducks of all kinds. We will jump in the van(s) and hit all of the South Shore hot spots, keeping our ears open for recent sightings of significance. Bring a thermos, we will provide a baked snack.

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

Chili and Cornbread Owl Prowl

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Teacher Naturalist Doug Lowry will sweeten the deal... chili and cornbread at the office first, then on to the owls! This popular winter activity is a tradition not to be missed. Search the secretive domain of one of nature’s most skilled nocturnal hunters with hopes of observing these stealthy creatures. Test your auditory skills by listening for the distinct calls, some of which can be heard from a mile away. We will bundle up and pile into the van to take advantage of the most up-to-date scouting reports.

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

Desserts and Destinations: Brazil, Birding the Southern States

Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Birders Christine and Steven Whitebread will present a slideshow presentation of their recent trip to Brazil’s southern states and share a destination-appropriate dessert. This region spans from the Iguazu Falls to the Atlantic, and from the Argentinian border in the south to Sao Paulo city. Visit the world-famous falls and many other interesting and unique habitats in this subtropical to temperate climate of cool mountain regions to warm, sandy coastal areas. Through photos and stories, learn about the almost 500 species of birds, mammals, flowers, and butterflies they encountered.

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

WaterWatch Lecture Series - Plastic Ocean

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Plastics in our oceans are a major concern for wildlife and for us. But how do we know how much plastic is in the ocean? Sea Education Association scientist Jessica Donohue will explain how this data is collected, what the sources are, where it accumulates in the North Atlantic and what we know about the impacts of microplastics on sea life and human health. Part of our Free WaterWatch Lecture Series.

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North River Wildlife Sanctuary
2000 Main Street
02050 Marshfield , MA
United States
Massachusetts US

Soup and the Wildest Places: Iceland... Land of Beauty and Contrast

Friday, January 25, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Iceland... land of beauty and contrast.  A country where fire and ice co-exist, where multi-story tall waterfalls are in abundance, and a dramatic coastline catches the eye.  A place that has something for everyone from the hard-core adventurer, to those making a quick stop-over. 

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

WaterWatch Lecture - From Single Use to Zero Waste: What’s New with Recycling

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Recycling has been in the news – from China not taking our recycling to making sure we recycle correctly. Longtime director of the fifteen-town South Shore Recycling Cooperative and lifetime waste hater, Claire Galkowski, will do a deep dive into impacts from some everyday consumer products, both upstream and down. The presentation will inspire new ways to think about “stuff,” explain how recycling works, and provide practical tools to “Recycle Smart” and be gentler to our forests, streams, oceans and atmosphere. Part of our Free WaterWatch Lecture Series.

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

WaterWatch Lecture Series - What’s Up with the Whales

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

North Atlantic Right whales, entangled in fishing gear, struck by ships, dying in higher than normal numbers, and feeding in new parts of the ocean, are at risk of going extinct. This small population is facing existing and new threats and people are working hard to save them. Other large whales have also been dying along the east coast at unprecedented levels. Come find out “What’s Up with the Whales” from whale researcher from the New England Aquarium, Amy Knowlton. Part of our Free WaterWatch Lecture Series.

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Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary
Winslow Cemetery Road
02050 Marshfield , MA
United States
Massachusetts US

Winter Night Walk at Daniel Webster Sanctuary

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Don’t let the darkness of winter bring you down, get outside and celebrate it! Join us for a winter night walk around the sanctuary to explore all things nocturnal. Discover how animals adapt to the night, turn your eyes to the skies in search of winter stars, and participate in some sensory experiments. Come take a walk in the dark and experience the sanctuary in a whole new “light”!

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Duxbury Beach
260 Gurnet Road (for GPS)
02332 Duxbury , MA
United States
Massachusetts US

Snowy Owls at Duxbury Beach

Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 8:30am to 10:30am

Migrating south from their breeding ground in the Arctic tundra, the magnificent snowy owls winter over on the Massachusetts coast. Learn about the research on snowy owls as we seek out these seasonal beach visitors. Additional seasonal sights may include snow buntings and wintering wildfowl.

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Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary
60 Beaver Dam Road
Plymouth , MA
United States
Massachusetts US

Cocoa and Constellations

Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Join us for hot cocoa, constellation stories, and an exploration into the cosmos!

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

WaterWatch Lecture Series - Sea Run Brook Trout

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Before the Industrial Revolution there were hundreds of rivers and streams from Long Island to Maine with populations of sea run brook trout, a special kind of brook trout that seek out rich food and shelter in our estuaries. Prized for their flavor, size and strength, these salter brook trout became the focus of America’s first sport fishery during the 1800’s.

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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

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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