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Programs at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary


Staff Report
Published: 1/8/2020 10:14:08 PM
Modified: 1/8/2020 10:13:31 PM

Mass Audubon, which works to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife, will hold these events:

Preschool Story and Nature Hour – The Mitten

Come for an hour of nature-themed fun for youngsters, Friday, Jan. 10, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary. Participants will read an engaging storybook, make a nature craft to take home, and walk on one of the sanctuary’s trails with lead educator Chris Eaton. Participants are invited to stay for an additional half hour for free play and socialization in the classroom or play yard. Program is for ages 2.5 to 5 years. Fee: Adults Free, $3 child members, $4 child nonmembers. Program is sponsored by Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary.

Homeschool – Earth on the Move

Participants will use models and fun, hands-on activities to learn about earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, and geysers – our four geological catastrophes, Friday, Jan. 10, 1-3 p.m. at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary. Open to all ages. The entire family is welcome. Chris Eaton is the lead educator. For information and to register, call 978-464-2712. Fee: Adults, free, $10 child members, $14 child nonmembers. Program is sponsored by Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary.

Girl Scout Program — Winter Exploration

Description: Try out snowshoes and experience winter like a snowshoe hare, whose large feet keep it from sinking into the snow Saturday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m. to noon at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary. Go on a guided hike, search for animal tracks and other signs of wildlife, and discover how animals and plants have adapted to survive winter weather. This program meets the requirements of the “Trail Adventure” badge for Daisies and Brownies, but is open for all levels. If no snow we’ll learn about the different types of snowshoes and get to try them on. Leader: Jennifer Reilly, group program coordinator.

For more information and to register, call 978.464.2712. Sponsored by Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary. Fee: $8 child member, nonmember.

Tuesday Volunteer Days

Learn about nature as you assist with a variety of property, maintenance, and ecological management projects such as gardening, buildings and grounds work, trail clearing, wildlife monitoring, and animal care. Independent, seasonal projects are also available, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 9 a.m. to noon at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary. Projects are primarily outside, but inside projects are sometimes needed. Ability to work without supervision required. For ages 16 and up. Come once or every week, and become part of our growing group of volunteers. For more information, contact: Cindy Dunn, 978.464.2712 EXT. 8707. Sponsored by Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary. Free.

Together with more than 100,000 members, Mass Audubon cares 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.

Each year, its statewide network of wildlife sanctuaries welcome 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

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