Programs at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary

Published: 3/10/2020 9:22:37 PM
Modified: 3/10/2020 9:22:28 PM

Mass Audubon’s Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary offers these programs. Advance registration is required for most. Programs are held at the sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Road, Princeton, unless otherwise indicated.

Preschool Story and Nature Hour – Winter Birds

Friday, March 13, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Enjoy an hour of nature-themed fun with your youngster.

We’ll read an engaging storybook, make a nature craft to take home, and walk on one of the sanctuary’s beautiful 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. For ages 2.5 to 5 yrs. For more information and to register, call 978-464-2712. Fee: Adults free, $3 child Members, $4 child nonmembers.

Sunday Volunteer Days

Sunday, March 15, 1-4 p.m.: 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. Projects are primarily outside, but inside projects are sometimes needed. Carpentry skills welcome. Nature lovers appreciated. For all ages, but children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information contact the Sanctuary at 978-464-2712. Free.

Tuesday Volunteer Days

March 17, 9 a.m. to noon: 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. 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. Free.

Woodcock Watch

March 26, 7-8 p.m.: American woodcocks are inland relatives of coastal shorebirds, favoring wet forests and fields, and spending much of their time incredibly well-hidden by their cryptic plumage. However, from late March to late April, woodcocks put on incredible courtship flight displays during their brief mating season, spiraling 300 feet into the air before descending rapidly to the ground. Witness this not-to-be-missed sunset display during this evening program. For more information and to register, call 978-464-2712. Sponsored by Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary. Fee: $4.50 adult members, $6 adult nonmembers

Preschool Story and Nature Hour – Salamander Migration-Big Night

Friday, March 27, 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Enjoy an hour of nature-themed fun with your youngster. We’ll read an engaging storybook, make a craft to take home, and walk on one of the sanctuary’s beautiful 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. For ages 2.5 to 5 yrs. For more information and to register, call 978-464-2712. Fee: adults free, $3 child members, $4 child nonmembers.

Hands-on With Fiber Arts: Learn the Art of Weaving

Friday, March 27, 1-3 p.m.: Weave spun wool on your own frame loom. Practice weaving on several different types of looms and take home a unique woven wall hanging. Leader: Chris Eaton, Lead Educator. For more information and to register, call 978-464-2712. Fee: $10 Adult Members, $14 Adult Nonmembers.

Friday Night Speaker Series: The Amazing World of Bird Behavior

Friday, March 27, 7-8:30 p.m.: Our popular speaker series for adults continues! Discover the fascinating world of bird behavior. Learn how birds have evolved through adaptation to survive in the modern world. The program covers evolutionary differences in the anatomy of birds and how it affects behavior. Life cycles of birds are demonstrated with wonderful images of birds nesting and feeding. Learned and instinctive behavior is shown and explained. The ability to adapt to environmental change is an amazing facet of bird behavior. Enjoy an evening of stories accompanied by beautiful images. Small groups allow easy opportunities for questions and a chance to meet and talk with speakers after the program. Join us! Speaker: Gail Hansche Godin, Photographer & Naturalist. For more information and to register, call 978-464-2712. Fee: $7 adult members, $10 nonmembers

Shinrin-Yoku Forest Breathing Guided Sanctuary Walk

Saturday, March 28, 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Learn to connect with the natural world in a healing, calming, grounding, and replenishing way through a guided walk with Dr. Roxanne Daleo, a renowned health educator specializing in relaxation and stress reduction. Look to the wisdom of nature for effective ways to relax and reinvigorate yourself. Leave with conscious methods to relive the relaxed experience when you are away from nature or feeling anxious, lonely, or depressed. Slow down and breathe in the “medicine” of nature. For more information and to register, call 978-464-2712. Fee: $5 adult members, $7 adult nonmembers

Tuesday Volunteer Days

Tuesday, March 31, 9 a.m. to noon: 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. 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 x8707. Free.


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