10 April 2018
You can enjoy the great outdoors and celebrate spring with your child through many upcoming Boston-area events and activities. On Saturday, April 28, are the annual Charles River Clean Up from 9 am to noon at multiple sites along the river (crwa.org); the Work for Wildlife Day at the Audubon Wildlife Sanctuaries from 9 am to noon (massaudubon.org); and the not-to-be-missed annual Sheep Shearing Festival at Gore Place in Waltham from 10 am to 5 pm with sheep shearing, sheep dog herding contests, a craft fair, food and music-and-dance performances (goreplace.org). On Sunday, April 29, rangers from the World’s End Wildlife Sanctuary are leading a full-moon hike from 8:00-9:30 pm through the sanctuary (thetrustees.org).
The festivities continue on into May! On Sunday, May 6th, from 11 am to 2 pm is Spring Community Day at Hall’s Pond Sanctuary off Amory Street in Brookline where you can help plant flowers, clean up the pond and learn about local conservation efforts. On Saturday, May 12, Brookline High School is hosting a Cherry Blossom Festival from noon to 4 pm in the Quad (brooklinecherryblossom.com). On Sunday, May 13 from 10 am to 3 pm is Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain (arboretum.harvard.edu) as well as Duckling Day at the Boston Public Garden (friendsofthepublicgarden.org/ducklingday).
You may also want to consider membership in the Massachusetts Audubon Society (massaudubon.org) or the Trustees of Reservations (thetrustees.org) to access hundreds of Massachusetts nature sanctuaries free-throughout the year.