April 2019 Newsletter – Explore Spring at Boston-Area Events

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You can enjoy the great outdoors and celebrate spring with your child through many upcoming Boston-area events and activities. On Saturday, April 27th are the annual Charles River Clean Up from 9 am to noon at multiple sites along the river (www.crwa.org/charles-river-cleanup); the State Volunteer 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, music and dance (https://goreplace.org/event/annual-sheepshearing-festival/).

   The festivities continue into May!  On Sunday, May 12th from 10 am to 3 pm is Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain (www.arboretum.harvard.edu/news-events/lilac-sunday/) which includes a concert by the Boston Symphony Children’s Chorus. On the same day is Duckling Day at the Boston Public Garden (friendsofthepublicgarden.org/ducklingday). On Saturday, May 18th from noon to 4 pm is the annual Cherry Blossom Festival at Brookline High School (www.brooklinecherryblossom.com/). On Sunday, May 19th, 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 (http://friendsofhallspond.org/).

   You may also 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, including unforgettable family-friendly full moon hikes (www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/month/full-moon.html). Enjoy the fun!

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