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Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary - Mass Audubon Farm Programs and Events April–September 2018 1 Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary Programs & Events April 2018—September 2018 Dear

Jun 13, 2018




  • Drumlin Farm Programs and Events AprilSeptember 2018 1

    Drumlin Farm Wildlife SanctuaryPrograms & Events

    April 2018September 2018

  • Dear Friends,

    Ive always felt that we New Englanders are blessed to have four distinct seasons that scream out to be noticed, each providing a new lens with which to view the patterns and textures of nature. The same walk from car to house can be unremarkable until a spot of colora yellow crocus or a red leaf buddraws our eye and makes us realize that change is upon us.

    As the days begin to lengthen and the trees and plants regain their color, Im reminded of how much the landscape around us shapes our view of the world. Recently, on a family trip to Denver, I asked my sons how the scene outside the car window compared to home. While the cornfields and the occasional small ranch with horses and cattle felt familiar, its context within a flat plain extending to a mountain-filled horizon was jarring to our senses. It was a view that demanded attention as we drove along, without the comfortable sense of knowing what to expect.

    With air travel allowing our family to plop down transition-less into a new habitat, its no wonder our brains were startled by the Colorado landscape. We realized that, as we talk about plants and animals being native to an area, people too are natives to the landscapes in which they live. For my family, and I suspect many other Massachusetts natives, the visual language of open spaces surrounded by woodland, and our line of sight obscured by towering pines and oaks, is literally how we see the world. That sense of enclosure feels comfortable to me, much as I imagine it must to the mice, rabbits, and foxes that roam the field-forest edges of Drumlin Farm.

    With more adaptations at our disposal than wildlife, humans are better able to change what feels native to us over time. But I wonder if the feel of home is forever connected to the views we took in as a child; to the landscape that surrounded us during pivotal moments of our lives. If I moved to the southwest desert, would looking at a cactus eventually feel as natural to me as how my eyes skip over the details of the pines outside my office window? Would the rolling sandy plain ever feel more like home than the scrub-edged vista of Drumlins Boyce Field? Neither is intrinsically better, but only one is my native habitat. The forests, fields, and wetlands of Drumlin Farm are special to me for this very reason, making it feel all the more important to protect and preserve that landscape, for people and for the wildlife that depend on it.

    As you go through the seasons building memoriesboth conscious and unconsciousof whats part of your internal landscape, I invite you to find a special place at Drumlin Farm that can become part of your native habitat.


    2 Plan Your Visit

    3 Audubon Shop & Drumlin Wish List

    4 Special Events

    Vacation Week Programs Ages 412

    6 April Vacation Week

    Family Programs Ages 212

    8 Adult/Child Pair Series

    9 Family Series

    10 Family Single Sessions

    14 Chickadee Birders

    15 Homeschool Offerings

    Youth Programs Ages 412

    15 Youth Series

    16 Camp Day

    Teen Programs Ages 1317

    17 Teen Stewardship Leaders

    Spring Wildlife Caretakers

    18 Peregrine Birders

    Adult Programs

    19 Birding

    22 Weekend & Out-of-State Birding

    24 Natural History & Know Your Food

    Additional Programs

    28 Drumlin Farm Camp

    29 Drumlin Farm Community Preschool

    30 School & Group Programs

    31 Accessible Programs (LEAF)

    32 Birthday Parties

    Volunteer Opportunities

    33 Landscapes for Learning Campaign Update

    34 Spring & Summer CSA

    35 Calendar of Events

    37 General information

    As the days begin to lengthen and the trees and plants regain their color, Im reminded of how much the landscape around us shapes our view of the world.

    Renata Pomponi, Sanctuary Director

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    All AbOUt birDS!Saturday, April 710 am4 pm

    Birds are fascinating animals. Meet live birds such as a duck, raptor or songbird, enjoy a bird banding demonstration, and get an up-close look at feathers and eggs. Create a unique bird craft to bring home.

    FAll HArVeSt CelebrAtiONSaturday, September 1510 am4 pm

    Back by popular demand, its harvest time! Lets enjoy all of the hard work our crops team has done through the spring and summer. Watch cooking demonstrations, enjoy tastings, help make herb butter, explore the garden, and have an up-close encounter with some of the animals that love to visit the garden.

    StrAWberrY DAYSaturday, June 1610 am4 pmPick your own: 10:00 am12:00 pm

    Join us for one of our earliest crops, strawberries! Meet some berry-loving wildlife and, if weather permits, pick your own strawberries to take home. While supplies last; admission free; strawberries priced by volume.

    Discovery DaysExplore seasonal happenings during one of our Discovery Days at the farm!

    All activities are free with the price of admission. Detailed schedules are available online closer to the event date.


    Daily Drop-in ActivitiestuesdaysFridays: 10 am, 11:30 am

    Saturdays & Sundays: 10 am, 11:30 am, 2:30 pm

    Discover a different part of Drumlin Farm with our free daily drop-in activities. Watch our farmer milk the cow, meet one of our resident birds, and more!

    All daily drop-in activities are free with admission. Check our schedule board when you arrive for a list of the days activities

    or call us after 9 am at 781-259-2200.

    Plan Your VisitWalk the Forest Discovery Trail for a beautiful and informative hike in our woods.

    Explore the accessible Sensory Trail that starts at the parking lot and takes visitors around Ice Pond. Visit the Wildlife Blind by the Deer Pen to see our summer resident birds.

    Try a scavenger hunt and receive a prize for finishing or check out one of our beehives!


    SpriNG biNOCUlAr & SpOttiNG SCOpe SAle march 30April 8Fantastic discounts for members and excellent customer service! Let us help you find the right gear for you.

    Audubon Shop at Drumlin FarmtuesdaySunday 10 am5 pm Open monday Holidays / 781-259-2214

    eDUCAtiONAl prOGrAmS Garden gloves (child or adult size) Mason jars Potting soil & mulch Child-sized wheelbarrows Outdoor thermometers Electronic rain gauge Pots and pans Snowshoes (adult/child size) Hula hoops & jump ropes Kids cookbooks by Mollie Katzan Adult sized farm/nature themes costumes Laser range finder Clean plastic infant toys

    VOlUNteeriNG Hand pruners

    WilDliFe CAre Large mouse/rat cages Plastic reptile/small animal cages Dog/cat carriers with metal doors

    liVeStOCK & CrOpS prOGrAmS Wheelbarrows Large dog carriers/crates with metal doors

    ViSitOr SerViCeS Child-sized folding wheelchairs Folding strollers Wooden picnic tables

    mAiNteNANCe Golf cart, in good running condition Pickup truck, in good running condition

    Drumlin Farm Wish ListIt takes a lot to keep our programs strong! Do you have any of the items listed

    below in good, working condition? If so, wed be so grateful if you would consider giving them to Drumlin Farm.

    To schedule a dropoff, contact Operations Manager Carrie Flood: | 781-259-2202

    AUtHOr tAlK & bOOK SiGNiNG: ThE gUiDE TO WALDEn POnD bY rObert tHOrSON thursday, April 26 | 6:308:15 pmWalden Pond, located just a few minutes from Drumlin, is noted for the beautiful scenery and healthy habitats that inspired famous naturalist Henry David Thoreau. Robert Thorson is a professor at the University of Connecticut, an award-winning author, scientist, journalist, and an expert tour guide for Thoreaus Concord. Join us for this reading, Q&A session, and book signing in the Nature Center.

    bOOK SiGNiNG: DO DOODLEBUgS DOODLE? AmAzing inSECT FACTS bY COriNNe DemAS & ArtemiS rOeHriG Saturday, may 5 | 10:3011:30 amA fun and engaging book about insects, sure to make kids laugh, join us for this signing in the Audubon Shop.

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    Special Events Summer

    pANCAKe breAKFAStSaturday & Sunday, March 10 & 119 am1 pm*$15 members, $17 nonmembers(Children under age 2: Free)

    Enjoy a hearty farmers breakfast of pancakes with maple syrup, featuring Drumlin Farm sausage and potatoes! Learn about Native American sap-to-syrup techniques. See how we collect sap from our sugar bush and turn it into syrup.

    * Seatings every half hour from 9 am12:30 pm. Advance purchase only.

    mOON OVer DrUmliNSaturday, September 226:309:30 pm

    At our annual farm-to-table gala, you will have the opportunity to support the mission of Mass Audubon and Drumlin Farm, while enjoying fabulous tastings featuring our meat and produce from some of the areas finest restaurants. Join friends and family at this festive event, and raise your paddle high during the live auction to raise the funds that make Drumlin Farms work possible.

    Contact Polly Reeve for pricing and more information: | 781-259-2239.

    WOOlApAlOOZASaturday, March 2410:00 am4:00 pm$15 members, $17 nonmembers(Children under age 2: Free)

    Watch traditional sheep-shearing by hand. Visit our Sheep-to-Sweater interpretive trail to learn about wool washing, carding, spinning, and dyeing. See border collies herd sheep around the field. Meet out newborn lambs. Purchase lunch made from Drumlin Farm meat and vegetables. A spring tradition!

    Walk-ins only; advance registration not required.


    Special Events Spring

    Photo Credit: Kelly OConnor

    SUmmer mUSiC SerieSSelect Fridays in June, July, August6:008:00 pm$10 Adults, $5 Children ages 212 (Children under age 2: Free)

    Join us this summer for an evening of music and fun on the farm. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn while you soak in the sounds! Each month will feature a different local artist. Well have farm fresh snacks, baked goods, and non-alcoholic beverages for sale to round out your picnic dinner.

    Pregistration not required. Prices are per session. Visit our website for dates.

    Photo Credit: Bonnie Baker

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    pAtHFiNDerS Age 4Kindergarten Half DayExplore the farmyard and wild places of Drumlin Farm each morning. Help prepare the garden and search for emerging creatures and buds. Meet some of our resident wildlife, lend a hand with farm chores, and enjoy some tasty snacks!

    trACKerS KindergartenGrade 1Full DayEnjoy full days of making tracks around the farmyard, fields and forests of Drumlin Farm. Youll participate in daily farm chores, discover animal habitats, have story time, and enjoy a farm snack. Youll also meet some of Drumlin Farms resident wildlife. Please note: pricing for this session differs: $375 members; $450 nonmembers

    eXplOrerS Grades 23Full DayUncover natures mysteries as you explore our ponds, meet local wildlife, and work with farm animals. Hike up the drumlin to enjoy the beginning of spring. Groom a pony, pet a sheep, and make a nature craft to bring home!

    NAtUrAliStS Grades 45Full DayBecome a local naturalist as you discover the plants and animals that inhabit Drumlin Farm. Work with wool, identify critters you find in the pond, and practice orienteering! Farm chores will also be an exciting a part of each day.

    FArmHANDS Grades 68Full DayLearn about Drumlin Farms wild and domestic animals, and gain animal care experience from our wildlfe care and livestock staff. Help out with advanced chores both on the farm and with our captive native wildlife. Discover what goes into feeding and caring for animals large and small.

    eXteNDeD DAY KindergartenGrade 8Wind down after a busy day with an afternoon of nature crafts, farm chores, and quiet-time activities. A snack will be provided. Available as an add-on for Four-Day Program particiants only. You may attend one or multiple days.

    April Vacation Week Four-Day ProgramsApril 1720, 2018

    Half Day: 8:30 am12 pm $210 members, $240 nonmembersFull Day: 8:30 am3 pm $355 members, $426 nonmembers

    extended Day: 36 pm $27 members, $32 nonmembers (per day)

    Make friends and explore the forest, fields, and farm during school vacation week!

    For more information, contact the Drumlin Farm Camp Office: | 781-259-2244

    April Vacation Week Single-Day ProgramsApril 1620, 2018

    Ages 49 9 am1 pm $55 members, $65 nonmembers (per day)

    Turn out-of-school time into out-of-doors time during school vacation week!Sign up by the day. Participants will be grouped by age.

    Please note: Advance registration is required for all single-day programs.

    For more information, contact the Drumlin Farm Camp Office: | 781-259-2244

    FArmerS monday, April 16Prepare to get busy on the farmyard! Each group will have a project, whether its checking the chickens for freshly laid eggs, feeding the sheep and visiting their new lambs, grooming the pony and mucking his stall, or planting seeds and turning compost in the garden. Explore the other barns to meet the animals, and enjoy a fresh farm treat!

    pOND ON Wednesday, April 18Explore our ponds and vernal pools in search of life! Keep your eyes peeled for turtle and salamander eggs, discover what insects start their lives underwater, and search the vernal pool for the rare and wondrous fairy shrimp. Learn why ponds are such an important part of our farm ecosystem and meet a local predator.

    GArDeN pArtY thursday, April 19Lets get this garden started! Learn about the growing practices at Drumlin Farm and help plant in the garden and the fields. Discover how plants grow from seeds and why pollinators are a farmers best friend. Bring something home to plant in a garden of your own.

    iNtO tHe WOODS Friday, April 20Head into the woods to search for signs of spring! Roll logs looking for salamanders, keep an eye out for signs of deer, and discover what woodland flowers are already in bloom. Meet a resident of the forest up-close. What life is stirring in the woods?

    SUrViViNG SpriNG tuesday, April 17As the season turns from winter to spring, wildlife face new challenges to survive. From hungry hibernators to hopeful parents, learn how the animals of Drumlin Farms habitats spring into action once the weather gets warmer. Search for signs of animals and meet one of our captive wildlife.


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    Family Programs SeriesAges 26

    Connect to the natural world with our immersive series programs as we explore the farm, fields, forests, and wetlands of Drumlin Farm.

    Family series programs are designed for one or more adults with one to three children per adult. Program fees are per series, per participant, both adult and child. Younger siblings are welcome. Backpack babies are welcome free of charge; please mention these participants when registering. The fee for children between the ages of 12 and 17 months is half the

    regular participant fee. Advance registration is required.

    FAmilY eXplOrAtiONS Ages 261011:30 am | $84 members, $100 nonmembers

    Lets go exploring! Which animals are having their babies? Do the sheep like their new haircuts? Find out as we meet different animalsboth farm and wild and participate in hands-on outdoor activities. Bring your curiosity and excitement as we explore the farm and sanctuary. Please note: no class April 1620, or may 28.


    FArm FAmilY Ages 263:305 pm | $84 members, $100 nonmembers

    Spring has sprung! Explore the farm while you help the farmer with chores. Milk a cow and feed her the evening hay. Check for eggs in the chicken house and fill up the feeders. We will also spend time in the garden planting seeds, digging for worms, and tasting the first crops of the season. Each week will be a new farm adventure! Please note: no class April 1720.

    OlD mACDrUmliNS FArm Ages 2611 am12 pm | $60 members, $72 nonmembers

    What sound does a lamb make? Where do the hens hide their eggs? Whats coming up in the garden? Sing along with us as we explore the farm. Themes include: Baa Baa Black Sheep, Trot Trot to Drumlin, the Chicken Dance, and many more! Please note: no class April 19 and 20.

    SUmmer SeeKerS Ages 263:305 pm | $60 members, $72 nonmembers

    What is happening on the farm in the summer season? Do sheep get hot in their woolly coats? What can we nibble on in the garden? Well find out by doing chores on the farm! Well also wander in the forest to see what we can find. Every week well explore the delights of summer on adventures filled with hands-on discovery.

    Series 1 April 2June 4 Mondays

    Series 2 April 4May 30 Wednesdays

    Series 3 April 6June 1 Fridays

    Series 1 April 3May 29 Tuesdays

    Series 2 April 4May 30 Wednesdays

    Series 3 April 5May 31 Thursdays

    Series 4 April 6June 1 Fridays

    Series 1 April 5May 31 Thursdays

    Series 2 April 6June 1 Fridays

    Series 1 July 1031 Tuesdays

    Series 2 July 11August 1 Wednesdays

    pOlliWOGS & FrOGS Age 29:3010:30 am | $60 members, $72 nonmembers

    Listen for spring music in the trees and peek in a pond to see if the polliwogs have hatched. Dig in the garden and plant some seeds. Check under a fluffy hen for an egg and feel the soft wool of the sheep. Each week will bring a special adventure to share and talk about all week long! Please note: no class April 1720.

    Series 1 April 3May 29 Tuesdays

    Series 2 April 4May 30 Wednesdays

    Series 3 April 5May 31 Thursdays

    Series 4 April 6June 1 Fridays


    Family Programs Adult/Child Pair SeriesAges 26

    Learn together in the great outdoors! Our teacher-naturalists will guide you in seasonal hands-on activities, farm chores, and wildlife discoveries.

    Adult/child pair series are designed for one child and one accompanying adult. Programs cannot accommodate backpack babies or more than one child per adult. Prices are per participant (adult and child) per session. Advance registration is


    COOKiNG tOGetHer Ages 35tuesdays, April 3may 29 | 1011:30 am $92 members, $110 nonmembers

    Ready, set, cook! Well harvest ripe vegetables from the garden, collect eggs from our chickens, and cook up tasty treats together. Learn basic kitchen skills, like chopping, mixing, and baking, and introduce lifelong healthy eating habits as we make and taste a new recipe each week. Please note: no class April 17.

    NAtUrAl WONDerS Ages 2611 am12 pm | $60 members, $72 nonmembers

    Spring is here! Listen for birds back from their winter adventures. Plant a seed in the garden and watch it grow. Check out the sheeps spring haircuts. Are the pigs digging in the dirt? Are the turtles out at the pond? Visit with native wildlife, do some farm chores, and explore some new nooks and crannies around the sanctuary. Please note: no class April 17 or 18.

    Series 1 April 3May 29 Tuesdays

    Series 2 April 4May 30 Wednesdays

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    bAA bAA bAbY Ages 28tuesday, April 3 | 3:305 pm$12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersIts lambing time at Drumlin Farm! Well help the farmer take care of the sheep and visit with the newest baa-baa babies. Can you sing them a lulla-baa?

    FrOG priNCe Ages 28Wednesday, April 11 | 3:305 pm$12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersJoin us as we tell the tale of the Frog Prince and search ponds and pools for amphibian royalty. Well sing songs of the court as we search for His Royal Hopness. We might even encounter Sir Salamander!

    FArm FAVOrite CHiCKeNS & tHe FOX Ages 28thursday, April 12 | 3:305 pm$12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersCan they ever be friends? Well visit the chickens and bring a present from them to the fox. Could this be the start of a long friendship or just fowl play?

    FrOGGY NiGHt WAlK Ages 512Friday, April 6 | 78:30 pm$12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersSpring is the time for the evening froggy chorus. Who makes that peep-peep-peep? Who has that banjo twang? Well take a stroll listening and looking for these night-time singers.


    bUtter mY breAD Ages 28Friday, April 6 | 3:305 pm$13.50 members, $16.50 nonmembersWhat could be more delicious than fresh bread and butter? Well grind grains, mix dough, shape a loaf, and put it in the oven to bake. Then well visit the cow and make butter to spread on our warm bread.

    WHereS tHe milK? Ages 38tuesday, April 24 | 3:305 pm$12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersLend a hand with afternoon chores in the barn. We will feed the cows their evening hay, and then try our hands at milking. After all our hard work, we will enjoy our own dairy treat.

    tHe priNCeSS AND tHe peAS Ages 28Friday, April 27 | 3:305 pm$12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersWe will learn of the peas plentiful powers while acting out the story of The Princess and the Pea. Then well create a royal bed in the garden filled with peas and other impressive plants. Each prince or princess will plant a personal pot of peas to take home to their palace.

    im A little tADpOle Ages 28Wednesday, may 2 | 3:305 pm$12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersIm a little tadpole, soon to be a frog. Ill jump from the water and sit on a log! Spring is the time for frogs (and salamanders) to lay eggs. Meet some frogs, listen to their songs, and check for babies in the pond.

    tUrtle time Ages 28thursday April 26 | 1011:30 am$12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersWell meet several of New Englands turtles and learn about their habits and habitats. Would you like to wear your bed on your back? Lets explore where they live in the ponds, forests, and fields.

    mArCH iNtO SpriNG miNi SerieS AGeS 36The days are getting longerlets go back in time and discover what life was like on a New England farm 200 years ago! What chores would we do and what games would we play? Participants can attend as many sessions as they would like. Prices are per session.

    SUGAr & SYrUpFriday, march 9 | 3:305 pm$12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersHelp with the first harvest of the year and discover how the people of long ago learned what sweet treat could be made from maple water.

    CHiCKeN CHOreS & mOreFriday, march 16 | 3:305 pm$12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersWell take care of chickens and check for eggs. Long ago, finding an egg was cause for a celebration!

    WHY WOOl?Friday, march 23 | 3:305 pm$12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersIts nearly shearing timelets help the farmer with the flock. Well learn how wool goes from sheep to sweater and create yarn or felt to take home.

    breAD & bUNNieS Ages 28thursday, march 22 | 1011:30 am $13.50 members, $16.50 nonmembersHop to the kitchen for hare-raising fun! Well visit our rabbit on the farmyard, then head into the kitchen to bake bunnys favorite treat: carrot bread! Younger siblings welcome. Please note: no backpack babies.


    Family Programs Single SessionsAges 212

    Meet farm animals, help with farm chores, and explore our forests and fields!

    These programs are designed for one or more adults with one to three children per adult. Prices are per participant, per program, both adult and child. Younger siblings are welcome. Backpack babies are welcome free of charge, except where

    noted; please mention these participants when registering. The fee for children ages 12 to 17 months is half the regular fee. Registration required.

    mAple mAGiC Ages 212Friday, march 2 | 3:305 pm $12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersIts maple sugaring time! Visit the maple grove to check out the taps and taste sap. Learn about how weve made maple syrup from past to present and delight your taste buds with a sweet maple treat.

    eGG-CitemeNt Ages 210Friday, march 30 | 1011:30 am or 3:305 pm$13.50 members, $16.50 nonmembersCelebrate springs arrival with an egg fest! We will take care of the chickens, examine eggs, and use natural ingredients to dye an egg to take home. We will also create bird nest helpers!

    Sip SOme SAp Ages 312thursday, march 8 | 1011:30 am $12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersListen to a story about maple sugaring and take a walk to our sugar bush. Well visit our evaporator to see how sap is turned into syrup and enjoy a tasty maple treat!

    mAple mOO Ages 38 tuesday, march 6 | 3:305 pm $12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersMilk the cow, then check to see if sap is running! What happens when maple meets milk? A maple-moo mix-up might be delicious! Please note: no backpack babies.

    St. pADDYS pArtY Ages 28thursday, march 15 | 1011:30 am$13.50 members, $16.50 nonmembersHave you ever found a lucky four-leaf clover? Well plant shamrocks, greet a snake, and enjoy delicious boxtya traditional Irish potato treat. We might even dance a jig! Please note: no backpack babies.

    AFterNOON CHOreS & mOre Ages 412Saturdays, march 17; April 7; may 12; June 9; September 8 | 3:305 pm $12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersIts chore time! What must be done to settle the livestock in for the night? We will feed chickens and collect eggs, then bring hay to the sheep, goats, and cows. After finishing, well treat ourselves to a farm snack.

    Middle Photo Credit: Patrick Rogers

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    FArm FAVOrite FAirieS & FireFlieS Ages 412Friday, June 22 | 89:30 pm$12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersAround the longest day of the year, tradition says the fairies dance and make mischief under their fairy hills. Join us and hear stories of fairy antics, make a special herbal charm for protection, and explore the sanctuary for signs of fairies. Search for fireflies dancing in the meadow grasses.

    HOp, SlitHer, & SliDe Ages 28Wednesday, June 13 | 3:305 pm$12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersThe reptiles and amphibians are out and about! Well poke around in the ponds and peek under logs and rocks as we search for turtles, toads, and salamanders. If were lucky we might wake a snake!

    HONeY bUNNY Ages 28thursday, June 14 | 10 11:30 am$12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersDid you know that one plant can help the bees make honey and provide yummy salads for rabbits? Meet a bunny and taste honey as we explore the wonders of clover. You will also plant a little magic to take home.

    FlUtter bY bUtterFlY Ages 28Wednesday, June 27 | 3:305 pm$12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersWhats the difference between a butterfly and a moth? How do their babies grow? We will search for eggs, larvae, chrysalises, and cocoons in our gardens and fields.

    QUeeN bee Ages 28tuesday, June 5 | 3:305 pm$12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersWho is the mother of the hive? Buzz on in and learn about the queen bee and her court. We will do a royal dance and plant flowers for her ladies-in-waiting. Then we can enjoy a honey snack, courtesy of the queen.


    bArNYArD briCKS Ages 411Friday, June 15 | 3:305 pm$12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersTry a new twist on nature play using LEGO bricks! Well warm up with design challenges to spark our creativity, then head outside to gain inspiration from nature. Next, well bring our ideas back into the LEGO Lab to make our own creations.

    FArm FAVOrite JUSt KiDDiNG Ages 28Friday, June 8 | 3:305 pm$12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersIts late spring and time for kids to start bouncing around. How high can these baby goats jump? Well take care of the does and meet the buck.

    mAmmAlS At miDNiGHt Ages 28thursday, June 7 | 10 11:30 am$12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersWhile you are sleeping, some animals are busy! Meet some nocturnal mammals and learn how they are able to move through the nightthrough sniffing, seeing, and using their ears. Well take a daytime walk to explore where theyre active at midnight.

    bOOm-CHiCKA-bOOm Ages 28Friday may 18 | 3:305 pm$12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersWhat happens when you take an egg and keep it warm for 21 days? Peck, peck, peckyouve got a chick! Well take care of the mamas and the papas, check out the chicks, and have a chicken dance party!

    trACtOrS, trUCKS, & tOOlS Ages 28$13.50 members, $16.50 nonmembersLets search for trucks, tractors, and tools all over the farm and see the important jobs they help us do. What did farmers use before they had machines? Well meet a farmer and take a hayride as we get a behind-the-scenes look at these mega machines!

    bAbY bUGS Ages 28thursday, may 31 | 1011:30 am$12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersWell go on a bug hunt and search for caterpillars, grasshopper nymphs, dragonfly naiads, and other insect larvae. Discover which bug babies look like their mothers. We may find butterflies, beetles, and crickets!

    SpliSH, SplASH Ages 38Friday, June 1 | 3:305 pm$12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersMeet our ducks and discover why ponds are such wonderful places to live. Well dip our nets in the pond searching for duck delights such as diving beetles, mosquito wrigglers, and maybe even a water tiger. We might spy a turtle basking on a log or even a frog near the shore. Itll be a wet and wild time!

    rAbbitS SillY SAlAD Ages 38Wednesday, may 30 | 3:30 5 pm$12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersSpring is here! Time to enjoy delicious new veggies emergingtheyre not just for rabbits! Well harvest fresh garden snacks to make a yummy salad. Meet our resident rabbit and find out what she likes to eat, and then plant your own mini salad garden to take home.


    tHiS little piGGY Ages 28thursday, may 24 | 10 11:30 am$12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersJoin us for a swine of a time with the pigs on the farmyard. How many piglets need the farmers care this spring? How quickly will they grow?

    HOW NOW, brOWN COW? Ages 38Wednesay, may 16 | 3:305 pm$12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersFollow the path from cow to ice cream. We will feed and milk the cows, and then well mix together a delicious custard, add ice, and with some hard work, turn it into ice creamyum! please note: no backpack babies.

    Session 1 May 11 Friday 3:305 pm

    Session 2 May 17 Thursday 1011:30 am

    Session 3 May 22 Tuesday 3:305 pm

    FriDAY eVeNiNG HAYriDeS Ages 214Fridays, may 18; June 15; August 17; September 7, 14 | 45:30 pm & 67:30 pm $16.50 members, $19.50 nonmembersWatch for birds at dusk and evening fireflies as you ride our hay wagon through the meadows. Stop at our campfire for stories, smores, and a special night-time visitor. Enjoy the splendid colors in the sky as the sun begins to set.

    tHereS A GOAt iN tHe GArDeN Ages 28tuesday, may 8 | 3:305 pm$12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersJoin us as we take care of the goats and act out this funny folk tale. We will plant in the garden and meet the creature that finally got that silly goat out of the garden as we enjoy her sweet honey as a snack.

    piGS & pOtAtOeS Ages 28Friday, may 4 | 3:305 pm$12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersPigs dig and potatoes grow underground. Will the pigs dig for potatoes? Well dig, plant, and pig out! Then well feed the pigs a garden treat.

    birDS OF A FeAtHer Ages 28thursday, may 10 | 10 11:30 am$12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersFlock together and greet the songbirds that are preparing to build nests and raise their families. Well meet a couple of feathered friends and create bird nest helpers to take home for the birds in your neighborhood.

    SOme bUNNY lOVeS YOU Ages 28thursday, may 3 | 1011:30 am$12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersHop, hop, hop! Have an up-close visit with a Drumlin Farm rabbit and enjoy a snack it would love to eat! Well search for rabbit hiding places around the sanctuary and visit the garden to plant a rabbit treat.

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    Youth Programs Series Ages 412

    Join us at the farm for outdoor fun or explore nature on an off-site adventure!

    Our Youth Program Series are designed for children ages 412, without an adult. Prices are per series, per participant. Please complete the health and contact information form you will receive within your confirmation.

    AFterNOON KiDS ClUb Ages 46thursdays, April 5may 31 | 3:305 pm$130 members, $155 nonmembersDip a net into the pond to see if the tadpoles have hatched, and search the fields for signs of rabbits. Explore the drumlin and watch for hawks. Feed the chickens, collect eggs, groom the pony, and milk the cow. Each week will be a different adventure. no class 4/19.

    bArNYArD bUDDieS Ages 46tuesdays, April 3may 29 | 3:305 pm$130 members, $155 nonmembersWell help the farmer feed the chickens, milk the cow, give the pigs their dinner, and tend to the sheep and goats. Then well plant in the garden and work in Boyce Field. The farmers are looking forward to your help! no class 4/17.


    KiDS iN tHe KitCHeN Ages 69tuesdays, April 3may 29 | 3:305 pm$135 members, $150 nonmembers Lets get cooking! Harvest vegetables from the garden and collect eggs from our chickens to create fresh, delicious dishes youll love. Try new foods and learn lifelong cooking skills as we master knife skills, baking, roasting, and, of course, tasting. Take home a new recipe each week to share with your family. no class 4/17.

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    Family Programs Chickadee BirdersAges 711

    We will introduce children to the basics of birding, birdlife, and seasonal migration through talks, activities, and walks around the sanctuary. Birding is a lifelong skill that

    can lead to greater interest in the outdoors and the environment as a whole.For more information, contact Becky Gilles: | 781-259-2223

    SKY DANCe OF tHe AmeriCAN WOODCOCKSaturday, march 17 | 6:308:30 pm$13 members, $16 nonmembersJoin us for an evening hike to view the most unusual and interesting courtship ritual. This spectacle takes place in the fields and shrubby wetlands at twilight, and Drumlin Farm is a great place to view it.

    FeAtHerS & NeStSSunday, April 8 | 13 pm$13 members, $16 nonmembersBird feathers and nests can be light, flexible, strong, and colorful. Learn the secrets of feather biology and how birds build amazing nests. Can you build a strong nest too?

    birD-A-tHON FUNDrAiSer HUmmiNGbirD HAbitAtSunday, may 6 | 13 pm$13 members, $16 nonmembersBring the birds to your yard! Learn what plants you should plant in your yard to attract Hummingbirds. Help us with our bird garden and take home samples you can plant in your own yard.

    Family Programs Homeschool OfferingsAges 512

    Our homeschool programs engage learners in a variety of farm-and nature-based activities and data collection. Experienced teacher-naturalists guide explorations of farm, field,

    forest, and wetland habitats. Students set the pace and are encouraged to express their individual creativity. Come for a single session or join a series.

    mAple SCieNCe & HiStOrYWednesday, march 7 | 1:304:30 pm$25 members, $32 nonmembersLearn about the structure and seasonal adaptations of maple trees as we visit the sugar shack and experimant with sap, syrup and sugar. Well venture out to the sugar bush, collect sap, learn about sugaring equipment of today and yesteryear, and enjoy a maple treat.

    DrUmliN eXplOrAtiONS: SpriNG ADVeNtUre SerieSWednesdays, April 25may 30 | 1:304:30 pm$180 members, $215 nonmembersVenture to the far corners of the sanctuary to discover unique habitats and look for local wildlife tracks and signs. Help our farmers planting crops and taste what we grow. Whether youve visited before, or this is your first time, theres always something exciting and new!

    HAWKS AlOFt Ages 38Friday, September 28 | 3:305 pm$12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersWell meet a migrator and hike to the top of the drumlin while searching the skies for soaring hawks and falcons. Well also make a flying bird craft to take home.

    Apple HONeY HArVeSt Ages 28Friday, September 14 | 3:305 pm$12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersVisit the bees and taste delicious honey-and-apple combinations. Well share stories and songs, then finish the afternoon with some apple crafts.

    piCKle pArtY Ages 38Wednesday, August 15 | 3:305 pm$13.50 members, $16.50 nonmembersIts time to start pickling! We will harvest, chop, and brine our garden treasures. Are you in the mood to try dilly beans, piccalilli, or chow-chow? Well make enough quick pickles so that you can take some home.

    DrAGONS & DAmSelS Ages 28Wednesday, August 8 | 3:305 pm$12.50 members, $15.50 nonmembersDragonflies and damselflies are in abundance this time of yearhave you seen them hiding in the bushes or flying over ponds? Well explore ponds, meadows, and fields looking for naiads, skimmers, and bluets.

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    Teen Programs Teen Stewardship Leaders

    Saturdays, February 10; march 3; April 14; may 19 | 14 pm$100 members, $120 nonmembers

    Lead your community as an environmental steward! Join other teens in team building and leadership activities while doing community service across the property. Each afternoon program has a theme dedicated to one aspect of the stewardship work we do at Drumlin Farm. Participate in ongoing scientific research, complete chores in the fields and barns, teach our visitors, and improve survival and naturalist skills. Hours spent volunteering

    can be counted towards service requirements.

    Teen Programs Spring Wildlife Caretakers

    Sundays, march 18; April 15; may 20 | 13 pm$120 members, $140 nonmembers

    Thinking of a career working with wildlife? Join other like-minded teens to learn about wildlife health, animal enrichment, diet requirements, food preparation, and other related

    topics. Go behind the scenes and get a close-up experience under the guidance of our wildlife care staff.

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    FArm AppreNtiCeS Ages 912Fridays, April 6June 1 | 3:305 pm$130 members, $155 nonmembersWhere does our food come from? Connect with your local farm as we explore the links between raising healthy livestock, building rich soil, and eating well. Help feed the goats, collect eggs from the chickens, milk the cow, and tend the garden. Learn homesteading skills such as cooking, cheese making, and wool crafts. no class 4/20.

    DrUmliN COOKS Ages 912Wednesdays, April 4may 30 | 3:305 pm$135 members, $150 nonmembersChannel your inner chef as we craft delicious meals with the local ingredients at our fingertips. Harvest vegetables from the garden and collect eggs from our chickens. Experiment with new flavors and hone your culinary skills as we master knife skills, baking, roasting, sauting, and more. Well make and, of course, taste a new recipe each week. no class 4/18.

    Camp DayKindergartenGrade 6

    Join Drumlin Farm for a day of camp during the school year! Camp Day includes some of our favorite summer activities such as all-camp gatherings, songs, games, cooking, meeting the animals, and exploring the sanctuary. This is a great way to learn about nature through the

    changing seasons of the year.

    FArmerS HelperS Ages 69Fridays, April 6June 1 | 3:305 pm$130 members, $155 nonmembersIts time to care for our animals and plant in the garden. Collect eggs in the chicken house, milk the cow, and feed the sheep. We will turn the soil, plant a bed in the garden, and explore the crops in Boyce Field. Lend a hand to the farmers! no class 4/20.

    WAlK ON tHe WilD SiDe Ages 69Wednesdays, April 4may 30 | 45 pm$90 members, $110 nonmembersWell explore the Sanctuary from forests, to fields, to wetlands, and perhaps get a glimpse of the creatures that call it home. Youll participate in amphibian surveys and collect data, monitor the Bluebird Trail, meet a few of our Animal Ambassadors, create better wildlife habitats by building brush piles and planting for pollinators. no class 4/18.

    SAtUrDAY, march 17 | 14 pm$30 members, $40 nonmembersIts lambing season! Join us for an afternoon of spring activities at Drumlin Farm. Meet the new lambs, search for signs of spring, sing songs, play games, and have fun around the campfire with our camp staff.

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    WOODCOCK WAlK Led by Kathy Seymourtuesday, April 3 | 68:30 pm$26 members, $31 nonmembersJoin us on this evening hike up the drumlin to view a most unusual and interesting courtship ritual of American woodcocks. The males display is a series of peents, twitters, and chirps as he first prances on the ground and then spirals rapidly upward, circles, and drifts down. This spectacle takes place in fields and shrubby wetlands of Drumlin Farm at twilight.

    Adult Programs BirdingThese programs offer opportunities to see and learn more about local birds, develop

    your abilities as a birder, and appreciate the wide variety of bird habitats and species in Massachusetts.

    Advance registration required except where noted. Programs are also open to anyone age 14 and older with an adult. Loaner binoculars available, but please bring your own if possible.

    birDiNG tHe Upper CApe Led by Kathy SeymourSaturday, march 3 | 7:30 am5 pm$68 members, $80 nonmembersWe will visit popular birding sites and well-kept secret spots of Nantucket Sound and the Cape Cod Canal for a multitude of wintering species. Well explore a variety of habitats - beach, pond, marsh, thicket, etc. - for yellow-breasted chat, orange-crowned warbler, Barrows goldeneye, northern shoveler, canvasback, and more.

    birDiNG GreAt bAY & tHe NeW HAmpSHire COASt Led by Strickland Wheelock, Dan FournierSunday, march 25 | 7 am5 pm$68 members, $82 nonmembersExplore an area few Massachusetts birders visit. Well start at Great Bay, 5,000 acres of tidal water in New Hampshire, birding the top locationsSandy Point and Adams Point. Well follow the coastline to Salisbury, Massachusetts, stopping at vantage points to look for sea ducks, loons, grebes, snow bunting, horned lark, bald eagle, snowy owl, and wintering shorebirds.

    Teen Programs Peregrine BirdersAges 1217

    Develop birding skills, learn birding etiquette, form friendships, increase your environmental awareness, and have a great time with fellow birders.

    Transportation from Drumlin Farm is provided for all off-site trips.For more information, contact Becky Gilles: | 781-259-2223

    miSSiON pOSSibleSaturday, march 3 | 9 am4 pm$42 members, $48 nonmembersYour mission, should you choose to accept it, is to seek out the unusual. We will search for the rarest birds reported during the week from bird watchers sources. You never know where we will end up, but it will be a bird adventure!

    birD-A-tHON FUNDrAiSerSaturday, may 12 | 7 am5 pm$24 members, $28 nonmembersOver the course of 24 hours, birders throughout the state will join together to find as many bird species as possible in a spirited effort to raise money to protect our states birds. The Teen Birders will help lead Drumlin Farm to victory as we look to bring home the winning cup! WOODCOCK WAlK

    Saturday, April 7 | 59 pm$24 members, $28 nonmembersJoin us for an evening hike up the drumlin to view the unusual and interesting courtship ritual of the American woodcock. The males display is a series of peents, twitters, and chirps as he first prances on the ground and then spirals rapidly upwards, circles, and drifts down. Bring a packed dinner and enjoy a late night campfire and smores.


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    tHUrSDAY mOrNiNG birD WAlKS Led by Pam Sowizral, Bob Lawson, Kathy Seymour, Carol Jeffreythursdays, April 12may 31$12 members, $14 nonmembersJoin us as we explore local hot spots in search of late-winter and early-spring birds. Call 781-259-2200, ext. 2473, the Wednesday before each walk for a recorded listing of the exact time and location. most walks last approximately 3 hours. Transportation will be provided from Drumlin Farm. Advance registration not available. Email to be added to email list. no program on 4/19.

    pay in advance and save!Purchase four Thursday Morning Bird Walk sessions for $40 and attend four dates of your choice. Open to Mass Audubon members. Contact Pam Sowizral for details.

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    Kettle iSlANDS HerON HiGHWAY Led by Kathy Seymour, Jane SenderSaturday, June 16 | 4:309 pm$45 members, $54 nonmembersKettle Island, off the coast of Manchester-by-the-Sea, is the largest rookery in Massachusetts with hundreds of breeding pairs of egrets, herons and ibis. At Coolidge Reservation well bird our way to Ocean Lawn where well enjoy a picnic dinner while watching hundreds of waders coming in to roost for the evening. Little blue and tricolored herons are possible along with more common species.

    WArblerS 101 Led by Kathy Seymourthursday, April 19 | 79 pm$21 members, $25 nonmembersMore than 30 warbler species pass through Massachusetts during spring migration, and more than 20 breed here. With bright, cheerful plumage, they are the highlight of spring birding trips. This classs will introduce you to available resources, provide a logical framework for ID, and offer tips on making the most of quick, limited views.

    SpriNG miGrAtiON ON tHe NOrtH SHOre Led by Strickland Wheelock, Dan FournierSaturday, April 28 | 7 am5 pm$68 members, $82 nonmembersWe will visit Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Cherry Hill Reservoir and other migration hotspots on the North Shore to enjoy early spring migration. This is an exciting time of year - wintering water birds are still in the area and are in bright breeding plumage, while warblers, tanagers, grosbeaks and other colorful songbirds are arriving from the south. If any rarities are reported, we will seek them out.

    birDiNG mOUNt AUbUrN CemeterY Led by Brooke Stevens, Carol JefferyFriday, may 4 | 7 10 am$24 members, $29 nonmembersEver since Mt. Auburn was established in 1831, it has been a magnet for migrant species. Every spring, wood warblers stop at this oasis during their migration north. Well have the opportunity to look for ovenbird, northern waterthrush, blackpoll, magnolia and bay-breasted warblers, as well as many other spring migrants.


    SUNDAY mOrNiNG birDS At DrUmliN FArm Led by Pam SowizralSundays, may 6, 20; June 3 | 89:30 am$10 members, $12 nonmembersThe farm has a great variety of habitats and receives a mix of migrants and residents every spring. These walks are ideal for birders of all levels and particularly good for beginning birders who want to learn more about identifying birds. Advance registration not available. Program meets at the admissions window. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them; loaner binoculars are available.


    birD mOUNt AUbUrN FOr tHe birDS Led by Strickland Wheelock, Kathy Seymour, Tia PinneySaturday, may 5 | 711 am$60 members, $72 nonmembersThis is a special opportunity to enjoy our colorful spring migrants while supporting bird conservation and education initiatives at Drumlin Farm. Join us for an exciting morning of birding in the beautiful garden-like setting of Mount Auburn Cemetery, a state listed IBA (Important Bird Area), and be part of our annual Bird-a-thon fundraising event.

    miGrAtiON At mArbleHeAD NeCK Led by Kathy Seymour, Carol JefferySunday, may 6 | 7 am12:30 pm$45 members, $54 nonmembersMarblehead Neck Wildlife Sanctuary is a small oasis of green on an urban peninsula jutting into the Atlantic. This makes for exciting birding as migrants are concentrated into a small area. We will explore short trails through swamp, thicket and woodland, looking for warblers, vireos, and other songbirds.

    breeDiNG birDS OF Upper mill brOOK CONSerVAtiON lAND Led by John Hoye, Audrey McCarthySaturday, may 26 | 7:3010:30 am$24 members, $29 nonmembersWell maintained trails wind through 115 acres of beautiful and extremely varied deciduous and evergreen woodlands with small ponds, vernal pools and marshy wetlands. We could see wood duck, hooded merganser and other species of ducks, nesting great blue herons, kingfishers, hawks, rails, woodpeckers, warblers and more. Anything is possible in May migration.

    HiKiNG AND birDiNG At QUAbbiN Led by Strickland WheelockSaturday, June 2 | 7 am5 pm$68 members, $82 nonmembersQuabbin hosts a great array of wildlife and habitats. Well start with a hike along a stream known for breeding Acadian flycatchers. Many species of warblers and vireos should be actively singing as well. Then, well go to the Federation of Womens Club section, and other areas with ponds and beaver lodges, that provide homes for hooded merganser, flycatchers, tanagers, and raptors. On the lake, we could find common loon, bald eagle, and swallows. This is an excellent opportunity to experience the peace and serenity of Quabbin.

    SOrtiNG OUt tHe SONGbirDS Led by Kathy SeymourThis class focuses on the identification of warblers, thrushes, vireos, flycatchers and other songbirds that brighten our spring. The evening lecture will introduce a simple, logical approach to field identification with a special focus on "must-know" songbirds. The field trip to a productive local hotspot will give us plenty of time to practice new skills.

    Lecture (Thursday) April 12 79 pm

    $21 members, $25 nonmembers

    Field Trip (Saturday) April 14

    8:30 am12:30 pm

    $37 members, $44 nonmembers

    SHOrebirDS & SWAllOWS At SUNSet Led by Kathy SeymourSaturday, August 11 | 29:30 pm$58 members, $70 nonmembersTens of thousands of shorebirds stop to feed on Plum Islands extensive salt marshes on their way to South American wintering grounds, from Arctic breeding grounds. Learn how these birds adapted to marathon migrations and hone your ID skills. Well experience the wonder of thousands of swallows swirling in the air before dropping into the marsh to roost for the evening.

    SHOrebirDS SimpliFieD Led by Kathy Seymourthursday, August 9 | 79 pm$21 members, $25 nonmembersThe similarities among shorebirds make it seemingly impossible to confidently assign IDs. Luckily, there are a number of techniques that make the process easier. We will learn how to recognize common species by their markings to serve as a base for comparison. Then we will focus on using overall patterns in a flock and comparative size, shape, habitat, and behavior to narrow your choices. Recommended: Our Shorebirds and Swallows trip and/or Plum island Shorebirds trip. Stokes Beginners guide to Shorebirds is also recommended.

    rHODe iSlAND COASt Led by Strickland WheelockSaturday, July 14 | 7 am5 pm$68 members, $82 nonmembersThe south coast of Rhode Island offers terrific locations for summer birding. At Napatree Point in Watch Hill we will hike the shoreline with many opportunities to observe juvenile and adult terns plus several species of shorebirds and possibly black skimmer. Well explore the Quonochontaug marshes for waders, clapper rail,

    plUm iSlAND SHOrebirDS Led by Kathy SeymourFriday, August 24 | 9:30 am4 pm$58 members, $70 nonmembersShorebird migration is in full swing by late August, with both good numbers and a diverse assortment of species. Plum Island and the Newburyport area are graced with extensive mudflats, salt marshes, pond edges, and sandy beaches, which provide essential feeding and roosting areas. Well share identification tips and information about the birds natural history. Along with the regulars like least sandpipers, black-bellied plovers, and yellowlegs, we have a good chance of spotting stilt and white-rumped sandpipers. Other possibilities include Hudsonian godwit, American golden-plover, and American oystercatcher.

    and willow flycatcher. At Ninigret Park we will look for breeding northern bobwhite, red-shouldered hawk, and a variety of other passerines. Well visit Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge to search for white-eyed vireo. Well track down any rarities and possibly make a quick stop in Jamestowns Marsh Meadows for little blue heron and ibis.


    birD SONG & HiKiNG At SKiNNerStAte pArK Led by Kathy SeymourSaturday, June 9 | 6:30 am5 pm$68 members, $82 nonmembersWe will slowly hike to the summit of Mt. Holyoke, with special focus on the bird song surrounding us, doing our best to get a good look as well. Bird species change with both elevation and habitat making this a partifcularly rich birding spot. Possibilities include cerulean, worm-eating, magnolia and black-throated blue warblers, Louisiana waterthrush, yellow-throated vireo, winter wren and indigo bunting.

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    Adult Programs Weekend & Out-of-State Birding

    We maintain a low participant-to-leader ratio for all of our overnight programs. Small group sizes allow participants to see more wildlife and receive individualized attention from

    experienced instructors.Fees include ground and boat transportation, interpretive materials, entrance fees, and lodging unless otherwise noted.

    Fees based on double occupancy rooms; optional single rooms available for a supplemental fee except where noted. These programs are open to everyone ages 18 and older. Full itineraries and registration forms available at

    For more information contact Kathy Seymour: | 781-259-2207


    WOmeNS birDiNG iN tHe ADirONDACKS Led by Kathy Seymour, Leslie BostromFriday, June 22monday, June 25$675 members, $810 nonmembersOn this exciting trip we will immerse ourselves in rich wilderness of the Adirondacks and nearby grasslands seeking out specialty species of the region. High summits get us into the limited breeding range of Bicknells thrush. Boreal forest and bogs harbor spruce grouse, boreal chickadee, gray jay, black-backed woodpecker, olive-sided and yellow-

    pAiNteD bUNtiNG tO trOpiCbirDS: COAStAl NOrtH CArOliNA Led by Strickland Wheelock, Barrett Lawsonthursday, July 19monday, July 23$1,350 members, $1,600 nonmembersOn previous trips to eastern North Carolina and the Outer Banks, weve seen over 175 species including most of the southern specialties and many rarities. Well bird the Croatan National Forest woodlands and Great Dismal Swamp for red-cockaded and red-headed woodpeckers, Bachmans sparrow, brown-headed nuthatch, Swainsons, prothonotary, hooded and yellow-throated warblers, summer tanager, Acadian flycatcher and chuck-wills-widow. Along the coast, seaside sparrows nest in marshes and painted bunting and blue grosbeak utilize thickets. Bodie and Pea Islands on the Outer Banks have volumes of shorebirds, waders and terns including black-necked stilt, American avocet, marbled godwit, gull-billed tern, and white ibis. Get excited for an all day boat trip to the Gulf Stream with east coast pelagic expert Brian Patteson looking for black-capped petrel, band-rumped storm-petrel, bridled and sooty terns, Corys and Audubons shearwaters, and hopefully white-tailed tropicbird or south polar skua.

    rHODe iSlAND SHOrebirD ADVeNtUre Led by Strickland Wheelock, Kathy SeymourSaturday, September 8 | 9 am7 pm$68 members, $82 nonmembersHead to Napatree Point and Charlestown Breachway for an amazing day of shorebirding. Napatree Point is a staging area for oystercatchers and large flocks of common, roseate, and Forsters terns. At the Breachway well wade across a channel to access tidal mudflats for close looks at feeding shorebirds. In addition to many black-bellied plovers, semipalmated and least sandpipers, and dowitchers, possibilities include white-rumped and stilt sandpipers, whimbrel and marbled godwit. Be prepared to get wet above the knee. Changing facilities are available.

    NiGHtHAWKS & SWAllOWS Led by Kathy Seymour, Bruce BlackWednesday, September 5 | 5:308 pm$24 members, $29 nonmembersIn late summer, nighthawks follow river valleys as they pass through Massachusetts on their way to South America. Open vistas along the Sudbury River at Heards Farm Conservation Area and Wash Brook offer perfect vantage points to scan the sky for nighthawks. Well explore the marsh, grassland, and orchards for other fall migrants including eastern screech owls.

    SOUtHerN iDAHO: mOUNtAiNS, DeSert & tHe NeW CASSiA CrOSSbill Led by Strickland Wheelock, Kathy Seymour, Tia Pinneythursday, September 20monday, September 24$1,150 members, $1,380 nonmembersThe Cassia Crossbillrecently split from the Red Crossbillis the main focus on our southern Idaho trip, though by no means the only highlight. With forests at elevation and sagebrush desert, juniper slopes and agricultural land, we have the opportunity to see most northwest specialty species. Even more, tens of thousands of waterfowl and shorebirds stop at lakes and reservoirs during fall migration. Well explore the Albion Mountains and South Hills for the Cassia Crossbill and forest specialties such as red-naped and Williamsons sapsuckers, Clarks nutcracker, mountain chickadee, Townsends solitaire, Townsends warbler, western tanager, black-headed grosbeak, and Cassins finch. Well look for long-billed curlew, pinyon jay, Woodhouses scrub-jay, Says phoebe, juniper titmouse, sage thrasher, Virginias warbler, Brewers, lark and sage sparrows and green-tailed towhee in sagebrush and pinyon habitats. Agricultural lands are utilized by gray partridge, chukar, California quail, burrowing and barn owls, and Swainsons and ferruginous hawks.

    miGrAtiON HOtSpOtS ON tHe AtlANtiC FlYWAY: HAmmONASSet & JAmAiCA bAYLed by Strickland Wheelock, Kathy Seymour, Tia Pinneymonday, August 20Wednesday, August 22$525 members, $630 nonmembersThis trip highlights the best of migration on the Atlantic Flyway. Well bird Jamaica Bay NWR, Hammonasset SP and other critical stopover sites on the New York and Connecticut coasts. These urban oases host large numbers of shorebirds, wading birds, raptors and songbirds in a small area, making it a birders dream. Diverse habitatscoastal mudflat, sandy beach, marsh, pond, bay, field, woods and thicketattract an amazing variety of birds, some of which can be hard to find in Massachusetts. Highlights are black skimmer, Corys shearwater, Caspian and royal terns, little blue heron, yellow-crowned night heron, clapper rail, American golden-plover, whimbrel, oystercatcher, marbled godwit, red knot, peregrine falcon, saltmarsh and seaside sparrows and many more shorebirds, hawks, and warblers.

    SOUtH teXAS rAritieS: tHe GUlF COASt & riO GrANDe VAlleY Led by Strickland Wheelock, Kathy Seymour, Tia Pinneyearly February 2019, 8 days$tbD members, $tbD nonmembersThe Rio Grande Valley and the southern Texas Gulf Coast are located at the confluence of two main migratory flyways and at the boundary of four major climatic zones. With a large variety of habitats, this produces innumerable opportunities for spectacular birding. During this trip, we will visit barrier beaches, sheltered bays, marshes, rangelands, coastal prairie, thickets, subtropical woodlands, native palm groves, desert scrub, lakes, and riparian forests at some of the best winter birding locations in the US - Aransas, Laguna Atascosa, Sabal Palm Grove Sanctuary, and Santa Ana. Target birds include the endangered whooping crane, least grebe, white-tailed, gray and zone-tailed hawks, plain chachalaca, white-tipped dove, common pauraque, buff-bellied hummingbird, ringed and green kingfishers, great kiskadee, green jay, Altimira oriole and so much more. Texas specialties, large numbers of resident and wintering birds, and spectacular scenery make the Gulf Coast and the lower Rio Grande River Valley an incredible place to visit!

    bellied flycatchers, Philadelphia vireo, many species of warbler - blackpoll, blackburnian, bay-breasted, Tennessee, Cape May, etc., and Lincolns sparrow. We will look for rails, black and Caspian terns, pied-billed grebe, and other waterfowl in the many lakes, swamps and marshes of the region. Agricultural areas and extensive grasslands west of the Adirondacks provide habitat for grasshopper and clay-colored sparrows, horned lark, golden-winged warbler and possibly Henslows sparrow. What can be better than summer in the mountains, especially with such great birding!

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    KNit-A-lONG WitH DrUmliN YArN Led by Marianne NeumanSaturdays, April 7, 21 | 24 pm$36 members, $43 nonmembersCreate your own hat or scarf project made with our Drumlin Farm yarn. Spend time with fellow knitters and get help, tips, and instruction as needed while you work. We will visit the sheep that produce the wool for our yarn, and learn about the journey from sheep to shawl. An understanding of knitting basics is recommended but all skill levels are welcome. Patterns will be provided. Yarn and needles will be available for purchase and a materials list will be provided before the first class.


    Simple CHeeSe mAKiNG Led by Tia Pinney, Robin StuartSaturday, march 31 | 15 pm$68 members, $82 nonmembersSample homemade cheeses while learning the skills you need to make your own cheese at home! During this workshop, we will make and sample yogurt cheeses, paneer, ricotta, and mozzarella. You will leave with samples, recipes, resources, and the confidence you need to pursue cheese making on your own.

    Adult Programs Natural History & Know Your Food

    Our Know Your Food and Natural History programs offer the opportunity to engage with our natural world through hands-on and inquiry-based classes, walks, and workshops under the

    guidance of teacher-naturalists and local food artisans.All programs are suitable for adults and children ages 14 and older with an adult.

    bACKYArD CHiCKeNS Led by Caroline Malone, Tia PinneySaturday, march 3 | 1:304:30 pm$32 members, $38 nonmembersWell cover breeds of chickens, housing and feeding needs, egg production, and more. Well work with the chickens for hands-on experience and cover feeding, checking for egg laying, and any other chicken questions that come up. Chickens are easy to raise, provide eggs and meat, add nutrients to your compost pile, work your garden soil, and help control insect pests.

    SAUSAGe mAKiNG & beer tAStiNG WitH JACKS AbbY Led by Ben Groppe (The Honey Paw), Jacks Abby BreweryFriday, march 2 | 69 pm$50 members, $60 nonmembersJoin Chef Ben Groppe, of The Honey Paw (Portland, ME), and Jacks Abby Brewery (Framingham, MA) at the farm for the best pairing around: sausage and beer! In this workshop, youll learn the secrets to making delicious sausage using Drumlin Farm-raised meat. Well enjoy our creations along with seasonal eats and a select pairing of Aeronaut Brewing Co. beer. Ages 21+ only.

    NAtUrAliSt WAlK Led by Tia PinneySaturdays, march 17; April 14; may 12; June 16; July 14; August 11 | 13:30 pm$12 members, $14 nonmembers, per classAre you interested in the natural world around you? Would you like to notice more when you are outside? These excursions will focus on observing, exploring and appreciating the world around us. Well cover habitats across the sanctuary from wetlands to uplands as we look for amphibians, reptiles, mammals, flowering plants, trees, shrubs, lichens, fungi, insects, and birds. Well follow the seasonal changes as the year progresses. Each walk will focus on one particular area or habitat as we build our understanding of ecological communities and our mutual interdependence. Preregistration is not available.

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    SOUtHerN AriZONA: OWlS, HUmmerS, HAWKS & mOre Led by Strickland Wheelock, Kathy Seymour, Tia Pinneylate April 2019, 8 days$tbD members, $tbD nonmembersOn our trip to southeastern Arizona well explore forested mountains, dry creek canyons, lush riparian sites, and arid scrub desert. Magnificent scenery combined with birds found nowhere else in the country make this an unforgettable trip.

    NANtUCKet birDiNG WeeKeNDLed by Strickland Wheelock, Kathy Seymour, Tia Pinneymid-march 2019, 3 days$tbD members, $tbD nonmembersNantucket in the late winter is a charming town, as well as a birding delight. Well begin our trip on the Upper Cape and take a ferry to the island where well spend the weekend exploring all of its nooks and crannies. In the past, weve seen over 130 species of birds on this trip. The variety of birds and off-season beauty will keep drawing you back to this magnificent island.

    AGeD CHeeSe mAKiNG Led by Tia Pinney, Robin StuartSaturday, April 28 | 124 pm$75 members, $90 nonmembersIn this workshop we will explore methods of creating aged cheeses. We will learn about beneficial bacteria, curing for aged cheeses, creating a cheese cave, and building a cheese press. Join us for this continuation in the adventure of cheese making! Highly recommended: Simple Cheese Making or previous similar experience.

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    beeKeepiNG FOr beGiNNerS Led by Mel Gaddtuesdays, February 27; march 6; march 13; march 20; march 27 | 79 pm $100 members, $120 nonmembersThis 5-session class provides an overview of backyard beekeeping and will cover everything you need to get started in this fascinating and productive hobby. Topics include bee biology, basics of beekeeping, locating hives, and acquiring bees. We will cover all aspects of starting hives and hive management. Whether you are just interested in knowing more about bees and beekeeping or youd like to harvest your own honey by the fall, this is the class for you.

    iNtermeDiAte beeKeepiNG Led by Mel Gadd$100 members, $120 nonmembersAre you a beekeeper who would like to explore different management options, improve your colonies, get help with your trickiest problems, and/or engage with other like-minded beekeepers? This course is for beekeepers who want to expand their knowledge and get past feeling like a beginner year after year. We will cover swarm management, splits, overwintering hives, pest and disease treatment and prevention, and other tricks of the trade. Youll be able to identify your colonys needs, have the skills to meet those needs, and develop a sustainable apiary. This course is for beekeepers who have completed an introductory beekeeping course, have a basic understanding of bee biology and management, and have maintained a hive for at least a season. The course is 3 evening lecture and discussion sessions and 2 field sessions working with Drumlin Farm hives. Participants need to bring their own veils and protective clothing for the field sessions.

    Evening Sessions (Tuesdays)

    April 24, May 1, May 8 79 pm

    Field Sessions (Saturdays) May 5, May 12 11 am1 pm

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    iNSeCtS FOr beGiNNerS Led by Linda GraetzSunday, July 8 | 13:30 pm$26 members, $31 nonmembersWith more than a million species on earth, insects are capturing our attention in a positive way! We now know even more about how essential insects are to having a healthy, sustainable environment. Well discuss six common insects and their unique characteristics. Then, well walk around the sanctuary and discuss tips on how and where to find and observe insects.


    meAD-mAKiNG WOrKSHOp Led by Mel GaddSunday, July 15 | 14 pm$50 members, $60 nonmembersStraight from hive to bottle! Learn how to make mead, an ancient wine made from honey, in this hands-on workshop with Drumlin Farm Beekeeper Mel Gadd. Well cover the history of this fascinating beverage, ingredient selection, and the steps to creating delicious mead. Taste a variety of honeys and meads, and leave with your own bottle of mead to take home. Ages 21+ only.

    FermeNtAtiON 101 Led by Emma ScudderFriday, July 20 | 79 pm$32 members, $38 nonmembersWell explore more than just your basic cucumber pickle cauliflower, sweet pepper, eggplant, and even watermelon also take to a salty brine! Learn the basics of lacto-fermentation pickling as we make our own pickles and sample a variety of Drumlin Farm pickled produce. Participants will take home their own fermentation project.

    FlOWer ArrANGiNG Led by Laura Jean Pecci (, July 24 | 69 pm$60 members, $72 nonmembersLearn to create showstopping floral arrangements in this hands-on workshop with Laura Jean Pecci of LJ Floral. Harvest fresh flowers from our fields, and create your own unique bouquet to take home. Light refreshments will be provided.

    JAmS & preSerVeS Led by Robin Stuart, Tia PinneySaturday, September 22 | 14 pm$42 members, $50 nonmembersFresh jams and preserves are an easy way to enjoy local produce in any season. With a few simple methods, you can make a variety of jellies and jams and preserve them through canning. This is a delicious way to eat local throughout the winterif you can make them last that long! Take home samples and recipes to share.

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    tAStiNG NAtUre: FOrAGiNG WAlK &COOKiNG DemO Led by Natalie DeNormandie, Karina HinesSaturdays, may 12; July 28; September 15 | 10 am1pm$65 members, $74 nonmembersThis foraging walk and kitchen demonstration is centered around seasonal edible plants. Identify, harvest, and prepare edible plants found in everyday landscapes with Landscape Designer Natalie DeNormandie. Learn ecological, medicinal, and nutritional benefits of specific wild plants with different characters each season. Enjoy technique-driven cooking demonstrations and taste the delicous creations of Chef Karina Hines. Bring wildness to your table with best-practice foraging and preparation techniques!

    WilD eDibleS WAlK Led by Russ Cohentuesday, may 22 | 58 pm$32 members, $38 nonmembersThe Greater Boston area is home to more than 100 species of edible wild plants and fungi, some of which are more nutritious and flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. Join Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of Wild Plants I Have Known...and Eaten, for a walk around Drumlin Farm to learn about edible plant species. Russ will provide identification tips, and talk about edible portions, seasons of availability, preparation methods, and guidelines for safe and environmentally responsible foraging.

    plANtiNG FOr pOlliNAtOrS & birDS Led by Tia PinneySaturday, June 2 | 13 pm$26 members, $31 nonmembersWould you like to have a beautiful yard that is easy to maintain and beneficial to pollinators and birds? You can accomplish both of these quite easily by using native plants and sustainable growing practices. This program will cover beneficial and beautiful native shrubs, perennials, grasses, and trees, and how to utilize them in your landscape to enhance the habitat value of your yard. We will also explore pollinator friendly habitats in the sanctuary. You will leave with the the inspiration and resources you need to start your landscape transformation or to continue what youve already started.

    FUNGi FielD WAlKS Led by Jef TaylorSundays, June 10; July 15 | 13:30 pm$26 members, $31 nonmembersJoin us for a walk around the sanctuary to find as many fungi as we can. Learn about the crucial roles they have in the ecosystem, and methods for identifying mushrooms and other fungi in the field. While fall is considered fungi season in the Northeast, fungi are seasonally cyclical and different species can be found almost anytime except deep winter.

    SmAll-SCAle AGriCUltUre: SpriNG iS Here Led by Robin WilkersonSunday, April 29 | 13 pm$30 members, $36 nonmembersExperience a very successful home gardening set-up with master gardener Robin Wilkerson. Learn how to create a working compost system, prepare a garden bed, plant and transplant, divide herbs, prune, and choose cover crops. Robin has also integrated chickens into her small-scale farm. Program located offsite. Directions will be included in confirmation email.

    SOUrDOUGH breAD mAKiNG Led by Emma ScudderSunday, may 6 | 14 pm$54 members, $65 nonmembersLearn the age-old tradition of sourdough breadmaking. We will mix, knead, and shape loaves to taste and take home. Well discuss the science of fermentation, which gives sourdough its notable flavor and texture, and the merits of organic, local, and heirloom grains in bread baking. Participants will leave with sourdough starter and the skills to make sourdough bread at home.

    Theres more to explore at Wildwood, Mass Audubons overnight camp in Rindge, New Hampshire:

    Overnight Camp (ages 914) Teen Adventure Trips (ages 1417) Leaders-in-Training (ages 1417) Family Camp (all ages!)

    Visit or call 866-627-2267 to learn more.

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    DAilY CUrriCUlUmOutdoor Play in Nature: Children have the opportunity to play, use their imagination, and interact with one another while also exploring the changing landscape and various habitats around the sanctuary.

    Farm Chores: Feeding the farm animals, milking the cow, collecting eggs, and grooming the pony teach children about life cycles and cooperation with each other and nature.

    Wildlife Sanctuary explorations: Familiar habitat landmarks observed during the changing seasons infuse an emotional connection to the outdoors and provide a sense of discovery.

    Wildlife Visits: Guided by staff, children learn about the appearance, behavior, habitat, and adaptations of our resident reptiles, birds, and small mammals.

    planting and Harvesting: Children are involved in the life cycle of growing food on the farmfrom planting to harvesting and tasting. Along with these hands-on experiences, they also learn about farming, soil, water, and plants.

    StAFFEach class is taught by highly qualified early childhood educators licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. The maximum class size is 15 students. Staff-to-child ratio is 1:5.

    HiStOrYDrumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary has been offering educational programs for young children for more than 40 years. Drumlin Farm Community Preschool has been licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care since 2007.

    Join our community of preschool learners (ages 35) who explore fields, forests, and ponds; care for animals; participate in weekly farm chores; and observe wildlife.

    Our unique nature-based learning environment integrates math, art, science, music, and literacy while also providing hands-on experiences that support children in building

    language and motor skills, as well as confidence, independence, and cooperation with peers.

    For more information, contact Jill Canelli: | 781-259-2241

    Photo Credit: Emily Haranas


    Drumlin Farm CampDrumlin Farm Assabet river Wolbach Farm

    JuneAugust 2018

    Drumlin Farm Camp has provided children with memorable experiences in nature for more than 60 years. Campers ages 418 make new friends as they learn about nature and farming through

    hands-on activities, trail explorations, animal interactions, games, and more! We have three locations, each with programs led by trained counselors and teacher-naturalists.

    For more information, contact Drumlin Farm Camp Office: or view our camp brochure online at

    DrUmliN FArm WilDliFe SANCtUArY pre-KGrade 12Located in Lincoln, Drumlin Farm has three different on-site camp programs to choose from: Nature Camp, Farm Camp, and Mini Camp.

    ASSAbet riVer Grades 25Our Assabet Camp offers five-day nature-focused programs. Camp is located at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury.

    JOiN OUr SUmmer CAmp StAFFDevelop and teach hands-on curriculum on farm and natural history topics. Experience with children and a knowledge of or interest in farming and natural history required. Camp experience a plus. Must be 19 or older.

    Send resume and cover letter to Becky gilles, Camp Director | 781-259-2223

    CAmp DAY KindergartenGrade 6Saturday, march 17 | 14 pm $30 members, $40 nonmembersJoin Drumlin Farm for a day of camp during the school year! Camp days will include some of our favorite summer activities, such as all-camp gatherings, songs, games, cooking, meeting the animals, and exploring the sanctuary. In spring, its lambing season! Meet the new lambs, search for signs of spring, sing songs, play games, and have fun around the campfire with our camp staff. This is a great way to learn about nature through the changing seasons of the year. Campers will be grouped by age.

    WOlbACH FArm pre-KGrade 1Our Wolbach Camp offers five-day nature-focused programs. Camp is located at Wolbach Farm in Sudbury, headquarters of the Sudbury Valley Trustees.

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    FielD tripS & OUtreACH prOGrAmSBring your school, camp, or other group to Drumlin Farm for unique, adapted educational programming, or let us come to you. Our trained teacher naturalists will provide an educational experience that is inclusive of all abilities and individualized to your groups needs and preferences.

    Supplemental materials:Chaperone Lesson PacketsSocial StoriesAccessible Terrain Locations

    VOCAtiONAl prOGrAmSOur teacher-naturalists consider individual needs to help incorporate vocational and transitional goals such as job descriptions, task lists, resum submittal, job applications, and interviews.

    internship Opportunities:Farm Hand InternEcological Studies InternWildlife Care Intern

    ACCeSSible eXplOrAtiONSDiscover life on a local farm with small group programs focused on engaging the senses through hands-on farm chores and exploration. Programs take place at Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary. See our online program catalog for more details.

    program Areas:Sensory Farm ExplorationsSensory Nature Explorations

    Accessible Programs LEAFLeaders in Environmental Access for All (LEAF) at Drumlin Farm provides environmental education programs for people with accessibility and/or special needs. Trained teacher-

    naturalists teach our comprehensive adapted educational programming, and ensure that activities are inclusive for a broad range of abilities. We strive to increase the

    participation of children and adults of all abilities in environmental education programs.

    Many existing programs can be adapted for accessibility needs. Please call ahead to find the program that is right for you, and let us know about your particular needs so that we

    may best prepare for your visit.

    For more information, contact Erin Pitkin: | 781-259-2247

    prOGrAmS At DrUmliN FArmOur on-site programs offer opportunities to investigate the ecology of New England habitats, and the adaptations of animals and plants that live here. While students are out exploring, they have opportunities to use scientific tools, make observations, and experience real science in the field.

    program examplesAnimal Investigations Ecology of Seeds and PlantsFrom Farm to Market Habitats of New EnglandMaple Science

    HOmeSCHOOl prOGrAmSOur homeschool programs are designed to encourage children to interact with nature through hands-on exploration and science-based learning, and with each other through group building and games. Programs can take place at our wildlife sanctuary or at a location near you. Find out more about our program offerings on page 14. Please sign up as a group.

    SCOUt prOGrAmSWe offer programs for all levels of Girl and Boy Scouts. Our programs help Scouts gain an appreciation and awareness of nature while learning responsibility toward themselves, their peers, and their community.prOGrAmS At YOUr SCHOOl

    Drumlin Farms outreach program brings our teacher-naturalists to your school. Programs may include bringing native wildlife into the classroom or guided exploration of natural areas near your school. These experiences offer insight into unique adaptations and habitat needs of many Massachusetts species. Our programs enrich natural history and science lessons and help build connections to the local environment.

    program examplesWild Tales Seasonal DiscoveryAdaptable Animals Birds of PreySoil Cyclers

    teACHer WOrKSHOpSDrumlin Farm offers professional development opportunities for teachers at your site or at our wildlife sanctuary. In our workshops, we explore local habitats to learn about ecological principles, local habitats, species identification, and how to teach these lessons in the classroom through a hands-on and inquiry-driven approach. We are a DOE-approved PDP provider and offer year-round science education courses to classroom teachers.


    School & Group ProgramsWe design our programs to support the Massachusetts Department of Elementary

    and Secondary Education Science and Technology/Engineering frameworks. Students ask questions, plan and carry out investigations, analyze and interpret data, and

    communicate their learning through discussion and presentation.For more information or a copy of our brochure, contact Robin Stuart: | 781-259-2217

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    Drumlin Farm is always a busy place, but this winter it has been even busier than usual because we are growing! Our long-awaited new Environmental Learning Center (ELC) is under construction, and if all goes according to plan, we will be moving in before summer arrives.

    This new building is critical, especially now, because understanding our relationship with the natural world is more important than ever. Education has always been at the core of Drumlin Farms mission, and our nature-based camps, workshops, preschool, and school programs cultivate environmental and science literacy in uniquely flexible and compelling ways.

    DeSiGNeD FOr SUStAiNAble impACt The ELC will provide essential work space for our education team, and serve as a place to welcome and interact with program participants, teachers, and parents. Designed to foster collaboration, catalyze innovative ideas, and support efficient administration of our educational programs, this net-zero energy facility will be an educational model of energy-saving features and green building design, sized to fit strategic plans for growth within a modest budget. A sheltered pavilion will

    serve as an outdoor classroom and meeting space, and the site will provide efficient flow for pedestrians, cars, and school buses, and incorporate outdoor gathering spaces for school groups and other participants.

    tHANK YOUThis important project would not have been possible without the inspiring generosity of hundreds of people who understand the need for environmental education and appreciate the way we approach it at Drumlin Farm. Together, they contributed more than $2,470,000, an investment that will return invaluable benefits for many years to come. On behalf of all the children, families, and adults who will continue to learn, explore, and discover their inner nature hero at Drumlin Farm, THANK YOU!

    We are still gratefully accepting donations for the Environmental Learning Center and for the final project in the Landscapes for Learning Campaign: the renovation of our Wildlife Care Center, another exciting initiative you will be hearing more about in the coming months. Give online at or mail your contribution to: Drumlin Farm, Attn: Polly Reeve, 208 South Great Road, Lincoln, MA 01773

    Please Note: Checks should be made payable to Mass Audubon, with Drumlin Farm Landscapes for Learning in the memo line.


    Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of families, individuals, and institutional funders, critical investments in the farmyard and sanctuary continue to strengthen Drumlin Farms educational

    and conservation programs, enhancing the experiences of all who come here to explore and learn.

    Birthday PartiestHeme pArtY AGeS 5+ $400Enjoy a tour of the farm, where children can milk a cow, meet chickens, build mouse habitats, and pet our domestic rabbits, depending on the theme you pick. Limited to 15 children, 25 total participants (including adults).

    bASiC pArtY All Ages $275Explore the farm with a Drumlin Farm birthday host and discover what goes on every day. Add-on options include eagle-eye exploration, hot cocoa and a story, or a hayride (in season). Limited to 25 participants (including adults). Additional cost for add-ons. Call for details.

    Birthday parties are offered September through mid-June and include use of an indoor spaceFor more information, see website or contact Visitor Services: 781-259-2202 |

    New this year: Make a deposit before April 1 to receive $25 off regular price!


    FArm AmbASSADOrS Ages 16+Join us for this docent-styled program where you educate our visitors about nature and farming.

    FArmStAND VOlUNteer Ages 16+Hand out recipe cards, set up tastings, and sell vegetables at our farm stand.

    DrUmliN FArm SpeCiAl eVeNtS Ages 16+Help visitors with crafts, serve food, assist with admissions and parking, and clean up! See Drumlin Farm special events page for more info.

    FArmHANDS AGeS 15+Learn about sustainable agriculture as you help with field chores such as mulching, thinning, weeding, and harvesting.

    FebrUArY & April VACAtiON WeeKS Ages 1518Assist our teacher-naturalists with nature exploration, crafts, and activities for young children.

    Volunteer OpportunitiesDrumlin Farm offers a variety of exciting volunteer opportunities and internships for people of all interests and experience levels. Volunteers are valued members of the Mass Audubon

    team and provide an important link to our local communities.

    For more information, contact Pam Sowizral: | 781-259-2205

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