Outdoor DCR Events in Southeastern Massachusetts

The Massachusetts DCR has plenty of February Vacation Week activities in Southeastern Mass:

Borderland State Park, 259 Massapoag Ave, N. Easton, MA, Easton/Sharon
Tuesday February 21, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Tracks, Scat, and Nests Animal signs tell stories if we know how to read them. Watch an interactive slide show in the Visitor Center and guess who made the signs.  Afterwards, we will enjoy a hike outdoors searching for wildlife and the signs they left behind for us to discover.  Please dress in warm clothes and winter boots. Rain, snow storm, or very icy conditions will cancel the hiking portion of the program.  Program is suitable for most ages. Meet at the Visitor Center. Reasonable accommodations upon request.  Please call (508) 866-2580 x 163 for more information.

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Waquoit Bay Reserve, 149 Waquoit Highway, Falmouth, MA
Wednesday, February 22, 9:30am – 11:30am

Winter Greens Walk Discover colorful plants in the winter woods and learn why some trees lose their leaves while others stay green all year long. Find out which species of conifers drops all its needles at once and how native pines survive harsh conditions like fire and ice. We'll end the hike with a taste of wintergreen tea. Please consider dressing in layers with hat, gloves and boots. Program is suitable for most ages.  Please meet at the South Cape Beach town parking lot. Reasonable accommodations upon request. For more information or directions, please call (508) 457-0495.

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F. Gilbert Hills State Forest, 45 Mill Street, Foxboro, MA
Wednesday, February 22, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Animal Tracking Workshop Join Cynthia Menard, expert tracker from Withywindle Nature Programs to learn how to track the animals moving about in the forest!  The secret to successful tracking is to never stop questioning. Cynthia will teach participants how to find tracks, scat and browse and how to use what they observe to identify the animals leaving behind their signs. You'll learn how to tell different tracks apart, what other kinds of signs (rubs, lays, browse) to look for and participants will receive a hand-out to take home so you can continue practicing their tracking skills after the program has ended.Please dress warmly with sturdy hiking shoes; snowshoes are recommended if snow is deep as we may go off-trail.  Dress in warm winter clothes as we'll be outside for two-plus hours.  Rain, snow storm, or very icy conditions will cancel the program; we will reschedule. Program is for adults and children 13-plus.  Program meets at Park Headquarters at 45 Mill Street in Foxboro. Reasonable accommodations upon request. Please call (508) 866-2580 x163 to pre-register or for more information.

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Waquoit Bay Reserve, 149 Waquoit Highway, Falmouth, MA
Thursday, February 23, 9:30am – 11:30am

Beach Comber Bingo Through interactive games  we'll  identify egg cases, shells, feathers and more. Then we'll take  a seaside stroll to find natural treasures along the way. Please consider dressing in layers with hat, gloves and boots.  Program is suitable for most ages. Please meet at Reserve Visitor Center. Reasonable accommodations upon request. Please call (508)457-0495.

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Waquoit Bay Reserve, 149 Waquoit Highway, Falmouth, MA
Friday, February, 24, 9:30am – 11:30am

Winter Survival Discover the layers of  life in Cape Cod woodlands as we explore Reserve trails and learn how humans and wildlife stay warm in the coldest weather. We'll experiment with insulating materials and find secret hideaways to test if our “jello critters” can survive.  Please consider dressing in layers with hat, gloves and boots. Program is suitable for most ages. Please meet at Reserve Visitor Center.  Reasonable accommodations upon request.  For more information or directions, please call (508) 457-0495.

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WBNERR Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Rte. 28, Falmouth MA
Tuesday-Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm

The Waquoit Bay Reserve Exhibits on and estuaries including model watershed and large aerial photo of the bay and surrounding areas. Observe bay creatures in the  live aquarium tank and enjoy the Children's Discovery Room with shells, puzzles, books and  puppets. Trail guides and Discovery Back Packs available to borrow for outdoor exploration. Accessible. For more information or directions, please call (508) 457-0495.

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Borderland State Park, 259 Massapoag Avenue, North Easton MA
Open Daily,   8:00am-4:30pm

Visitor Center “Ames Family History Gallery” Borderland is one of the most historically significant tracts of publicly owned land in the Commonwealth. Created in the early 1900s by artist and suffragist Blanche Ames and her botanist husband Oakes.  Borderland offers many of the same pleasures that the Ames family enjoyed.  Learn about this family through parks exhibits.  Then enjoy the many recreational experiences once enjoyed by this famous family at their “Borderland”: walking and horseback riding on woodland trails, fishing and canoeing in the ponds, or, in winter, ice-skating and sledding. 

For more information or directions, please call (508) 238-6566.
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Public Skating. Ice skating is a great winter activity for people of all ages and abilities. Many ice skating rinks have skate rentals and snack concessions. Visit http://www.mass.gov/dcr/recreate/skating.htm for a listing a rinks and resources statewide.

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Park Passport Program. Create Your Own Adventure!  Get your Park Passport and start exploring your state parks! Collect all 76 stamps in your passport and experience the diverse natural, cultural and recreational resources that span DCR's 450,000 acres.  Visit http://www.mass.gov/dcr/passport/index.html for more information and downloads.
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Healthy Heart Trails. Trails are the heart of our parks and DCR wants them to be the heart of a healthy lifestyle. Statewide, over 70 trails are designated as Healthy Heart Trails in the hope that Massachusetts residents will make them part of their regular exercise routine. Healthy Heart trails are identified by a green heart symbol, measure approximately 1.5 miles or less in length, and are easy to moderate in activity level. The program offers a great way to have fun and get exercise in a low cost way! Visit http://www.mass.gov/dcr/recreate/hht/index.htm for more information, trail listings and downloads.