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Flower photos by Chef Joey!

May Programs Offered by
Mass Audubon’s Broad Meadow Brook
Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary

414 Massasoit Rd.

bmbrook@massaudubon.org www.massaudubon.org

Advance registration is required for most programs.

Programs are held at Broad Meadow Brook unless otherwise indicated.

Volunteer Day at Broad Meadow Brook
5/4/2016, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Fee: Free
Description: Help care for the sanctuary and enjoy a few hours of fresh air, fun and fulfillment. Come once or every week and become part of our growing group of sanctuary volunteers. Together with Mass Audubon staff, put up signs and markers, look for wildlife tracks, pick up branches, fill bird feeders, tend the gardens, and distribute program information. Some tasks may require heavy lifting. Ability to work without supervision required. Carpentry skills welcome. Nature lovers appreciated. Sponsored by Wheelabrator Millbury. For more information, call 508-753-6087..

Nature of Massachusetts: Spring in the Berkshires

5/5/2016, 5/12/2016, 5/19/2016 and 5/26/20116, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Fee: $80 Members, $100 Nonmembers
Description: The Berkshires Hosts special flora and fauna uncommon to the rest of the state, and bird migration occurs in some unique and beautiful locations Every Thursday learn about the ecology of spring species and watch the Berkshires and Taconics come alive this season. Weekend trips are part of the class. For more information and to register, call 508-753-6087.

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Friday Morning Birds

5/6/2016, 7:00 AM-9:00 AM
Fee: Free for Adult Members, $5 Adult Nonmembers
Description: Enjoy a leisurely birding experience and help document the sanctuary birds over the season. This walk helps us confirm which birds are migrating and which are year-round residents. We’ll explore different corners of the sanctuary each time … you never know what we will find. Birders of all levels are invited. For more information and to register, call 508-753-6087.

Saturday-Morning Bird Walk for Adults

5/7/2016, 7:00 AM-9:30 AM
Fee: Free for Adult Members, $5 Adult Nonmembers
Description: Explore the sanctuary grounds in search of birds during this program for casual and novice birders alike. Come discover the immense variety of birdlife that exists at this large urban sanctuary. We’ll teach you the basics of birding and bird identification during an easy-to-moderate walk along the trails. Bring binoculars and field guidesor borrow ours. Dress in layers for changeable weather. Wear sturdy shoes for the trails. For more information and to register, call 508-753-6087.

First Saturday of the Month Volunteer Days at Broad Meadow Brook

5/7/2016, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Fee: Free
Description: Help care for the sanctuary and enjoy a few hours of fresh air, fun and fulfillment. Come once or every week and become part of our growing group of sanctuary volunteers. Together with Mass Audubon staff, put up signs and markers, look for wildlife tracks, pick up branches, fill bird feeders, tend the gardens, and distribute program information. Some tasks may require heavy lifting. Ability to work without supervision required. Carpentry skills welcome. Nature lovers appreciated. Sponsored by Wheelabrator Millbury. For more information, call 508-753-6087..

Spring Wildflowers at Broad Meadow Brook

5/7/2016, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Fee: $6 Adult Members, $8 Adult Nonmembers
Description: Spring ephemerals will be making their debut at this time of year. Woodland wildflowers peep out side-by-side with fern fiddleheads and the delicate greens of the trees and shrubs as they leaf out. We’ll look for dwarf ginseng, golden ragwort, and just maybe an early lady’s slipper on our gentle walk along the trails. For more information and to register, call 508-753-6087.

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Volunteer Day at Broad Meadow Brook

5/11/2016, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Fee: Free
Description: Help care for the sanctuary and enjoy a few hours of fresh air, fun and fulfillment. Come once or every week and become part of our growing group of sanctuary volunteers. Together with Mass Audubon staff, put up signs and markers, look for wildlife tracks, pick up branches, fill bird feeders, tend the gardens, and distribute program information. Some tasks may require heavy lifting. Ability to work without supervision required. Carpentry skills welcome. Nature lovers appreciated. Sponsored by Wheelabrator Millbury. For more information, call 508-753-6087.

Nature Adventures for 5-7 Year Olds

5/12/2016, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Fee: $8 Child Members, $12 Child Nonmembers.
Description: Join us for a hands-on nature program designed especially for five, six, and seven year olds. Each month we’ll focus on a new nature topic. We’ll explore our nature topic indoors using investigations, crafts, and activities, and outdoors in Broad Meadow Brook’s beautiful 400-acre wildlife sanctuary. These classes will provide in-depth learning in a supportive social environment. (Homeschool classes for 8-16 year olds meet at the same time.) For ages 5 to 7. For more information and to register, call 508-753-6087.

Homeschool Programs at Broad Meadow Brook – Adaptations

5/12/2016, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Fee: $8 Child Members, $12 Child Nonmembers.
Description: How do animals and plants survive in various habitats? We’ll look at a variety of species that live on our sanctuary and see how their special adaptations help them to survive. We will get the chance to explore some adaptations using common tools familiar to humans and take a hike on the trails to search for evidence of adaptations. Broad Meadow Brook’s homeschool programs offer a friendly, cooperative learning environment for people of all ages! Our homeschool programs are designed for the homeschooling family. Parents are welcome to attend, or students may stay on their own if a medical form is on file with the sanctuary. Advance registration is required. At the end of all programs, students will receive follow-up information and activities so the learning can continue at home. We look forward to learning with you! For more information and to register, call 508-753-6087.

Friday Morning Birds

5/13/2016, 7:00 AM-9:00 AM
Fee: Free for Adult Members, $5 Adult Nonmembers
Description: Enjoy a leisurely birding experience and help document the sanctuary birds over the season. This weekly walk helps us confirm which birds are migrating and which are year-round residents. We’ll explore different corners of the sanctuary each week … you never know what we will find. Birders of all levels are invited. For more information and to register, call 508-753-6087.

Birdwatching at Mount Auburn Cemetery

5/15/2016, 7:00 AM-12:00 PM
Fee: $25 Adult Members, $32 Adult Nonmembers
Description: Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a national historic landmark and has been a mecca for birds and birdwatchers since it was founded in 1831. May is Mount Auburn’s glory month, with an impressive variety of spring migrants that rest and feed at the cemetery, en route to breeding grounds in the forests of northern New England and Canada. Meet at Broad Meadow Brook at 6:45 am to ride in the van or meet at 8:00 am at Mount Auburn Cemetery. For more information and to register, call 508-753-6087.

Volunteer Day at Broad Meadow Brook

5/18/2016, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Fee: Free
Description: Help care for the sanctuary and enjoy a few hours of fresh air, fun and fulfillment. Come once or every week and become part of our growing group of sanctuary volunteers. Together with Mass Audubon staff, put up signs and markers, look for wildlife tracks, pick up branches, fill bird feeders, tend the gardens, and distribute program information. Some tasks may require heavy lifting. Ability to work without supervision required. Carpentry skills welcome. Nature lovers appreciated. Sponsored by Wheelabrator Millbury. For more information, call 508-753-6087..

Third Week Wonders Preschool Series: Yucky Worms

5/18/2016, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Fee: $3 Child Members, $4 Child Nonmembers, Adults Free
Description: If you are between the ages of 3 and 5, bring your favorite adult for a thematic hour of a story, an activity, and a naturalist-led walk. Choose from the third Wednesday, Thursday, or Saturday of each month. Be prepared to go outside. For more information and to register, call 508-753-6087.

Third Week Wonders Preschool Series: Yucky Worms

5/19/2016, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Fee: $3 Child Members, $4 Child Nonmembers, Adults Free
Description: If you are between the ages of 3 and 5, bring your favorite adult for a thematic hour of a story, an activity, and a naturalist-led walk. Choose from the third Wednesday, Thursday, or Saturday of each month. Be prepared to go outside. For more information and to register, call 508-753-6087.

Friday Morning Birds

5/20/2016, 7:00 AM-9:00 AM
Fee: Free for Adult Members, $5 Adult Nonmembers
Description: Enjoy a leisurely birding experience and help document the sanctuary birds over the season. This weekly walk helps us confirm which birds are migrating and which are year-round residents. We’ll explore different corners of the sanctuary each week … you never know what we will find. Birders of all levels are invited. For more information and to register, call 508-753-6087.

Third Week Wonders Preschool Series: Yucky Worms

5/21/2016, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Fee: $3 Child Members, $4 Child Nonmembers, Adults Free
Description: If you are between the ages of 3 and 5, bring your favorite adult for a thematic hour of a story, an activity, and a naturalist-led walk. Choose from the third Wednesday, Thursday, or Saturday of each month. Be prepared to go outside. For more information and to register, call 508-753-6087.

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Connecting with Nature: Identification and Uses of Local Plants – Five Class Sessions

5/22/2016, 6/26/2016. 7/24/2016, 8/21/2016 and 9/18/2016, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Fee: $45 Adult Members, $55 Adult Nonmembers
Description: Our 2,000 local plant species range widely in seasonality, preferred habitat, and beauty of physical form. Many also hold surprises and secrets to discover – delicious edibles, useful parts for crafts, striking fragrances, and importance in human history and culture. This series will explore these and other plant connections and offer hands-on recognition and practical experience getting closer to our green world. As an example, we might collect sweet vernal grass in May, make wild strawberry tea in June, explore the multi-use cattail in July, identify our many blackberry species in August, and make fruit leather from invasive autumn olive in September. For more information and to register, call 508-753-6087.

Connecting with Nature: Identification and Uses of Local Plants

5/22/2016, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Fee: $10 Adult Members, $13 Adult Nonmembers
Description: Our 2,000 local plant species range widely in seasonality, preferred habitat, and beauty of physical form. Many also hold surprises and secrets to discover – delicious edibles, useful parts for crafts, striking fragrances, and importance in human history and culture. This series will explore these and other plant connections and offer hands-on recognition and practical experience getting closer to our green world. As an example, we might collect sweet vernal grass in May, make wild strawberry tea in June, explore the multi-use cattail in July, identify our many blackberry species in August, and make fruit leather from invasive autumn olive in September. Sign up for one class at a time, or select the “Five Class Sessions” option for a discounted rate. For more information and to register, call 508-753-6087.

Yoga at the Sanctuary

5/22/2016, 6/26/2016. 7/24/2016, 4:30 PM-5:30 PM
Fee per class: $15 Members, $17 Nonmembers
Register for all 3 classes and save! Fee for all 3 classes: $37 Members, $45 Nonmembers
Description: Yoga is a beautiful way to connect to your inner refuge. In this class, you will be encouraged to discover what each pose feels like from the inside, allowing you to just be as you are. The first half of the class will be about bringing stability and strength to a pose; the second half will be about stretching and relaxing into the pose. Come experience yoga surrounded by the serenity of nature. This class is for all levels. Beginners are welcome. Sign up for one class at a time, or select the “All 3 Classes” option for a discounted rate. Shari Solomon, owner of Cocoa Plum Yoga, has been teaching in the Boston area since 2012 and practicing since 1978. For more information on Cocoa Plum, visit www.cocoaplumyoga.com. For ages 16 and older. For more information and to register, call 508-753-6087.

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Flower Mandalas for Meditation, Healing, and Coloring!
5/22/2016, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Fee: Free for Mass Audubon members, $5.00 Nonmembers
Description: Join us for a presentation by internationally acclaimed photographer David J. Bookbinder, who will discuss his award-winning flower mandalas. David will read from his book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: A Meditation, and discuss the meditative and healing aspects of nature, mandala making, and coloring. At 7:30 pm, the program concludes, and David’s photo exhibit “Flower Mandalas” officially opens with refreshments and celebrating. David will have copies of his new book, 52 Flower Mandalas: An Adult Coloring Book for Inspiration and Stress Relief, available for purchase and signing, with sample coloring book pages for attendees. For ages 16 and older. For more information and to register, call 508-753-6087.