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Upcoming events at Worcester’s Broadmeadow Brook!

You must preregister for these wonderful activities!

REVEL IN NATURE!
 
A Sampling of Programs Offered by Mass Audubon’s Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary!

414 Massasoit Rd.  Worcester, MA, 01604

tel. 508.753.6087  
email bmbrook@massaudubon.org
 
Programs are held at Broad Meadow Brook unless otherwise indicated.
 

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Friday Morning Birds

4/1/2016, 7:00 AM-9:00 AM

Fee: Free for Mass Audubon Adult Members, $5 Adult Non-members 

Description: Enjoy a leisurely birding experience and help document the sanctuary birds over the season. This time 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.  
 
 
Saturday-Morning Bird Walk for Adults

4/2/2016, 7:00 AM-9:30 AM

Fee: Free for Mass Audubon Adult Members, $5 Adult Non-members 

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 a field guide, or borrow them. Dress in layers for changeable weather. Wear sturdy shoes for the trailos.. For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.  
 
 
First Saturday of the Month Volunteer Days at Broad Meadow Brook

4/2/2016, 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
 
Junior  Badge Workshop – Detective

4/2/2016, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Fee: $8 Child Members, $8 Child Non-members.  

Description: Broad Meadow Brook offers workshops for Junior badges and journeys. This program meets at the Visitor Center and includes indoor and outside trail activities. Come explore the Sensory Trail as you work on your badge! Due to limited space, please register at sfarnam@massaudubon.org or 508-753-6087 x15. Large troops are invited to arrange a separate workshop date.  For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.
  
 
Drawing from Nature: An Introduction to Scientific Illustration

4/3/2016 to 5/8/2016, 6:00 PM-8:30 PM

Fee: $150 Members, $180 Non-members. 
 
Description: Explore the natural wonders found at Broad Meadow Brook while learning traditional drawing techniques used by illustrators of natural science. Through lectures, demos, practice, guided critiques and assignments, students will learn how to render accurate black and white drawings of natural objects. This course is for anyone who wants to polish their drawing skills while learning about nature. Instructions for purchasing materials will be provided at registration. For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.  Sponsored by Mass Audubon at Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary
 
 
Volunteer Day at Broad Meadow Brook

4/6/2016, 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
 
Discovering Nature as a Preschooler – Spring 2016  Monday Session II

4/11/2016 to 5/23/2016, 9:30 AM-12:00. No Class week of April 17

Fee: $100 Mass Audubon Child Members, $125 Child Non-members.  

Description: This six-week series of nature classes is designed for young children ages 4 to 5 unaccompanied by a parent. Each week we will explore nature through self discovery, games, activities, stories and crafts. Children will be guided through their hands on inquirybased explorations with one (or more) of our trained natural history guides. Join other children as we learn and play together and foster a lifelong love of nature in a safe environment. No class week of April 17. Monday session. For ages 4 to 5.  For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.  
 
Third Week Wonders Preschool Series: Salamander Room

4/14/2016, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

Fee: $3 Child Members, $4 Child Non-members, 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.Please dress for the weather and be prepared to go outside.
 
Nature Adventures for 5-7 Year Olds

4/14/2016, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Fee: $8 Mass Audubon Child Members, $12

Child Non-members.  

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 – Vernal Pools

4/14/2016, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Fee: $8 Child Members, $12 Child Non-members.  

Description: Several sanctuary animals, such as the wood frogs and spotted salamanders, need seasonal pools to breed.  Explore a sanctuary pool, identify the amazing creatures that live there and learn what you can do to save these important pools in your “backyard.”  Wear long sleeves and pants and bring an extra set of clothes (just in case). 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, students may stay on their own if a medical form is on file with the sanctuary. 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.  
 
Millbury Days

4/16/2016, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Free to Millbury Residents

Residents of the town of Millbury receive free admission to Broad Meadow Brook four times a year, thanks to the generosity of Wheelabrator Millbury. “Millbury Days” celebrates the company’s longtime commitment to the sanctuary.  Drop in for a visit and walk the trails. For more information, call 508.753.6087.

April Vacation Week – Mon
4/18/2016, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Fee: $45 Mass Audubon Child Members, $55 Child Non-members.  

Description: Need something to do during school vacation week? Come to Broad Meadow Brook where we will explore the sanctuary to see what is waking up! Every day will feature a new theme, and this week promises to be filled with new discoveries and new friends as well. Parent letter and medical form will be attached to your confirmation e-mail. All children must have a medical form on file. Children should bring a snack, lunch and water bottle. Sign up all five days and receive a discount. For ages 6 to 11.  For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.  

Volunteer Day at Broad Meadow Brook
4/20/2016, 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 Director and other Mas Audubon staff, put up signs and markers, look for wildlife tracks, pick up branches, and fill bird feeders. Projects are mainly outside. Some tasks may require heavy lifting. Ability to work without supervision require.  Carpentry skills welcome. Nature lovers appreciated. Sponsored by Wheelabrator Millbury. For more information call 508.753.6087
 
April Vacation Week – Wed
4/20/2016, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Fee: $45 Mass Audubon Child Members, $55 Child Non-members.  
Description: Need something to do during school vacation week? Come to Broad Meadow Brook where we will explore the sanctuary to see what is waking up! Every day will feature a new theme, and this week promises to be filled with new discoveries and new friends as well. Parent letter and medical form will be attached to your confirmation e-mail. All children must have a medical form on file. Children should bring a snack, lunch and water bottle. Sign up all five days and receive a discount.   For ages 6 to 11.  For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.  
 
 
Dance of the Woodcock

4/20/2016, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Fee: $5 Adult Members, $7 Adult Non-members, $3 Child Members, $5 Child Non-members.  

Description: Love is in the air as the sun sets in early spring and the male American woodcock, a member of the sandpiper family, performs his aerial mating display. We will visit breeding grounds at the sanctuary to view the performance of this spring ritual. As sunset nears, you can hear the male woodcock peenting before he spirals 300 feet up into the night sky. Don’t miss the spectacular show of this amazing shorebird!   For ages 8 and older.  For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.  
 
Friday Morning Birds

4/22/2016 7:00 AM-9:00 AM

Fee: Free for Mass Audubon Adult Members, $5 Adult Non-members 

Description: Enjoy a leisurely birding experience and help document the sanctuary birds over the season. This time walk helps us confirm which birds are migrating and which are year-round residents. We’ll explore different corners of the sanctuary each timek … you never know what we will find. Birders of all levels are invited.  For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.  
 
April Vacation Week – Fri

4/22/2016, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Fee: $45 Mass Audubon Child Members, $55 Child Non-members.  

Description: Need something to do during school vacation week? Come to Broad Meadow Brook where we will explore the sanctuary to see what is waking up! Every day will feature a new theme, and this week promises to be filled with new discoveries and new friends as well.  Parent letter and medical form will be attached to your confirmation e-mail. All children must have a medical form on file. Children should bring a snack, lunch and water bottle. Sign up all five days and receive a discount. For ages 6 to 11.  For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.  
 
Volunteer Day at Broad Meadow Brook

4/27/2016, 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 Director Deb Cary and other Mass Audubon staff, put up signs and markers, look for wildlife tracks, pick up branches, and fill bird feeders. Projects are mainly outside. Some tasks may require heavy lifting. Ability to work without supervision require.  Carpentry skills welcome. Nature lovers appreciated. Sponsored by Wheelabrator Millbury.  For more information call 508.753.6087
 
Friday Morning Birds

4/29/2016 7:00 AM-9:00 AM

Fee: Free for Mass Audubon Adult Members, $5 Adult Non-members 

Description: Enjoy a leisurely birding experience and help document the sanctuary birds over the season. This time 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.  
 
Family Birdwalk at Broad Meadow Brook

4/30/2016,9:00 AM-10:00 AM

Fee: $3 Adult Members, $4 Adult Non-members, $2 Child Members, $3 Child Non-members.  

Description: Broad Meadow Brook is a great place to watch and learn about birds. Kids and grownups can appreciate the beauty and amazing abilities of our feathered friends. This program will introduce you to some common backyard birds, their songs, and birdwatching techniques, just in time for spring and Bird-a-Thon. Bring binoculars if you have them, or we have some to lend. For ages 6 and older.  For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.  

TOMORROW! FREE yoga, live music, kids activities, art for sale at the BEST, MOST PROGRESSIVE Farmers Market in Worcester!

TOMORROW!

Saturday, June 27

9:30 am to 1 pm

Fuller Family Park in MAIN SOUTH, behind the YMCA Central Branch

So much more than fresh, local produce, fresh baked goods, fresh eggs …

(and don’t forget to check out the market at Beaver Brook, every Monday and Friday!)              – R.T.

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A few days ago I visited gal pal Aimee at her store, CLAYGROUND, 65 James St. …

… Aimee and her customers are making such BEAUTIFUL things at CLAYGROUND …Check out Aimee’s paint-your-own pottery store (James St. is off Stafford St.)! She’s an amazing artist! You’ll learn a lot! Her store’s a great way for you, your friends and/or your kids (b-day parties a specialty!) to spend a few fun hours together!

Clayground – where creativity comes to play!!!

CLICK HERE to visit Aimee’s website!

Go, Aimee, go!!!   (photos + text – R.T.)

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