Need more inspiration for summer activities to help prevent brain drain during the summer? Check out these activities, from outdoor workshops, to kid-friendly museum exhibits, to volunteer opportunities. For full schedule of events, please visit the facility or museum's website.
Mass Audubon's Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary
414 Massasoit Rd., Worcester, MA, 01604. For information or to register for programs, call: 508-753-6087 ? www.massaudubon.org Programs are held at Broad Meadow Brook and sponsored by Mass Audubon at Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary unless otherwise indicated.
June 1 & 22
Volunteer Day, 10 a.m. to noon, Free. 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.
June 3
Friday Morning Birds, 7-9 a.m. Free for Members, $5 Nonmembers. 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. Birders of all levels are invited. Registration required.
June 4
First Saturday of the Month Volunteer Days at Broad Meadow Brook, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. 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.
June 5
Wetlands, Caves, and Canyons at Slater Woods at Pierpont Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 9 a.m.-noon. Free for Members, $5 Nonmembers. Hike Slater Woods, part of a 250-acre conservation area full of pristine woodlands, cave-like rock outcroppings, verdant wetlands, and unique ecology. Visit Peter Pond, the Dudley/Oxford town marker, and Slater Canyon to learn about the history of this state-designated Heritage Landscape. Registration is required. For ages 16 and older.
June 6
Green Your Home: Project Planning for Beginners, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Fee: $11 Adult Member, $14 Adult Nonmember Wiley Cordone, former member of the board of directors at Sawyer Hill EcoVillage in Berlin, Massachusetts, draws from the collective experience of green-conscious home buyers and homeowners, sustainability experts across North America, and thousands of top real estate professionals in helping you determine your green priorities. Registration is required. For ages 16 and older.
June 8
Book Club for the Naturally Curious, continues July 13 and August 10, 6:30- 8 p.m. Fee: $27 Adult Member, $33 Adult Nonmember Description: Combine a nature walk with discussion of a popular book, and you have the makings of a delightful summer evening. Each month, come to discuss a new book selected for its popular appeal, compelling prose, and thought-provoking topic. No science background is required. The outdoor walk will ground the book's content in nature prior to our discussion. Titles include The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age, by Richard Louv (June 8), Life Everlasting: the Animal Way of Death, by Bern Heinrich (July 13), Owls Aren't Wise and Bats Aren't Blind: A Naturalist Debunks our Favorite Fallacies about Wildlife, by Warner Shedd (August 10). Registration is required. For ages 16 and older.
June 10 & 17
Friday Morning Birds, 7-9 a.m. Fee: Free for Members, $5 Nonmembers. Enjoy a leisurely birding experience and help document the sanctuary birds over the season. Explore different corners of the sanctuary each timeBirders of all levels are invited. Registration is required.
June 18
Third Week Wonders: Blueberries for Sa, 10-11 a.m. Fee: $3 Child Mass Audubon Member, $4 Child Nonmember. For ages of 3 and 5, bring your favorite adult for a thematic hour of a story, an activity, and a naturalist-led walk. Dress for the weather and be prepared to go outside. Registration is required.
June 22, 24 & 29
Neighborhood Nature at Elm Park, 1-4 p.m. Fee: Free for all. Description: Drop in anytime for activities, crafts, stories, and nature walks. Take a break from the playground to learn about the plants and animals that can be found in Worcester through hands-on projects and games. Sponsored by Mass Audubon at Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary and Hanover Insurance.
June 26
Connecting with Nature: Identification and Uses of Local Plants , 1-4 p.m. Fee: $10 Child Member, $13 Adult Nonmember. 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, 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. Pre-registration is required. For ages 16 and older.

Yoga at the Sanctuary – 4:30-5:30 p.m. Fee: $15 Mass Audubon Members, $17 Nonmembers. Yoga is a beautiful way to connect to your inner refuge. 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. Experience yoga surrounded by the serenity of nature. All levels -- beginners are welcome. Classes meet June 26, and July 24. Come to one or both. Shari Solomon, owner of Cocoa Plum Yoga is a Registered Yoga Teacher who 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.
Mass Audubon’s Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary
113 Goodnow Rd. ? Princeton, MA  01541. For information or to register, call: 978-464-2712 ? ?www.massaudubon.org Advance registration is required for most programs. Programs are held at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary and sponsored by Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary unless otherwise indicated.
June 7
Tuesday Volunteer Days, 9:30 a.m.- noon. Fee: Free. Learn about nature as you assist with a variety of property, maintenance, and ecological management projects such as gardening, buildings and grounds work, trail clearing, wildlife monitoring, and animal care. Independent, seasonal projects are also available. Projects are primarily outside, but inside projects are sometimes needed.  Ability to work without supervision required. For ages 16 and up. Come once or every week, and become part of our growing group of volunteers. For more information, contact: Cindy Dunn, 978.464.2712 x 8707.
June 11
Night Hike at Pierpont Meadow At Pierpont Meadow in Dudley, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fee: $6 Adult Members, $8 Adult Nonmembers. A summer night at Pierpont Meadow can be magical: meadows full of fireflies, owls in the treetops, busy beavers, and more.
June 19
Father’s Day Hike, 1-3 p.m. Fee: $7 Adult Members, $10 Adult Nonmembers, $4 Child Members, $6 Child Nonmembers Description: Your Dad doesn’t want another tie! Each Dad will receive a laminated guide of his choice from Mass Audubon’s series including Guide to Northeastern Dragonflies & Damselflies, Guide to Backyard Birds of Eastern North America, or Paddlers Guide to New England Rivers. Leaders: Sanctuary Staff.

Sunday Volunteer Days, 1:-4 p.m. Free. Learn about nature as you assist with a variety of property, maintenance, and ecological management projects such as gardening, buildings and grounds work, trail clearing, wildlife monitoring, and animal care. Projects are primarily outside, but inside projects are sometimes needed. Carpentry skills welcome. Nature lovers appreciated. For all ages, but children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
June 25
Family Canoe on Wildlife Pond, 3-5 p.m. Fee: $9 Adult Members, $14 Adult Nonmembers, $5 Child Members, $7 Child Nonmembers. Come for a guided paddle and look for wood ducks, bullfrogs, and kingfishers. Canoes, paddles, and PFDs provided.
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Presents Americana on Parade: The Art of Robert McCloskey June 19 - October 23
The work of Robert McCloskey, the writer and illustrator whose classic children’s books captivated generations, will be featured in Americana on Parade: The Art of Robert McCloskey this summer at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. In celebration of the 75th anniversary of McCloskey’s most famous and enduring tale, Make Way for Ducklings (1941), The Carle’s retrospective will include much of the original art from this beloved book. Special exhibition programming is listed below.
June 8 - July 19
Every Day Art Program: It’s All About Blue
Robert McCloskey’s Blueberries for Sal is the quintessential summertime story. Explore the magic of cool colors like blue, purple and green with this surprise activity!


June 19
Gallery Talk: Make Way for McCloskey
1 p.m. Free with Museum admission Curator Nick Clark leads an informative tour through the exhibition Americana on Parade: The Art of Robert McCloskey.
Special Storytime: Ryan T. Higgins
2 p.m. Free with Museum admission. Make way for the goslings! In Ryan T. Higgins’ book, Mother Bruce, Bruce the bear discovers his hard-boiled goose eggs contain real live goslings. He tries to get them to fly south, but the goslings are convinced Bruce is their mother. What’s a bear to do?

Americana on Parade: The Art of Robert McCloskey features more than 90 original artworks, ephemera, and rare preliminary book materials. While emphasis will center on Make Way for Ducklings, the exhibition considers McCloskey’s entire career ranging from his early publications Lentil (1940), Homer Price (1943), and Centerburg Tales (1951), which recall the artist’s youth in rural Ohio, to the family-based stories set in his adopted home state of Maine, such as Blueberries for Sal(1948) and Time of Wonder (1957). An Ohio native, in 1932, during his senior year of high school, McCloskey won a three-year scholarship to study art in Boston, the city that later became the setting for Make Way for Ducklings. A story McCloskey had heard about a family of ducks that stopped traffic in the streets of Boston piqued his interest and led to the book that would catapult him to fame and firmly establish his professional vocation.

McCloskey married and had two daughters, Sally and Jane, both of whom played starring roles in his books. He and his family spent summers at their home on Deer Isle in Maine, the setting for four of his picture books, including Blueberries for Sal (1948) and Time of Wonder (1957). The Library of Congress named McCloskey a Living Legend in April 2000. He died in 2003, at the age of 88, at his home on Deer Isle.

An exhibition catalog with a foreword by children’s literature historian Leonard S. Marcus and an essay by H. Nichols B. Clark will be available in The Carle Bookshop. Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Penguin Young Readers
Mass Audubon's Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary
293 Moose Hill Parkway, Sharon. Please call 781-784-5691 for more information or to register.
Exhibit through June 20
Exhibit is soon ending and it will be the last chance to view and purchase different media artworks from 22 artists in the show “What Have We Got to Lose?” Beautiful images by a visionary group of impassioned artists at Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill Wildlife Gallery. The artwork captivates and reflects the vibrant, fragile, graceful strength of nature.

The Gallery is open daily 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
July 23-24
Family Camp-Out, 6 p.m. - 9 a.m. Bring your family to camp under the stars at Moose Hill! All you need is your own tent, picnic dinner, breakfast food, and of course – your family! This wonderful night will feature an evening campfire – Moose Hill will provide the S’more ingredients and dinner/breakfast beverages – before you fall asleep to peaceful fireside chatter and the ambient calls of cricket and owls. This is a perfect adventure for novice campers. Member: $40, Nonmember $50. Additional information will be emailed prior to the overnight date. Call or mail in your registration by Wednesday, July 20 to guarantee your space. Fee is per family/tent. In the event of rain, we will cancel; you will be notified and refunded.