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Gardening Green Expo 2017 in Scituate MA

The Gardening Green Expo will be held on Saturday April 1st  10-4pm  at Kennedy Country gardens in Scituate! It will be a day  of great new, and traditional gardening ideas.

Gardening Green Expo 2017 in Scituate MA

The theme for this year is Beautiful Landscapes Less Water, and the event will feature talks and demonstrations on how to make your yard beautiful and bountiful and save water at the same time! The expo is Saturday, April 1 from 10:00am-4:00pm at Kennedy’s Country Gardens, 85 Chief Justice Cushing Hwy (Rt. 3A), Scituate. This is a FREE event and is family friendly, so bring the kids!
Drought tolerant plants, composting and amending your soil, organic lawn care practices, the importance of healthy soil, low-water grass seed cultivars, managing your water resources, soil testing, incorporating edibles into your landscape and animals that help the garden – these are just a few of the speakers, workshops and exhibits coming to the Gardening Green Expo.
You can stroll through Greenhouse 4 and visit with vendors of products and services that will help you get the best out of your garden and lawn. The Massachusetts Master Gardener Association will once again be providing soil testing (Click here for instructions on preparing your soil sample), as well as focusing on drought tolerant plants. There will also be talks by local experts and environmental organizations:
10:00am – Benefits of a Healthy Soil – Kerry Richardson, Bower & Branch/Organic Plant Magic
11:00am – Biochar – A Miracle for Your Yard and the Planet – Debbie Cook, Biochar Enthusiast
12:00noon – Organic Lawns in Drought Conditions – Mike Donoghue, Living Niche Organic Land Care
1:00pm – Edible Landscaping – Jon Belber, Friends of Holly Hill Farm
2:00pm – Caterpillar Tunnels – Inexpensive Sustainability Solutions – Doug Lowry, Mass Audubon
3:00pm – Managing our Water Resources for the Future – Innovative Tools and Tactics for Water
Conservation – Samantha Woods, North and South Rivers Watershed Association
Kennedy’s Country Gardens
85 Chief Justice Cushing Hwy – Scituate

East Middleboro 4-H Labor Day weekend Fair 2016

The 67th annual East Middleboro 4-H fair will be held on Labor Day weekend Saturday September 3rd  and Sunday September 4th at the 4 H fairgrounds. It is great family friendly event that kids and parents to enjoy! There is no admission or parking fee, just come and enjoy the day.  Moms Shopping Survey Earn Amazon gift card and moreEast Middleboro 4-H Labor Day weekend Fair 2016

There are no amusement rides, but there is much to do. Join us on Saturday afternoon for our popular country auction. Or watch the animal costume parade followed by the tractor parade on Saturday. The country store (rummage sale) and book tents are open throughout the fair and a variety of great food is available including our famous chicken barbecue Sunday afternoon!

In the schoolhouse 4-H members display their many talents as they compete for ribbons. In the morning come for breakfast and stay to watch one of the many animal shows. Our 4-H members care for and work with their animals all year, come and see what they have accomplished.

Saturday September 3rd
8am Fair Opens
Country Store Opens
8am-10am Breakfast Served
9:30am Rabbit Show – Rabbit Tent
9:45am Welcoming Ceremony
Registration for Open Cribbage Tournament
9:30a-1:30p Dog Show
10am Open Cribbage Tournament
12:00 Noon Country Kitchen Opens
12:00pm Swine Show – Pole Barn
1:30pm Poultry Showmanship
2:15pm Pie Eating Contest
2:45pm Scholarship Recognition
3pm-6:30pm Auction
6:30pm Fair Closes
Sunday September 4th
8am Non-Denominational Worship Service and Blessings of the Animals
9:00am Registration for Briggs Memorial Horseshoe Tournament
9am-12pm Breakfast Served
10:30am Goat Show
12pm Sheep Show
TBA Open Family Games
1:30pm Beef and Dairy Show
2-5pm Chicken BBQ
3pm Open Children’s and Animal Costume Parade
6:30p Animals Released

4-H is the largest out of school educational youth program in the world. The 4-H Youth and Family Development Program (known simply as 4-H) is a program of the United States Department of Agriculture, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the County Government. At the local level the clubs are led by qualified, adult volunteer leaders. The East Middleboro 4-H organization has grown throughout it’s over sixty years. The East Middleboro 4-H Community Committee is made up of leaders, junior leaders, former leaders, and club members. It serves as a coordinating body for the local activities. “The Fabulous Fifties”, so named because the group was organized in 1950, assists in the maintenance of the school house and grounds, helps in many ways during the fair and sponsors a scholarship for an East Middleboro 4-H youth going on to school whose family has contributed time and effort to East Middleboro 4-H.

4-H Grounds, 183 Thompson St. (Route 105), Middleboro, MA 02346

 

10 plus Farms & Zoos to Visit Animals South Shore Boston MA

Kids love to get up and personal with animals! Luckily the South Shore  Boston area has plenty of places zoos and farms to visit.  animals

 

Plymouth County Sheriffs Petting Zoo

74 Obery St Plymouth

FREE For more than 100 years, the Sheriff of Plymouth County has operated a farm on Obery Street. Though times have changed, the farm is still a vibrant, full-time agricultural resource. Bring your family to visit this free Petting Zoo, pack a picnic and shop at the year-round Horticultural Center!   Kids can see     goats, sheep, cows and pigs Open 8am – 2pm | Please call ahead at 508-830-6810.

Penniman Hill Farm Hingham

272 Whiting St (Rt 53) Hingham MA

FREE Bring the kids to our fun and friendly pet area. The zoo is interactive and really gives you and the little ones a hands-on experience with the animals.

This is just another example of how our focus is on making your shopping experience with us a great one for you and your family. You will be able to see The Cutest Donkeys in the World,  Goats  Chicks and Chickens

Weir River Farm Hingham

140 Turkey Lane    Hingham, MA

Storytime with animals Wednesday mornings  10am

Barnyard stories come alive when you get to meet the main characters! Bring your preschooler down to the farm for our version of story time. The barn opens to the public at 10:00am and story will be read at 10:45.  Acceptable for infant – 8 year old children. $5.00 per person

Open Barnyard  1st & 3rd Saturday 10-2pm

Join us for the chance to get an up-close look at the animals that call Weir River Farm home! No need to pre-register, just come on down to the farm! $10 family

Hornstra Farms Norwell

246 Prospect Street, Norwell, MA 02061

Come in for an ice cream and see the cows

CN Smith Farms East Bridgewater

325 South St. East Bridgewater, MA  02333

Come visit the many animals that live on our farm.  Check out the baby goats, horse, chickens, sheep and bunnies.  Grab some apple cider and donut in their store to make the visit perfect

Holly Hill Farm Cohasset

236 Jerusalem Road  Cohasset MA 02025

The barnyard is home to our pony Pumpkin, his friend Nugget, hens, roosters, Pepper the rabbit, and Dwarf Algerian goats Belladonna and Lady Liberty. Visitors are welcome but please don’t feed the animals.

Dalby Farm Scituate

59 Grove Street – Scituate

Are you hoping to spend some relaxing, quality time with your children and family this Summer? Take advantage of ‘Open Farm’ Days at Dalby Farm!  The first Sunday of every month from 1:30pm-3:00pm, you can drop by the farm and visit with the animals! For just $5.00/person, you can casually browse the farm at your own pace and get to know the animals. A Farm-based educator will be available to answer any questions you may have!

 

Peaceful Meadow Whitman

60 Bedford St/ Route 18 , Whitman, MA 02382

Come in for an ice cream and see the cows

Crescent Ridge Farm Sharon

355 Bay Road Sharon, MA 02067

Come in for an ice cream and see the cows  grazing over the 42 acres

New England Wildlife Center

500 Columbian Street  South Weymouth, MA 02190


The New England Wildlife Center
 is an informal hands-on science education organization that uses the activities of veterinary medical care and rehabilitation of wildlife like raccoons, reptiles, and birds of prey, and the veterinary care of exotic pets like snakes, lizards, and turtles as a vehicle for learning by elementary, middle school, high school and undergraduate students.  The Center, located in a green, sustainable facility known as the Thomas E. Curtis Wildlife Hospital and Education Facility, is in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

Blue Hills Trailside Museum

1904 Canton Ave  Milton, MA

Blue Hills Trailside Museum is the interpretive center for the state-owned Blue Hills Reservation and features a natural history museum and outdoor wildlife exhibits. The animals on display, including snowy owls and a river otter, have been rescued and would not survive in the wild

NRT Sheep Pasture

 307 Main Street, N.Easton, MA 02356

. Sheep Pasture is free and open to the public, seven days a week, from dawn to dusk (exact times are seasonally variable).  There is no fee to visit Sheep Pasture or walk our trails.

 

Capron  Park Zoo

201 County St, Attleboro, MA 02703

Exhibits include North and South American, Asian, African, and Australian animals such as agouti, emu, green tree python, kangaroo, lemur, lion, white lion, meerkats, owls, sloth bear, and Amur leopard.[7]

The zoo includes a nocturnal building, where day and night are reversed so that visitors can see the nocturnal animals, and an indoor rainforest exhibit with porcupine, fruit bats, a three-toed sloth, and many birds

Buttonwood Park Zoo

425 Hawthorn Street   New Bedford, MA 02740

The zoo houses over 200 animal species from around the world. Exhibits feature animals from the barnyard as well as the wild.

North America East : This section contains black bears, river otters, beavers, turkey buzzards, bald eagles, and coyotes.

North America West  This section contains bison, cougars, Canadian lynx, bobcat, and crows.

Aquatics: This section contains harbor seal, shorebirds, a salt marsh, a kettlepond, a mountain stream, amphibians, snakes, and turtles.

Elephants: This section contains the zoo’s two Asian elephants.

Domestics: This section contains horses, cows, sheep, goats, pigs, and an area for pony rides.

Southwick Zoo

2 Southwick St, Mendon, MA 01756

Southwick’s Zoo has over 115 species, so there are numerous exhibits including capybaras, two-toed sloths, Brazilian tapirs, white rhinos, an American alligator, and more.

 

A petting zoo, pony rides, and camel rides are available at the zoo. A play area for children is also available, with play structures made from recycled materials.

Mass Audubon Free Family Fun at Duxbury Beach Summer 2016

Thanks to support from the Duxbury Beach Reservation, Inc., Mass Audubon will be offering free programs on Tuesday, Thursdays and  Saturdays in July and August from  9:30-11 am every  . Some programs require pre-registration but many are drop-in. Mass Audubon Free Family Fun at Duxbury Beach Summer 2016

Where

All programs meet in the lot on the ocean side of the Powder Point Bridge. Tell the harbormaster you are attending the Mass Audubon program. Non-residents are permitted to use the lot while attending the program.

If you are not reading this on 365 south shore you are reading from a stolen website 

Cost and Registration

All programs are free of charge!

Most are drop-in programs; those marked with a *require preregistration due to space limitations. Preregistration opens at 10am one week prior to the program date, and can be completed at www.massaudubon.org/southshore or by calling 781-837-9400.

 

July 2016 Programs

Tuesday, July 5 – Salt Marsh Ecology

The benefits of salt marshes more than make up for the distractions of the salt marsh mosquito and greenhead fly. Learn why salt marshes are essential to every critter of the sea as well as our ability to live in the coastal community.

Thursday, July 7 – One Square Meter of Tidal Life Inventory

Work in teams to inventory a number of transects, surveying, documenting and photographing species to establish baseline data for future comparisons. The start of a new citizen science project!

Saturday, July 9 – FAMILY FUN ON THE BEACH: Mud Flat Limbo

An exploration of the mud flats starting at dead low tide. Just who lives here and how do all these creatures thrive in such a dynamic environment? Bring your boots!

Tuesday, July 12 – Mollusk Mania

Primitive in the eyes of some but we know better. Take the razor clam’s ability to create its own quicksand in order to escape predation! Explore the complex abilities of our calcium clad friends. 

Thursday, July 14 – Barrier Beaches

Duxbury Beach is the classic barrier beach, a stalwart but fluid protector from winter storms, a geological marvel subject to both positive and negative influence by humans. We will consider the importance of this celebrated resource. 

Saturday, July 16 – FAMILY FUN ON THE BEACH: Horseshoe Crabs with Sara Grady

Discover all you wanted to know about horseshoe crabs and find them on the beach with Sara Grady from the Massachusetts Bays Program and the North & South Rivers Watershed Association.

Tuesday, July 19 – Seashore Treasures with Don Salvatore

The wrack line is the graveyard of the oceans where many of the seas’ creatures are cast up after they die. Join Don Salvatore, science educator at the Museum of Science in Boston, to explore the life of the sea and remains on the beach.

Thursday, July 21 – Birding by Van with Sue MacCallum

*NOTE: Preregistration is required as this program is limited to 10 participants. Preregistration opens one week in advance. 

Saturday, July 23 – FAMILY FUN ON THE BEACH: Charts, Topographic Maps, Compasses and Orienteering

Learn the basics of navigation including compass use, and reading maps and charts as we set our course along the beach.

Tuesday, July 26 – Visit the Gurnet Lighthouse with Alden Ringquist of Project Gurnet and Bug Lights

*NOTE: Preregistration is required as this program is limited to 10 participants. Preregistration opens one week in advance.

Thursday, July 28 – Knot Tying Made Easy

No overhand monkey fists on a bite here, just the simple practical knots that anyone within a mile of saltwater would benefit having in their nautical tool bag. Come talk like a pirate and become proficient with the classics.

Saturday, July 30 – FAMILY FUN ON THE BEACH: Beachscape Collaborative Mural with Marcia Ballou

Join the very celebrated artist Marcia Ballou at her collaborative canvas as she invites you to add your talents to a piece illustrating the bounty of the beach.

 

August 2016 Programs

Tuesday, August 2 – As the Crow Flies

Duxbury Bay shares its ecosystem with its geological neighbors to the north and south. Explore the connections of this impressive stretch of riparian tract and its influence on the ecologic health of our community.

Thursday, August 4 – Another Installment of One Square Meter of Tidal Life Inventory

Work as teams to inventory a number of transects, surveying, documenting and photographing species to establish baseline data for future comparisons. The start of a new citizen project! We will survey a different area than we did in July.

Saturday, August 6 – FAMILY FUN ON THE BEACH: Bathyscopes: a look at the secret lives of the denizens of the shallows

Construct some simple homemade bathyscopes, a viewfinder for underwater exploration, and ply the shallows in search of intertidal life.

Tuesday, August 9 – The Return of Mollusk Mania

Primitive in the eyes of some but we know better. Take the razor clam’s ability to create its own quicksand in order to escape predation! Explore the many complex abilities of our calcium clad friends.

Thursday, August 11 – Seashore Treasures with Don Salvatore

The wrack line is the graveyard of the oceans where many of the sea’s creatures are cast up after they die. Join Don Salvatore, science educator at the Museum of Science in Boston, to explore the life of the sea and remains on the beach.

Saturday, August 13 – FAMILY FUN ON THE BEACH: Dip Net, Pail and Worn Out Hat

Join us for a quintessential August pastime: a stroll along the beach with dip nets, pail, your favorite worn out hat and a love for discovery.   

Tuesday, August 16 – Visit the Gurnet Lighthouse with Alden Ringquist of Project Gurnet and Bug Lights

*NOTE: Preregistration is required as this program is limited to 10 participants. Preregistration opens one week in advance.

Thursday, August 18 – Birding by Van with David Ludlow

*NOTE: Preregistration is required as this program is limited to 10 participants. Preregistration opens one week in advance.

Saturday, August 20 – FAMILY FUN ON THE BEACH: Sure, Shorebirds Share the Shallow Shoreline and Shoals Searching for Specialties

How do shorebirds all eat at the same table and compete with each other for the shoreline’s bounty? Explore the special adaptations shorebird species have developed to get their fill.

Tuesday, August 23 – Seaweeds with Judy Macioci

Learn about the many different kinds of seaweed that live on our New England shores. What makes the different colors, are they edible, how do they grow? Explore the beach searching for seaweed during the last portion of the program.

Thursday, August 25 – Piping Plovers with Patty Levasseur 

Coastal Waterbird Biologist and powerhouse protector of piping plovers shares the amazing life stories of this impressive bird, a textbook example of crucial advocacy.

Saturday, August 27 – FAMILY FUN ON THE BEACH: Kites and the Science of Flight

Build a few simple kites as we explore the science of flight. What are the remarkable adaptations birds have developed in order to take flight?

 

Plymouth Outdoors National Trail Day 2016

Redbrook and The Plymouth chamber of commerece are hosting  an Get outdoors day on Plymouth MA. on Saturday June 4th 10am-2pm  Plymouth Outdoors and National Trails Day is made to inspire the public and outdoor enthusiasts to participate in a variety of outdoor actives such as hiking, road races, mountain biking, trail cleanup and much more!  Most events will be held at Redbrook Plymouth Plymouth Outdoors National Trail Day 2016

Guided Trail Walks
Bird Watching
Fly Fishing Demo
Family-Friendly Scavenger Hunt
Kayaking Demo
Wagon Rides
Children’s Activities
Vendors & Farmers’ Market

The OLD COLONY YMCA will be ofering group fit demos, gaga pit, kids crafts and activities, membership/camp information and much more at Plymouth Outdoors/Trails Day!

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The Friends of Myles Standish are offering a National Trails Day hike from Myles Standish to RedBrook and back in cooperation with Wildlands Trust, led by Malcolm MacGregor on June 4th.

It’s Plymouth for great outdoor fun, “One Great Destination, So Much Recreation. With over 250 miles of trails,  36 fresh lake & ponds and 30 miles of coast line makes Plymouth the region premier spot  for recreation fun.
Redbrook Plymouth
1 Greenside Way N, Plymouth, Massachusetts 02360