Low-cost Weekly Activities

No need to pre-register for these free and low-cost nature programs and activities – just stop on by and discover nature with us! For a deeper dive into nature, check out our full Activities Calendar.


Meet Live Animals

Saturdays and Sundays (Year-round): 1 pm – 1:45 pm | DEEC
Get up close and meet with some of the reptiles and amphibians that call the freshwater tidal marsh their home. As this event is indoors, be sure to follow our latest Covid rules.
All ages | Free for everyone

Netting in the Marsh

Saturdays and Sundays (Year-round): 2 pm – 2:45 pm | DEEC
Come see what we catch in the marsh. How many fish and other critters can you identify?
All ages | Free for everyone

Bird Banding

Wednesdays, 8 am – 11 am (April – December) | Bucktoe
Watching a bird bander at work, learn about feather molt, how to age a bird, migration, feeding, and bird conservation. Photographers: great opportunity for bird close-ups.
All ages | Free for everyone
Learn About Our Bird Banding Project

Bird Walks

Sundays 8 am – 11 am (April – May, Sep-Oct) | Bucktoe
Tuesdays 8 am – 10 am (April – May, Sep-Oct) | Middle Run
Thursdays 8 am – 10 am (April – May, Sep-Oct) | DEEC
Join us on a walk and enjoy sighting resident and migratory birds. Learn basic bird identification skills while exploring our streams, forests, and field habitats.
All ages | Free for everyone
How We Support Native Wild Birds

The Market at Coverdale Farm

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (April – November) | Coverdale
Add us to your grocery list! Shop farm produce, eggs, regional fare and kitchen essentials. Pick Your Own flowers and cherry tomatoes.
All ages | Free entry for everyone
Learn More About Our Market

Weekends at Coverdale Farm

Saturdays (April – November) | Coverdale
Make your weekends matter and enjoyable. Fun activities and programs for all ages!
All ages | FREE entry for everyone, some activities require a participation fee
Learn More and Visit Us

Ashland Hawk Watch

Daily 9 am – 4 pm (September – November) | Ashland
Visit Ashland’s Hawk Watch Hill for the 15th annual Ashland Hawk Watch to scan the skies for migratory hawks, eagles, falcons, and many other birds. Better yet, join our volunteer team to help record data and look for birds on the move! Led by our Hawk Watch Coordinator and Hawk Watch Volunteers.
All ages | Free for everyone

Nighthawk Watch

Nightly 3pm – dusk (August 23 to September 4) | Bucktoe
Take a picnic dinner along with your binoculars and scan the skies for migrating Nighthawks. Led by Larry Lewis. These birds in the “Nightjar” family can put on a show as they wheel through the air to pursue moths, beetles and other large insects.
All ages | Free for everyone

Ainsworth Abbott’s Historic Grist Mill Tours

3rd Saturdays (March – November) 1pm, 2 pm, 3pm | Abbott’s
Take a guided tour of historic Abbott’s Mill with a seasoned mechanic! Learn about the unique history of the mill, dating back to 1795. Experience the rush of the water through the turbine and feel the rumble of the mill stones. Pre-registration is required. Recommended for ages 5 and up.
All ages | Members Free, Non-members $5 adults, $3 children
More about our Historic Working Grist Mill