Whether you call it a firefly, lightning bug, golden sparkler, or moon bug, discover how these beetles grow and glow before heading outside to seek the real thing. Bring a jar and try to catch one for a closer look. Make a glow-in-the-dark project to continue the fun all year long. For ages 4-13. Registration required. Members $6, Nonmembers $9. 781-784-5691; massaudubon.org. >>
In honor of Flag Day, design and craft your own nature flag. Learn about different flags from around the world and what their symbols mean. Create your own flag to represent what you like about nature. For ages 4-6. Registration required. Members $9, Nonmembers $12. 781-784-5691; massaudubon.org.10am or 1pm >>
Learn about the animals of Moose Hill and then make a variety of puppets. Choose to make a puppet depicting one of Moose Hill’s residents, or design your own animal. Put on your own short puppet show. We may take a short hike if time allows. For ages 4-6. Registration required. Members $9, Nonmembers $12. 781-784-5691; massaudubon.org. 10am or 1pm >>
Our pine forest is the perfect place for outdoor exploration...try the jump stump, balance beam log, squeeze-through trees, and more. Work together to create a mouse village, peek under logs for what lives there, play animal games while having fun in this nature’s playground, and search the forest for interesting discoveries. For ages 4-6. Registration required. Members $9, Nonmembers $12. >>
Warm weather is here and the reptiles and amphibians are out and about. We'll poke about in the ponds and peek under logs and rocks as we search for turtles and toads. If we're lucky we might wake a snake! For families with children ages 0-9. Registration required. Members $12, Nonmembers $15. 781-259-2200; massaudubon.org. >>
Join us for a night of camping under the stars with your family. We will explore nature through games and hands-on activities, set up our tents near the Barn before sundown, and tell stories after the sun sets. All campouts include an evening and a morning activity or hike and a light breakfast. For families with children ages 4-13. Registration required. Members Adult $25/Child $22, Nonmembers >>
This family-friendly program explores many different habitats and their inhabitants as you depart the field station and meander through grassland meadow before walking by the salt pond onto a sandy beach. After enjoying a short climb onto a bedrock outcrop, you'll be able to enjoy the beautiful vista before descending to the rocky coastline en route to the grasslands and field station. For all >>
We'll enjoy some camping fun, games and fireside s'mores. A special evening hike will bring us around the grounds in search of local wildlife and seasonal phenomena. We will provide a bbq dinner, fireside s'mores, and breakfast. For families with children ages 5-8. Registration required. Members $25 per tent. 508-636-2437; massaudubon.org. >>
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. Please dress for the weather and be prepared to go outside. For ages 3-5 with adult. Registration required. Adults Free; Children: Members
$3, Nonmembers $4. 508-753-6087; massaudubon.org. >>
I'm glad to see some reporting on the biological effects on individuals especially students in school. There is substantial evidence of serious harm from radiation emanating from routers and other devices; business appears only interested in marketing these devices for schools but has been negligent as far as safety or even educational value.
Currently, there is a ballot initiative (current petition 15-33) to create an expert commission to evaluate and address health and safety risks--this needs support to move forward (see www.meetup.com/healove). The site had additional materials available to help address the issue.
Thank you, Mr. Spero and Ms. Rees for this article! Ashland Public Schools has adopted Best Practices for Mobile Devices to start putting distance between students/staff and the devices/routers/access points in our schools. Senator Karen Spilka has introduced MA S.1222: An Act creating a special commission to study the health impacts of electromagnetic fields. While it may take a while for an outcome from the State, there is much you can do to keep your loved ones safe right now as Ms. Rees explains. I have taken those precautions myself in our home to limit radiation exposure. Those wishing to know more are welcome to look at the in-depth research I've gathered: https://sites.google.com/site/understandingemfs/home. Thank you!