Scroll down to see all of our current programs!  Please read our cancellation policy and mobility statement at the bottom of the page.

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Hawktober at NBS

Sunday, October 14th (1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)
$12 Members / $14 Non-members

Meet a Red-tailed Hawk Animal Ambassador up close and explore the trails in search of wild migratory raptors. Fall is an ideal time of year to look for Merlins, Northern Harriers, and Sharp-shinned Hawks in addition to year-round residents. You’ll learn how New England’s native raptors have adapted to live in particular habitats and hunt certain prey.
Binoculars are helpful but not required.

Recommended for ages 8 and up
Rain Date: Sunday, October 21st

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Pre-K Fall Story & Stroll Series

Wednesdays: October 10th & 24th, November 7th & 21st
(10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.)

$5 per program, includes 1 child and 1 parent
$2 per additional child

Parents and preschoolers! Treat yourself to a fun series of stories that will inspire your youngster to explore in nature. After the story, take your preschooler by the hand for a nature walk focused on the sights, sounds, and smells around the Good Gardens and trails.

This program is rain or shine; in the event of inclement weather, an animal presentation will be substituted for the walk.

Recommended for ages 1 - 5

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Fort and Shelter Building

Saturday, October 27th (2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
$10 Members / $12 Non-members

Explore the trails in the crisp fall air and learn how to build shelters and forts in the Yew Forest! (Named the Fairy Forest by our summer campers) You’ll also use your senses to discover the exciting changes that happen in fall at NBS!

Recommended for ages 4 and up
Rain Date: Sunday, October 28th


November Owl Prowl - SOLD OUT

Check back soon for dates and registration for the December and January Owl Prowls!

Saturday, November 17th (4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)

Prowl the trails at dusk as native owls begin to set up their nesting territory. You’ll learn how to identify owl species by sight and call before heading out on the trails. After the night hike, you’ll return indoors for hot chocolate and a chance to meet our captive barred owl Micah up close!
Don’t miss this often sold-out program, which is offered only three times this season.

Recommended for ages 6 and up
Rain Date: Saturday, November 24th

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 FREE Guided Bird Walks

Sundays: October 7th & 21st // November 4th & 18th
(8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)

Free, No Registration Required

Count up as many bird species as you can, from soaring red-tailed hawks to tiny hovering hummingbirds. You'll learn how to identify common year-round residents and seasonal migrants.

All birding levels welcome.
No registration required. Meet in the parking lot at 8 a.m.


NBS public programs range in accessibility, but are designed to appeal to the largest group of ages and mobility levels.  Lectures will be indoors and have minimal walking.  Unless otherwise stated, outdoor explorations are generally on even terrain with a few rocks in the path.  If you have concerns about if a program is appropriate for a mobility level or age of a person in your party, please contact the Education Department at 846-2577 x33.


Cancellations are permitted up to 7 days prior to the program date. Transfer of fees to another program is encouraged. No refunds will be given for cancellations within 7 days of the program. Programs are rain or shine. However, we reserve the right to postpone programs due to circumstances beyond our control, such as extreme weather, in which case refunds are not available. In the event that NBS cancels a program for any reason, such as under enrollment, refunds will be given to participants and processed within 30 days. Please be aware that only registered participants will be notified if a program is cancelled.