Adult and Family Outings

adults and families learning to quahog
Adults and families learn how to quahog during a Bay Adventure with the Coalition.

It's your Bay, so get outside and enjoy it! The Buzzards Bay Coalition offers unique, exciting outings for adults and families all year long as part of our commitment to connect communities with the outdoors. Our Bay Adventures get you outside to explore the Bay we all love.

Upcoming Bay Adventures


Registration is required for all Bay Adventures. To RSVP, contact us:

Itty Bitty Bay Explorers

Wednesdays: July 2, 9, 16, and 23 • 10-11am

young family walks along the beach
Explore a beach, a salt marsh, and a forest with your young family during Itty Bitty Bay Explorers.

Get your little ones to discover the outdoors through the Coalition’s Itty Bitty Bay Explorers program, a series of four free outings on Wednesdays in July. Through fun games, stories, and hands-on activities, your whole family will learn about Buzzards Bay’s animals, plants, and habitats.

Itty Bitty Bay Explorers is recommended for families with young children. We encourage you to attend all four programs, but it is not required. During outdoor exploration days near the water, families should dress to get wet and sandy/muddy.

Dates and Locations



Little River Nature Photography Walk

Saturday, July 26 • 8-10am

alpacas at Cornell Farm
A working farm is one of many scenes participants will photograph on this nature walk. (Image: Alicia Pimental/Flickr)

Join the Coalition and the Whaling City Camera Club for a nature photography walk through The Trustees of Reservations Cornell Farm and the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust Frank Knowles/Little River Reserve in South Dartmouth. With a working farm, acres of forest, a beautiful marsh view, and a new suspension bridge across a stream, these two conservation areas offer a beautiful natural landscape to capture in photographs.


DNRT Frank Knowles/Little River Reserve and TTOR Cornell Farm (meet at Cornell Farm parking area on Smith Neck Road, South Dartmouth)



Bike to the Bay

Sunday, August 3 • 9am-12pm

bike rider on Shining Sea Bikeway
Take a ride down the Shining Sea Bikeway to Woods Hole with the Coalition.

Join the Coalition for a guided bike tour down the Shining Sea Bikeway in Falmouth to the Buzzards Bay Discovery Center in the village of Woods Hole. Along the way you’ll learn about Cape Cod’s coastal environment. At the center, you will discover Bay animals in a touch tank and learn about the Coalition’s work to protect the Bay.


West Falmouth to Woods Hole (meet at the parking area on Old Dock Road, West Falmouth)



Learn to Quahog

Saturday, August 9 • 11am-12:30pm

a family quahogging
Learn how to quahog during a free Bay Adventure this summer.

Join the Coalition to learn to harvest your own quahogs from Buzzards Bay. Experts with the Coalition, the local shellfish department, and the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries will teach you the basics of local quahogging — what you need, how to do it, and where to go. These events will be fun and educational for the whole family.


Camp Massasoit (end of Reservation Road, Mattapoisett)



Onset Evening Paddle with Dick Wheeler

Wednesday, August 13 • 6-8pm

Dick Wheeler paddling in Onset Bay
Join Dick Wheeler for an evening paddle around Onset Bay in Wareham. (Image: Susan Asaro)

Join the Coalition, Nemasket Kayak, and special guest host Dick Wheeler for an evening paddle around Onset Bay in Wareham. Wheeler kayaked Buzzards Bay's entire shoreline in spring 2012, beginning on the Westport River and ending at Penikese Island.


Nemasket Kayak Center at Onset Beach (184 Onset Avenue, Onset)


  • Coalition members: $10
  • General public: $20

If you do not have a kayak, you can rent one from Nemasket Kayak for an additional $15.

Penikese Island Adventure

Sunday, August 24 • 9am-4pm

group of people on Penikese Island
Explore beautiful, remote Penikese Island on this special day-long Bay Adventure.

Join the Coalition on a full-day excursion to explore Penikese Island, a remote and beautiful island at the entrance to Buzzards Bay. Planned activities include an oyster farming demonstration, a tour of Penikese Island School, and coastal exploration activities with Coalition education staff.


Meet at the Buzzards Bay Discovery Center (21 Luscombe Avenue, Woods Hole)


  • Coalition members: $60
  • General public: $75
  • Children: $40