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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

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

Itty Bitty Bay Explorers

Wednesdays: Sept. 10, 17, 24, and Oct. 1 • 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 September and October. 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

Cost

Free

Women in Waders

Thursdays: Sept. 11, 18, and Oct. 9 • 5:30-6:30pm

women in waders in a stream
Don a pair of waders and go quahogging, crabbbing, and searching for water bugs during these fun, free adventures for ladies in September.

Ladies of Buzzards Bay: Join our female education staff for a series of three exciting adventures that will keep you learning, laughing, and discovering new things about yourself and about Buzzards Bay. We will explore ways to get up close and personal with nature in a safe and supportive environment.

Women of all ages are welcome to these free programs. (Ladies under 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult.) Waders and other equipment will be provided, or you are welcome to bring your own.

Dates and Locations

Thursday, Sept. 11: "Seeking Shellfish"
Little Bay Conservation Area (Shore Road, Bourne)

Don a pair of waders and hop into the Bay! You’ll learn how to use a clam rake to dig for quahogs at low tide and try your hand at shucking a clam yourself. This will be a “dig and release” activity unless you have a valid Bourne shellfish permit.

Thursday, Sept. 18: "Bugging Out"
Four Ponds Conservation Area (Barlows Landing Road, Bourne)

Love bugs? Hate bugs? Either way, you’ll be amazed at the diversity of life that exists at the edge of the Four Ponds Conservation Area. We’ll put you in waders and send you out in search of aquatic macroinvertebrates (aka “big water bugs”). You’ll learn about the interesting adaptations of these unusual creatures, many of which you may have never seen before!

Thursday, Oct. 9: "Muddy in the Marsh"
Little Sippewissett Marsh (end of Woodneck Road, Falmouth)

Ready to get muddy in the marsh? Join us to look for marsh creatures high and low in the salt marsh. We’ll learn techniques on how to catch blue crabs and at Little Sippewisset Marsh. (Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet and muddy.)

Cost

Free

Oyster Farm Tour

Thursday, Oct. 2 • 6-7pm

oysters growing on rock
Learn how Tabor Academy is growing oysters on this free Bay Adventure.

Join Coalition staff and experts from the Tabor Academy Oyster Farm to see the art of oyster aquaculture. We’ll visit the Tabor Marine Science Lab and learn how scientists are bringing oysters back to Buzzards Bay.

Location

Tabor Academy Oyster Farm (255 Front Street, Marion)

Cost

Free

Family Friday Explorations

Fridays: Oct. 10, 17, and 24 • 5-6pm

kids explore the woods
Explore trees, marshes, and more with your family during Family Friday Explorations in Wareham.

Get your whole family exploring the outdoors during Family Friday Explorations, a series of three free outings in October in Wareham offered by the Coalition and Wareham Land Trust. Through fun games and hands-on activities, your family will learn about the Buzzards Bay region’s animals, plants, and habitats.

Family Friday Explorations is recommended for families with elementary school-aged children. We encourage you to attend all three programs, but it is not required.

Dates and Locations

Cost

Free

Fall Foliage Photography Walk

Saturday, Oct. 18 • 3-4:30pm

East Over Reservation
East Over Reservation is an idyllic New England location to capture in photos during fall.

Join the Coalition and the Whaling City Camera Club for a fall nature photography walk through The Trustees of Reservations East Over Reservation in Rochester. With bright yellow farm houses and miles of trails through fields, forests, and along Leonards Pond, East Over Reservation offers a beautiful natural landscape to capture in photographs during autumn.

Location

TTOR East Over Reservation (meet at parking area on Clapp Road, Rochester)

Cost

Free

Pick Your Own Cranberries

Saturday, Oct. 25 • 10am-2pm

cranberry picking
Pick your own fresh, local cranberries during this Bay Adventure in Mattapoisett.

Nothing says fall in the Buzzards Bay region quite like the annual cranberry harvest. Come pick your own fresh, local cranberries at the Coalition’s Mattapoisett River Reserve, where wild cranberries grow in 50 acres of retired bogs. During a tour at 10 a.m., Coalition staff will talk about the history and ecological importance of the property, which has been protected forever to preserve its natural features.

Location

The Bogs (Acushnet Road, Mattapoisett)

Cost

Free

Bay Scalloping Adventure

Sunday, Nov. 2 • 9-11am

bay scallop
Search for bay scallops in West Falmouth Harbor during this fun, free Bay Adventure.

Bay scallops are both a delicious treat and an important species in Buzzards Bay. Learn more about this iconic species and try your hand at collecting your own scallops! Waders and equipment will be provided.

Location

West Falmouth Harbor

Cost

Free

Wednesday Walkabouts

Wednesdays: Nov. 5, 12, and 19 • 9-10:30 a.m.

woman walking through the woods
Take a walk through the woods in your community on one of these Wednesday morning walks in November.

Come join the Buzzards Bay Coalition and Wareham Land Trust for a morning stroll through conservation land in your community. Not only is walking outdoors great exercise for your body and mind, but you’ll also learn about history and ecology along the way.

Dates and Locations

Cost

Free

Partners

Wednesday Walkabouts partners