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After a long day sitting in a classroom, kids can usually use some fresh air. So why not head outside after school for a family walk? A quick jaunt from your children’s schoolyard will take you to beaches, farms, forests, and parks where your family can let loose and connect with nature. Head to one of these great spots across the Buzzards Bay region for a walk, bike ride, or even a fishing trip. You and your kids can search for animals, share details about your day, and spend some quality time together before homework calls.

The Buzzards Bay Coalition and Massachusetts Maritime Academy have established a partnership that will make it possible to offer a full slate of instructional sailing programs at the Onset Bay Center (OBC) this summer while creating work and learning opportunities in the community for cadets.

If you’re looking for somewhere new to explore on the coast, leave the beach crowds behind and explore a salt marsh! Search out crabs scuttling between waving green grasses, dig for quahogs, watch for birds, and kayak — or snorkel — waters swarming with fish big and small.

Penikese Island

Discover a peaceful and windswept natural paradise of rocky beaches, rolling hills, and rich birdwatching opportunities on Penikese Island. Situated just north of Cuttyhunk in the Elizabeth Islands chain, this wildlife sanctuary offers a day of exploring the remote island’s trails, shorelines, and pristine waters, all set against a beautiful backdrop of Buzzards Bay.

Owl Prowl