Sample Trip Ideas
Here are some of our favorite Boston ICO outings-- tried and true, as well as new.
- Merrimack River Eagle Festival, Newburyport: http://www.massaudubon.org/Nature_Connection/Sanctuaries/Joppa_Flats/news.php?id=1152&event=no&sanc_news=yes
- Weston Land's Sake maple sugar program: http://www.landssake.org/forestry/maple
- Arnold Arboretum: accessible by orange line to Forest Hills: http://arboretum.harvard.edu/visit/directions/. Plenty of self-guided tours: http://arboretum.harvard.edu/visit/self-guided-tours/
- Middlesex Fells "Rock Circuit" trail (3.7 miles) or "Spot Pond Brook Archaeological District Self-Guided Trail" (0.8 miles), accessible by orange line Oak Grove station: http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/metroboston/fells.htm
- Wachusett Mountain State Reservation hike: http://www.wachusett.com/TheMountain/EnvironmentalEducation/DCRWachusettStateReservation/tabid/84/Default.aspx. Has visitor's center with displays and restrooms, etc.
- Dogtown scavenger hunt in Gloucester-- finding words carved on boulders in the forest: http://www.thedacrons.com/eric/dogtown/babson_boulders_gloucester.php
- Lowell National Park Canal and Mill tour: http://www.nps.gov/lowe/photosmultimedia/canal_system.htm
- Walden Pond swimming and hike: http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/walden/
- Simple book with easy nature scavenger hunts is: "Let Nature Be the Teacher": http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED391698.pdf
- Letterbox scavenger hunting: letterboxing.org; click on 'letterboxes' and then type in a town or keyword to find letterboxes in a particular area.
- Crane's Beach trails and dune walks: http://www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/northeast-ma/crane-beach-on-the-crane.html
- World's End, Hingham: http://www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/greater-boston/worlds-end.html
- Fishing lessons-- we have rods!
- Outdoor survival skills
- More suggestions of local hikes: http://amcboston.org/walks/conditioning.html