Free summer programming! Neighborhood Nature brings the great outdoors to the city!

Don’t think you can get close to nature in the city? You can! From canoeing to insect collecting to nature crafts, there’s something fun going on at two Worcester parks!

How Neighborhood Nature was born!

In 1989, before the founding of Broad Meadow Brook, our present Sanctuary Director, Deb Cary, had a vision to bring a slice of nature in to the city. That summer, Mass Audubon Naturalists began traveling from park to park to teach about the local ecology. Through hands-on activities, crafts and games, they shared the wonder of the natural world with children growing up surrounded by the unnatural features of city life.

2019 Neighborhood Nature Programs
At Elm Park (June 26-August 23)

No programs the week of July 4
Wednesdays, 1pm-4pm • Fridays, 10am-1pm
Location: 284 Highland St, Worcester, MA 01602

Come play with us, and learn about the nature of your neighborhood and uniquely special habitats found in the city. Enjoy nature crafts, activities, stories, explorations, and quiet times under shady trees. Visit the website for more info.

At Green Hill Park (July 12-August 23)

Canoeing on Green Hill Park Pond
Fridays, 2pm-5pm
Location: 50 Skyline Dr, Worcester, MA 01605

Explore, enjoy and learn about the wildlife of Green Hill Pond, by canoe! We provide canoes, paddles, flotation vests, and basic canoe instruction. Swimming skills are required. Visit the website for more info.


An adult must accompany all participants under 18 years. Groups of 6 or more, please pre-register by calling 508-753-6087. Program may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Call 508-753-6087 to check program status.

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