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You might also know that we provide a home to rehabilitated injured and imprinted native wildlife, which you can see at our Bird Hill and Drumlin Underground exhibits. There’s even a chance you or your children have taken a class, attended a special event, or been part of our summer camp.
But that’s not all Drumlin Farm has to offer. Here are 5 things you may not know about Drumlin Farm:
1. There are hidden puns and sayings throughout each barn. Keep a list as you go to see how many you can find. Can you find all of them? Hopefully before pigs fly!
2. You can sit on a giant bird’s nest, build a better mouse house, walk a different path on the stump jump, and explore the hidden beauty of the Forest Discovery Trail.
3. You don’t have to drive far to get a peek at the mountains—on a clear day, take a mini hike to the top of the drumlin (a tear drop-shaped hill formed from glaciers) for a view of Mt. Wachusett, Mt. Monadnock, and the summits of Uncanoonuc in Goffstown, NH. You can even follow the footsteps of Henry David Thoreau, who recorded the same view in his journal in 1853!
4. We offer free-with-admission drop-in programs each weekday from mid-April to the end of October at 10 a.m. and 11:30 am, and on weekends year-round at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 2:30 p.m.! On just about any given day, you could meet native wildlife up close, practice spinning wool into yarn, or feel the pelts of different mammals. Check the board by the nature center and at the farmyard entrance for a list of activities offered on the day of your visit.
5. When we say our farm is a “working farm,” we mean it! The fresh, sustainably-grown produce you see at our Farmstand, in our Community Supported Agriculture program, at farmers’ markets in Somerville and Watertown, and in many local restaurants is grown right here on the farm. Take an easy walk to Boyce Field to see what’s growing and maybe even talk to a farmer, too. In addition to vegetables, we also sell eggs and meat from our livestock, maple syrup from our sugar bush, pesto from our basil, goat milk soap from our goats, and yarn spun from our sheep’s wool.
And if that isn’t enough, Drumlin Farm is also home to the Audubon Shop, which has all the gear you need for identifying, explaining, and celebrating nature, including optics, bird gear, household items, books, children’s toys and games, jewelry, and more.
Looking for something to do before or after your farm visit? Be sure to check out DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum and Walden Pond, both of which are nearby.
Amanda Duggan works as the communications manager at Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary. When she’s not posting, responding to Facebook fans and submitting news articles, Amanda walks the farmyard and nature trails to photograph and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. You can keep up with news about Drumlin Farm at Views from the Drumlin. All photos above courtesy of Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm.