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Are you ready for a challenge? Each week in 2020 and 2021, our Explore South Shore program featured a different park or nature preserve, and invited you to explore it. We also encouraged you to participate in our monthly contest, for which we selected a winning photo on Instagram. Explore South Shore featured over 100 properties. It was exciting to see participants sharing images from so many inspiring places!

Even though there are hundreds more places on the South Shore still worthy of your attention, this year we’re changing things up a bit. Instead of destinations, we’re suggesting activities for you to try.

Accept our weekly Explore South Shore Challenge and you will find yourself identifying birds and trees, searching for fireflies, picking blueberries, and even getting up early to watch a sunrise! Ready to explore a tidepool? Or to learn what geocaching is all about? Thirsty for some hike-local brewery pairings? Every Wednesday we will introduce a new activity, and identify locations on the South Shore where the challenge can be fulfilled.

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As always, we’ll be offering a prize package to each months’ contest winner. Remember to post a selfie from your adventure to Instagram with the hashtag #ExploreSouthShore

Date                Challenge                            Suggested Sites

December 29 – Visit a Place That’s New To You –  Chapman’s Landing, Indian Head River Trails, Webster’s Wilderness, Whitney & Thayer Woods, Beaver Dam Conservation Area, Patuxet Park, Brockton Audubon, Marshfield Bridle and Rail Trail

January 5 – Try a New Nature ActivitySki: Whitney Spur Rail Trail, Wheelwright Park, Wompatuck various entrances, Beaver Brook, See the stars: Aaron River Reservoir & Dam, Crowell Conservation Area, Matthews Bog, Newell Playground, King Oak Hill Park, Joseph Carven Boat Ramp/George Lane Beach

January 12 – Take Your Dog SomeplaceStodder’s Neck, Scituate Dog Park, Abington Dog Park, Widow’s Walk, Two Mile Farm, Thompson Pond Trail, Duxbury Bogs, Round Pond Conservation Area

January 19 – Learn SomethingAttend a lecture in our Winter Nature Challenge, Maritime & Irish Mossing Museum, South Shore Natural Science Center, Duxbury Bay Maritime School, Keene’s Sawmill, Howland’s Landing Park, Nathaniel Thomas Mill, Stockbridge Grist Mill, Osprey Overlook Park

January 26 – Read A River BookHatch Mill, Curtis/Wanton Yards, Briggs Yard, Brick Kiln Yard, Fox Hill Yard, Hanover Yards, Rogers Yard, Packet Landing, Block House Yard, Bald Hills/Stetson Ship Yard Favorite Local Books: Red House, Demon of the Water, History of Shipbuilding, Freitas’ Humarock

February 2 – Have Some Winter FunGreat Hill Park, Strawberry Valley Golf Course (sledding), Island Grove Park, Widow’s Walk, Coast Guard Hill (sledding), Norris Reservation, Damon’s Point, Brant Rock Beach (look for seals)

February 9 – Identify a ConstellationAaron River Reservoir and Dam, Crowell Conservation Area, Matthews Bog, Newell Playground, King Oak Hill Park, Joseph Carven Boat Ramp/George Lane Beach

February 16 – Find A Historic MarkerOld Mouth, White’s Ferry, Peregrine White Homestead, Daniel Webster Estate, Winslow House, Hatch Mill, Myles Standish Monument, Cushing Memorial State Park, Colby Phillips Cemetery, Washington Street Bridge

February 23 – Take a Winter WalkTubbs Meadow Conservation Area, Monatiquot River Walk, Burrage Pond Wildlife Management Area, Cherry Lane Bogs/Round Pond, J.J. Shepherd Memorial Forest, Webster-Billings Conservation Area, Hathaway Preserve, Cornhill Woodland, Whitney Spur Rail Trail, North Plymouth Rail Trail, Bay Farm, Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary

March 2 – Sketch or Paint a LandscapeLehner Conservation Area, Harbor Park, World’s End, Berrybrook Fields, Turkey Hill, Weir River Farm, Hornstra Dairy Farm, Damon’s Point, Back River Trail

March 9 – Try GeocachingJacobs Pond Conservation Area, Stetson Meadows, Great Brewster Woods, Misty Meadows Conservation Area, Ellis Estate Trails, Rockland Town Forest, Webb Memorial State Park, Ames Nowell State Park, Rocky Run Conservation Area, Pond Meadow Park, South Shore Quests

March 16 – Look for Signs of SpringNorris Reservation, Whiton Woods, Forge Pond Park, French’s Stream Trail, Old Rockland Fireworks Loop Trail, Clark Bog Trail, Summer Street Conservation Lands, Plain Street Trails, Indian Crossway, Whortleberry Hollow, Furnace Brook Watershed, Cranberry Watershed Preserve, Hanover Senior Center Trails

March 23 – Create a Photo Series or Nature VideoRocky Run Conservation Area, Whitney & Thayer Woods, Union Street Woodland, Nelson Memorial Forest, Phillips Farm Preserve, Lansing Bennett Forest, Stewart/Person Preserve, Halfway Pond Conservation Area

March 30 – Take A Sensory WalkNorth River Wildlife Sanctuary, House Rock Park, North Hill Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary, Camp Kiwanee, Tindale Bog, Jacobs Meadow, Pine Island Trails

April 6 – Pick Up LitterEllis Nature Sanctuary, Indian Head River Fish Ladder, Dandelion Park, Julia Road Park, Gaffield Park, Gifford Playground, Negus Park, Weston Park, Bicentennial Park

April 13 – Take a Walk in the RainEllis Estate Trails, Monatiquot River Walk, Island Grove Park, Duxbury Bogs, Fern Hill Cemetery, Bare Cove Park, Alton Smith Reserve, Norris Reservation, Willow Brook Farm Preserve, Great Pond Trail

April 20 – Identify An Unfamiliar BirdCamp Wing Conservation Area, Pape Reservation, Kibby Property, Donald Flaherty Trail, Cuffee Hill Conservation Area, Patuxet Park, Ferry Hill Thicket, Foundry Pond

April 27 – View a Herring RunStephen Rennie Herring Run Park, Iron Hill Park, Herring Run Pool Park, Herring Run Park (Pembroke), Stewart/Person Preserve, Veterans Memorial Park

May 4 – Identify An Unfamiliar TreeSouth River Bog, George Ingram Park, Great Pond Trail, Hubbell Preserve, Rockland Town Forest, Twin Ponds Trail, South Shore Natural Science Center, Shingle Mill Brook Trail

May 11 – Take A Bike RideRockland Rail Trail, North Plymouth Rail Trail, Norwell PathwayWompatuck, Bare Cove Park, Great Esker Park, Hit The Trails on a Mountain Bike: Round Pond Conservation Area, Knapp Town Forest, Carolina Hill Reservation, Wompatuck State Park Norwell

May 18 – Pair a Hike with a Local Ice Cream ShopHornstra Dairy Farm/Hatch Mill, Dairy Twist/Misty Meadows or Willow Brook, Nona’s/Driftway Multi-Purpose Path, FarFars/Lapham Woods or Williams Preserve, B’s Ice Cream/Pratt Farm and Rail Trail/Bridle Trail, Rocky Roads/Harbor Walk, Magoo’s/Rockland Town Forest, Nona’s/Triphammer Pond, JJ’s Dairy Hut/Great Brewster Woods, JC’s Ice Cream/Denham Pond, Peaceful Meadows (Whitman) Heidi’s Hollow/Forge Pond Park, Veterans Memorial Town Forest 

May 25 – Visit a Community Garden for Inspiration – Last Meadows, Griffin Dairy Farm, Mounce Meadow, Holly Hill, Weir River Farm, Butterfly Park

June 1 – Book a Pontoon Boat River CruiseNSRWA’s Pontoon Boat, Things You Can See on A River Cruise: Roht Marine, Damon’s Point, The Spit, Packet Landing, Blueberry Island, Couch Beach, John Little Conservation Area, Union Street Bridge, Nelson Memorial Park, Rogers Yard, Bulman Marine, Block House Yard, Chittenden Yard, Corduroy Road, Curtis/Wanton Yards, North River Ferry Wreck, Stetson Meadows, Bald Hills, Briggs Yard, Route 3A Bridge, US Air Force Recreation Area

June 8 – Go FishingPowder Point Bridge, Damon’s Point, Union Street Bridge, Chittenden Yard, Pond Meadow Park, Jacobs Pond, Whitman’s Pond Park, Stetson Pond Beach, Norris Reservation, Crooker Memorial Park, Burrage Pond, Furnace Pond, Oldham Pond, Halfway Pond

June 15 – Plan a Paddling TripMarshfield Launch, Hanover Launch, Peter Igo Park, Abigail Adams Park, Weymouth Landing, Keville Footbridge, Marshfield Town Landing, Chittenden Yard, Jacobs Pond, Nelson Memorial Park, Studley Pond, Norwell Town Landing, Bourne Island Lagoon, Blueberry Island, Couch Beach, Poor Meadow Brook, Howland’s Landing

June 22 – Take a Yoga Class OutdoorsCheck out our Yoga at the River’s Edge classes!, Rexhame Beach, Couch Beach, Ferry Hill Center, Driftway Park, Luddam’s Ford Park (Pembroke)

June 29 – Campfire Time!Wompatuck State Park, Blueberry Island, Couch Beach, Rexhame Beach

July 6 – Pick Your Own BlueberriesTree-Berry Farm, The Blueberry Farm, CN Smith Farm, Sauchuk Farm, or can you find some on your own, in the wild?

July 13 – Swim in a River or PondCouch Beach, Rexhame Beach, Maquan Pond, Furnace Pond Beach, Little Sandy Bottom Pond, Stetson Pond Beach, Oldham Pond, Island Grove Park, Hartsuff Park

July 20 – Take A Firefly WalkDaniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary (consult MassAudubon), Holmes Reservation, Wompatuck (combine with camping), Last Meadows, Whitman Hanson High School, Alton Smith Reserve

July 27 – Identify a DragonflyButterfly Park, Cushman Preserve, Mary’s Garden, South River Park, Harding’s Pond, Woodbine Island, Cohasset Common, Crooker Park, Hingham Street Reservoir

August 3 – Watch a SunsetRoht Marine, Damon’s Point, Indian Head Pond, Herring River Trail, The Spit, Coast Guard Hill, Masthead Drive Trail, Powder Point Bridge, Silver Lake Sanctuary, Harbor Walk, Furnace Pond Beach

August 10 – Relax and Float DownstreamKeville Footbridge, Rexhame Beach, Marshfield Town Landing, Bulman Marine, Marshfield Launch, Chittenden Yard, Pembroke Town Forest

August 17 – Hear Live Music Outdoors – Stay tuned for more information about ScitStock!, Check out the live music offerings at Scituate Heritage Days and the Marshfield Fair

August 24 – Explore a Jetty or Tide PoolBrant Rock Beach, Green Harbor Beach, Scituate Lighthouse, Plymouth Harbor Jetty

August 31 – Visit a Farmers MarketRye Tavern, Cohasset Common, Plymouth, Marshfield, Braintree, Hingham, Holbrook, Hanover, Kingston

September 7 – Pick ApplesMounce Farm, CN Smith Farm

September 14 – Be An AdvocateSign Up For Our E-News to be notified about advocacy opportunities. Visit local properties that were preserved thanks to public campaigns: Driftway Conservation Park, Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary, Phillips Farm Preserve, Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary

September 21 – Join a Trail Maintenance CrewFill out our Volunteer Registation Form to be notified of Trail Crew opportunities. Visit recently maintained spots: Webster’s Wilderness, Carolina Hill Reservation, Stetson Meadows, Bates Conservation Area, Rocky Run Conservation Area, Union Street Woodland

September 28 – Try Forest Bathing or Outdoor MeditationTucker Preserve, Bates Lane Conservation Area, Summer Street Conservation Lands, Veterans Commemorative Town Forest, Hatch Lots Conservation Area, Wharf Creek Conservation Area, Webster’s Wilderness, Phillips Sanctuary, Veterans Memorial Town Forest, Triphammer Pond Conservation Area, Thaddeus Chandler Sanctuary, Brass Kettle Conservation Area

October 5 – Pair a Hike with a Local BreweryStellwagen Beer Company/Jose Carreiro Woodland, Untold Brewing/Driftway Conservation Park, Burke’s Alewerks/Jacobs Pond Conservation Area, Vitamin Sea Brewing and Barrel House Z/Cavern Rock Park, Mayflower Brewing/Camp Nekon, Old Colony Brewing/Whitman Town Park and Hobart Pond, Widowmaker Brewing/Pond Meadow Park, 10th District Brewing/Ames Nowell State Park, Second Wind Brewing/Beaver Dam Conservation Area, IndieFerm Brewing/Eel River Preserve

October 12 – Visit an Audubon SanctuaryDaniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary, North River Wildlife Sanctuary, North Hill Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary, Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary

October 19 – Visit a Wildlands Trust PropertyHoyt Hall Preserve, Pudding Hill Reservation, Phillips Sanctuary, Willow Brook Farm Preserve, Tucker Preserve, Canoe Club Preserve, Melzar Hatch Preserve, Cushman Preserve, Cow Tent Hill Preserve, Striar Conservancy, Stewart/Person Preserve, The Nook Preserve, Halfway Pond Conservation Area

October 26 – Visit a Trustees PropertyTwo Mile Farm, Norris Reservation, World’s End, Whitney and Thayer Woods, Turkey Hill, Holmes Reservation, Weir River Farm

November 2 – Explore an Agricultural LandscapeHistoric O’Neil Farm, Weir River Farm, Griffin Dairy Farm, Stetson Meadows, Donovan-Wildcat Conservation Area, Hornstra Dairy Farm, Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary, Crosbie Family Preserve, Willow Brook Farm Preserve, Berrybrook Fields

November 9 – Explore a Wetland – Preble Property, Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary, John Little Conservation Area, Smith-Nawazelski Conservation Area, Colby-Phillips Trails, Lansing Bennett Forest, Norris Reservation, Canoe Club Preserve, Miller Woods, Brockton Audubon Preserve

November 16 – Explore a Forest TrailBradford Torrey Bird Sanctuary, Nelson Memorial Forest, Fogg Forest, Higgins-MacAllister Preserve, Pembroke High & Hobomock Elementary Trails, Simon Hill, Carolina Hill Reservation, Folly Hill Trail Walk, Knapp Town Forest/Waiting Hill Preserve, Wheelwright Park/Barnes Wildlife Sanctuary

November 23 – Explore a Salt Marsh TrailDriftway Conservation Park, James Landing Walkway, North Plymouth Rail Trail, The Nook Preserve, Harbor Walk, Great Esker Park, Osprey Overlook Park, Bare Cove Park, Mulliken’s Landing, Mary’s Garden, North River Wildlife Sanctuary

November 30 – Check Out Some Glacial Erratics – Cavern Rock Park, Whitney & Thayer Woods, Wheelwright Park, Womaptuck State Park – Doane Street Entrance, Rocky Run Conservation Area, Barnes Wildlife Sanctuary, Bates Lane Conservation Area, Brockton Audubon Preserve, House Rock Park

December 7 – Explore the Beach in WinterRexhame Beach, Preble Property/The Spit, Brant Rock Beach, Duxbury Beach Reservation, Green Harbor Beach, Peggotty Beach, Gray’s Beach Park, Humarock Beach, Minot Beach, Stodders Neck, Webb Memorial State Park, George Lane Beach

December 14 – Visit a State ParkWompatuck (various entrances), Webb Memorial State Park, Abigail Adams State Park, Ames Nowell State Park, Cushing Memorial State Park, Myles Standish State Reservation

December 21 – Visit a Rail TrailMarshfield Bridle and Rail Trail, Rockland Rail Trail, North Plymouth Rail Trail,  Whitney Spur Rail Trail, Nava-Stasiluk Conservation Area, Herring River Trail, Indian Head River Trails

December 28 – Watch the Sun RiseBrant Rock Beach, Duxbury Beach Reservation, Plymouth Harbor Jetty, Bay Farm, Holmes Reservation, Scituate Maritime Center, Scituate Lighthouse, Peggotty Beach, Gray’s Beach Park, Humarock Beach