Scroll down to browse our currently scheduled programs. Our programs require Pre-Registration, so be sure to contact the Sponsoring Organization or New England Discovery as noted in the program description.
Most programs are held outside and some walking is off trail through forests and fields.
To insure your safety and comfort, wear clothing and footwear appropriate for the weather, and always feel free to contact us ahead of time with any questions or concerns.
Please see our FAQs page for additional information about New England Discovery programs.
New England Discovery offers programs in animal tracking and behavior, nature photography, forest and wetlands exploration to individuals and groups throughout the year.
Scheduled Guided Walks & Nature Programs
Land Navigation 1
Map and Compass Basics
Early November 2022 (Dates not yet set)
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Blue Vista Motor Lodge
229 Mohawk Trail
(yes, there IS a Florida in western Massachusetts !)
This 2 day class with Bob Metcalfe will consist of classroom lessons plus lots of time for outdoor fieldwork to hone your navigation skills. Small class size will allow for individual attention.
You will learn to:
-Properly use your compass
-Take and follow a compass bearing
-Correct for magnetic declination
-Read a USGS Topo Map
-Combine map and compass skills to navigate on trail or in the wilderness.
Lodging will be available at Blue Vista Motor Lodge.
Wildlife Tracking Through The Seasons Series:
Jan 16, Feb 20, Mar 20, Apr 24, May 22
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Camp Nihan State Park
This series with Bob Metcalfe is intended for anyone who would like to improve their wildlife tracking skills and get a more in depth look at the lives of wild animals as the seasons change. Each session will focus on different animals, tracking concepts and methods.
Contact Bob with any questions.
These programs are being offered by The American Outdoor School. Contact them for information and to sign up for the series:
or phone: 617-942-0258
Emerald Necklace Wildlife
Saturday May 21, 2022
10:00 AM to Noon
Franklin Park, Boston MA
Join Bob Metcalfe for a Wildlife Tracking Walk to discover wildlife in the city.
This free program is being offered by The Emerald Necklace Conservancy . Contact them for information and to sign up.
or phone: 617-522-2700
Tracking Predators on Averill’s Island
Sunday, February 9, 2020
12:30 PM to 4:30 PM
What is life like for a predator in winter? In this exploration of remote Averill’s Island we will try to find fresh tracks of a predator that we can follow through the winter forest.
We will begin with an indoor presentation and discussion, then head out on the sanctuary for about 3 hours, so be sure to dress warmly.
Snowshoes are not required, but bring them if you have them.
To register, contact:
Massachusetts Audubon Society
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary