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
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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 

Florida, MA 

(yes, there IS a Florida in western Massachusetts !)

This 2 day class with Bob Metcalfe will include 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.

Contact Bob with any questions and to be notified of scheduled class dates.

Lodging will be available at Blue Vista Motor Lodge.

Wildlife Tracking Through The Seasons Series:
2022 Winter/Spring

Jan 16, Feb 20, Mar 20, Apr 24, May 22

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Camp Nihan State Park

Saugus, MA

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

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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

Coyote Tracks in Snow
Tracking Predators on Averill’s Island


Sunday, February 9, 2020

12:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Topsfield, MA

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
Topsfield, MA