These are just a few of the animals waiting to greet Blue Star Families at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary this summer. According to Michael O’Connor, public relations manager for Mass Audubon, “ Drumlin Farm is a wonderful open space for all ages and interests.  As both a working farm and a wildlife sanctuary, Drumlin Farm is a great place to see how people, nature, and farming can all work together in a way that protects our environment. Whether you have young kids who want to take a hayride and see the farm animals, older kids who are excited about the wildlife, or adults who want to explore the trails, there’s something new to see and do every time you visit.”

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Drumlin Farm, featuring 206 acres of wildlife sanctuary, is unique in the Boston area. Here, according to Michael, you can “ head down to our farmyard, where you’ll find livestock including goats, pigs, cows, and chickens, as you learn about how these animals support life on the farm. You can also visit our collection of native wildlife, where you can see New England animals such as hawks, owls, fox, and deer up close. Once you’ve met our animals, take a walk to our open crops fields or up to the top of the drumlin, one of the highest points in Greater Boston.”

And on August 6 from 9am to 5pm, Drumlin Farm, a proud Blue Star Museum, is rolling out the red carpet in a Big Blue Star way. There will be hayrides and special programs for active duty military families, especially those from nearby Hanscom AFB. Meet owls, bluebirds and crows in the live wildlife programs, watch cows being milked and ponies being groomed or learn everything you ever wanted to know about weasels! What could be more fun than a day at the farm with family and friends?

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Location: Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 208 South Great Road, Lincoln MA Rain date: Sunday, August 7 th (please check our website for weather information) If you can’t make it on August 6, you might want to check out this upcoming event: Our Friday Evening Hayride and Campfire (August 19 at 4 pm and 6 pm ) is one of our most popular family programs! Take a hayride to the field, enjoy s’mores around the campfire, and then meet a special nighttime animal visitor as the sun sets. It’s great program for families looking for a special evening out together.

If you are looking for other museum destinations in Massachusetts consider Mass Audubon’s 100 wildlife sanctuaries across the state (all with free admission to military families from now through Labor Day)! As Michael says, “We like to think of these as outdoor museums, where every visitor is a curator!”

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When you visit, thank Drumlin Farm for being a Blue Star Museum. According to Michael, their participation “is an important way for Mass Audubon to be connected to the community and to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to explore these special spaces that make up the nature of Massachusetts.”