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As your summer season gets into full swing, be sure to check out some exciting outdoor events this week. If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to get more active this summer, look no further than the walking clubs at the Wachusett Mountain State Reservation in Princeton and the Harold Parker State Forest in North Andover. In Princeton the Walk a Lot Here: Beginners walking program features guided walks. This walk introduces beginners to the joy of hiking and walking. Participants can scale a peak or take the scenic route on Echo Lake Road. At the reservation, the beautiful trails are the heart of the park system and are a perfect way to develop a regular exercise routine! For a fun and interesting hike including tips on the health benefits of walking, join guides this and every Wednesday at 6:00pm at the Reservation Visitor Center.

In North Andover the We Walk the Woods walking club meets Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. Just 20 miles from Boston, the forest consists of rolling hills, low laying swampy areas, rocky outcrops and several ponds to be explored throughout the walking club series. This is a moderately paced walk appropriate for all ages. Walkers should meet at the park headquarters.

For some family fun this weekend be sure to check out Wompatuck State Park in Hingham this Saturday for their Swamp Tromp program for families. Children will be able to use the park's nets and buckets to explore and discover what lives in the waters of the Wompatuck! This program is great for families of all ages and experience levels. Come to have fun and explore the beauty of the State Park this Saturday. Families are asked to follow Park Road down to Boundary Pond where the groups will meet. In Princeton at the Wachusett Reservation, check out the Kaleidoscope Kids program. This fun, hands-on, outdoor experience is for kids aged 3 – 6 and their families. Each week children will hear stories, participate in an activity, and make a craft designed to help them understand the world around us. Families should meet at the Visitor Center.

Also on Thursday, head to Nickerson State Park in Brewster to take part in the Learn Geocaching event! Participants will have the opportunity to explore the Park and learn how to use a hand-held GPS unit through Geocaching, a treasure hunting game where participants seek containers using GPS coordinates. Pre-registration is required for this event due to limited GPS units. For some family fun at Nickerson State Park this Friday, be sure to check out the Nature Exploration: Forest Discovery program. Enjoy naturalist led nature walks for the whole family and explore different habitats throughout the Park, this week’s theme highlighting the diverse forests of the Park. Call ahead or visit the Park website to register for both of these great events.

For more exciting outdoors events this and every week throughout the summer- check out our Events Calendar.

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