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When was the last time you took time to stop and smell the roses? This week, reopen your eyes to the true beauty that makes up the world. On Wednesday, June 12 at 6 p.m., explore Myles Standish State Forest to catch a glimpse of the beautifully adorable whip-poor-will. As dusk falls, their voice grows; come listen to the songs they sing and the stories they tell. There may even be a few owls! For more information, and to preregister, visit http://www.meetup.com/friendsofmylesstandishstateforest/events/104183732.

Frequently forgotten in the bright city lights, the night sky has remained a source of inspiration, imagination, and fantasy. On June 14, in Halibut Point State Park, escape with the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club at 9 p.m. to gaze at the stars and other celestial beings. Telescopes will be available, and local astronomers will be present. So, bring your kids and a blanket and let your mind drift off into the cosmos. Call 978-546-2997 for more information.

Continuing on with your rediscovery of Mother Nature and join Adam Morris and Christine Ward as they lead an invigorating ID hike along the Tree-mile Hill Trail near Fountain Pond the morning of June 15. Listen for wildlife and investigate the diverse species of plants and trees over 1.5 miles of the trail (a shuttle will be provided for a ride back). A perfect family activity and it’s completely free! Bond with your beau, your brats, and your buddies, all while basking in Beartown State Forest. To register, please call the Berkshire South Community Center at 413-528-2810.

To cap off the events, don’t miss the summer solstice lecture in Western Gateway Heritage State Park June 15, beginning at 2 p.m. Titled “Yours Truly, Earth”, this year’s lecture centers around the golden record that was attached to the Voyager spacecraft. A sort of time capsule, on it is recorded 115 images, a variety of natural sounds, greetings in a multitude of languages, musical selections from different cultures and eras, along with other representations of the people on Earth. Come learn about this special, hope-infused piece of history, and listen and look at its portrayal of Earth and its people. Appropriate for adults and children high school and up.

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the trials and tribulations of everyday life. But this week, turn off your cell phones and turn on your senses. The world is a wonderful, magical place, if we only take a moment to notice.

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