Mass Audubon South ShoreSanctuaries, Marshfield
Looking for natural treasures? They're easy to find in the winter, whether birds' nests left behind, owls in action, or spots where deer nibble on trees. Programs at the sanctuaries and other Mass Audubon locations aim to introduce children to those unexpected treasures. "We're so used to watching TV and the tropical rain forests, but there's some cool stuff right here in New England," said Sue MacCallum, South Shore Sanctuaries director. "It's about getting kids excited about what's right here in New England. It's about getting out there and spending time outdoors when you don't normally." Youngsters can learn how animals survive the winter, search for harbor seals, call out to owls, and track animals with programs like "Nature Nut Club," "Hoot and Howl," and "Seals and Seashells." When children explore beyond nature's surface, Mass Audubon hopes the winter landscape becomes a little more inviting. 2000 Main St., 781-837-9400, massaudubon.org, check listings for schedules and prices.