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Astronomy Night

Join our local Astronomer, Jim Zebrowski and other members of the Aldrich Astronomical Society for a Fruitlands Museum Star Party!

From the Fruitlands hillside, gaze up at the open sky.  You will see and learn more about the stars, planets, and moon. Sun will set at 4:21 PM. Check a brief glimpse of Saturn which sets at 7:36 PM, with Uranus out for most of the evening. Aldrich telescopes will also check out the double cluster in Perseus and the great Andromeda Galaxy along with the colorful double star Albireo and the planetary nebula M57 in Lyra.  It is a wonderful time for exploring the night sky!

We will have scopes available for visitor use and a hands-on table including meteorites you can check out close up. If you have them, bring along a pair of binoculars and we will demonstrate how to use them for star gazing.

We are happy to offer this program rain or shine (although of course we are hoping for clear skies). In the event of rain, we will move the program inside and continue with a space exploration presentation about our solar system. Enjoy hands on activities, touch a meteorite, check out a telescope close up. There is much to explore, no matter the weather!

Please pre-register online to secure your spot in this popular program



When: Nov 20, 2019 12am in Harvard, MA
Cost: Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE; Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Green Friday Opt Outside Hike

Forget the retail lines and head to the woods to work off that Thanksgiving turkey and spend some time with the family. This staff lead hike will cover 1.5 to 2 miles of moderate terrain. We’ll point out signs of fall plant and animal life, answer questions about the Trustees and Fruitlands, and finish up with some cider at Wayside Gallery.

Please note that space in this program is limited and pre-registration is required.

Fruitlands Museum Shop, Art Gallery, and Wayside Gallery will also be open for special hours from 12-5pm. Extend your stay and arrive early or stay after to explore the current exhibitions in the Art Gallery.



When: Nov 29, 2019 12am in Harvard, MA
Cost: Member: FREE; Nonmember: $5;

Owl Prowl

We are taking to the trails of Fruitlands Museum to see who-who-who might be out and about in the dark winter woods. Join local naturalist and educator, Laurie Nehring, on this family friendly guided Owl Prowl. We will begin at the Wayside Gallery to learn about winter-time nocturnal animals and how to call in the owls. Then we will venture out to see if we can call any owls to us.

This program involves winter night-time hiking on a ¾ mile long moderate hiking trail. If we have snow, feel free to bring snowshoes for the trek!

Please note that space is limited and this program is likely to sell out quickly. Pre-registration is required. Recommended for ages 7 and up.

Rain/Snow Date: In the event of inclement weather this program will be held on Saturday, December 7th. Any schedule changes due to weather will be communicated to registered participants via email.



When: Dec 6, 2019 12am in Harvard, MA
Cost: Member Adult: $9; Member Child: FREE; Nonmember Adult: $15; Nonmember Child: FREE;

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About Harvard, MA
Harvard is a well preserved rural town. Residents enjoy Bare Hill Pond which is a 330 acre lake where you may swim and sail and canoe in the summer and cross country ski and skate in the winter. There are over 2,000 acres of conservation land throughout Harvard which interconnect with many walking trails.

The Harvard school system has the highest rating in Worcester County and is considered the main reason why many families choose to live in Harvard. Bromfield High School graduates are accepted at a wide variety of upscale colleges all across the country.