Nature Programs

Withywindle Nature Programs provides interactive, hands-on nature and environmental education programs to school, public and private groups that foster environmentally literate citizens.

Nature Programs and Environmental Education

Visit our calendar for information on our public program offerings.

Our natural history programs are run by professional naturalist Cynthia Menard, with occasional collaboration from other environmental education providers.  For more on Cynthia see the about Withywindle page.  We offer walks/hikes and programs on a variety of natural history topics including wildlife ecology, tracking, birding and more, based out of central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.

We offer:

– Animal Tracking
– Forest Ecology
– Wetland Discovery
– …And more!

– Leave No Trace Ethics and Practices
Living With Coyotes: History, Ecology and Management of a Wily Species
Wolf at the Door: The Past, Present and Future of Wolves in the Northeastern US
– Beginning and Intermediate Birding
– Teambuilding Skills


Looking for program ideas?

How about an in-depth program that focuses just on owls, or wolves or black bears?  Studying a specific animal helps  school-aged children develop empathy and understanding towards that animal, and dispels any myths or fears that they may have.  Predators are an important part of our natural ecosystems, and are becoming increasingly present in our day-to day lives.  Helping people of all ages understand the scientific facts about these animals will increase our ability to co-exist with them and make informed decisions about living around them.


Visit our Activity Write-Up & Outdoor Info page for more program ideas and resources.


Sign up for the Withywindle Nature News mailing list – you’ll receive monthly program & blog updates, access to our free e-publications, and an e-book copy of Cynthia’s collection of nature essays titled “Lessons From a Naturalist”:



 Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

– William Butler Yeats

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