NEW PROGRAM! Come to Joppa Flats after school, and join Lisa Hutchings and her animal husbandry team for a fascinating look at feeding time for the marine life in our 110-gallon touch tank. With the help of Joppa's digital hand-held microscope, you'll see sand dollars channeling food into their mouths and green sea urchins wiggling tube feet and spines. You’ll help us identify, sort, and feed a wide variety of crabs and mollusks. Watch our horseshoe crab devour sea worms and hermit crabs "beg" for supper. As a special treat, we'll show you our newest inhabitants, 8-inch-wide sea stars and a young lobster!
Ipswich River Watershed Association is turning 40 and we’re having a birthday party to celebrate. This free admission event will be filled with fun: a canoe parade, a tug-of-war, an obstacle-course tag game and a relay race. There will be paddleboard, kayak and yoga demos.
The Riverbend Open House hosted by the Ipswich River Watershed Association will include games and activities for children and family geared towards teaching them about water use, the watershed, and the river. Guest will be able to explore the trails and gardens on the Riverbend property and participate in short paddles departing from the Riverbend dock. While guest may choose to bring their own kayaks/canoes/paddleboards they are invited to use the organization’s canoes and kayaks. Attendees should dress for being out of doors, bringing sunblock, water bottles and hats.
Join us for a relaxed, fun, and family-friendly paddle from our headquarters at Riverbend, right on the river in Ipswich. It is perfect for all ages and levels of paddling experience. You will have the opportunity to learn basic paddling skills, from the proper way to hold a kayak paddle to different ways to steer your canoe. You will enjoy a leisurely evening paddle down the river and experience the beauty of the river’s wildness and maybe even see some of our resident wildlife, from beavers to turtles to the many birds who call the river home. We have a limited number of canoes and kayaks that you may use for free, but you may also bring your own. Please let us know if you need a boat and which type you prefer.
Canoeing and kayaking are a wonderful complement to a meditative practice. Our paddle will be led by Kent Harrop a graduate of the Shalem Institute in Contemplative Leadership and a life-long lover of rivers and paddling. Before entering the water we’ll be introduced to a few simple yet profound meditation mantras designed to quiet our minds.
Want to canoe or kayak on the Ipswich River? Would you like to help support the health and longevity of the river while you do? Join the Ipswich River Watershed Association for their second annual Paddle-a-thon. You can choose to it alone, or take a guided social paddle, and all participants invited to join the party after their paddle between noon and 3pm. This fun fundraising event is open to all, and the IRWA even has a limited supply of kayaks and canoes, so register today!
In every kind of weather, our favorite thing is to head outdoors to our spectacular local habitats! Each nature exploration will focus on the importance of a sense of place as we explore the ecology, sights, and sounds of our natural landscape. Wildlife, local and migrating birds, collecting techniques, and environmental awareness will be presented in a fun, energetic format that adults and children alike will enjoy. In this session, particitpants will explore the trails of Woodsom Farms with naturalists from Joppa Flats Education Center! .
Joppa Flats Education Center Camp Director Kirsten Lindquist leads an excurison to York Maine! We'll explore both a mountaintop and the ocean in one day -- it's the best of both worlds! We'll start off with a hike around and up Mount Agamenticus, which overlooks the ocean out to the Isles of Shoals on the horizon. On the mountain, our crew will keep an eye out for vernal pools and evidence of glacial history, while we all get to know flora unique to alpine ecosystems. After lunch on the summit, we'll descend to the coast at nearby Long Sands Beach and investigate the tide pools for marine life.
Bring your 3-5 year old youngster to the refuge visitor center for a good old-fashioned story hour. For each session, a refuge volunteer will read a story about an animal or some other interesting aspect of nature. The kids will then complete a related craft to take home. Enrollment is limited to 12 children. The parent or guardian must remain for the entire program. Preregistration is required for this program.
Children ages 4-6 (and three year olds who are comfortable with the setup) are invited to come and play and learn with us for the next 6 Friday mornings. This class is playful, silly, and all about being a child, or a child pretending to be an animal. Each day, focus on a different one of our senses, and learn about local wild creatures that are really good at using that sense. Play games for using each sense, and imagine what it would be like to have super sense powers. Each day, create something original related to our sense exploration, and take it home.