Conservation

Beginner Paddle Session

Learn paddling skills with the Ipswich Watershed Association as part of Trails and Sails!

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.

When: 
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 5:30-8pm

Touch Tank Feeding Time

You can look at, AND touch the creatures in Joppa Flats touch tank! Feeding time is a lot of fun!

Get an up-close look at dinner time for the fascinating marine life in our 110-gallon touch tank, and help us identify, sort, and feed them! With the help of Joppa's digital hand-held microscope, you'll see sand dollars channeling food into their tiny mounts and green sea urchins wiggling their spines, along with many other unexpected sights.

When: 
Wednesdays, July 11 to August 22, 2018 4:30–6pm.

Riverbend Dock Opening

Ipswich River Watershed Association annual dock opening

Ipswich River Watershed Associationinvites you to Riverbend headquarters in celebrating the return of the paddling season. We’ll be leading a short paddle down river to the historic Peatfield landing where we’ve installed the our newest kiosk. Then we’ll return to Riverbend for ice cream, soda, beer, music and games. Please RSVP to rsvp@ipswichriver.org

When: 
Sunday, May 6, 2018 1-4pm

Ipswich River Paddle-a-thon

Ipswich River Watershed Association Paddle-a-thon is a fun day on the Ipswich River for the whole family!

Paddle-a-thon is a wonderful opportunity for our community to celebrate the Ipswich River and help ensure it’s here for future generations. Join us, Saturday June 16th, in raising funds and awareness for the river and our Clean Water Program. Paddlers are asked to raise funds and awareness for the river, with $100 per boat suggested minimum.

When: 
Saturday, June 16, 2018

April Vacation Treks & Trails: Joppa Flats

Identifying Minnows with naturalists from the Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport Massachusetts.  Photo by Lisa Hutchings

Joppa Flats Education Center helps families beat the blahs and keep minds active and hands busy during school break! Head out into the wild with kids and families for great outdoor explorations this April vacation. For families with children ages 3 and up, School and Youth Education Coordinator Lisa Hutchings heads a program where kids will to learn all about the "nursery of the sea" with our salt marsh science stations including live minnow ID, salinity experiments, and a chance to meet some of the live inhabitants of the salt marsh.

When: 
Thursday, April 19, 2018 10am-Noon

Summits & Sea Creatures with Joppa Flats

Hike Mount Agamenticus in Maine with Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center during April Vacation!

Joppa Flats Education Center invites teens and tweens to explore a mountaintop and the ocean in one day - it's the best of both worlds! We'll start at Long Sands Beach, where we'll investigate the tide pools for marine life. The, we'll hike up Mount Agamenticus, where we'll keep an eye out for plants and animals unique to mountain habitats, and for evidence of the glaciers that covered the area thousands of years ago. We promise a lunch break, raptor search, and games at the summit! The two-mile hike is a combination of gentle and moderately hilly terrain. This is a great mountain for beginners and is full of natural history interest for more experienced hikers.

When: 
Friday, April 20, 2018 9am-3:30pm

April Vacation Week Treks & Trails: Mill Pond

Come to Mill Pond in West Newbury for dipnetting with Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Center during April Vacation Week!

Come to Mill Pond in West Newbury for dipnetting with Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Center during April Vacation Week! It’s vacation week, so let's head for the hills and the marsh and the pond! Miss Lisa and Miss Kirsten are ready for an out-of-school adventure, and they have all the field equipment we'll need to go on a mini-trek to explore some of our favorite habitats. At Mill Pond, we'll bring the buckets, scoops, nets, microscopes, and guides to see what freshwater life is springing forth. At Rough Meadows, we’ll set fish traps and search for tiny snails and scud, then go on a salt marsh scavenger hunt. All materials are provided, so come on out and meet us for some treks and trails!

When: 
Wednesday, April 18, 2019 1-3pm

Teen Conservation Club: Spring Session

Teens will learn about Natural History, Ecology and Conservation at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary.

Interesting hikes, natural history topics to explore, and real data-collection opportunities will all be based on your input and interests in this exciting club for teens. Get involved behind the scenes with Mass Audubon's science and conservation work. We meet one or two Saturdays a month during our spring and fall sessions.  We also take one full-day field trip each session to connect with local organizations and learn more about environmental issues in our communities and how you can make a real difference. Meet other local teens who are passionate about nature, science, and taking care of our world. 

Free Fun Family Films: Moana

Kids are invited to PArker River Wildlife Refuge for a free showing of Moana!
Enjoy top-rated and otherwise GREAT “Hollywood” movies on the visitor center’s BIG SCREEN, featuring our state-of-the art laser projection and surround sound system. In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches Moana's island, she answers the Ocean's call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.  (2016; PG; Runtime: 1 hr, 47 mins.)
When: 
Sunday, March 18, 2018 1:30pm

Imagine, Sing & Learn: Moon and Stars

Joppa Flats Education Center has fun things to do for northshore families

This parent/child program is designed for the creative, curious, and active preschooler who loves animals. Each 90-minute session offers a structured series of activities including original songs, movement, dramatic play, hands-on science, and a thematic snack. We'll give you coloring pages to take home, and you'll receive song lyrics, vocabulary, a fun-fact sheet, and a suggested reading list in an email after each class.

When: 
Friday, December 1, 2017 10-11:30am

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Pinocchio at NSMT

PINOCCHIO Presented by Kaleidoscope Children's Theatre at North Shore Music Theater in Beverly Massachusetts
Come see PINOCCHIO Presented by Kaleidoscope Children's Theatre at North Shore Music Theater in Beverly Massachusetts! An amazing series of adventures awaits Pinocchio in his quest to become a real boy. Will he take theBlue Fairy's advice and listen to the smart little cricket?

Hook a Cure Fishing Tournament

Hook a Cure fishing tournament in Gloucester at the Cape Ann Marina to benefit Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Gloucester at the Cape Ann Marina
Grab an angler package and hit the water for a great day of fishing on the Cape Ann coastline. You'll be competing for great prizes chasing stripers and blues, all while helping Dana-Farber's dedicated team of doctors and researchers find a cure for cancer! 

The Big Dog Show A Dale Rogers Exhibit

Big Dog Show is a travelling large-scale public art exhibit
The Big Dog Show is a travelling large-scale public art exhibit created by award winning sculptor, Dale Rogers, and consists of twenty 8-foot-hi

Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT

Minsky Arm, created by Marvin Minsky on display at the MIT Museum!
Robots and Beyond shares the results of decades of Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation at MIT. Explore the ideas that shaped AI and the birth of robotics, fields that are synonymous with research at MIT.
Where: MIT Museum

Boston Public Market - Boston

Boston Public Market - Boston
The Boston Public Market is an indoor, year-round marketplace featuring 35 New England artisans and food producers housed under one roof offering fresh foods, prepared meals, crafts, and specialty items. Residents and visitors alike can find seasonal, locally sourced food from Massachusetts and New...
8:00 am to 8:00 pm

MFA: Casanova’s Europe: Art, Pleasure, and Power in the 18th Century

Museum exhibits at Museum of Fine Arts Boston MA
In the dynamic world of 18th-century Europe, people, ideas, and artistic styles crossed national boundaries. Salons rich with opulent paintings and furnishings hummed with intellectual exchange, gossip, and flirtation. To a person like Giacomo Casanova—smart and confident, boastful and scheming—the...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

PEM Explores Innovations Inspired by Nature - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum Wild Designs Exhibit
This summer discover how creative innovators are turning to nature for new ideas and smart solutions to human challenges.  Wild Designs, on exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, features works by artists and other creatives who are looking to nature and living systems for new ideas and creative...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

PEM: Sally Mann A Thousand Crossings - Salem

Events in Salem MA at Peabody Essex Museum
Co-organized with the National Gallery of Art, this exhibition features some 115 photographs - many of which have not been exhibitied or published previously - that offer a sweeping overview of the distinguished photograhier's articstic achievement, vision and drive.    
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Public Skate and Learn to Skate at Peabody Skating Rink

Learn to Skate with the Peabody Skating Club at Peabody Skating Rink
The McVann-O'Keefe Skating Rink in Peabody is open for Public Skating weekdays from 10-11:45 am, Saturday's at 2 pm, and Sundays at 2:10 pm. Call today to ask about the Learn to Skate program at with the Peabody Skating Club. The ice is perfect. The Halloween and Christmas parties are a blast, and...
10:00 am to 11:45 am

Farm Friends

Farm Friends a program for preschoolers at Spencer Peirce Little Farm Newbury Massachusetts!
Children three to six and a favorite adult of their choosing are invited to share in some fun-filled farm adventures which will connect them to daily life at Spencer Peirce Little Farm.
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Meet Beach Creatures All Summer Long!

Discover and explore the facts of the creatures you find at the beach at Joppa
Drop in at Joppa Flats BEFORE the beach, AFTER the beach, or INSTEAD of the beach! What is that spiky thing I almost stepped on? How do starfish – or is it sea stars – eat? Are those baby fish, or is that as big as they get? You have the questions, Joppa Flats Education Center has the answers – and...
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Fridays

Free family events all summer north of Boston, Northshore, Cape Ann
The Highland Street Foundation invites Massachusetts residents and tourists to visit designated cultural attractions every Friday this summer with free admission. 10 weeks between June 2+ and August 31 during which admission will be waived at 100 different museums and attractions across the state....
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos-Marsh

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos-Marsh
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play.
10:15 am to 11:15 am

Cat's Meow at the Crane Estate

Kids will have a exploring the Trustees of Reservations Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts!
On this interactive tour for younger visitors and their families, join a member of the Crane’s household staff to explore what made this a relaxing home.  Peak into some of their private rooms and discover the family cat’s favorite hiding places!
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Essex Heritage Boat Tours to Bakers Island Lighthouse - Salem

Boat and Light Station Tour Bakers Island Tour
Bakers Island Light is officially open for the season! Whether you have visited before or are new to the site, there are lots of ways to experience Bakers Island Light this summer. Read on to see what is happening this year.
10:30 am to 2:00 pm

Kidleidoscope

Kidleidoscope at Maudslay State Park is a chance for preschoolers to explore the park, enjoy a story and make a craft!
Maudslay State Park has created this program for their youngest crowd! For the young set that loves nature, the park interpreter will lead a three-part preschool aged program that includes a Story, Craft & Walk that involves outdoor exploration. A different nature topic each week so come every...
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Lighthouses and Local History Tour

Salem Harbor Heritage Harbor Tour
Join Essex Heritage for tours of Salem Harbor and beyond all summer long! Essex Heritage offers a variety of specialty tours for adventurers of all ages. NEW this summer are narrated harbor cruises on Friday afternoons departing from the Salem Maritime National Historic Site. Come aboard Naumkeag...
2:00 pm

Creature Catch!

Discover what creatures live in New England Ponds at Harold Parker State Forest!
Meet at Frye Pond Beach - Fish, frogs, snakes, and salamanders, let’s discover what lives in our tranquil New England ponds!  Nets and buckets are provided.  This activity can be wet and muddy.
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Around the World Cookbook at Sawyer Free

Check out the Around the World Cookbook for kids, make a recipe and bring to Sawyer Free Library to discuss!
Come to Sawyer Free Library for a fun afternoon where kids can talk and share their experiences in the kitchen.
3:00 pm

Open Studio at Art Haven

Things to do north of Boston
Friday afternoons are a great time for families to drop-by fand enjoy Open Studio at Art Haven. Participate in a fun activity and access to the studio space to work on clay, painting, drawing or anything else you dream up. All ages are welcome with a parent.
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Friday Farm Dinners at Appleton Farms

Families enjoy dinner on at Appletons Farms with ingredients fresh from the farm!
Join Appleton Farms for a dinner on the farm! Each Friday Appleton Farms and Chive Events invites you to join us for dinner. Relax under the setting sun and enjoy a truly unique farm to table experience. From fresh vegetables and fruits, to local pasture raised meats and sustainable seafood, Chive...
5:30 pm

Family Dusk Paddles: Discovering Wetlands

Join us as we paddle through the winding backwaters at IRWS with the family
Explore the Ipswich River at dusk. Bring your family and join us for an evening paddle in a canoe as we learn more about the river and some of its inhabitants. Being on the water is one of the best ways to explore and discover the wonders of wetlands. We will paddle through the winding backwaters...
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Astronomy After Hours at the MOS Observatory

Come to the Museum of Science rooftop for free stargazing and astronomy related
Tucked away on the roof of the Museum's parking garage, the Gilliland Observatory is a wonderful resource for our starry-eyed public. On clear nights, you can view stars, planets, the Moon, and other astronomical phenomena. On cloudy nights, tour the inside of the Observatory, and participate in...
8:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Saturday, August 18

Family Campout at Appleton Farms

Come to Appleton Farms in Ipswich for a fun night of camping on the farm!
Summer may be coming to an end, but what better way to get one last summer night in than a camp out at Appleton Farms! For the first time ever, Families will be able to set up a tent in the Stone Paddock. Experience the fun of camping, while still having access to bathrooms and the experience of...

The Big Dog Show A Dale Rogers Exhibit

Big Dog Show is a travelling large-scale public art exhibit
The Big Dog Show is a travelling large-scale public art exhibit created by award winning sculptor, Dale Rogers, and consists of twenty 8-foot-hi

Theater in the Open Festival

Come enjoy two days of theater fun hosted by Theater in the Open at Maudlsay State Park
The second annual Theater in the Open Festival returns to Maudslay State Park on August 18th and 19th! Join us for a weekend filled with our entire summer season! Bring a picnic lunch and come on down to see every show we are performing this summer-all in two days! All shows are free and open to...

Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT

Minsky Arm, created by Marvin Minsky on display at the MIT Museum!
Robots and Beyond shares the results of decades of Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation at MIT. Explore the ideas that shaped AI and the birth of robotics, fields that are synonymous with research at MIT.
Where: MIT Museum

Gloucester Waterfront Festival

Come to Stage Fort Park in Gloucester for the 36th Annual Waterfront Festival.
Historic Stage Fort Park along Gloucester Harbor will once again blossom into the colorful 38th Annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival. A collection of over 175 Juried Artists and Craftsmen from throughout the U.S. will display their unique creations, live music, plus delicious ethnic foods. A...

Annual Gloucester Rotary Pancake Breakfast

Annual Gloucester Rotary Pancake Breakfast at Stage Frot Park
This is the 39th year for this annual event hosted by the Gloucester Rotary Club at the Bandstand of Stage Fort Park from 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. (in conjunction with the Gloucester Waterfront Festival). Parking is free during breakfast if you have a ticket.
7:30 am to 11:00 am

Boston Public Market - Boston

Boston Public Market - Boston
The Boston Public Market is an indoor, year-round marketplace featuring 35 New England artisans and food producers housed under one roof offering fresh foods, prepared meals, crafts, and specialty items. Residents and visitors alike can find seasonal, locally sourced food from Massachusetts and New...
8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Rockport Farmers' Market

The Rockport Farmers' Market runs every Saturday in Harvey Park in Downtown Rock
The Rockport Farmers' Market is a small market that runs each Saturday through the Summer (June - early October). Sponsored by the Rockport Exchange, the market is limited in size due to the size of the Harvey Park - a quaint setting in the heart of downtown found on the corner of Mount Pleasant...
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Red Cross Blood Mobile at Sawyer Free

Give Blood when the Red Cross Blood Mobile comes to Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester
Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester is hosting the Red Cross Blood Mobile! There is a always a huge need for blood, and many people need blood today! Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, and thousands of doantions are needed every day. Your donation is needed right now. Sponsored by...
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Marblehead Farmers' Market

Improve your nutritional intake at the Marblehead Farmer's Market!
The Marblehead Farmer's Market boasts 15+ local farms, and booths with an educational spin nutrition, vendors and farms selling homemade prepared goods and craft vendors that are switched up in a rotation basis week to week. Additionally there are entertainers and exhibits by environmentally...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
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