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Great Magnolia Swamp Hike

Get some exercise on this five-mile long woodland rocky loop through Ravenswood

Join the The Trustees of Reservations for this circumnavigational hike around the outlaying trails of Ravenswood Park. Enjoy off-the-beaten paths, beautiful habitats, including a lovely pond, a swamp and rocky woodland. Trade in your treadmill for the trails, and get some exercise on this five-mile long hike of Ravenswood's rocky outer loop. Please note, there are some steep hills. Meet at Stage Fort Park (parking lot, rear, left)

When: 
Saturday, November 23, 2013 Noon-3pm
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Afterschool at Joppa: Wrack Line Detectives

Explore the wrack line at the Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport.

Explore the transitional zone of the wrack line afterschool in Newburyport! This class will include exploration of our portable beach with close examination of sea shells, crab molts, skate egg cases, driftwood and other natural objects that can be found on the beach at high tide. We will get to see live scud under the microscope, and learn about shorebirds that find food at the tide line. We will play the shorebird migration game. and then everyone will get to help us with a mini beach clean up to learn about why plastics and Styrofoam don’t belong on the beach. We’ll give everyone a challenge called “getting out of a bind” and then we’ll make a art project with recycled soda and water bottles that they will get to take home!

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 3:30-5pm

Sweetbay Swamp Quest Fest!

Kids and families will learn all about questing on an exploration in Ravenswood!

At this Quest Fest, learn all about Questing! Make your own stamp and passport and participate in the fastest growing family recreational adventure this side of the Atlantic. The Sweetbay Swamp Quest is a clue-based treasure hunt through the swamp trails, discovering stories about our nearly "loved to death" Sweetbay Magnolia and to a Quest Treasure Box. Pre-registration required.

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Sunday, November 10, 2013 1-3PM
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Imagine, Sing, & Learn 11A: Salt Marsh Birds

Salt Marsh birds are the subject of this class just for preschoolers!

This parent/child program is designed for the creative, curious, and active preschooler. Each 90-minute session offers a structured series of activities including original songs, movement, dramatic play, hands-on science, and a thematic snack. You'll receive coloring pages, song lyrics, vocabulary, a fun fact sheet, and a suggested reading list in an electronic goody bag! This week we'll focus on life in the open ocean!

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Thursday, November 7, 2013 10:00-11:30 am

Family Fun Free Day

Albert Alcalay (1917-2008), Night Fleet (detail), 1956. Oil on canvas.

The second Saturday of every month is free for families with school-aged children. Families are invited to the Activity Center to participate in art, history, and cultural activities, and explore the museum using a Seek and Find. Each month has a different theme, from exhibitions to special celebrations. With September 2013's theme 'Four Winds' families are invited to the Children's Activity Center to participate in themed art, history and cultural activities that explores the Gloucester's Rocky Neck Art Colony, its artists and sculptors. This program is free and open to the public.

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Second Saturday of Every Month
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Walk on the Wildside: Tide Pooling at Sandy Point

Have a tide pooling adventure at Sandy Point with Mass Audubon Naturalist!

This wildside walk is a tide-pooling adventure! Adults and children can spend quality family time in the great outdoors finding, observing, and admiring local wildlife. Excursions might include a group game to burn off some steam, an on-the-water scavenger hunt, or a guided tour. We'll observe, investigate, and compare coastal environments and their inhabitants, both on- and offshore. Participants play out the roles of birders, trackers, and astronomers in all venues. Each adventure will leave your family excited to come back for more!

When: 
Sunday November 10, 2013 9:30am-12pm

Thursday Afternoon

Kids will learn about birds of the marsh at this session just for preschoolers!

This parent/child program is designed for the creative, curious, and active preschooler. Each 90-minute session offers a structured series of activities including original songs, movement, dramatic play, hands-on science, and a thematic snack. You'll receive coloring pages, song lyrics, vocabulary, a fun fact sheet, and a suggested reading list in an electronic goody bag! This week we'll focus on the birds that make the marsh habitat home!

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Thursday, November 7, 2013 1-2:30 pm

Imagine, Sing, & Learn 10B: Beach Creatures

Come discover the wonder of the creatures we find at the beach at Joppa Flats!

This parent/child program is designed for the creative, curious, and active preschooler. Each 90-minute session offers a structured series of activities including original songs, movement, dramatic play, hands-on science, and a thematic snack. You'll receive coloring pages, song lyrics, vocabulary, a fun fact sheet, and a suggested reading list in an electronic goody bag! This week we'll focus on creatures we find at the beach and their habitats!

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Thursday, October 24, 2013 1-2:30pm

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Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School

Visit the Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School in Hamilton MA.  Photo: Sculpture installation by Troffkin
The tenth annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit will feature more than by established and emerging New England artists, all displayed on the 100-acre campus of Pingree School. This is the largest display of its kind in New England, featuring more than 50 works by artists from as nearby as...

Sculpture at Maudslay

Artists will install their sculptures at Maudslay State Park for public viewing!
Maudslay State Park has a strong connection to the arts, and one of the highlights of the year is Sculpture at Maudslay! The annual show will be themed '20/20' - an apprpropriate theme for our 20th year. This unique exhibition brings together artists from many walks of life to create site-specific...

Crescent Farm Corn Maze

Crescent Farm corn maze in Haverhill Massachusetts
Imagine the biggest puzzle you’ve ever seen. Now imagine a day in the sunshine with your friends or family. Now add an adventure that takes teamwork and memory skills. All these things and more can be found at Crescent Farms Corn Maze. Crescent Farm Corn Maze trails cut into 9 acres of corn. Inside...

Marini Farm Corn Maze

The 2019 Marini Farm Corn Maze in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Come to Marini Farm for a fun journey through our corn maze! This is not your typical corn maze; it is both educational and interactive. There are over 18 stations strategically placed throughout the maze with answers to a game sheet that you will be given before entering. We don't give you clues...

Spirit of Place Outdoor Exhibit

Red Owl sculpture by Andreas von Huene part of the Spirit in Place Exhibit at the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts
The Trustees and New England Sculptors Association are partnering to present a 6-month outdoor sculpture exhibition at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate located at 290 Argilla Road in Ipswich. The “Spirit of Place" exhibition includes 32 pieces created by New England's finest sculptors and placed in...

Corn MAiZE and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers

Corn MAiZE, Maze and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers, Danvers MassachusettsDanvers Massachusetts
Come to Connors Farm to find your way through this year's maze, a tribute to freind and local race car legend Bentley Warren! Enjoy many family fun activities! After completing the maze, stay and have some fun around the farm. Children enjoy apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, and most of all,...

Parent & Child Bachelor's Buttons Classes

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA
Bachelor’s Button is a full year pre-nursery program for caregiver and child 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 years of age. We have two Bachelor’s Buttons classes that meet weekly on Mondays and Tuesdays, September through June, from 9:00 to 11:30 am. Classes follow the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm schedule. 30...
9:00 am to 11:30 am

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

AJH: Mother & Baby Support Class - Newburyport

Mother & Baby Support Groups at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport MA
Mother & Baby Groups Anna Jaques is pleased to offer free group classes for all mothers in our community to provide support, encouragement and advice on parenthood and answer questions that arise after going home. Mother & Baby Groups are facilitated by a Lactation Consultant/Registered...
10:00 am to 11:45 am

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
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

Parent & Child Rosebud Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA
A class for parents with newborns up to age 6 months. Topics covered in class include: developmental stages in babies, warmth and how to dress your baby, sleep, rhythm, foundational senses (sense of touch, well being/life, movement, balance), observation, babywearing, new identity as a parent,...
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Saturday, September 21

AJH: Birthing with Hypnosis

Anna Jaques Hospital Birthing with Hypnosis
Relax, clear your mind, and experience the positive effects of self-hypnosis during pregnancy and birthing. Class focuses on easy and natural relaxation techniques. If your birth plan does not embrace a firm decision for an epidural, this is a great option for you and your partner. Recommended to...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Salem Flea

The Salem Flea is a market that happens every third Saturday at Derby Square in Salem Massachusetts!
The City of Salem in collaboration with RM & Company invites artisans/vendors to showcase and sell their work the third Saturday from May-September, 10-5pm, in historic downtown Salem at Derby Square on Front Street. This area of the city was originally built as a market place and continues to...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Groundwork Farmer's Market at the Academy

Groundwork Lawrence hosts farmers markets three days a week in the greater Lawrence Area
Groundwork Lawrence hosts three farmer's markets per week because fruits and vegetables grown locally are best for you, your health, and your family's health, because it supports local businesses, keeps money in our community, and is the best for the environment. Come and support your local farmers...
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Saturday Barnyard Meet & Greet

Saturday Barnyard Meet & Greet at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Have you ever felt how soft a chickens feathers are or wondered what sheep say? Join us for our Saturday barnyard spend the day with some of Appleton’s Animals! Stop by anytime between 10AM – 12:30PM for fantastic farmyard meet and greets, a craft, learning stations and more! You’ll get to brush...
10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Medicine in Colonial Salem - Witch House

Learn about colonial medecine at the Witch House in Salem Massachusetts as part of Trails and Sails!
Join us at the Witch House and Pioneer Village for a look at medicinal curiosities from the 17th century. At the Corwin House (a.k.a. the Witch House) we will share an exhibit featuring some of the more startling remedies our New England settlers trusted such as “snail water” and “skull moss”. The...
10:00 am to 4:45 pm

Printing Arts Fair

Printing Arts Fair in Haverhill - part of Trails and Sails!
The Museum of Printing’s Annual  Printing Arts Fair is a fun day for kids and families! Families will have a great time with printing, typing, a treasure hunt, demonstrations, shopping, tours, and a raffle!
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

CoastSweep Cleanup at Salisbury Beach

CoastSweep cleanup at Salisbury Beach Massachusetts
As part of COASTSWEEP 2019, volunteers are encouraged to come to Salisbury Beach State Reservation to help in the statewide effort to keep our co
10:00 am

International Day of Peace Family Celebration at Glen Urquhart School

Family Friendly, International Day of Peace at Glen Urquhart School in Beverly Massachusetts
Join Glen Urquhart School for this free family-friendly event to celebrate International Day of Peace. The GUS nature trail and grounds will be open for exploration and play, and we will host a number of activities to celebrate peace. Kids of all ages are welcome, with a caregiver, to join.
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Cat's Meow at the Crane Estate

Kids will have a blast exploring the Trustees of Reservations Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Mrs. Crane’s cat has gone missing and there’s a party tonight! Only you can help the household staff find the cat AND get ready for the party at the same time!
10:30 am to 11:15 am
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