In every kind of weather, our favorite thing is to head outdoors to our spectacular local habitats to see what's new! We love to find things; think about colors, shapes and patterns; and wonder why this place is a special home to wildlife. Each nature exploration will focus on the importance of a sense of place. Local and migrating birds, other wildlife, collecting techniques, and environmental awareness will be presented in a fun, energetic format that adults and children alike will enjoy.
Where might deer and foxes, squirrels and chipmunks, rabbits and mice, and other mammals live at the sanctuary? We will take a hike to visit some of the places where we might find signs of them. On our return, we will create mammal masks from natural objects to take home.
Rita Gallant, Lead Field Teacher at IRWS will read Festive Occasions - Special Event Rental Equipment by Joanne Ryder. Let's find out what butterflies live in our area. Using sweep nets and hand lenses, we'll observe butterflies in the gardens and fields of the sanctuary. Become a butterfly as we learn about the life cycles of these fluttering marvels.
For all ages. Exercise and enjoy the great outdoors on some of the park’s hiking trails. Each program takes you on a different path. Hikes may include trail sections that are not accessible to strollers or persons with limited mobility.
Hike the Atlantic Path from Halibut Point State Park to the Emerson Inn in Rockport Massachusetts!Best for kids 12 and over, this is a somewhat challenging three hour trek along a public coastline trail. Estimated hike time is 3 hours.
What better way to spend a summer afternoon then at Appleton Farms! Carrot Club us is our drop in, pop-up program outside the Appleton Farm Store every Tuesday and Thursday from 2-4pm. Drop in anytime between 2 and 3:45 for a fun farm craft, story or game. Activities will change every session so there is always something fun to try! Activities will average 15-20 minutes and will be guided by our farm educator. Make it a fun stop during your visit before exploring the Farm Store, picking up your CSA share, or taking a walk to visit our barnyard animals.
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 we'll be exploring the Hellcat Swamp at the Gingerbread Contest & Gingerbread Express.
Maudslay State Park has one of the best shows of flower bloom in the Commonwealth. Come and join this cycle of the bloom at Maudslay with the park interpreter. Each week promises a new show of bloom, as our various species exhibit their beauty in cycle. In June, we celebrate the bloom of the fabulous wild mountain laurels highlighted in Whittier’s poems. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. For: All Ages. Meet at the park headquarters on 74 Curzon Mill Road.
An evening adventure for the whole family! Join us for a hike down the Cedar Point trail to the Pine Grove. We’ll look for the flash of fireflies in the fields that stretch to the marsh, along the fringes of the woods that line the trail to the Pine Grove, and in the dark of the Pine Grove itself. Did you know that different species of fireflies have different flash patterns? We’ll try to differentiate between our bioluminescent buddies and count how many different species of fireflies live around the Crane Estate.
Did you know that our seafood does not begin its ife in the sea? Have you ever wondered what makes the round hole in seashells on the beach? When was the last time you looked for horseshoe crabs? Now is your chance for your family to learn together about the wonders of nature. Each program will focus on conservation updates, animal and plant interrelationships, changing environmental conditions, and an appreciation for the beauty and diversity of our surroundings. Each experience will leave you excited for the next one!