Let the games begin! Beat the winter blahs with a high-energy scavenger hunt for footprints, nests, and burrows. Winter shelter building, animal tracking races, and adaptation demonstrations are part of the line-up for this active and educational romp through the park. We’ll cap it off with cookies and cocoa to celebrate our time together outdoors.. Meet at Maudslay State Park, Newburyport . $5 parking fee. Hosted by Joppa Flats Education Center. Please dress for the weather.
Join the The Trustees of Reservations for a walk at the Coolidge Estate! Super Bowl Sunday, pack your boots, snowshoes, hats, and gloves as we make the 2.5 mile round trip journey along the Stevens to Stevens Trail. Meet in the Stevens-Coolidge Place parking lot on Chestnut Street.
Join the Polar Explorers Club (after-school adventures for kids ages 7-12) for hardy adventurers ready to explore in the coldest weather. We'll learn how to read a compass and build a shelter, track animals and end our day around the wood stove hearing tales of high adventure. Dress for the outdoors!
Can you imagine being a small bird trying to survive in our winter? Let’s go see wintering birds in survival mode in the maritime forest of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Leaders will hand out binoculars and radios for birding while we drive. After learning how the birds keep warm, we’ll warm up ourselves with homemade chili and corn bread at Joppa Flats.
Adults and children can spend quality family time in the great outdoors finding, observing, and admiring local wildlife. Each program begins at Joppa Flats Education Center.
Kick off the new year with Winter Happenings at the Cape Ann Discovery Center at Ravenswood Park--Nordic skiing, snowshoe rentals, outdoor children's activities. Warm up afterwards with hot cocoa by the woodstove. [Fee for snowshoe rentals--Members $10, Nonmembers $20.]
Night time is the right time to don your night/head lights and come along for this after-hours adventure when the property is closed to the public. We'll night hike up to Holt Hill, learning about nocturnal animals, tracking signs, and winter living skills. We'll peak out on top of Holt Hill for some light infused winter fun. Bring a sled and snowshoes if the conditions are right!
Kestrel is excited to present "Stories from the Wild Side"! An in-depth (pun intended) winter exploration of animal tracking and story telling. The class will be split into two 4-class field sessions, meeting every Saturday morning, and culminating in a project day at the end of each session.
Join The Trustees of Reservations for a leisurely hike through the dunes of the Crane Wildlife Refuge to celebrate the winter solstice. On this, the shortest day of the year, we'll take advantage of the dark with a stroll beneath the stars. We'll warm up after our walk with hot cider and refreshments in the Tavern at the Inn at Castle Hill. The perfect balance to counteract the bustle of the holiday season!
Join the The Trustees of Reservations as they light up the night with a Solstice Stroll at Ward Reservation! We will meet in the parking lot for a candlelit stroll through the woods that will include presented passages from the story "The Shortest Day". The Stroll ends with a gathering around the solstice stones at the heigh of Holt Hill. At an elevation of 420 feet above sea level, Holt Hill is the highest point in Essex County and offers views of the Boston skyline and even the Blue Hills.
Join The Trustees of Reservations at Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate in search of the Snowy Owl! Wide-open coastal sites are the location of choice for wintering Snowy Owls; common perches are dunes and salt hay staddles. In winters past, the owls have been frequent visitors to the Crane Wildlife Refuge. Join us as we hike the dunes in search of these magnificent birds. Unlike most owls, snowy owls are diurnal (they hunt and are active both day and night) so we have a good chance of sighting one even in the daylight hours!
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