Nature

Touch Tank Feeding Time

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

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!

When: 
Wednesdays, September 13 - October 11, 2017 4-5:30pm

Nelson Island Tour at Parker River

Tour and discover Nelson Island at Parker River Wildlife Refuge.

Join a ranger for a tour of a beautiful spot that few people visit: Nelson Island. If we’re lucky, we might catch a glimpse of a nesting osprey. Learn about the history of this little known refuge jewel. If weather and tide permits, we’ll take a very short walk along the marsh. (Muddy, wet areas are possible so rubber boots are recommended.) Consider bringing binoculars and/or a camera. *Please note: Those who call and leave messages after hours, your registration is not confirmed until you receive a confirmation call from a refuge staff member.

When: 
Monday, July 17, 2017 10am-Noon

Animal Tracking Program

Kids will learn about animal tracks and behaviors at Parker River Wildlife Refuge.

Many animals live on the refuge, but are hard to find.  They are either active at night, wary of people, or both.  Though you may not see them, their tracks can be just as interesting to find.  Go out on the refuge with intern Dominic Noce as he teaches you how to find and identify tracks of different types of animals.  Meet the program leader in the refuge visitor center auditorium for a brief slide show, after which he’ll lead you on a tracking exploration on the refuge.  Please wear long pants and boots (for tick prevention) and otherwise dress for the weather.  NO preregistration for th

When: 
Sunday, July 16, 2017 10am-Noon

Meet the Monarch Gardner

Come to Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary to learn about Monarch Butterflies!

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge invites families to join Katie Hone, The Monarch Gardener, for a fun and hands-on program that will focus on the charismatic monarch butterfly and its fascinating life cycle.  Meet live monarch caterpillars.  Make a common milkweed seed bomb to take home and start your very own monarch habitat.  Visit the refuge's butterfly garden to see milkweed and to look for monarch eggs.  Meet in t

When: 
Saturday, July 15, 2017 10:30-11:30pm

Strawberry Moon Family Night Hike

Hike Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary with oyur family under June's Strawberry Moon!

Local Native American tribes call the June full moon the Strawberry Moon because it heralds the time of year to pick wild strawberries. Spend an evening walking in the warm air, listen to the dusk bird songs turn to choruses of spring peepers, and try to catch a glimpse of our resident wildlife as spring ripens into summer. We'll enjoy some strawberries and chocolate as a sweet treat to end the night.

When: 
Friday, June 9, 2017 7-8:30pm

Audubon Nature Festival 2017

This year's Audubon Nature Festival features live owl demonstrations with Eyes on Owls!

Enjoy ongoing activities throughout the day at Mass Audubon's 20th Annual Audubon Nature Festival. This year's special feature will be live owl presentations by Marcia and Mark Wilson of Eyes On Owls. Come see live owls up close, learn about their natural history, and join in a hooting lesson.

When: 
Sunday, June 4, 2017 10am-4pm

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 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.

When: 
Thursday, April 20, 2017 9am-3:30pm

Woodcock Walk at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Explore Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and lear about the American Woodcock!

Each spring American woodcocks engage in one of nature’s most fascinating courtship displays. Here’s your chance to witness this “sky dance” up close and in-person! This program is appropriate for ages 8 and older. Meet the ranger on the deck of the visitor contact station at parking lot 1. Bring binoculars and a flashlight. Program is limited to 15 participants. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the program start time.  Preregistration required.

When: 
Saturday, April 29th, 2017 7:15pm

Kids’ Nature Walks - Explore the Refuge

Take your 3-5 year old youngster on a good old fashioned nature discovery walk at Parker River Wildlife Refuge.

Take your 3-5 year old youngster on a good old fashioned nature discovery walk. Meet at the refuge visitor center before driving together to the head of the day's trail on the refuge (no parking fee charged). For each session, a refuge volunteer will lead the children and their caregivers on a walk to explore different aspects of the refuge: beach, dune, marsh, scrub forest, cranberry bog. Come dressed for the weather. If the weather is completely unsuitable for outdoor enjoyment, then an indoor program comprised of a story, activity and craft will be held at the visitor center instead.

When: 
Monday, July 24, 2017 10:00-11:30am

Winter Birding at Crane Beach

Learn about winter birds at the Trustees' Crane Estate in Ipswich, Massachusetts

Join Ranger Dave Williams for a walk along Crane Beach to look for birds that frequent the shore during winter. Birders will enjoy the opportunity to spot species they don’t often see, while beginners will learn what to look and listen for to help identify these feathered friends. Bring your binoculars and your life list!  

When: 
Sunday March 5, 2017 1-3pm

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