Wetlands are a hotbed of activity in mid-June and this program will focus specifically on the amphibians and reptiles that make ponds and streams their home. Join the Essex County Greenbelt Association to look for nesting turtles, tadpoles, and snakes that may be patrolling the shoreline. Families will learn the key differences between reptiles and amphibians, and hopefully will begin to be able to identify specific species.
Celebrate the longest day of the year (and the first day of summer) with us! Learn why we have seasons and express your appreciation for the summer with sun-themed activities, crafts, and songs. We'll make cosmic suncatchers and flower-power crowns, conduct a human sundial experiment, and make sun-themed snacks.
Have you ever wondered about the moths attracted to your porch light? What are they called, what do they eat, why are they attracted to light and where do they go when the summer ends? Join independent researcher Deb Lievens for an illustrated talk about moths inside The Stevens-Coolidge historic house, followed by moth viewing in the gardens at night. Several "viewing stations" with black lights will be setup prior to the talk so that upon its conclusion, we'll have plenty of specimens to view under expert supervision.
Wagon Rides are new to Appleton Farms this summer! What better way than to spend a summer day on the farm. Hop aboard our hay wagon and go for a ride past our vegetable fields and out to the great pasture. Enjoy our rolling landscape, maybe spot some cows grazing and enjoy being outside! The ride will last approximately 25 minutes and starts at the Farm Store. The wagon will stop at the Barnyard on the way back for those who wish to get out and see our animals before walking back to the store.
Want to instill your children with the wonder and joy of nature but aren't sure how? Come experience Nature Awareness activities and games that engage heart, mind, and senses. Fun and easy to learn, these uplifting and playful activities were developed by world-renowned experiential educator Joseph Cornell. Share them as a family and rediscover the beauty and richness of nature.
In this outdoor survival skills program, we will venture out onto the Ipswich River. Learn the basics of canoe safety, paddle strokes, and the river knowledge needed to travel on the water. When we stop at Perkins Island, you will be challenged to explore the area and craft your own paddle out of natural materials, and then test it out on the paddle back to the mainland. No previous canoe or outdoor skills are necessary, just a strong survival instinct!
Essex County Greenbelt Association will host family pollinator day at the Cox Reservation in Essex! There’s so much to learn about pollinators! This Pollinator Day, join Greenbelt for kid-friendly activities to learn about the important insects and mammals that are part of the pollinator cycle.
Backyard Growers Presents: The first annual Gloucester Grow Fest! Join us at Burnham's field on Saturday, June 2nd to celebrate healthy eating, green living, and warm weather! There will be garden tours, art projects, yummy food, games, live music, community yoga, and more! This event is free and has something for people of all ages. See you there!
Maudslay State Park has one of the best stands of rhododendrons in New England, and well worth the trip! Come stroll the park with the park interpreter and learn to identify some of these beauties. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. Be sure to pack a camera. For: Ages 6 & up
Friday, June 22
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