Celebrate National Trails Day at Whittier Hill Reservation! This hike will take us up and over Whittier Hill along a historic woodland way and over to Woodsom Farm Park and back. Meet at parking area for Whittier Hill Reservation at the end of Whitcher Court. Hike will go to Woodsom Farm and back Rolling hills. Please wear proper footwear (at least sneakers) and we suggest participants bring water, snacks, and bug spray. Rain cancels. Park at the small lot at the trailhead on Whicher Court or nearby on Friend Street, at the Town Park.
Backyard Growers Presents: The second annual Gloucester Grow Fest! Join us at Burnham's field on Saturday, June 9th 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!
Kick off your summer soaked and smiling! Join The Trustees of Reservations at the Stevens Coolidge Place for a a fun afternoon to celebrate the beginning of Summer break! It’s the last day of school! Join your friends and neighbors at The Stevens-Coolidge Place to celebrate the official start of summer with a water fight. Water balloons, squirt guns, sponge balls, etc encouraged.
Explore the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary after hours and join us for a night of camping under the stars. Have an early dinner at home, and then come with your family and your tent. We will explore nature through games and hands-on activities, set up our tents near the Barn before sundown, and tell stories after the sun sets. All campouts include an evening and a morning activity or hike and a light breakfast.
The summer solstice, or longest day of the year, is also known as the most active day of the year for fairies. On this enchanted fairy holiday, it is traditional in some cultures to leave gifts or offerings for the fairies. Join us as we venture into the forest to create fairy houses. We will celebrate their completion with a solstice story and s'mores.
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!
Come for an exciting visit to the Joppa Flats Bird Banding Station on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. See Mass Audubon scientists capture, measure, weigh, examine, and release migrant songbirds. Learn about migration, habitat use, and scientific research at a real field station. The station operates only during the height of migration in spring (April and May) and fall (September and October).
Do you know all the animals that you share your neighborhood with? You may be surprised to learn that many of the animals you see on a visit to the sanctuary might be living in your backyard, too. We'll hike the trails to learn how to identify the signs of aniamls that might be living in your backyard habitat and then give you the tools to make your yard more inviting to beneficial species.
Comic books and movies are filled with characters with superpowers that humans would love to have, like flight, super-hearing, super-vision, super-speed, and super-strength. But did you know that many animals possess these amazing abilities, and some animals even inspired our favorite superheroes? Come investigate some of the super-organisms that live on our sanctuary - you will be amazed!
Join The Trustees of Reservations at the Stevens Coolidge Place for a a fun afternoon early spring gardening! Spend your early release day planting and playing at The Stevens-Coolidge Place. This drop-off program will introduce plant lifecycles, get your hands dirty planting pollinator friendly flowers to take home and finish outside with games in the gardens.