Outdoor Activity

Twilight Paddle on Lake Gardner

BYOB- bring your own boat - to this Trails & Sails twilight paddle at Lake Gardner!

Come join the Lake Gardener Improvement Association for a twilight paddle on Lake Gardner!  Enjoy the magic of twilight on the water! Bring your kayak, canoe or paddleboard and join us as we leisurely paddle the flatwater of Lake Gardner to enjoy the quiet as dusk turns to dark as we watch for migrating geese to land. The trip will depart the beach at 7:00 PM and will involve a talk about the history of the lake and its environs as we explore the shoreline as we watch the sky gradually change.

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Friday, September 28, 2019 7-9pm
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Powow Greenspace Hike

Take a Trails & Sails hike to the top of Powow Hill in Amesbury!

Come join the Lake Gardener Improvement Association for a guided, narrated hike of the Powow Hill Conservation Area -- the highest peak on the Essex County coast! This easy, guided hike starts at the beach, goes through the beautiful mixed forest to the scenic summit, pausing often to notice the sights, and sounds of the forest around us.

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Saturday, September 21, 2019 9-10:30am
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Invertebrates of the Field and Forest

Families will learn about invertabrates of the North Shore with North Shore Nature Programs

North Shore Nature Programs is happy to be participating in our first ever Trails and Sails event! Join experienced naturalists Andrew and Dan on a guided hike through Camp Denison’s fields and forests. Your family can expect to see katydids, dragonfly’s, centipedes, millipedes, and sow bugs! Each family will have the opportunity to touch and hold as many invertebrates as they please! You will also learn about the amazing adaptations these creatures require to live in the wild.

When: 
Sunday, September 29, 2019 2-4pm

Medicine in Colonial Salem - Pioneer Village

Learn about colonial medecine at Pioneer Village in Salem Massachusetts

Join us at the Witch House and Pioneer Village for a look at medicinal curiosities from the 17th century. At 1630: Pioneer Village, we will feature herbal remedies from English tradition and a few from the local indigenous tribe. The exhibit will be included in admission and free to Trails and Sails attendees. Pioneer Village is open Saturdays and Sundays only. Tour times are 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 each day.

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Saturdays and Sundays, September 21-29, 2019 12:30-3:30 pm
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Medicine in Colonial Salem - Witch House

Learn about colonial medecine at the Witch House in Salem Massachusetts as part of Trails and Sails!

Join us at the Witch House and Pioneer Village for a look at medicinal curiosities from the 17th century. At the Corwin House (a.k.a. the Witch House) we will share an exhibit featuring some of the more startling remedies our New England settlers trusted such as “snail water” and “skull moss”. The exhibit will be included in admission and free to Trails and Sails attendees each day of the festival.

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Saturdays and Sundays, September 21-29, 2019 10am-4:45pm
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Middleton Food Truck Festival

Middleton Food Truck Festival Fundraiser for the Middleton Food Pantry

The Town of Middleton's 2nd annual Food Truck Festival! Food Trucks, Live Music, Kids Entertainment all on 114 in Middleton! All are welcome entry is FREE. This Event is to raise money for the Middleton Food Pantry. Brought to you by your local businesses: TrueView Financial & Vinum Wine Shop.

When: 
Saturday, September 7, 2019 11am–3pm

Friday Farm Dinners at Appleton Farms

Families enjoy dinner on at Appletons Farms with ingredients fresh from the farm!

Join Appleton Farms for a dinner on the farm! Each Friday Appleton Farms invites you to join us for dinner. Relax under the setting sun and enjoy a truly unique farm to table experience. From fresh vegetables and fruits, to local pasture raised meats and sustainable seafood, Chive Events will prepare each meal using the best ingredients available from our own and other local farms. Menus may include slow roasted pork with rhubarb jam, seasonal fresh salads and homemade strawberry short cakes. Watch the season change with each meal and bring the whole family to enjoy the weekly harvests. A casual dinner set overlooking the Great Pasture will remind you to slow down and breathe in the summer's air. Enjoy a cold beverage from our friends at Ipswich Ale while you play old-fashioned lawn games and listen to live music.

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Fridays through September 6, 2019 5:30-8:30pm
Friday, September 20, 2019 5:30-8:30pm
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Beverly Harbor Fest

Families are invited to the Beverly Harbor Fest for an afternoon of family fun.

Families are invited to the Beverly Harbor Fest for an afternoon of family fun and community building! Come enjoy Beverly's Glover Wharf Marina - a community resource that's open to all!  Live Music, great food, raffles, kids activities and a perfect waterfront setting and fun family activities will make this event a perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon on the waterfront!

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Saturday, September 7, 2019 3-6pm
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Trails & Sails 2019

Explore the North Shore with over 150 Free Events in Essex National Heritage Area's Trails & Sails celebration.

Essex National Heritage Area sites will offer over 150 free family fun events from September 20-29, 2019 for the annual celebration of TRAILS & SAILS. Participants can hike, bike, paddle, stroll or sail through the region and Essex National Heritage Area will provide a passport to fun and adventure. It’s all FREE and it’s all located within the 34 cities and towns of Essex County.

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Daily, September 20-29, 2019

Map and Compass Treasure Hunt

Learn the basics of map reading and orienteering in this IRWS workshop.

It's nice to have GPS, but do you know how to read a map or use a compass? What happens if you're out on the trail and your GPS malfunctions or the batteries die?  Are you instantly lost?  Join Mass Audubon for a guided map-and-compass treasure hunt around the sanctuary. Bring your own compass or use one of ours and learn how to find north, orient yourself, count paces, and use the map and compass to find your way. After some basics, we'll hit the trails and use the new skills learned to search for some hidden natural treasures. No experience necessary. This program is a good introduction to orienteering for the whole family.

When: 
Saturday, September 14, 2019 1:30-3pm

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Saugus Iron Works Tours

Free Ranger guided tours at Saugus Iron Works!
U. S. National Park Rangers host free tours at the Saugus Iron Works. Learn about the production of iron on this site in the mid-1600s, an endeavor that was integral to the growth of the early colony. Hear about the archeological dig and reconstruction of the site in the 1940s to 1950s. Upon...

Corn MAiZE and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers

Corn MAiZE, Maze and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers, Danvers MassachusettsDanvers Massachusetts
Come to Connors Farm to find your way through this year's maze, a tribute to freind and local race car legend Bentley Warren! Enjoy many family fun activities! After completing the maze, stay and have some fun around the farm. Children enjoy apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, and most of all,...

Spirit of Place Outdoor Exhibit

Red Owl sculpture by Andreas von Huene part of the Spirit in Place Exhibit at the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts
The Trustees and New England Sculptors Association are partnering to present a 6-month outdoor sculpture exhibition at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate located at 290 Argilla Road in Ipswich. The “Spirit of Place" exhibition includes 32 pieces created by New England's finest sculptors and placed in...

Crescent Farm Corn Maze

Crescent Farm corn maze in Haverhill Massachusetts
Imagine the biggest puzzle you’ve ever seen. Now imagine a day in the sunshine with your friends or family. Now add an adventure that takes teamwork and memory skills. All these things and more can be found at Crescent Farms Corn Maze. Crescent Farm Corn Maze trails cut into 9 acres of corn. Inside...

Sculpture at Maudslay

Artists will install their sculptures at Maudslay State Park for public viewing!
Maudslay State Park has a strong connection to the arts, and one of the highlights of the year is Sculpture at Maudslay! The annual show will be themed '20/20' - an apprpropriate theme for our 20th year. This unique exhibition brings together artists from many walks of life to create site-specific...

Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School

Visit the Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School in Hamilton MA.  Photo: Sculpture installation by Troffkin
The tenth annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit will feature more than by established and emerging New England artists, all displayed on the 100-acre campus of Pingree School. This is the largest display of its kind in New England, featuring more than 50 works by artists from as nearby as...

Marini Farm Corn Maze

The 2019 Marini Farm Corn Maze in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Come to Marini Farm for a fun journey through our corn maze! This is not your typical corn maze; it is both educational and interactive. There are over 18 stations strategically placed throughout the maze with answers to a game sheet that you will be given before entering. We don't give you clues...

Parent & Child Morning Glory Classes

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA
Morning Glory is a playgroup for caregivers with an older child who is 20 months to 3½ years¹. Class activities and interactions support social development as these children prepare for nursery. We have two Morning Glory classes that meet weekly for 10 classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00...
9:00 am to 11:15 am

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Groundwork Farmer's Market on the Common

Groundwork Lawrence hosts farmers markets three days a week in the greater Lawrence Area
Groundwork Lawrence hosts three farmer's markets per week because fruits and vegetables grown locally are best for you, your health, and your family's health, because it supports local businesses, keeps money in our community, and is the best for the environment. Come and support your local farmers...
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play....
10:15 am to 11:15 am

AJH: Mother & Baby Newborns: 0-3 Months

Mother and Baby, Newborn Support Groups aAnna Jaques Hospital
MOTHER & BABY GROUPS Anna Jaques is pleased to offer free group classes for all mothers in our community to provide support, encouragement and advice on parenthood and questions that arise after going home. Formerly named Lactation Support Groups, the Mother & Baby Group is facilitated by a...
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Evening Stroll at Maudslay

Enjoy and evening stroll with the park interpreter at Maudlsay State Park in Newburyport
Join the park interpreter for a moderately paced walk to view different areas of the park and experience the changes at Maudslay over the spring, summer and fall.  Rain or shine. For ages 6 and up.  Wear walking shoes, and bug spray is recommended.
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Stargazing at Mendel Observatory

Come to Mendel Observatory for stargazing sessions every Wednesday night.
The Observatory, with the support of volunteers from the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club, hosts public stargazing every Wednesday night (weather permitting) starting at dusk or 7 p.m., whichever is later.  When special astronomical events of interest occur (total lunar eclipses, etc.) the Obse
7:00 pm

Surfcasting 101

Plum Island Beach in Newvburyport is an excellent spot to try fishing in the surf.
Ever wanted to try your hand at surfcasting from the Plum Island beach? Come join two local experts as they discuss the basics you’ll need to get started (or improve!). Topics will include what gear you will need, what to use for bait and lures, how to find a spot that may hold fish, and the best...
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Sunday, September 22

The Stevens-Coolidge Place Cutting Garden

Pick Your Own Bouquet at the Trustees of Reservations Stevens-Coolidge Place
In addition to pick-your-own favorites like zinnias, cosmos and rudbeckia, visitors will find new varieties to add pop and flair to their bouquets. The garden is fun for all ages and there is always something new to learn! Please note there is a fee to cut flowers and picking is only available at...
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

North Andover Farmers' Market

North Andover Farmers Market every Sunday Through October 7, 2018.
The North Andover Farmers' Market brings local produce and foods to the heart of North Andover every Sunday!  The market will take place in the center of town at the intersection of First Street and Main Street.
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Medicine in Colonial Salem - Witch House

Learn about colonial medecine at the Witch House in Salem Massachusetts as part of Trails and Sails!
Join us at the Witch House and Pioneer Village for a look at medicinal curiosities from the 17th century. At the Corwin House (a.k.a. the Witch House) we will share an exhibit featuring some of the more startling remedies our New England settlers trusted such as “snail water” and “skull moss”. The...
10:00 am to 4:45 pm

Explore Underwater Salem with Salem Sound Coastwatch and Mahi Cruises

Explore Underwater Salem with Salem Sound Coastwatch and Mahi Cruises as part of Trails and Sails!
Join Salem Sound Coastwatch (SSCW) aboard the Finback, owned and operated by Mahi Cruises & Charters to explore Salem Sound. Did you ever wonder what lives on the ocean bottom in our coastal area? Come check it out with an underwater camera and a Remote Operated Vehicle that you build yourself...
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Lynn Woods Trails & Sails Walk

Hike to the Stone Tower at Lynn Woodsas part of trails and sails!
Join the Friends of the Lynn Woods on this Trails & Sails 2019 walk through to Dungeon Rock to Stone Tower. Lynn Woods Reservation is the second largest municipal park in the greater Boston area. This 2,200 acre forest reserve consists of ponds, wetlands, streams, deciduous & evergreen...
11:00 am to 12:45 pm

Kite Fly at Patton Homestead

Come to the Patton Homestead in Hamilton Massachusetts to fly a kite!
All ages are invited to the Patton Homestead in Hamilton, MA for a Kite Flying Day! Bring your own, or make a kite here. All ages and flying abilities are welcome. Come see some of the awesome kites the Kites Over New England members will be flying. Food vendors will be on site or bring your own...
11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Sail on the Schooner Fame

Take a sailing tour aboard Schooner Fame of Salem for Trails & Sails 2018!
In honor of our partners at Essex Heritage, a free sail on FAME, a full-scale replica of a famous privateer that sailed from Salem during the War of 1812 and captured 20 ships! We sail up to five times a day between May and October from Pickering Wharf Marina in downtown Salem. Special Instructions...
11:30 am to 1:15 pm

Flower Crown Making

Come to the Stevens-Coolidge Estate to learn how to make flower crowns with flowers picked from the gardens!
Join the The Trustees of Reservations at the Stevens-Coolidge Estate, cut your own flowers at our Flower Fields Cutting Garden and then use them to create a beautiful flower crown. We will have all the supplies and instructions you need to learn how to make a beautiful floral crown of your own...
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Coastsweep Cleanup Nahant & Lynn

CoastSweep cleanup at Lynn Nahant Beach in Massachusetts!
As part of COASTSWEEP 2019, volunteers are encouraged to come to Nahant Beach Reservation to help in the statewide effort to keep our coastline cl
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
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