Outdoor Activity

Nature Journaling Workshop

Journaling combines art, notes and charts to record what you observe

Nature journaling is a tool for making discoveries about nature. It involves drawing, but you don't have to be an artist. It involves writing, labeling, and making notes about what you notice and wonder. Above all, it involves taking a closer look. After a brief orientation and introductory exercises, the class will explore the journaling process along the trails of the sanctuary.

When: 
Saturday, September 28, 2013 1-3pm

Afterschool at Joppa: Backyard Ponders

Kids will learn about ponds and the creatures that live in them at Joppa Flats!

Our afternoon starts off with self-guided activities, challenges, or puzzles that lead us to our topic for the day. As a group, we'll observe, investigate, and compare wildlife, their adaptations, and the changes that they undergo each season. Participants may play the role of a zoologist, a naturalist, or even a marine biologist throughout this series. Each experience will leave your young scientist eager for the next session.

When: 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 3:30 - 5pm

'FLIGHT' at Cox Reservation

FLIGHT by Dale Rogers installed at the Cox Reservation in Essex, Massachsuetts

Join Essex County Greenbelt Association the Cox Reservation in Essex, Massachusetts for an outdoor sculpture experience! 'FLIGHT',  a large-scale public installation produced by award-winning sculptor Dale Rogers. Come see this wonderful display the blends into the beauty of the Essex River marshes as the backdrop! The size and scope of the sculpture make the experience fun and interactive, so bring the kids!

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September 11-30, 2013 Dawn to Dusk
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Monarch Butterfly Banding at IRWS

Help Mass Audubon tag monarch butterflies at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary!

Bring your young naturalist to the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary for a day of butterfly banding!  The annual migration of eastern monarch butterflies to central Mexico and back is one of the most remarkable events in nature. Cindy Dunn has been tagging monarchs at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary in Princeton for many years. Join her for an afternoon of tagging monarchs on the sanctuary. Learn about the fascinating life history of these butterflies and find out how you can help monarchs in your own backyard.

When: 
Saturday September 7, 2013 1-3pm

Crane Estate Picnic Concert - The Brew

The Brew will rock Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich at a Thursday nigh

Part of the Thursday Night Picnic Concerts at Castle Hill at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, this is a great way to get together and have fun with the whole family in an exclusive setting. You can pack a picnic dinner, bring the kids, and get ready to dance the night away under the stars on the Grand Allée. Explore the landscaped grounds and the family "Eye Spy."

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Thursday, August 15, 2013 7-9 pm

Crane Estate Picnic Concert - Roomful of Blues

Roomful of Blues perform Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich

Part of the Thursday Night Picnic Concerts at Castle Hill at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, this is a great way to get together and have fun with the whole family in an exclusive setting. You can pack a picnic dinner, bring the kids, and get ready to dance the night away under the stars on the Grand Allée. Explore the landscaped grounds and the family "Eye Spy."

When: 
Thursday, August 1, 2013 7-9 pm

Lazy Afternoon on the Ipswich River

Spend the afternoon on the Ipswich River with Mass Audubon!

Bring your young naturalist to the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary to enjoy an afternoon on the Ipswich River! The dog days of summer can be unpleasant, to say the least. Escape the heat with a relaxing paddle on the cool waters of the Ipswich River and enjoy some ice cream, too! We will take a short trip up to shady Perkins Island where we will enjoy some frozen treats and then take our time meandering downstream while enjoying the beauty of the surrounding marshes and forests.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013 2-4pm

Nature Adventures: Frogs and Toads

In Today's Nature Adventures at IRWS we'll read '"See How They Grow: Frogs"

Bring your young naturalist to the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary this summer and experience the joy of books and the wonders of nature. Participate in hands-on nature-related activities inspired by the stories. Sign up for one or more of these adventurous programs.

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Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 9:30 am - 11:00 am

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

Parent & Child Bachelor's Buttons Classes

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA
Bachelor’s Button is a full year pre-nursery program for caregiver and child 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 years of age. We have two Bachelor’s Buttons classes that meet weekly on Mondays and Tuesdays, September through June, from 9:00 to 11:30 am. Classes follow the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm schedule. 30...
9:00 am to 11:30 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

AJH: Mother & Baby Support Class - Newburyport

Mother & Baby Support Groups at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport MA
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 answer questions that arise after going home. Mother & Baby Groups are facilitated by a Lactation Consultant/Registered...
10:00 am to 11:45 am

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

Parent & Child Rosebud Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA
A class for parents with newborns up to age 6 months. Topics covered in class include: developmental stages in babies, warmth and how to dress your baby, sleep, rhythm, foundational senses (sense of touch, well being/life, movement, balance), observation, babywearing, new identity as a parent,...
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Saturday, September 21

Rockport Farmers' Market

The Rockport Farmers' Market runs every Saturday in Harvey Park in Downtown Rock
The Rockport Farmers' Market is a small market that runs each Saturday through the Summer (June - early October). Sponsored by the Rockport Exchange, the market is limited in size due to the size of the Harvey Park - a quaint setting in the heart of downtown found on the corner of Mount Pleasant...
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

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...
9:00 am to 10:30 am

ECTA Run for the Trails

Annual Run for the Trails Essex County Trail Association ECTA
Sign up for the 15th Annual Run for the Trails on September 21, 2019. Don't miss out on this great course over some of the North Shore's best trails! The 10 mile race is part of the 2019 North Shore Endurance Trail Series sponsored by New England Running Co.! Register Online of you may still...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

CoastSweep: Gloucester

Some coastal trash is accidental like this lobster pot washed up by a storm.
As part of COASTSWEEP 2019, volunteers are encouraged to come to Gloucester to help in the statewide effort to keep our coastline clean along the Gloucester beaches. Trash collected will be measured and analyzed, and the data will be sent to Washington DC to aid the government in creating...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Vikings in Port

Vikings come to Derby Wharf in Salem Massachusetts as part of Trails and Sails!
Experience life on and around an authentic Viking ship. Vikings are known for their “raiding and trading” but they were also master crafters in wood, metal and fabric arts. Based around our flagship Polaris, visitors will get to see, feel, and hear the sounds of costume, metal working, and wood...
9:00 am to 7:00 pm

Sing & Dance with the Music Man

Sing & Dance with the Music Man Brian Doser in Hamilton visit Massachusetts
Come join the fun at Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham Monday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. for 30 - 45 minutes of great music with Brian Doser! Sing and dance with the Music Man during a family concert, featuring familiar and original tunes, performed by local dad and musician...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Andover Farmers' Market

Find Fresh Local Produce at the Andover Massachusetts Farmers Market North of Boston
The Andover Farmers' Market offers educational programming and promotes healthy eating, local economies, sustainability, and community spirit by providing fresh, local produce, baked and prepared foods, as well as hand-crafted goods. At the Andover Farmers’ Market pick up fresh, local, and healthy...
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Community Giving Tree Donation Drop Off - Newburyport

Community Giving Tree's mission is to help low-income families in northeastern M
Time to clean out and drop off your gently-used donations to Essex County children in need. On the third Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Community Giving Tree van is accepting donations at Cushing Park/Kent Playground in Newburyport.
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

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

AJH: Childbirth Education Classes

Childbirth Education Classes at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, Haverhill  MA
Congratulations: you are pregnant! This class is for mothers and partners during the last trimester of pregnancy to learn skills needed for the childbirth experience such as breathing methods, relaxation techniques, and comfort measures. Topics covered include: Anatomy Labor & delivery...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
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