Outdoor Activity

Art in the Shipyard!

Kids will create art at the Essex Shipbuilding Musem each Wednesday afternoon!

See, learn, find, create! Young artists are invited to enjoy drawing, painting, print making, and sculpture using the Museum's shipyard and artifacts for inspiration. All materials are provided for projects. All ages are welcome. Those seven and younger must be accompanied by an adult. A public exhibit of the art work produced will take place at the museum. This program is supported in part by the Essex Cultural Council, a local agency, through the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

When: 
Wednesdays, April 17 to June 5, 2013 3:30-5pm

Sense of Wonder Walk: The Squishiness of Things

 A fallen tree becomes a habitat for many creatures and forms of life at IRWS.

Even as its soft rotting wood becomes a forest recycling center, a dead log is still home to many plants and animals. We'll meet fabulous fungi, slime molds, squishy earthworms, slimy slugs, salamanders, and much more. Find out why slime is important and make some slime of your own!

When: 
Sunday, April 28, 2013 1 - 2:30 pm

Quest Fest: Agassiz Rock

Explore the Trustees Agassiz Rocks Reservation on a new Quest Fest

The Trustees of Reservations is holding a Quest Fest so people can learn all about Questing while taking a journey on their newest Cape Ann Quest! Make your own stamp, grab a Quest Detective booklet, and participate in the fastest growing family recreational adventure this side of the Atlantic. (Confused? A Quest is a clue-based treasure hunt through Agassiz Rock, discovering stories about this very special place along the way to find a Quest Treasure Box.)

When: 
Saturday, April 27, 2013 1-3pm
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Afterschool at Joppa: Early Birds!

This Afterschool Session at Joppa Flats focuses on red winged blackbirds

Come to Joppa Flats after school to learn about song birds! 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 an Arctic explorer throughout this series. Each experience will leave your young scientist eager for the next session.

When: 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 3:30 - 5pm

Appleton's April Vacation Farmhands Crew

Join the farmhand crew to work along side the staff at Appleton Farms.

Calling volunteers ages 13 and up! Join the farmhand crew to work along side our staff and gain first hand experience with our milking herd, our calving season and our seeding and planting season for the Communtiy Supported Agriculture program.  This crew will dig in and have plenty of fun on the farm, while helping our busy farmers prepare for summer!

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Tuesday, April 16 - Friday, April 19, 2013 9am-noon
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Trails & Sails Wildlife Walk at Ipswich River

Come explore the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary as part of Trails and Sails!

Come enjoy a hike at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield, one of Mass Audubon's largest sanctuaries. Visitors will have the opportunity to enhance their hike by visiting naturalist-docents on the sanctuary trails. Docents will be stationed at a wildlife observation tower overlooking a freshwater marsh and alongside a beautiful fall field. Visit them to learn about the fall migration of monarch butterflies, and the needs of migrating waterfowl.

When: 
Sunday, September 23, 2012 10am - 4pm

Woodland Night Walk

We'll be searching the sanctuary for the creatures that come out at night!

During the cool, crisp, early-evening hours of autumn, many interesting creatures set out into the dark woodlands. Deer, owls, and flying squirrels are just a few of the animals we hope to encounter on our hike. Enjoy a walk that will spark your senses as we venture into the night in search of these and other nighttime forest dwellers.

When: 
Friday, November 2, 2012 7-8:30 pm

Nature Tales: Wonderful Wetlands

Cover art for SQUISH! A Wetland Walk. Comne gte muddy at IRWS in Topsfield!

Join us as we share a children's nature story before we explore the woods, fields, and wetlands of the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary.Today: We'll read by Nancy Luenn. Then, using buckets and strainers, we will explore a pond and a wetland habitat and search for critters that swim, soar, and crawl.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012 10:00-11:30 am

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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! The theme of 2019's maze is 'Exploring America'. 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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Lynn Museum Trails & Sails Tours

The Lynn Museum Will offer free guided tours Fridays duirng Trails and Sails!
Come to the Lynn Museum and Historical Society for free tours on during Trails & Sails 2019!  Located in the heart of of the Downtown Lynn Cultural District, join us for a guided tour of our permanent collection and our newest rotating exhibits!

Parent & Child Morning Glory for the Youngest Child

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA
Morning Glory for the Youngest Child (10 to 19 months) Morning Glory for the Youngest Child is a “Mommy and Me” playgroup for a caregiver with a child 10 months to 19 months of age. Morning Glory for the Youngest Child meets weekly for 10 classes on Fridays from 8:45 am to 10:45 am.
8:45 am to 10:45 am

Terrific Trees at Maudslay

Learn about the unique collection of trees at Maudlsay State Park in Newburyport with the park interpreter
The Moseley’s chose an assortment of trees to be planted on their estate and some are very unique! Join the park interpreter on a walk to view some of these unusual trees and understand more about them.
10:00 am to 11:30 pm

Farm Friends

Farm Friends a program for preschoolers at Spencer Peirce Little Farm Newbury Massachusetts!
Children three to six and a favorite adult of their choosing are invited to share in some fun-filled farm adventures which will connect them to daily life at Spencer Peirce Little Farm.
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Groundwork Farmer's Market at the Library

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

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

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 Peach Blossom Classes

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA
Peach Blossom is for infants who are 3 – 12 months¹. Caregivers will be provided the opportunity to discover how to observe, understand, respect and enjoy the individuality of each baby.  Classes include interactive touching and singing games, developmental observation and discussion time with...
11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Privateer Trail Walking Tour

Tour the Privateer Trails in Beverly MA as part of Trails & Sails!
Join Historic Beverly on a journey through Beverly to visit the homes and businesses of some of Beverly's most famous privateers, including the legendary Hugh Hill! We will also experience some beautiful waterfront views as our guides explain how these sites would have looked and been used. Walking...
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Fall Findings at Maudslay

Enjoy an exploration of fall with the park interpreter at Maudlsay State Park in Newburyport
Many changes occur as our world moves from Summer into Fall. Join the park interpreter for this fun program that focuses on finding the changes with nature in Autumn.
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Open Studio at Art Haven

Art Haven hosts an open studio every Friday night in downtown Gloucester
Friday afternoons are a great time for families to drop-by fand enjoy Open Studio at Art Haven. Participate in a fun activity and access to the studio space to work on clay, painting, drawing or anything else you dream up. All ages are welcome with a parent.
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Marine Science Experience

Tour Salem State's Cat Cove Marine Lab for Trails and Sails! FREE!
Come tour the Cat Cove Marine Laboratory as part of Trails & Sails 2019! The Cat Cove Marine Laboratory is operated by Salem State University to promote the sustainable use of aquatic resources on the North Shore and elsewhere. Massachusetts’ North Shore is historically, culturally and...
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

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...
5:30 pm

TitO presents Poe

Theater in the Open presents the works of Edgar Allen Poe at Oak Hill Cemetary in Newburyport Massachusetts
Join Theater in the Open for a special encore presentation of Poe in The Ellen T. Brown Memorial Chapel at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Newburyport. Using music, macabre pageantry and shadow puppetry, Theater in the Open’s ensemble will explore the emotional tension and otherworldly atmosphere that...
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Salem Willows Annual Firepit

Salem Massachusetts Annual Firepit at Salem Willows
Join Salem Park, Recreation and Community Services for our annual Fire Pit at Salem Willows! Bring your chair, grab some popcorn and come enjoy an evening by the fire pit. Salem Rec will provide all the makings for s'mores!
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Star Party with the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club

Join the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club in a Star party at Battis Farm
North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club volunteers will be on hand to show deep space objects such as clusters, nebula, and galaxies through their telescopes. This is part of Trails & Sails 2019.
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

A Spiritual Quest Weekend at Hilldale Cemetery

Hilldale Cemetary is on of the North Shore's most active paranormal spots!
Join Essex County Ghost Project on a FREE guided ghost tour of Hilldale Cemetary - one of the Merrimack Valley's most active cemeteries as part of Trails & Sails 2019.  Join us for a weekend of paranormal enlightenment! On Friday night there will be an equipment class to learn how to use some...
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Trails, Sails & Stars! Explore the Night Sky

Explore the stars with Trails & Sails and the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club
Always wanted to know how to read the night sky? Come Star Gazing with the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club to enjoy outdoor night sky observation. See open clusters, planetary nebulae, and galaxies millions of light years away. Telescopes provided on site.
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Astronomy After Hours at the MOS Observatory

Come to the Museum of Science rooftop for free stargazing and astronomy related
Tucked away on the roof of the Museum's parking garage, the Gilliland Observatory is a wonderful resource for our starry-eyed public. On clear nights, you can view stars, planets, the Moon, and other astronomical phenomena. On cloudy nights, tour the inside of the Observatory, and participate in...
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Monday, September 23

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

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

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

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

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: Breastfeeding Class - Haverhill

Breastfeeding technique and support class at Anna Jaques Hospital. Best Hospital for Families
Breastfeeding Classes are taught by Anna Jaques Hospital Lactation Consultants for mothers and their support person(s) to gain the knowledge and tools to help you successfully breast your baby.
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Beverly Farmers' Market

Get fresh local produce at the Beverly Farmers Market in downtown Beverly Massac
This is a great farmers' market connected to a large grassy park in downtown Beverly.  There is always music and a lot of shade.  The market offers fresh local produce as well as cheese, meat, eggs, bread, dog treats, jewelry, and books.  The kids have a blast playing tag, meeting new friends, and...
Where: Odell Park
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Tuesday, September 24

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! The theme of 2019's maze is 'Exploring America'. 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...

The Story Behind the Dory

Learn about Lowell's Boat Shop on this guided Trails and Sails Tour
Visit Lowell’s Boat Shop on thei Trails & Sails 2019! Founded in 1793, Lowell's Boat Shop is the oldest continuously operating wooden boat shop in the United States. Now a National Historic Landmark, Lowell's continues to build wooden boats in the traditional method. Located on the banks of the...
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