Hike the Atlantic Path from Halibut Point State Park to the Emerson Inn in Rockport Massachusetts!Best for kids 12 and over, this is a somewhat challenging three hour trek along a public coastline trail. Estimated hike time is 3 hours.
Come to Halibut Point State Park, a nationally renowned destination for viewing winter birds, to learn the basics of birding, natural history, and behavioral traits of our area's winter birds such as ducks, gulls, cormorants, loons, grebes, gannets, and alcids.
Join the The Trustees of Reservations and get outside with your family this Father’s Day and celebrate Dad at the Father’s Day Bluegrass Bash at The Stevens-Coolidge Place. There will be a bluegrass band (Damn Tall Buildings - read below about band) for all to enjoy from 5-7PM. The Ipswich Ale Beer Truck will be on site to indulge in some Fathers Day drinks. Food will also be available to purchase to have a wonderful Fathers Day dinner in a beautiful setting while listening to music. Lawn games will be set up around the grounds, such as bocce, badminton and bean bag toss. Bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets and make this the best Fathers Day ever!
Midsummer's Eve is the longest day of the year - the perfect day to create a fairy garden for you and your fairies! Join us to make individual fairy gardens for each family. We will provide the container, rocks, and native plants to make a garden bowl any fairy would be happy with. Please bring your imagination and love for fairies. We will celebrate the completion of our gardens with a solstice story and a short walk.
Fields are homes and resting places for many insects, birds, and animals in the summer. We'll explore the sanctuary fields with sweep nets, look at insects up close, and watch for signs of other animals making use of our fields.
Bring your young naturalist to the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary to enjoy an afternoon on the Ipswich River! As the summer starts to heat up, cool down with us on a leisurely canoe paddle to Perkins Island. We'll look for sunbathing turtles and other river creatures on the banks and in the backwaters of the beautiful Ipswich River. Once we get to the island, we'll stretch our legs and enjoy some popsicles.
Bring your young naturalist to the Ravenswood Park in Gloucester and learn all about bugs! Bugs, bugs, everywhere there are bugs! We'll investigate some and venture outdoors on a bug-bingo hunt!
Did you know that our seafood does not begin its ife in the sea? Have you ever wondered what makes the round hole in seashells on the beach? When was the last time you looked for horseshoe crabs? Now is your chance for your family to learn together about the wonders of nature. Each program will focus on conservation updates, animal and plant interrelationships, changing environmental conditions, and an appreciation for the beauty and diversity of our surroundings. Each experience will leave you excited for the next one!
Think you have the skills to survive in the wild? Come learn about finding food, water, and shelter in the forests and wetlands of the sanctuary and then put your new knowledge to the test. We will split into two teams and compete to identify and locate resources, build and test shelters, and sneak up on one another in a tag-style game that take places over a large part of the sanctuary. Can you and your team complete all of the outdoor skill challenges before it's too late? No previous experience necessary, just teamwork and a strong survival instinct!
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. Finally, we'll show you how to share your family's discoveries once you return home.
Saturday, March 31
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