Ecology

Castle Neck River Boat Tours

Explore the the Crane Wildlife Refuge by boat with the Trustees of Reservations!

Explore the waters Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate by boat with the Trustees of Reservations! Join us for a cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey! We’ll view the seldom seen backside of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, and take a turn around Choate Island to view the open fields, wooded hillside and historic structures from the water.  

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Saturday, October 6, 2018 9-10:30am
Saturday, October 13, 2018 1:30-3PM

Cape Ann Sustainability Fair

Come to the Cape Ann Sustainability Fair in Gloucester to learn how to "Get Your Green On"

TownGreen 2025, a program of the Gloucester Meeting House Foundation, presents its third annual Cape Ann Sustainability Fair.  This community-wide event will offer information and resources for everyone from interested students to leaders in the local sustainability movement. Speakers and exhibitors will target home owners, business owners, renters, elected officials, teachers, and all other stakeholders.

When: 
Saturday, September 29, 2018 10am-4pm

CoastSweep: Dane Street Beach

Come help Salem Sound Coastwatch with the Coastsweep cleanup of Dane Street Beach in Beverly, Massachusetts!

As part of COASTSWEEP 2018, volunteers are encouraged to come to Dane Street Beach to help in the statewide effort to keep our coastline clean along the shore in Salem Massachusetts. Trash collected will be measured and analyzed, and the data will be sent to Washington DC to aid the government in creating legislation to minimize trash in our oceans! This specific cleanup is coordinated by Salem Sound Coastwatch.

When: 
Saturday, September 22, 2018 9-10:30am

CoastSweep: Rockport

Some coastal trash is accidental like this lobster pot washed up by a storm.

As part of COASTSWEEP 2018, volunteers are encouraged to come to Front Beach or Back Beach to help in the statewide effort to keep our coastline clean along the shore of Rockport Massachsuetts. Trash collected will be measured and analyzed, and the data will be sent to Washington DC to aid the government in creating legislation to minimize trash in our oceans!

When: 
Saturday, September 15, 2018

CoastSweep: Stage Fort Park

Not only is this lobster gear an eyesore, it is dangerous to marine animals, seabirds and even humans.

As part of COASTSWEEP 2018, volunteers are encouraged to come to Stage Fort Park to help in the statewide effort to keep our coastline clean along the shore in Gloucester, Massachsuetts. Trash collected will be measured and analyzed, and the data will be sent to Washington DC to aid the government in creating legislation to minimize trash in our oceans! This specific cleanup is coordinated by Ted Maney and the Boston Sea Rovers.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018
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CoastSweep: Plum Island

CoastSweep coastal cleanup on Plum Island September 2018

As part of COASTSWEEP 2018, Joppa Flats Education Center and Parker River National Wildlife Refuge encourage volunteers to come to Plum Island and help in the statewide effort to keep our coastline clean. COASTSWEEP is the annual statewide cleanup of Massachusetts coastal and riverine environments. Over more than 20 years, COASTSWEEP has engaged thousands of volunteers in cleaning hundreds of miles of shoreline and riverbanks.

When: 
Saturday, September 15, 2018 9am-5pm

CoastSweep: Dead Horse Beach & Salem Willows

Join Salem Sound Coastwatch for a Coastsweep cleanup at Dead Horse Beach an Salem Willows

As part of COASTSWEEP, volunteers are encouraged to come to Dead Horse Beach & Salem Willows Park to help in the statewide effort to keep our coastline clean along the shore in Salem Massachusetts. Trash collected will be measured and analyzed, and the data will be sent to Washington DC to aid the government in creating legislation to minimize trash in our oceans! This specific cleanup is coordinated by Salem Sound Coastwatch.

When: 
Friday, September 14, 2018 10am-Noon

CoastSweep: Gloucester

Some coastal trash is accidental like this lobster pot washed up by a storm.

As part of COASTSWEEP, 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 legislation to minimize trash in our oceans! This specific cleanup is coordinated by Timothy Bushfield and the Community Church of East Gloucester, and will cover up 8 beaches in Gloucester.

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Fall Family Monarch Conservation Program & Butterfly Tagging!

Come to Parker River Wildlife Sanctuary to learn about Monarch Butterflies!

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge invites families to join Katie Hone, The Monarch Gardener, for this fun and interesting one hour program about the monarch butterfly.  The program will include a presentation about monarchs with interactive role playing and live animals AND making milkweed “seed bombs” (to take home).  Meet, tag and release live monarch butterflies to the wild! This program is geared to younger children and their parents.  This program will take place in the refuge visitor center classroom.  NO preregistration for this program.

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Saturday, September 22, 2018 10:30-11:00am

Exploring Insects

Essex County Greenbelt Association hosts a Insect Exploration Workshop for families at Cox Reservation in Essex Massachusetts!

Essex County Greenbelt Association will host an exploring insects workshop. Using nets and bug boxes, families will explore fields in search of insects. Special attention will be paid to differing insect lifecycles as well as how some insects are masters of camouflage. Families will be encouraged to design and hide their own insect to see how well they can use camouflage.

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Saturday, September 15, 2018 10am-Noon
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AJH: Newborn Care Class

Anna Jaques Hospital Parent Support Group Newborn Care Class
The Newborn Care class will cover practical baby care topics that will help you to feel more confident in your ability to care for your newborn. Classes are on Sundays from 9:30am-12:00am in the Higgins Conference Room at Anna Jaques Hospital.
9:30 am to 12:00 pm

PEM Explores Innovations Inspired by Nature - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum Wild Designs Exhibit
This summer discover how creative innovators are turning to nature for new ideas and smart solutions to human challenges.  Wild Designs, on exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, features works by artists and other creatives who are looking to nature and living systems for new ideas and creative...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Celebrate the Sea Open House

Stop by as part of Joppa Flats to learn how we can all take responsibility for sustaining the natural beauty and resources of our oceans and coastline.
Come to Joppa Flats for fun, hands-on activities and exhibits that spotlight the wonders of our mighty Atlantic! Learn about ocean giants and creatures of the deep. Play ocean-themed games and create seaworthy art. Find out where our seafood comes from, how people can collect energy from the ocean...
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Chess Club at Sawyer Free

Chess Club at Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester Massachusetts.
Sign up for chess with Jaime online! No prior experience necessary, and players of all skill levels are welcome - both new players and experienced players are sure to enjoy a fun yet challenging session. All ages welcome.
10:00 am to 12:00 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

Gloucester Education Foundation's Power of Play Festival

Gloucester Education Foundation is proud to host Power of Play Festival, a day of play for Gloucester families and kids of all ages. Gloucester Education Foundation's Power of Play Festival
Gloucester Education Foundation proudly hosts is proud to host their annual Power of Play Festival, a day of play for Gloucester families and kids of all ages. Play is an important learning tool that promotes creative and innovative thinking. Play also helps kids develop skills that are a...
11:00 am to 2:00 pm

MIT Museum's Idea Hub

Families can learn through hands-on science at MIT Museum's Idea Hub in Cambridge Massachusetts
Explore topics in design and engineering with artistic circuits, 3D programs, and a variety of other hands-on making and tinkering topics! Drop in each week and try out one of our many activities. Free with Museum admission for kids ages 12 and up.
Where: MIT Museum
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Live Action CLUE for Families

Was it the butler in the pantry with the pipe wrench?  Come find out at the Crane Estate Family CLUE party!
Was it the butler in the pantry with the pipe wrench?  Come find out at the Crane Estate! You've been invited to Miss Florence Crane's birthday party in 1928. Everyone is having a good time until someone dies. Can you figure out who did it, in what room, and with which weapon?
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Winter Wildlife Cinema: Fabulous Frogs

Nature Fabulous Frogs in the theater at Parker River Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport
Enjoy some particularly wonderful wildlife-themed films on the big screen in the comfort of the refuge visitor center’s awesome auditorium...for FREE!Experience for yourself the “cinematic WOW!” created by our state-of-the-art laser projector, with surround sound! The following films will be shown...
1:30 pm

Read with Gus at MPL

Read with Gus, a certified reading therapy dog, at the Manchester Public Library
Deb Kaneb and Gus are back and looking forward to reading with you!  A Certified Reading Partner helps to build reading confidence by providing a safe, nonjudgmental space to practice, plus it's so much fun. Sign up early!  Please call 978-526-7711 for your 15 minute appointment.
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Cape Ann YMCA Carnival

Cape Ann YMCA will hold a carnigval for Cape Ann Families!
Running away to the carnival has never been so easy. We will be transforming out gymnasium for a fun filled evening. Music, dancing, games, prizes, face paint, snacks, and so much more! Can't wait to see you there!
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

ACTING OUT! Theater Company, is proud to present Willy Wonka, The Musical

Come with us and you’ll be in a world of Pure Imagination! Join us for the beloved family musical adventure, Willy Wonka at the Performing Arts Center at North Andover High School. 10 years ago Willy Wonka was Acting Out!’s very first full scale production.  Close to 100 people joined us on the...
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Tuesday, March 26

STEM Structures at NPL

Kids are invited to come to NPL to make STEM structures after school!
We’re cracking a ton of glow sticks for play time with a side of learning. Join us in our darkened program room where kids can use glow sticks to imitate designs or create something entirely new. Super simple, no mess, fun! Drop in for kids of all ages.
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Wednesday, March 27

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

PEM Explores Innovations Inspired by Nature - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum Wild Designs Exhibit
This summer discover how creative innovators are turning to nature for new ideas and smart solutions to human challenges.  Wild Designs, on exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, features works by artists and other creatives who are looking to nature and living systems for new ideas and creative...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

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

LEGO Club at HW Library

Wednesdays are LEGO Club Days at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library
Come to HW Library to create a masterpiece, share your ideas, work individually or as a team. This is a non-robotics program designed for children in grades K - 5, created to share the joy of Legos. No experience or registration necessary.
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

LEGOs at the Library

The G.A.R. Memorial Library Massachusetts Library's LEGO club is a drop-in family event
The G.A.R. Memorial Library invites families and kids of all ages to participate in a LEGO build.  Bring the whole family and build  something incredible. We provide the legos - you bring your ideas.
4:00 pm to 5:00 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

Thursday, March 28

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
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