Topsfield, Massachusetts 01983

Hunger Games Spring Survival for Teens

Teens will learnb wilderness survival skills in this session at Mass Audubon's I

In this spring session of the program based on the hit book series The Hunger Games, we will continue to learn the skills necessary to survive in the wild. Navigation in the woods can be tough, and finding edible foods can be even tougher. Didn't you walk by that tree already? 

Saturday, May 10, 2014 1:30-3:30pm

Power of the Purse

The Power of the Purse fundaraiser at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield promises to be the best ladies night out of the Spring in Essex County!

Come to Willowdale Estate for the 'Power of the Purse' - a delightful ladies’ evening of hors d’oeuvres, wine, purses and friends! Designer Purses and Specialty Bags will be raffled the night of the event. The Power of the Purse party celebrates the power of women-led philanthropy by raffling beautiful bags, generously donated by individuals and businesses, to raise funds to support nonprofit programs helping to change the lives of women and girls at risk in our communities.Proceeds will go to benefit the The Women’s Fund of Essex County! Casual attire please!

Buy a ticket and join us for a night of fashion and fun, all for a good cause.

Thursday, May 11, 2017 6:30-8:30 pm

Family Nature Puppet Show with Cape Ann Waldorf School

Cape Ann Waldorf School, CAWS, Beverly MA Independent School. Pre-K to 8 grade.

Join instructors from the Cape Ann Waldorf School at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary for an enjoyable and entertaining puppet show. “Little Louse and Little Flea” is a charming tale of friendship and loyalty with a delightful sense of the absurd. What would we do without our dearest friends?

Sunday, May 4, 2014 1:30-3:00 pm

Adventure Day: Digging in the Dirt

Kids will explore the IRWS and find out what lives in the soil there!

Kids will get their hands dirty and dig into the science of soil at this April vacation session. Meet the critters of the sanctuary that call dirt home. Worms, millipedes, sow bugs, weasels, and voles are a few soil creatures that we will hope to see. Find out what it takes to make a garden grow, before preparing and planting your own take-home garden.

Friday, April 21, 2017 8:30am-3pm

Adventure Day: Wonderful Wings

Kids will explore and learn about the winged creatures of IRWS for Spring break

Kids will learn about the winged creatures that inhabit the sanctuary at this vacation week program. Spring is in full swing and all our flying friends are in a frenzy. If it has wings, we'll find it, and learn about the different ways creatures use their wings. Using binoculars, nets, and bug boxes, we'll take an up-close look at birds, dragonflies, butterflies, and other insects that make their homes at the sanctuary.

Tuesday, April 19, 2017 8:30am-3pm

Amazing Amphibians

Search for frogs, salamanders and their eggs at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Spring is the season when frogs, toads, and salamanders return to the wetlands to lay their eggs. After a short introduction in our Nature Center where we will learn about the life cycles of these amazing creatures, we will search the sanctuary's wetlands and woodlands for amphibians on the move. If we're lucky, we might be able to catch a few of them! We'll also be sure to swing by our vernal pool where we should be able to find large masses of wood frog and spotted salamander eggs.

Saturday, April 23,2016 1:30-3pm

Big Night at IRWS

Come explore the vernal pools of Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary with Mass Audubon!

Each year on the first warm rainy night of spring, wood frogs and mole salamanders begin a mass migration to vernal pools where they breed. If you happen to be out on one of these evenings, the experience can be spectacular. Tonight, a part of the sanctuary will be transformed into a Big Night scene. Participants will take a one-hour guided walk along the Vernal Pool Trail, where they will meet some interesting characters who will share some facts and stories about themselves, vernal pools, and this special time of year.

Friday, April 7, 2017 6-8pm

Sense of Wonder Walk: Where Have all the Insects Gone?

Where do insects go in the Winter?  Find out on this Wonder Walk at IRWS.

During the warmer months of the year, we see insects all around us. But don't be fooled--even in March insects are still with us in one form or another. Become an insect detective and join us for a few "buggy" activities inside, and then we will take a walk to search for hibernating and even some active insects.

Sunday, March 19, 2017 1:30-3pm


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