Explore the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary after hours and join us for a night of camping under the stars. Have an early dinner at home and then come with your family and your tent. We will explore nature through games and hands-on activities, set up our tents near the Barn before sundown, and tell stories after the sun sets. All campouts include an evening and a morning activity or hike and a light breakfast.
Topsfield, Massachusetts 01983
Butterflies flutter among the wildflowers. A spider does acrobatics in the tall green grass. Tiny insects drink plant juices and blow bubbles to make their own foam homes. We'll use nets to sweep the meadow and take a closer look at the fascinating creatures hidden in the grassland jungle. After our safari, we'll have fun making our own bubbles.
Are you a frog catcher, snake wrangler, dragonfly hunter, or deer stalker? Do you love splashing through mud, crawling under logs, and running through fields with nothing but a net and your sense of adventure? Then catch and release is for you! This session's topic: amphibians. We'll search the wetlands for frogs and tadpoles, the woodlands for toads, and under logs for salamanders. Learn where to look, when it's okay to catch a creature, and when to just follow them and observe, how to hold them carefully so you can take a good look, and how to return them gently and safely to the wild.
Jane Fraher, owner of Riverview Farms in Topsfield, is accepting students for the 2017 Equestrian Summer Program for boys and girls ages 7 - 15.
Jane makes the program fun with a variety of activities offered in addition to daily riding lessons. The kids will learn horse care and handling; parts of the horse and tack and kids will gain the self-discipline required to understand and control the horse which instills a sense of responsibility and enhances task concentration in the rider. Jane hosts fabulous and fun pizza parties on Fridays.
Did you know that nature plays its own game of hide-and-seek? In order to survive, animals and insects use many disguises. They can stay very still, blend in with their surroundings, and even change color. We'll take a hike to look for these secretive creatures that hide themselves from prying eyes. Then we'll design a camouflaged moth.
As late Spring becomes early Summer, it means one thing: turtle time! Join us for an afternoon of exploring our wetlands in search of these fascinating reptiles. We'll visit areas where turtles like to nest in hopes of finding some eggs, and, with a little luck, get an up-close look at a painted turtle. We'll conclude with a trip to the Rockery to see if we can summon our resident snapping turtle, Godzilla.
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?
This evening's program will give you a basic introduction to the moon. In addition to describing some basic lunar facts, you will learn about the cosmic events that led to its creation and present appearance, the role its orbit plays in creating solar and lunar eclipses, and more.
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.
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?