Come to Mill Pond in West Newbury for dipnetting with Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Center during April Vacation Week! It’s vacation week, so let's head for the hills and the marsh and the pond! Miss Lisa and Miss Kirsten are ready for an out-of-school adventure, and they have all the field equipment we'll need to go on a mini-trek to explore some of our favorite habitats. At Mill Pond, we'll bring the buckets, scoops, nets, microscopes, and guides to see what freshwater life is springing forth. At Rough Meadows, we’ll set fish traps and search for tiny snails and scud, then go on a salt marsh scavenger hunt. All materials are provided, so come on out and meet us for some treks and trails!
Join West Newbury residents and Greenbelt Outdoor Adventure Team members John Dodge and Patricia Reeser for a 90-minute walk through Riverbend Conservation Area in West Newbury. (See Map or download/print) The wooded, somewhat hilly land borders the Merrimack River and promised lovely views. See if you can find some of the remains of what once was a ski hill. Refreshments will be served during a brief post walk discussion. FREE. RSVP.
Extreme Field Day for Kids events feature obstacle course races for children ages 4-15.
The course ranges in distances.
- 1/2 mile for children (4-5 yrs old)
- 1 mile for children (6-8 yrs old) and
- 1 1/2 miles for children (9-11yrs old) and
- 2 miles for children (12-14 yrs old)
Kids are encouraged to run in their age group, but if they are confident runners, by all means run a longer distance.
On this excursion kids will be ponding with Joppa Flats Education Center at Mill Pond in West Newbury! Come explore the pond habitat and learn about the creatures that live there! We will be exploring the edge of a pond with safe shore access using nets, scoopers, strainers, cups, bowls and spoons. We’ll examine the water, leaf litter and plants with hand lenses and magiscopes. We’ll walk along the edge of the meadow near the pond looking for signs of life and spotting birds. We’ll give out binoculars to all participants. Each participant will take home coloring packets!
Saturday, September 22
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