Pre-School

Discovering Nature Through Story, Music, and Art

Kids will explore the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary to connect with nature and learn about the creatures of the North Shore Massachusetts wilderness!

Preschoolers and young kids will explore the wonders of winter in the "enchanted woods" of Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in this four-session series. We'll begin in the Nature Center with story, poetry, and imagination. Next, we'll bundle up for a winter walk to awaken our sense of wonder to the silence, scents, and scenery of the sleeping winter woods. Along the way, discover how the trees, plants, birds, beavers, squirrels, chipmunks, and other wildlife spend the winter. We'll look for animal stories in the snow (tracking) and much more. After our walks, we'll create artwork that reflects the wonders of winter that we discovered, while listening to winter nature songs. These keepsakes will bring home winter's secrets and beauty as we await the signs of spring.

Imagine, Sing & Learn: Animals of the Ice

Preschoolers learn about the animals of the polar habitats at the Joppa Flats Center.  Photo: A Weith CC BY-SA 4.0

Joppa Flats Education Center invites preschoolers to a fun session where they will learn about artcic animals! This parent/child program is designed for the creative, curious, and active preschooler who loves animals. Each 90-minute session offers a structured series of activities including original songs, movement, dramatic play, hands-on science, and a thematic snack. You'll receive coloring pages, song lyrics, vocabulary, a fun fact sheet, and a suggested reading list in an electronic goody bag!

When: 
Thursday, March 16, 2017 9:30-11am

See, Think & Wonder Walks: Forest Stroll & Salt Marsh Fishing

Stroll through the coastal forest and discover what lives in the marsh with naturalists from Joppa Flats

In every kind of weather, we love to head outdoors to our spectacular local habitats, so join us for one, two, or more of these nature explorations! Each one will focus on the importance of a sense of place as we explore the ecology, sights, and sounds of our natural landscape. Wildlife, local and migrating birds, collecting techniques, and environmental awareness will be presented in a fun, energetic format that adults and children alike will enjoy. This session is a coastal forest stroll with a discovery session in the marsh.

When: 
Thursday, November 9, 2017 2-3:30pm

See, Think & Wonder Walks: Trapping Fish

Kids will learn fish and other marsh creatures at Joppa Flats Center in Newburyport

In every kind of weather, we love to head outdoors to our spectacular local habitats, so join us for one, two, or more of these nature explorations! Each one will focus on the importance of a sense of place as we explore the ecology, sights, and sounds of our natural landscape. Wildlife, local and migrating birds, collecting techniques, and environmental awareness will be presented in a fun, energetic format that adults and children alike will enjoy. This session will be trapping (and releasing) fish and other creatures that live in the marsh.

When: 
Thursday, June 22, 2017 2-3:30pm

Imagine, Sing, & Learn: Ducks, Scud & Mud

Preschoolers will learn ducks, clams & other mud creatures at Joppa Flats Center

Preschoolers join Joppa Flats Naturalists in an active, fun, program where they will learn what makes a salt marsh special, what lives in a salt marsh, how these animals find their food, and a chance to touch and hold live animals from the salt marsh! Using group games, songs, and fun interactive props, we’ll turn your preschooler into estuary enthusiasts! We’ll also make a take home craft  and enjoy a tasty salt marsh looking snack!

When: 
Wednesday August 9, 2017 9:30-11am
Friday, August 11, 2017 9:30-11am

Saturday Morning Nature Secrets: Animals in Snow

Kids will learn about animals in the snow at the Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport!

Let's celebrate winter as we look at this beautiful season through storybooks, art, and music. Weather permitting, we'll take a riverside walk in Joppa Flats' backyard and experience the frozen artistry of the season.  Later we'll create artwork that reminds us of the winter joys we found together.

When: 
Saturday, January 27, 2018 10-11:30am

Saturday Morning Nature Secrets: Animals in Snow

Kids will learn about animals in the snow at the Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport!

Let's celebrate winter as we look at this beautiful season through storybooks, art, and music. Weather permitting, we'll take a riverside walk in Joppa Flats' backyard and experience the frozen artistry of the season.  Later we'll create artwork that reminds us of the winter joys we found together.

When: 
Saturday, January 27, 2018 10-11:30am

Saturday Morning Nature Secrets: Sparkling Snowflakes

Kids will learn about snowlfakes at the Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport!

Let's celebrate winter as we look at this beautiful season through storybooks, art, and music. Weather permitting, we'll take a riverside walk in Joppa Flats' backyard and experience the frozen artistry of the season.  Later we'll create artwork that reminds us of the winter joys we found together.

When: 
Saturday, January 13, 2018 10-11:30am

Saturday Morning Nature Secrets: Wake Up Trees!

Kids will learn about trees at the Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport!

Let's celebrate winter as we look at this beautiful season through storybooks, art, and music. Weather permitting, we'll take a riverside walk in Joppa Flats' backyard and experience the frozen artistry of the season.  Later we'll create artwork that reminds us of the winter joys we found together.

When: 
Saturday, February 10, 2018 10-11:30am

Saturday Morning Nature Secrets: March Winds Blow in Spring

Kids will learn about March winds at the Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport!

Let's celebrate winter as we look at this beautiful season through storybooks, art, and music. Weather permitting, we'll take a riverside walk in Joppa Flats' backyard and experience the frozen artistry of the season.  Later we'll create artwork that reminds us of the winter joys we found together.

When: 
Saturday, March 10, 2018 10-11:30am

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Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play....
10:15 am to 11:15 am
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