Birding

IRWS School Vacation: Awesome Owls

Look for Owls at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary during the day and learn about their habitat and feeding.

Have you ever walked through the woods looking for owls during the day? Owls are most active at night, of course, but if you know what to look for you can find their daytime roosts. Together we'll discover what our local owls look like, what they eat, and what they sound like. As a special activity, everyone will help to dissect an owl pellet.

When: 
Friday, February 21, 2020 8:30am-3pm

Meet Backyard Birds

What birds come to your yard in the winter? Find out at Joppa Flats Education Center!

Drop in at Joppa Flats for an up-close winter wildlife experience! On select weekend and school vacation days, Joppa Flats volunteer Deb La Roy presents demonstrations on bird research and banding. After capturing wild birds in the Joppa backyard, Deb brings them inside to measure, weigh, examine, and then release them. The unique band that Deb places carefully on each bird’s leg connects other bird researchers with the data she’s collected. You’ll learn about your own backyard birds and why they’re here while watching scientific research in action.

When: 
Sundays through March 8, 2020 10am-12:30pm

February Vacation Week: Afternoon Birding for Families

Kids will learn about birding at Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport during February vacation!

Come to Joppa Flats Education Center for an afternoon full of family fun! Adults and children can spend quality family time in the great outdoors finding, observing, and admiring local wildlife. Can you imagine seeing a Bald Eagle or a Snowy Owl on a winter walk? Families will travel in their cars to several birding hot spots on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge with Joppa Flats naturalists in the lead. Once there, we'll walk on cleared trails to search for the birds that are here for the winter. Then, we'll wrap up with hot chocolate back at Joppa Flats.

When: 
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:30-3:30 pm

Open House Mornings for Families: Backyard Birds in Winter

What birds come to your yard in the winter? Find out at Joppa Flats Education Center during February Vacation!

Joppa Flats Education Center vacation programs offer a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities while we keep minds active and hands busy during school break. Beat the winter blahs during school break! Drop in for an hour or stay all morning, either one or both days, for a vacation destination that suits your schedule. Drop in for family fun! You'll see winter bird banding demonstrations and try out science and art activities. "Miss Lisa" invites you to join her at 11:00 for an energetic educational presentation where everyone particpates in the fun of an interactive mult-media show. After the presentation, weather permitting, we'll go outside for a group game.

When: 
Thursday, February 20, 2020 10:00am-Noon

Sense of Wonder Walk: Backyard Birds

Learn about and help feed local birds that spend the winter in New England at Mass Audubon's Ipwich River Wildlife Sanctuary

There's a lot going on in the natural world in winter, so bundle up the family and join us for an outdoor exploration! This walk will begin with a short introduction indoors, and then we'll go outside to explore. What birds visit your house in winter? We'll walk the trails looking, listening, and calling for birds. After our hike, we'll return to the Nature Center to warm up and view birds from our observation window.

When: 
Sunday, February 2, 2020 1:30-3pm

The Merrimack River Eagle Festival

Come celebrate the return of the Eagles to the Merrimack Estuary! Photo: Eagle on Ice by Bill O'Connor

Come to Newburyport to celebrate the return of migrating eagles back to the Merrimack River Estuary! The Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge have teamed up to bring an entire day of free events centered around the wonders of the Bald Eagles that have come to take seasonal advantage of the Merrimack River habitat. 

When: 
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Superbowl of Birding XVII

Mass Audubon's Superbowl of Birding is a great way to spend the day outdoors with family.

Come to northeastern Massachusetts and southeastern New Hampshire for great winter birding and a chance to compete with other birders. The Superbowl of Birding is a unique, 12-hour team competition, where teams of birders of all ages and abilities seek out the greatest number of species and amass the most points based on the rarity of the birds recorded. Compete for prizes in 10 categories, from the Newbies Award to the esteemed Zeiss Joppa Cup. Enjoy spectacular winter birding and find out just how good you and your team really are! Sponsored by Joppa Flats Education Center, and Zeiss.

When: 
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Family Snowy Owl Prowl

Join the Trustees of Reservations at  the Crane Wildlife Refuge in Ipswich Massachusetts in search of the Snowy Owl!

Join The Trustees of Reservations at Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate in search of the Snowy Owl! Wide-open coastal sites are the location of choice for wintering Snowy Owls; common perches are dunes and salt hay staddles. In winters past, the owls have been frequent visitors to the Crane Wildlife Refuge. Join us for a family snowy owl prowl as we hike the dunes in search of these magnificent birds. As a family hike, this hike will be shorter and slower than our standard snowy owl prowl, focusing on engaging children in the natural world. If you are an adult with no or older children who would prefer a more serene hiking experience, please check out or standard Snowy Owl Prowl events. 

Family pricing includes 2 adults and up to 2 children. If your family is larger, please purchase 2 family tickets. 

Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 2 miles. Sturdy shoes are necessary and trekking poles are recommended for anyone with balance concerns. Because we will be looking for Snowy Owls on distant dunes, please bring binoculars if you have them. We will have a few pairs available for use to share between us.

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Friday, January 3, 2020 1-3pm

Family Open House: Birds, Banding & Books for the Holidays!

Kids will learn about local and migrating birds at Joppa Flats Education Center during their holiday open house!.

Tis the season for watching wintering birds in the forest or at the feeders, and the colder weather and shorter days are perfect for cozying up with a good book. This free family event celebrates both of these winter pastimes!

When: 
Sunday, October 6, 2019 9:30-11:30am

Family Open House: A Songbird Celebration

Kids will learn about local and migrating birds at Joppa Flats Education Center.

As backyard birds head south for the winter, let's give them a proper send-off with a fun, free family event that features bird banding demonstrations, interactive games about bird migration, and lots of table-top science. Younger children will enjoy our crafts and games, while older children can get involved in physics and engineering fun! Preregistration is not required. children must be accompanied by an adult. Family presentations will be offered at half-past each hour.

When: 
Sunday, November 17, 2019 10am-3pm

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February Vacation Workshops at Art Haven

February Vacation Workshops for kids at Cape Ann Art Haven in Gloucester Massachusetts
Cape ann Art Haven has a great selection of art focused morning workshops during February Vacation in addition to their regular classes and open studio in the afternoons.  Kids can take part in morning sessions, afternoon sessions or stay for a full day!

MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent

Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield will once again welcome guests to celebrate the magic of the winter season with the return of The MarketStreet Rink sponsored by Capital One.

Feb Fest at MIT Museum

Kids will have a blast at the MIT Museum during February Vacation Feb Fest!
Join MIT Museum for Feb Fest, an annual celebration during February school vacation week, with daily hands-on activities, workshops, and more. Come for a fun filled week of science, hands-on activities, museum tours and focused workshops!
Where: MIT Museum

Kids in the Kitchen | February Vacation Week

Appleton Farm's Kids in the Kitchen program is geared to children aged 6-9
In the winter most people hunker down to stay warm, but at Appleton Farms, we make the most of the cold, quiet season. There is no better place to spend winter farm days than in the kitchen! These programs are for kids ages 6-10 who love to cook, explore, and be adventurous in the kitchen, and out...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Parent & Child Bachelor's Buttons Classes

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA
Bachelor’s Button is a full year pre-nursery program for caregiver and child 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 years of age. We have two Bachelor’s Buttons classes that meet weekly on Mondays and Tuesdays, September through June, from 9:00 to 11:30 am. Classes follow the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm schedule. 30...
9:00 am to 11:30 am

Museum of Science Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition- Cambridge

Museum of Science Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition- Cambridge
Let curiosity be your guide, and discover life from a dog's point of view in Dogs! A Science Tail, the Museum's newest exhibition. Experience the extraordinary way dogs see, smell, and hear the world. Admission is included with an Exhibit Halls ticket.
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

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

Family Hike at Castle Hill

Come to the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts for a hike with your kids!
The Trustees of Reservations invites you to get your little ones out of the house and build your family's outdoor confidence on a guided family hike! Meet up with your group of fellow explorers to learn a new nature tidbit and then hit the trails! We'll go at a comfortable pace for little legs and...
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

PEM February School Vacation Week

February School Vacation Week programs at Peabody Essex Museum in Salem Massachusetts
Peabody Essex Museum invites kids and families for days of fun and engaging events and activities during February vacation week!  Come to the Museum Come join us for a week of exploration into our relationship with nature and discover new ways to become a steward of the earth.  There will be drop...
10:00 am to 4:00 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

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

Ward Winter Fun Day

Bring your winter gear to Ward Reservation and celebrate the fun of Winter! Photo ©Bill O'Connor
This winter, discover and explore Ward Reservation in Andover and North Andover as The Trustees, in partnership with the Andover Trails Committee and Friends of North Andover Trails, host a community-favorite event Ward Winter Fun Day.
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Tuesday, February 18

Feb Fest at MIT Museum

Kids will have a blast at the MIT Museum during February Vacation Feb Fest!
Join MIT Museum for Feb Fest, an annual celebration during February school vacation week, with daily hands-on activities, workshops, and more. Come for a fun filled week of science, hands-on activities, museum tours and focused workshops!
Where: MIT Museum

MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent

Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield will once again welcome guests to celebrate the magic of the winter season with the return of The MarketStreet Rink sponsored by Capital One.

February Vacation Workshops at Art Haven

February Vacation Workshops for kids at Cape Ann Art Haven in Gloucester Massachusetts
Cape ann Art Haven has a great selection of art focused morning workshops during February Vacation in addition to their regular classes and open studio in the afternoons.  Kids can take part in morning sessions, afternoon sessions or stay for a full day!

IRWS School Vacation: Maple Sugaring

Learn how to harvest Maple Sap and convert it to Maple Syrup at IRWS during February Vacation!
Today we'll learn about one of nature's tastiest treats: maple syrup. We'll discover how to distinguish a sugar maple from all the other trees in the forest and tap one to collect the sap. After a visit to the sugarhouse, we'll know how sap is converted into syrup and try some on our very own...
8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Vacation Day Camp at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm - Beverly

February Vacation Winter Camp at Moraine Farm
Waldorf School at Moraine Farm in Beverly is offering a February Vacation Camp experience. This camp is designed for children ages 4 through 7. Camp will be offered Tuesday, 2/18 through Friday, 2/21, 8:30 am through 3pm, with the option to pick up at 1 pm. Sign up for one day or all four. Children...
8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Parent & Child Bachelor's Buttons Classes

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA
Bachelor’s Button is a full year pre-nursery program for caregiver and child 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 years of age. We have two Bachelor’s Buttons classes that meet weekly on Mondays and Tuesdays, September through June, from 9:00 to 11:30 am. Classes follow the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm schedule. 30...
9:00 am to 11:30 am

Museum of Science Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition- Cambridge

Museum of Science Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition- Cambridge
Let curiosity be your guide, and discover life from a dog's point of view in Dogs! A Science Tail, the Museum's newest exhibition. Experience the extraordinary way dogs see, smell, and hear the world. Admission is included with an Exhibit Halls ticket.
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Toys The Inside Story Discovery Museum, Acton

Toys The Inside Story Discovery Museum, Acton
Did you ever want to open an Etch-a-Sketch® to see how it works? Wonder what makes Elmo® dance? Want to see what triggers the buzzer in Operation®? Explore the inside world of toys and the pulleys, cams, gears, circuits, and linkages that make them work at the Discovery Museum in Acton.
9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Kids in the Kitchen | February Vacation Week

Appleton Farm's Kids in the Kitchen program is geared to children aged 6-9
In the winter most people hunker down to stay warm, but at Appleton Farms, we make the most of the cold, quiet season. There is no better place to spend winter farm days than in the kitchen! These programs are for kids ages 6-10 who love to cook, explore, and be adventurous in the kitchen, and out...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

PEM February School Vacation Week

February School Vacation Week programs at Peabody Essex Museum in Salem Massachusetts
Peabody Essex Museum invites kids and families for days of fun and engaging events and activities during February vacation week!  Come to the Museum Come join us for a week of exploration into our relationship with nature and discover new ways to become a steward of the earth.  There will be drop...
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
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