Birding

Summertime Birding for Families

Kids will learn more about our local birds and how to identify them at Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport Massachusetts

Want to learn more about our local birds and how to identify them? Joppa Flats education interns will take you on an easy walk and introduce you to a variety of birds, from egrets and herons in the salt marsh, to ducks and shorebirds along the river, to songbirds and hummingbirds at our feeders. We'll provide binoculars and field guides along with tips on how to use them. Get started on the hottest new hobby around - birding!

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Fridays, July 1-August 19, 2022 8-9:30am

Let's Go Outside!

Head to Parker River Wildlife Refuge for a full day of FREE family fun that's focused on outdoor activity!

Join park staff from the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge for a full day of FREE family fun that's focused on outdoor activity! Parker River NWR is excited to welcome community members back to our annual Let's Go Outside event, with an exciting new addition. This year we will celebrate Let's Go Outside as an Open Streets event. This means the refuge road will be temporarily transformed into a car-free zone for visitors to bike, walk, roll, and play! Parking will be provided at the refuge visitor center and Lot 1, and free shuttle service will be provided between key locations.

When: 
Saturday, June 25, 2022 10am – 3pm

Winter Birding at Crane Beach

Learn about winter birds at the Trustees' Crane Estate in Ipswich, Massachusetts

Join Ranger Dave Williams for a walk along Crane Beach to look for birds that frequent the shore during winter. Birders will enjoy the opportunity to spot species they don’t often see, while beginners will learn what to look and listen for to help identify these feathered friends. Bring your binoculars and your life list!  

When: 
Sunday March 5, 2017 1-3pm

Free-for-All: Wings over Joppa

Join the fun with your family at the Joppa Flats Education Center to celebrate the fall migrations south!!

It's time for backyard birds to head south for the winter. Joppa Flats Education Center want to 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 including bird-call recall, bird identification, shorebird feeding challenges, and a mystery bird nest challenge!

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Sunday, November 12, 2017 10am-3pm

Imagine, Sing, & Learn 4D: Duck, Swan, Goose!

Kids will learn about swan ducks and geese at Mass Audubon's Jopp Flats Center

Preschoolers will Imagine, Sing the Learn about water fowl and swans! This parent/child program is designed for the creative, curious, and active preschooler. 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!

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Friday, Apr 12, 2013 1 - 2:30 pm

Friday Morning

Kids will learn about swan ducks and geese at Mass Audubon's Jopp Flats Center

Preschoolers will Imagine, Sing the Learn about water fowl and swans! This parent/child program is designed for the creative, curious, and active preschooler. 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!

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Friday, Apr 12, 2013 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Falconry Presentation at Hammond Castle

Bring your kids to the Hammond Castle Museum in Gloucester Massachusetts for a live falconry presentation

Falconry is the sport of hunting with a trained bird of prey. It is also the demanding art of training a predatory bird that is by nature wary of people to hunt cooperatively with a human partner. While the sport has a 4,000 - year history, its glory days were indisputably the medieval period. While this presentation centers around live birds used in falconry, it is not a flight demonstration but a history-rich look at an ancient sport. Focusing on the medieval period, it explains the characteristics of the birds of prey used, how the sport reflected the lifestyle of the time, and the historical reasons behind falconry's rise and fall.

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Friday, June 24, 2022 11am-1:30pm
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Beginner Bird Walk at Appleton Farms

The fields at Appleton Farms provide safe habitiat for a diverse bird population in Ipswich Massachusetts

Have you ever felt intimidated by the idea of a birding walk or felt like you didn’t know enough or know how to get started? Then this program is for you. Join Appleton staff for a fun and no-pressure birding walk designed for beginners with little to no experience. We will walk the property together and look for our fine feathered friends who live all around us. Field guides will be provided and we’ll try to get a good look and see if we can identify the birds we discover. Please bring your own binoculars.

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Sundays, June 5, 12 & 26, 2022 10-11:30am
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Adirondack Leadership Program at Gordon College’s La Vida Center

Babson Farm Quarry Self-guided Walking Tour at Halibut Point

Kids will enjoy this tour of the Halibut Point State Park and Quarry with a focus on its stone-cutting history!
Take a self guided tour at one of Massachusetts most beautiful locations!
7:00 am to 6:00 pm

We Walk the Woods!

Walk the trails in a group at Harold Parker State Forest Every Wednesday at 10am
Walk the trails with a group at Harold Parker State Forest every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. – Meeting location varies weekly. Email trek.reef@mass.gov for location.
10:00 am to 12:00 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

Bubbles & Books at the Castle

Kids will enjoy a story time and lots of bubble fun at the for Hammond Castle in Gloucester Massachsuetts
Join us every Wednesday morning in July & August for Bubbles and Books! Fairytales do come true at Castles by the Sea!
10:15 am to 11:45 pm

Amesbury Farmers Market

The Amesbury Farmers Market happens every Wednesday at Barewolf Brewing in Amesbury, Massachusetts.
The Amesbury Farmers' Market is a local community farmers’ and artisans’ market located in the heart of the historic mills of Amesbury, Massachusetts at BareWolf Brewing. We are a regularly scheduled community market supporting our local food system, small businesses and neighborhood community...
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Feed the Beach Creatures - Rocky Shore Residents

You can look at, AND touch the creatures in Joppa Flats touch tank! Feeding time is a lot of fun!
It's time to feed our touch tank animals! You can help us with sea stars, sea urchins, and rock crabs from the rocky shore; moon snails, surf clams, and hermit crabs from the sandy beach; and minnows, mud whelks, and horseshoe crabs from the salt marsh. Assist our animal husbandry team in sorting,...
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

$1 Wednesdays at the Cabot: Detective Pikachu

Come see Detective Pikachu at the Cabot Theater in Beverly Massachusetts for just $1/child!
$1 Movies are general admission and tickets are not available in advance. The theater will open a half hour before showtime. Tickets can be purchased upon entry to the theater.
Where: The Cabot
6:30 pm

Evening Stroll at Maudslay

Enjoy and evening stroll with the park interpreter at Maudlsay State Park in Newburyport
Join the park interpreter for a moderately paced walk to view different areas of the park and experience the changes at Maudslay over the spring, summer and fall.  Rain or shine. Rain cancels.  For ages 6 and up.  Wear walking shoes, bring water and bug spray is recommended.
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Stargazing at Mendel Observatory

Mendel Observatory, with the support of volunteers from the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club, hosts public stargazing every Wednesday night
The Observatory, with the support of volunteers from the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club, hosts public stargazing every Wednesday night (weather permitting) starting at dusk or 7:30 pm, whichever is later.  When special astronomical events of interest occur (total lunar eclipses, etc.) the Obs
7:00 pm

Castle Hill Picnic Concert - Entrain

Entrain brings rock funk jam music to the Crane Estate in this Thursday evening
Part of the Thursday Night Picnic Concerts at Castle Hill at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, this is a great way to get together and have fun with the whole family in an exclusive setting. You can pack a picnic dinner, bring the kids, and get ready to dance the night away under the stars on the Grand...
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

NYS Summer Movie Madness

NYS hosts a free movie each Wednesday at Newburyport City Hall!
Each Wednesday, Newburyport Youth Services host a free movie for kids and families at the Newburyport City Hall. The weekly schedule is as follows:
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Full Moon Hike at Appleton Farms

Hike at the Trustees Appleton Farms with your family under the Full Moon!
Celebrate the full moon with a special evening hike guided by lunar light, led by Appleton staff. Be sure to wear weather appropriate clothing and boots or shoes that are appropriate for hiking in potentially wet and muddy spots or over uneven terrain. All hikes are weather permitting.
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Thursday, August 11

Babson Farm Quarry Self-guided Walking Tour at Halibut Point

Kids will enjoy this tour of the Halibut Point State Park and Quarry with a focus on its stone-cutting history!
Take a self guided tour at one of Massachusetts most beautiful locations!
7:00 am to 6:00 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, and Thursday 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, Brian...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

DROP IN Preschool Farm Explorers

Farm Explorers is a great way for preschoolers to explore Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Spring is here, the plants are blooming, and the farmers are busy! We invite your little farmers to experience life at the farm as they explore the farmstead harvesting, hiking, and playing. Through farm “chores,” such as collecting eggs, brushing rabbits, and other age appropriate hands on...
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Beach Discovery at Parker River Wildlife Refuge

Discover and explore the facts of the creatures you find at the beach at Joppa
Join Parker River NWR for our weekly beach discovery event featuring Mass Audubon's traveling touch tank! This program allows you to get up close and personal to live beach creatures including crabs, snails, hermit crabs and more. Through hands-on activities, you'll get to explore what makes Plum...
10:00 am to 12:00 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

Outdoor Ecology for Families: Rocky Shore Ecology

Kids and families are invited to come explore the rocky shore with naturalists from the Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport.
It is summer! Join us in the riverside yard at Joppa Flats to learn about wildlife in the salt marsh, pond, rocky shore, and backyard habitats! You'll identify wild creatures, design small habitats, participate in small group challenges, and more. Sign up for one or all and see nature through the...
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Salem Farmers' Market

The Salem Farmer's Market bring the goodness of local farm to downtown Salem!
The Salem Farmers' Market brings fresh local produce and other foods from North Shore farms and other local resources to downtown Salem every Thursday at  Bentley Academy Charter School! Due to COVID-19, the market has needed to make some adjustments please read their new COVID-19 guidelines and...
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

STEM-tastic Thursday!

Join us in Children's Services at Sawyer Free Library for a drop-in STEM activity
Sawyer Free Library invites families to join us in Children's Services at Sawyer Free Library for a drop-in STEM activity celebrating the amazing women (both past and present) who make space exploration possible.  We'll be making mini-straw rockets! 
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Moonrise Markets in Emerson Inn

Moonrise Maker Markets at the Emerson Inn in Rockport Massachusetts
The market event will feature over a dozen Cape Ann Artisans, Crafters & Makers offering nature and coastal inspired handmade art and crafts, including jewelry, metalsmithing, painting, photography, fiber arts, candles, hand harvested artisanal sea salts, natural body care and much more.
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Castle Hill Picnic Concert - Studio Two

elebrate the legacy of the Beatles with Studio Two at The Trustees Castle Hill Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Part of the Thursday Night Picnic Concerts at Castle Hill at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, this is a great way to get together and have fun with the whole family in an exclusive setting. Castle Hill Picnic Concerts are back! Pack a picnic supper and enjoy an evening of live music on the magnificent...
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
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