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Salem Pond Loop Hike at Harold Parker

Join the Harold Parker Park Interpreter on this easy to moderate 2-mile hike on the Salem Pond Loop and discover the story of the Civilian Conservation Corps along the way

Join the Park Interpreter on this easy to moderate 2-mile hike and discover the story of the Civilian Conservation Corps along the way. Bring water and a snack. Wear sturdy footwear. For ages 6 and up. Meet at the Jenkins Parking Lot, 87 Harold Parker Road, Andover.

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Sunday, August 29, 2021 10am-12:30pm

Open Air Ecology for Families: The Salt Marsh

Kids and families are invited to come explore the marsh habitat naturalists from the Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport.

No need to face the long lines, parking challenges, and crowds at the beach for this great summertime activity. Join Mass Audubon at Joppa Flats in the riverside yard at Joppa Flats instead! Learn how to identify wild creatures, design small habitats, participate in small group challenges, and more. Sign up for one or all of these programs and see nature through the lens of a naturalist! In this outing we'll explore the world of the salt water marsh.

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Thursday, July 15, 2021 1:30-3pm
Friday, July 16, 2021 10am-Noon

Open Air Ecology for Families: The Freshwater Pond Habitat

Kids and families are invited to come explore the pond habitat witht naturalists from the Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport.

No need to face the long lines, parking challenges, and crowds at the beach for this great summertime activity. Join Mass Audubon at Joppa Flats in the riverside yard at Joppa Flats instead! Learn how to identify wild creatures, design small habitats, participate in small group challenges, and more. Sign up for one or all of these programs and see nature through the lens of a naturalist! In this outing well explore the pond habitat.

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Thursday, July 8, 2021 1:30-3pm
Friday, July 9, 2021 10am-Noon

Open Air Ecology for Families: The Rocky Shore Habitat

Kids and families are invited to come explore the rocky shore with naturalists from the Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport.

No need to face the long lines, parking challenges, and crowds at the beach for this great summertime activity. Join Mass Audubon at Joppa Flats in the riverside yard at Joppa Flats instead! Learn how to identify wild creatures, design small habitats, participate in small group challenges, and more. Sign up for one or all of these programs and see nature through the lens of a naturalist! In this outing we'll explore the world of the rocky shore habitat.

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Thursday, July 22, 2021 1-3pm
Friday, July 23, 2021 10am-Noon
Thursday, August 12, 2021 1-3pm
Friday, August 13, 2021 10am-Noon

Open Air Ecology for Families: Insects and Spiders

Kids and families are invited to come explore the world of bugs and spiders with naturalists from the Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport.

No need to face the long lines, parking challenges, and crowds at the beach for this great summertime activity. Join Mass Audubon at Joppa Flats in the riverside yard at Joppa Flats instead! Learn how to identify wild creatures, design small habitats, participate in small group challenges, and more. Sign up for one or all of these programs and see nature through the lens of a naturalist! In this outing we'll explore the world of insects and spiders.

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Thursday, August 12, 2021 1:30-3pm
Friday, August 13, 2021 10am-Noon

Open Air Ecology for Families: The Sandy Beach Habitat

Kids and families are invited to come explore the sandy beach habitat naturalists from the Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport.

No need to face the long lines, parking challenges, and crowds at the beach for this great summertime activity. Join Mass Audubon at Joppa Flats in the riverside yard at Joppa Flats instead! Learn how to identify wild creatures, design small habitats, participate in small group challenges, and more. Sign up for one or all of these programs and see nature through the lens of a naturalist! In this outing we'll explore the habitat of the sandy beach.

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Thursday, August 12, 2021 1:30-3pm
Friday, August 13, 2021 10am-Noon

"It's Spring" Self-Guided Story Walk

Come to Maudslay State Park in Newburyport to look for signs of spring on a self-guided story walk!

Come to Maudslay State Park in Newburyport for a self-guided StoryWalk® through Maudslay State Park from April 17 – Mother’s Day, May 9 features the children’s book “It’s Spring!” by Linda Glaser. Just follow Hedge Drive and visit the laminated pages of the book posted along the route. A wonderful story is just ahead waiting for you. What a great way to combine reading, exercise, and family fun! “It’s Spring!” celebrates the coming of spring and all that happens in our natural world during this important season. A child observes the arrival of spring and its effects on plants and animals.

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Daily through Mother's Day 2021

Wee Explorers at Stevens-Coolidge Estate

Stevens-Coolidge Place hosts a nature based outdoor programs for toddlers that encourages outdoor play and exploration!

To encourage outdoor play and exploration of the great outdoors, this nature-based toddler playgroup will incorporate themed guided sessions incorporating both guided activities and free time exploration for children and their caregivers to peek under rocks, inspect tree bark for hiding bugs, and jump in puddles. Held every Tuesday morning, families are encouraged to come to one or all of the sessions to explore the hidden world beneath our feet and above our heads.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021 9:30-10:30am

Turtle Time at IRWS

Kids will explore IRWS wetland in search of painted and snapping turtles.

As late spring transitions to early summer, one thing is for sure: it's turtle time! Join us to explore our wetlands in search of these fascinating reptiles. We'll visit areas where turtles like to nest and bask in the sun, look at and touch real turtle shells, 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.

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Saturday, June 12, 2021 10-11:30am

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Manchester 375th Scavenger Hunt

The Manchester Essex Conservation Trust Scavenger is a healthy challenge for the entire family!
—During the month of September explore conservation lands, learn a bit about Manchester’s history, and have some fun! Accept the challenge to visit multiple locations at surrounding conservation areas, learn some history and celebrate the 375th Anniversary of the founding of Manchester by the Sea!...
7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Sculpture at Maudslay

Artists will install their sculptures at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport for public viewing!
Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the 22nd Annual Outdoor Sculpture at Maudslay Exhibit September 12 through October 2 featuring 50 site specific sculptures by local artists addressing this year’s theme, ‘Reach’ within the magnificence of Maudslay State Park in Newburyport. Look for the large...
7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Corn MAiZE and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers

Corn MAiZE, Maze and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers, Massachusetts
Come to Connors Farm to find your way through this year's maze, "The Music Maze"! Enjoy many family fun activities! After completing the maze, stay and have some fun around the farm. Children enjoy apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, and most of all, visiting the barnyard animals.
9:00 am to 5:59 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

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

Cape Ann Farmers' Market

Cape Ann Farmers Market will be held at Harbor Loop in Gloucester Massachsuetts for the 2021 Season!
CAFM is an award winning not for profit market that has become part of the fabric of Cape Ann’s foodscape. CAFM supports small local farmers, fisherman, and food producers which in turn helps to strengthen the local economy. Buying local produce at CAFM helps support and conserve over 500 acres of...
3:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Harbor Loop Summer Concert Series at Stage Fort Park

The Harbor Loop Summer Concert Series is back with live music and a new venue location!  The weekly Thursday night concerts will be held at Stage Fort Park’s Antonio Gentile Bandstand from 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm.  Check out the 2021 program line-up:
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Friday, September 24

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

Kidleidoscope

Kidleidoscope at Maudslay State Park is a chance for preschoolers to explore the park, enjoy a story and make a craft!
Maudslay State Park has created this program for their youngest crowd! For the young set that loves nature, the park interpreter will lead a three-part preschool aged program that includes a Story, Craft & Walk that involves outdoor exploration. A different nature topic each week so come every...
10:30 am

Farmhouse Wood-Fired at Appleton Farms

Join the Trustees at Farmhouse Wood-Fired every Thursday through Sunday, throughout the summer and fall. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets for a perfect wood-fired dining experience surrounded by the idyllic beauty of Appleton Farms. The menu will change weekly, featuring local and...
12:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Blacksmithing Demo at Saugus Iron Works

Join the staff at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site for a blacksmithing demonstration during Sails and Trails
Join the staff at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site National Historic Site for a blacksmithing demonstration.
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

A Spiritual Quest Weekend at Hilldale Cemetery

Hilldale Cemetary is on of the North Shore's most active paranormal spots!
Join Essex County Ghost Project on a FREE guided ghost tour of Hilldale Cemetary - one of the Merrimack Valley's most active cemeteries as part of Trails & Sails 2021.  The gates open at 6:30 pm and at 7pm we will start exploring one of New Englands most haunted sites. There have been reports...
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Star Party with the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club

Join the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club in a Star party at Battis Farm
Clear skies allowing, come out under the stars and look through telescopes provided by NSAAC volunteers. See the rings of Saturn and the moons of Jupiter, along with a collection of deep space objects like star clusters and nebula, some over 25,000 light years away. Dusk will limit initial viewing...
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Saturday, September 25

Sculpture at Maudslay

Artists will install their sculptures at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport for public viewing!
Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the 22nd Annual Outdoor Sculpture at Maudslay Exhibit September 12 through October 2 featuring 50 site specific sculptures by local artists addressing this year’s theme, ‘Reach’ within the magnificence of Maudslay State Park in Newburyport. Look for the large...
7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Manchester 375th Scavenger Hunt

The Manchester Essex Conservation Trust Scavenger is a healthy challenge for the entire family!
—During the month of September explore conservation lands, learn a bit about Manchester’s history, and have some fun! Accept the challenge to visit multiple locations at surrounding conservation areas, learn some history and celebrate the 375th Anniversary of the founding of Manchester by the Sea!...
7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Seal Paddle in Newburyport

Join the Merrimack River Watershed Council on a wildlife-focused kayaking trip with Plum Island Kayak.
Join the Merrimack River Watershed Council on a wildlife-focused kayaking trip with Plum Island Kayak. We will be joined by a naturalist from the Seacoast Science Center.
7:30 am to 11:00 am

Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School

The Flying Horse outdoor sculpture exhibit features works by Taylor Apostal annd many others at Pingree School in Hamilton Massachusetts
The 12th annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit will feature more than by established and emerging New England artists, all displayed on the 100-acre campus of Pingree School. Once again, Pingree will display more than 50 works by artists from as nearby as Hamilton and as far away as the...
8:00 am to 6:00 pm
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