Where are dragonflies and other insects born? In a pond! We'll search this freshwater habitat for the tiny creatures that spend their winters underwater. Prior to the program, details will be forwarded by email.
As our colder weather arrives and settles in, Miss Lisa wants you to join her for some family friendly nature walks. Let's explore the woods, the salt marsh, and the streams to look for creatures like birds, fish, frogs, and more while we learn, play, and explore. We'll use our "science eyes" and "nature ears" and discover wildife together!
Secret places in nature hide little creatures that are getting ready for winter now. We'll learn how to discover and observe these places with care and respect.
Early fall is upon us and the farm is bustling in the harvest season! We invite your little farmers to experience life at the farm as explore the farmstead through harvesting, hiking and play. Through farm “chores,” such as collecting eggs, brushing rabbits, and other age-appropriate hands-on activities, stories, and adventures, little farmers will become fully immersed in what life is like for a farmer. Each session will last 1 hour and will have a different theme such as “The Harvest Season”.
Join us on Saturdays this summer for live music from local bands during our Farmhouse Wood-Fired at Appleton Farms. Grab a pizza and beer and a spot on the lawn while enjoying the music and the perfect pizza picnic on the farm. On days with special events, such as our Farmers Markets, Local Beer Tasting and Octoberfest weekend, we will have two bands on Saturdays, 12-2 and 3-5.
Spend a day with us in celebration of Choate Island – the crown jewel of the Crane Wildlife Refuge. Here deer and foxes roam through fields that once housed herds of sheep, and osprey fly over breathtaking views of Essex Bay. The island was first home to indigenous farmers and fishers, then to generations of the Choate family, and was later a retreat for Cornelius and Mine Crane, who loved the place so much they decided to be buried at the summit. Your day may take you on any adventure you choose, including hiking through miles of walking trails, observing wild landscapes with a fall treat in hand, hearing first-hand accounts of island life and history, and taking self-guided explorations of the historical Proctor Barn and Choate House.
The spirit of Octoberfest is taking over Appleton Farms for the weekend of October 9th and 10th, 12:00 - 6:00 pm both days. Featuring a special Octoberfest-inspired pizza menu both Saturday and Sunday along with lawn games, free fire pits, and local beer or cider to enjoy.
Greenbelt and North Shore Nature Programs present Life Under Logs! Get ready to meet pill bugs, spiders, worms, and more! These cool creatures have a great story to tell about the life cycle of the forest. You can get as close (or stay as far away!) as you want in this fun, interactive walk through the woods for all ages. This event is FREE.
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 of full and partial body apparitions seen all over the cemetery. So pack up your cameras, digital recorders and all other paranormal equipment for a night of intrigue and paranormal history. Please wear good walking shoes.
See and learn about the fishes living in Salem Harbor as part of Trails & Sails 2021! At this seining demonstration, Salem Sound Coastwatch staff will drag a large seining net through the water onto the beach. We’ll examine the catch and coastal scientists will talk about marine habitats and the ecology of Salem Sound.