Gardening

Grow Spring! Expo

The fourth annual Grow Spring! Expo, a celebration of local agriculture, horticulture, and environmental preservation, returns to Topsfield

The fourth annual Grow Spring! Expo, a celebration of local agriculture, horticulture, and environmental preservation, returns to Topsfield on March 18, 10 AM - 3 PM.  Held at the Emerson Center, the Gould Barn, and The Commons, this year’s event is sponsored by the Topsfield Garden Club, the Topsfield Historical Society, The Commons, The Congregational Church of Topsfield and the Essex Agricultural Society.

When: 
March 18, 2017 10am-3pm

Spring Equinox Family Fun at the Crane Estate

Come enjoy a day of family fun celebrating the Spring Equinox at the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachsuetts

The spring equinox is the day when the day and night are the same length – a perfect time to celebrate all things spring. We’ll start off learning about spring and seed growth, then plan our own seeds in decorated flower pots to bring some spring home with us. Then we’ll get outside together to explore the Castle Hill gardens and look for signs of spring before wrapping up with a snack. 

When: 
Saturday, March 16, 2019 10am-Noon

Sounds of the Night Hike

Come brave the dark of the night in the Dunes of the Crane Wildlife Refuge at the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts

Brave the dark of the night in the Dunes of the Crane Wildlife Refuge! We start with an introduction to night sounds, so you are prepared to identify the sounds you will hear, then we hike silently through the darkness, letting our ears make up for our lack of sight. What will you hear? Frogs? Owls? Foxes? Who knows! Debrief and relax with a drink around the campfire to wrap up the evening’s adventure.

When: 
Sunday, May 26, 2019 6:30-9:30pm

Trails and Sails: Historic Grounds Tour

Come to the House of Seven Gables for a Trails & Sails event that focuses on the

House of Seven Gables hosts a Trails & Sails 2021 tour that focuses on the gardens and grounds! Join us for our newly developed historic grounds tour – one of a series of specialized tours currently in the works at The House of the Seven Gables. Take a stroll through the lesser-known history of our gardens and grounds. Learn about the original layout of the site through archival images and maps, then delve into Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel through his depictions of the fictional Pyncheon gardens.

When: 
Saturday, September 22, 2021 2-4pm

Notch Traveling Biergarten at Castle Hill

Come to the Notch Brewery Biergarten at the Trustees of Reservations' Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts

The Notch Traveling Biergarten is stopping by Castle Hill. Enjoy a tasty session beer while taking in the magnificent views from the Grand Allee. Bring a picnic lunch or grab a bite from onsite vendor Empanada Dada. A limited number of picnic tables will be available. Picnic blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Interested? Simply make advance Castle Hill general admission reservations. No separate ticketing required.

When: 
Sunday, September 12 & 19, 2021 Noon-4pm
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Garden to Table Cooking Demo for Kids and Families

Join Backyard Growers and Burnham's Field Community Gardener Patricia at Burnham's Field Community Garden for this FREE demonstration.

Join us at the Warm Weather Seedling Sale to pick up your fruiting veggie seedlings! We'll have a wide range of organically-grown seedlings from our friends at Cedar Rock Gardens available for purchase. These seedlings thrive in the warmer weather and include bell peppers, tomatoes, eggplants and basil.

When: 
Monday, September 13, 2021 5-6pm
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Monarch Migration Celebration

Kids will learn about monarch butterflies at the Stevens-Coolidge Estate in North Andover!

You spent the summer watching them flit about your gardens, now it’s time to wish them well on their trip down to Mexico – it’s the Monarch Migration Celebration at Stevens-Coolidge Place! This celebration will kick off with a children’s pollinator parade around the property (costumes encouraged!) bringing all visitors to an afternoon of demos, crafts & stories, seed bomb making and gardening tips to bring these orange friends to your yard in the spring.
Butterfly release at 2:30pm

When: 
Saturday, October 5, 2019 10am-3pm

Notch Traveling Biergarten at Appleton Farms

Come to the Notch Brewery Biergarten at the Trustees of Reservations' Appleton Farms in Ipswich!

Back by popular demand! The Trustees and Notch Brewing are partnering up again to bring you another series of family-friendly outdoor Biergartens. Relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of our gardens, farms, historic homes, and parks throughout the summer while enjoying one of Notch’s locally crafted session beers. Not just for grown-ups and beer drinkers – modeled after the popular European style Biergartens, it’s a family affair. Scavenger hunts and quests for children, property tours for adults, plus lawn games with plenty of room to spread out and explore for all.

When: 
Friday, October 4, 2019 5-9PM
Saturday, October 5, 2019 2-7PM
Sunday, October 6, 2019 1-6PM
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Free Community Day in the Gardens

Come to the free community day at the Trustees of Reservations'Stevens Coolidge Estate in North Andover

Join your friends and neighbors at the Stevens-Coolidge Place for a free day of outdoor enjoyment! This free mid-day event is the perfect low-key introduction to the Stevens-Coolidge gardens, including assorted lawn games, a variety of paths through the gardens to see what spring has sprung, and several tables set up for communal picnicking.

When: 
Monday, April 16, 2018 11am-2pm

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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

Crescent Farm Corn Maze

Crescent Farm corn maze in Haverhill Massachusetts
Imagine the biggest puzzle you’ve ever seen. Now imagine a day in the sunshine with your friends or family. Now add an adventure that takes teamwork and memory skills. All these things and more can be found at Crescent Farms Corn Maze. Crescent Farm Corn Maze trails cut into 9 acres of corn. Inside...
9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Pre School Story Hour at Essex Library

Pre School Story Hour on the lawn with Miss April at TOHP Burnham Library in Essex MA.
The TOHP Burnham Public Library in Essex invites kids, ages 3-5, to join April on the lawn for stories, songs, fingerplays and a take-home craft (while supplies last).
10:00 am to 10:30 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

AJH: Mother & Baby Newborns: 0-6 Weeks

Mother and Baby, Newborn Support Groups aAnna Jaques Hospital
MOTHER & BABY GROUPS Anna Jaques Hospital is pleased to offer free group classes for all mothers in our community to provide support, encouragement and advice on parenthood and questions that arise after going home. This new group (for moms, grandmothers, and female caregivers only) is focused...
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Nocturnal Animal Pumpkin Trail

Come to the Stevens-Coolidge Place for a fun night along the Pumpkin Trail in North Andover Massachusetts!
Join The Trustees of Reservations at the Stevens-Coolidge Place for a Pumpkin Trail for a magical treat! Children and their caregivers are invited to visit Stevens-Coolidge House & Gardens for a Nocturnal Trail magical treat!
3:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Read to Benny at TOHP Burnham Library

Kids will read stories to Jackson the Reading Dog in Essex Massachusetts!
TOHP Burnham Public Library invites children to come read stories with to Jackson the Reading Dog. Kids in Kindergarten and older are encouraged to reserve a 15 minute slot to read aloud to Jackson, our sweet Reading Dog! Bring your own books, or choose from ours.  Register and let us know what...
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Halloween on the Hill

The Trustees host a celebration of Autumn and Halloween at Long Hill Sedgewick Gardens in Beverly Massachusetts
The Trustees of Reservations invite you to tour the gardens at Long Hill Gardens in Beverly, Massachusetts to celebrate Autumn and Halloween! Long Hill is very excited to announce a special new event, Halloween on the Hill! Come explore our beautiful property as we transform Long Hill into a...
5:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Meet & Greet Trick-or-Treat at the Castle

Kids are invited to Hammond Castle in Gloucester Massachusetts for some Halloween fun!
What better place to trick or treat and meet all your child’s favorite fantasy characters than at an old, seaside castle? We have everything you need to ignite your child’s imagination: superheroes and princesses, a drawbridge, spiral staircase, a Great Hall and even a pool in the middle of the...
5:00 pm to 7:30 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

Thursday, October 28

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

Crescent Farm Corn Maze

Crescent Farm corn maze in Haverhill Massachusetts
Imagine the biggest puzzle you’ve ever seen. Now imagine a day in the sunshine with your friends or family. Now add an adventure that takes teamwork and memory skills. All these things and more can be found at Crescent Farms Corn Maze. Crescent Farm Corn Maze trails cut into 9 acres of corn. Inside...
9:00 am to 9:00 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

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

Nocturnal Animal Pumpkin Trail

Come to the Stevens-Coolidge Place for a fun night along the Pumpkin Trail in North Andover Massachusetts!
Join The Trustees of Reservations at the Stevens-Coolidge Place for a Pumpkin Trail for a magical treat! Children and their caregivers are invited to visit Stevens-Coolidge House & Gardens for a Nocturnal Trail magical treat!
3:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Explore the Glen Urquhart School's Campus

Beverly MA, Family Friendly Open House and School Tours at Glen Urquhart School
Glen Urquhart School opens doors for future GUS families to explore. Their 23-acre campus is centered around an accessible child-scaled village, right-sized to allow students to explore and learn from their surroundings.
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Trick or Treat Night in Marblehead

Kids can feel safe trick or treating in Downtown Marblehead this year!
The Marblehead Chamber of Commerce will host a Trick or Treat in Marblehead's business district's in celebration of Halloween.  Enjoy sweets and treats, and extended shopping hours at participating businesses throughout town. Look for the "Happy Halloween" pumpkin poster displayed at retailers to...
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Beverly Trick or Treat

Trick or treat in Downtown Beverly Massachusetts!
Beverly Main Streets invites kids and families to Downtown Beverly for the Annual Downtown Trick or Treat event!
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Marblehead Pumpkin Illumination

Come to the Jeremiah Lee Mansion in Marblehead for the annual pumpkin illumination.
The Annual Marblehead Museum Pumpkin Illumination in collaboration with the Marblehead Family Fund will take place in the Jeremiah Lee Mansion Gardens. All carved, painted and decorated pumpkins welcome. Judging by town “celebrity” judges for categories with prizes. All the town goblins and ghouls...
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Halloween on the Hill

The Trustees host a celebration of Autumn and Halloween at Long Hill Sedgewick Gardens in Beverly Massachusetts
The Trustees of Reservations invite you to tour the gardens at Long Hill Gardens in Beverly, Massachusetts to celebrate Autumn and Halloween! Long Hill is very excited to announce a special new event, Halloween on the Hill! Come explore our beautiful property as we transform Long Hill into a...
5:00 pm to 8:30 pm
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