Kayaking

Save the River Day at Riverbend

Ipswich River Watershed Association invites Save the River Day as part of Trails and Sails!

The Ipswich River Watershed Association hosts Save the River Day! Bring a friend and introduce them to the river! We’re opening up Riverbend for the public to celebrate an incredible summer full of new records, new projects, and lots of fun. Visitors can walk the trails, enjoy a picnic, go paddling with Riverbend’s boats and enjoy a day full of discovery. Activities will include beginner paddling demos, presentations on ongoing restoration, and the dedication of Riverbend’s RAWArts mural.

When: 
Saturday, September 25, 2021 10am-5pm

CranePaddle: Kayak Adventure on The Castle Neck River

Take a guided kayak paddle adventure on the Castle Neck River with the Trustees of Reservations!

One of the best was to enjoy the natural beauty of the Massachusetts North Shore is kayaking the placid waters of the Great Marsh—the largest continuous stretch of salt marsh in New England, extending from Cape Ann to New Hampshire. The Castle Neck peninsula on the Crane Estate is a vast barrier beach that protects the tidal estuary of the Essex River basin. Running along its back side is the Castle Neck River, a superb location for paddlers of all skill levels to explore these sheltered waters.

When: 
Saturday & Sundays, July 10th -August 2021
Thursdays July 1, 15 and 29, 2021
Tuesdays August 17 & 31, 2021
Thursday, August 19, 2021

Fall Colors Paddle for Families

Come see fall foliage from a different perspective on the Fall Foliage Paddle.

Mid-October is an excellent time to take in the spectacular and stunning colors provided by the Ipswich River. The riverside silver maples will be showing off their yellow-gold, while the cattails and other marsh grasses will provide beautiful greens and browns, all set against the winding blues and blacks of the river. Have your family join us for a few hours as we explore this pristine habitat via a gentle paddle in canoes. With a little luck we might encounter a beaver, otter, or muskrat as well!

When: 
Saturday, October 12, 2019 1-3pm

Morning River Paddle

Ipswich River Watershed Association invites you to a free session of paddling along the Ipswich River!

The Ipswich River Watershed Association’s headquarters at Riverbend is a great place to paddle and explore the river! Start your weekend with a morning paddle on the Ipswich River. Paddlers of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Before casting off, we’ll go over the basics of canoeing and kayaking. Our route will be determined by flow. Don’t have a boat? Reserve one from our fleet of boats when you RSVP. Spaces are limited.

When: 
Saturday, September 28, 2019, 7-10AM

Beginner Paddle Session

Learn paddling skills with the Ipswich Watershed Association as part of Trails and Sails!

This annual paddle series is great for paddlers of all ages and skill levels. We’ll go over the basics of canoeing and kayaking before taking a leisurely paddle from our Riverbend dock. Don’t have a boat? Reserve one from our fleet of boats when you RSVP. Spaces are limited.

When: 
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 5:30-8pm

Family Fun Day at Maudslay State Park

Maudslay State Park's Family Fun Day has a lot to offer in events and activities

Come to Maudslay State Park to start off Yankee Homecoming Super Saturday with good family fun!  Many local businesses, organizations and non-profits take part in our Family Day fun offering free crafts, games, activities and handouts.  Sit down for some lunch and listen to the band playing on the main stage or watch one of the performances taking part throughout the park.

When: 
Saturday August 3, 2019 10am-2pm

Family Paddle the Ipswich River

North Shore Nature Programs invites you to a free session of paddling along the Ipswich River!

Join us for a relaxing evening paddle on the Ipswich River. The Ipswich River Watershed Association will lend us canoes for the evening as we explore the lower reaches of the river. We can expect to see a wide variety of birds as well as turtles, fish, and perhaps otters! No prior canoeing experience required.
 

When: 
Friday, June 21, 2019 4-6pm

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! Try a range of fun, healthy outdoor activities including surf fishing on the refuge beach, kayaking in a refuge pond, archery target shooting, and photographing live birds of prey, Complete a birding scavenger hunt. Learn about monarch butterflies! See tide pool critters up close and personal! Lots of nature-based craft activities for younger (and older!) kids.

When: 
Saturday, June 15, 2019 10am – 3pm

Annual Endangered Species Day Celebration

Piping Plover isjust one of the endangered species you'll learn about at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge invites people of all ages to celebrate Endangered Species Day on Sunday May 19th from 12pm-3pm at the Refuge Visitor Center. Endangered Species Day was designated to educate the American public on the importance of protecting endangered species and highlight the everyday actions that individuals can take to help protect our nation’s wildlife, fish, and plants.

When: 
Sunday, May 19, 2019 Noon – 3pm

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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

Trails & Sails 2021

Explore the North Shore with over 150 Free Events in Essex National Heritage Area's Trails & Sails celebration.
Essex National Heritage Area sites will offer over 150 free family fun events from September 17-26, 2021 for the annual celebration of TRAILS & SAILS. Discover special places in your backyard and be guided through unique landscapes on land and sea, explore historic properties, and take in...
9:00 am to 5:00 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

Saugus Iron Works Tours

Free Ranger guided tours at Saugus Iron Works as part of Trails and Sails
Join the staff at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site for a tour of the industrial site which will include operating water wheels and discussions on the iron making process. Stay for a second presentation, a demonstration of blacksmithing techniques.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Marini Farm Corn Maze

The 2020 Marini Farm Corn Maze in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Come to Marini Farm for a fun journey through our corn maze! The Maze Park, corn maze, farm stand, bakery and other attractions provide a great destination for kids birthday parties, school trips, corporate team building, scout outings, and family activities. Marini Farm is located in beautiful...
10:00 am to 10:00 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

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

Powow Hill Conservation Area Guided Hike

Take a Trails & Sails hike to the top of Powow Hill in Amesbury!
Come join the Lake Gardener Improvement Association for a guided “Sensory Hike” in the greenspace of the Powow Hill Conservation Area. A “sensory hike” means that we will essentially be taking the time to use your senses to soak in the nature around you as you explore. Guests should plan to arrive...
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Happy as a Clam 5k& Kid Fun Run

The Happy as a Clam Road Race invites children and families to race in Essex
The 13th Annual Happy as a Clam race is back in 2021!  This event is open to anyone who wants to support a community school and all the wonderful enrichment programs the students enjoy throughout the year.  The 5K route meanders through the beautiful back roads of Essex.  The Kids Fun Dashes are...
6:00 pm to 7:00 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

Saturday, September 18

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

Tour de Greenbelt

Essex County Greenbelt will host their annual road cycle event to raise funds for conservation efforts on the North Shore!
Essex County Greenbelt Association will host the annual road cycle event to raise funds for conservation efforts on the North Shore!  Cycling enthusiasts of all abilities can ride through some of Essex County’s most beautiful landscapes in this annual road cycle event to benefit local land...
7:00 am to 5:00 pm

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

Plum Island by Boat

Learn how Plum Island and the Great Marsh were formed and how important they are on this boat tour of the estuary.
Pristine beauty, wide open space, gorgeous views, and the chance to float up and down the peaceful, winding creeks of the world's second most productive ecosystem.
8:30 am to 11:00 am

Marblehead Farmers' Market

Find fresh local produce and other foods at the Marblehead Farmer's Market!
The Marblehead Farmer's Market boasts 15+ local farms, and booths with an educational spin nutrition, vendors and farms selling homemade prepared goods and craft vendors that are switched up in a rotation basis week to week. Additionally there are entertainers and exhibits by environmentally...
9:00 am to 12:00 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

Explore the Pond at Bradley Palmer

Join the park interpreter exploringt he ponds of Bradley Palmer State Park in Massachusetts!
What kinds of fascinating creatures live in or visit the ponds?  Come and visit with the Park Interpreter to see if any creatures are stirring, and if any plants are flowering.  For ages pre-K and up.  Come to the ponds next to the Main Parking Lot, 40 Asbury St., Topsfield.
9:00 am to 11:00 am

Trails & Sails 2021

Explore the North Shore with over 150 Free Events in Essex National Heritage Area's Trails & Sails celebration.
Essex National Heritage Area sites will offer over 150 free family fun events from September 17-26, 2021 for the annual celebration of TRAILS & SAILS. Discover special places in your backyard and be guided through unique landscapes on land and sea, explore historic properties, and take in...
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

ECTA Run for the Trails

Annual Run for the Trails Essex County Trail Association ECTA
Sign up for the 17th Annual Run for the Trails! Don't miss out on this great course over some of the North Shore's best trails! Divisions: 39 and under, 40-49, 50-59, 60+. Don't miss out on this great course over some of the North Shore's best trails! 
9:00 am

CoastSweep: Gloucester

Some coastal trash is accidental like this lobster pot washed up by a storm.
As part of COASTSWEEP 2021, volunteers are encouraged to come to Gloucester to help in the statewide effort to keep our coastline clean along the Gloucester beaches and shoreline. Trash collected will be measured and analyzed, and the data will be sent to Washington DC to aid the government in...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
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