Ecology

Kids’ Nature Walks - Explore the Refuge

Take your 3-5 year old youngster on a good old fashioned nature discovery walk at Parker River Wildlife Refuge.

Take your 3-5 year old youngster on a good old fashioned nature discovery walk. Meet at the refuge visitor center before driving together to the head of the day's trail on the refuge (no parking fee charged). For each session, a refuge volunteer will lead the children and their caregivers on a walk to explore different aspects of the refuge: beach, dune, marsh, scrub forest, cranberry bog. Come dressed for the weather. If the weather is completely unsuitable for outdoor enjoyment, then an indoor program comprised of a story, activity and craft will be held at the visitor center instead.

When: 
Monday, July 24, 2017 10:00-11:30am

Mindfulness Paddle on the Ipswich River

Turn your kayaking into a meditation with the Ipswich Watershed Association!

Canoeing and kayaking are a wonderful complement to a meditative practice. Our paddle will be led by Kent Harrop a graduate of the Shalem Institute in Contemplative Leadership and a life-long lover of rivers and paddling. Before entering the water we’ll be introduced to a few simple yet profound meditation mantras designed to quiet our minds.

When: 
Monday, July 24, 2017 6-8pm

River Meets the Sea Cruise

This River Ecology Cruise aboard the Yankee Clipper is about the estuary

Join Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center on a 'River Meets the Sea' cruise aboard Newburyport Harbor Tours Inc.'s Yankee Clipper through the Merrimack River Estuary! Teacher Naturalist, Lisa Hutchings will provide her expert pair of eyes to help your family find all the exciting sights and sounds of the marshes and varied habitats of  Plum Island as you cruise along the Merrimack River.

When: 
Saturday, July 14, 2017 8:45-10:45am

Beach Creatures Cruise

This Beach Creature Cruise aboard the Yankee Clipper is about the estuary

Join Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center on a 'Beach Creature' cruise aboard Newburyport Harbor Tours Inc.'s Yankee Clipper through the Merrimack River Estuary! Teacher Naturalist, Lisa Hutchings will provide her expert pair of eyes to help your family find all the exciting sights and sounds of the marshes and varied habitats of Plum Island as you cruise along the Merrimack River.  This cruise will focus on the creature of the beach haibtat!

When: 
Saturday, July 15, 2017 8:45-10:45am

Hands-on Science with Dad Cruise

This Father's Day Ecology Cruise aboard the Yankee Clipper with naturalists from the Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Education Center Newburyport

Join Lisa Hutchings and the crew of the Yankee Clipper for an exciting exploration of the lower Merrimack River ecosystem. Each month will feature a specific theme with hands-on science, interactive props, and seasonal wildlife. We'll also look for seabirds, seals, and waterfowl on every trip. Your family will have a wonderful time cruising and learning about this vital part of the area's natural history.

The Yankee Clipper is US Coast Guard inspected and licensed and has life jackets and a marine toilet for your convenience.

All children must be accompanied by adults. The deadline for preregistering for this program is 4:00 pm on the day before the program. We will run this program in all weather except thunderstorms or small craft advisories.

When: 
Sunday, June 18, 2017 8:45-10:45 am

Family Campouts: Late Summer River Camping

Camp by the riber at IRWS in this overnight camping excursion.

Explore the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary after hours and join us for a night of camping under the stars. Have an early dinner at home and then come with your family, your tent, and a dessert to share. This campout will focus on the Ipswich River. We will start the evening by setting up our tents at the top of the hill, and then head down to the river for an evening canoe trip.

When: 
Saturday, September 16, 2017 6pm - Sunday, September 17, 2017 9am

Kids' Story & Activity Hour

Bring your 3-5 year old youngster to the refuge visitor center for a good old-fashioned story hour.  For each session, a refuge volunteer will read a story about an animal or some other interesting aspect of nature.  The kids will then complete a related craft to take home.  Enrollment is limited to 12 children.  The parent or guardian must remain for the entire program.   Preregistration is required for this program.

When: 
Mondays in March: 6, 13, 20, & 27, 2017 10:00 am

Kids’ Conservation Cinema: Brave

Kids are invited to PArker River Wildlife Refuge for a free showing of Brave!

On selected Sunday afternoons through Winter, the refuge will be screening FREE, child-friendly films that feature a wildlife and/or environmental theme.  All films will be projected on the big screen in the refuge visitor center’s awesome auditorium. No preregistration; simply show up! All movies begin at 1:30 pm.

When: 
Sunday, February 19, 2017 1:30pm

Kids’ Conservation Cinema: Frozen

Watch Frozen at the Parker River Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport

On certain Sunday afternoons through March, the refuge will be screening FREE, child and family-friendly films that generally feature a wildlife and/or environmental theme. All films will be projected on the big screen in the refuge visitor center’s awesome auditorium. No preregistration; simply show up! All movies begin at 1:30 pm.

When: 
Sunday, February 5, 2017 1:30pm

Nature Designs Class for Preschoolers

Preschoolers learn while exploring their senses and surroundings at Kestrel Education!

Children ages 4-6 (and three year olds who are comfortable with the setup) are invited to come and play and learn with us for the next 6 Friday mornings. This class is playful, silly, and all about being a child, or a child pretending to be an animal. Each day, focus on a different one of our senses, and learn about local wild creatures that are really good at using that sense. Play games for using each sense, and imagine what it would be like to have super sense powers. Each day, create something original related to our sense exploration, and take it home.

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Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
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Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

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Tuesday, February 16

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

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Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

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