Natural History

Nature Walks for Tots: Who Lives Under a Log?

kids will explore the woodlands of Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary and discover the creatures that make home under and in logs!

As temperatures cool and autumn arrives, Miss Lisa invites you to join her for some family friendly nature walks. Let's explore the woods, a pond, and the beach 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!  It's the busy season at the Log Hotel! Let's visit this habitat to see if we can find insects, salamanders, and other creepy crawlies that are getting ready for a cold winter.

When: 
Saturday, November 12, 2022 1:30-3pm

CraneExplorer: Animals in the Estuary

Families are invited to join us for an exploration of the Castle Hill grounds in Ipswich Massachusetts

Take in beautiful views of the Crane Wildlife Refuge while learning about estuary flora and fauna and environmental conditions at the Crane Boat Dock. Families will conduct measurements of water quality and weather, census native vs. Non-native crabs, collect and observe plankton using field microscopes, and observe the ever-shifting tides. Join this program to discover a lesser-known area of the Crane Estate, on the backside of Crane Beach along the picturesque Castle Neck River.

When: 
Saturday, October 29, 2022 1-3pm

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. Part of Trails & Sails 2022

When: 
Saturdays & Sundays, September 18-25, 2022 Times vary

Meet Beach Creatures and More!

Discover and explore the facts of the creatures you find at the beach at Joppa Flats Education Center Newburyport

Visit live animals in the riverside yard at Joppa Flats! You’ll rotate through our tented stations at your own pace, and may choose to spend your time handling tide pool creatures such as sea urchins and sea stars, meeting moon snails and hermit crabs from the sandy beach, and/or learning about minnows and horseshoe crabs from the salt marsh. Try your hand at birding with binoculars and a field scope with the help of our naturalists to guide you!

When: 
Saturday, September 17, 2022 10am-2pm

Imagine, Sing, & Learn 1B: Animal Homes

Kids ages 3-6 will learn about animal homes and the animals that make them at th

This parent/child program is designed for the creative, curious, and active preschooler. Each 90-minute session offers a structured series of activities including original songs, movement, dramatic play, outdoor exploration, and a thematic snack. When it's time to go home, you'll receive coloring pages, song lyrics, vocabulary, a fun fact sheet, and a suggested reading list via e-mail. At this ISL, we'll learn about where animals make their homes.

When: 
Thursday, Jan 16, 2013 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Friday Afternoon

Kids ages 3-6 will learn about animal homes and the animals that make them at th

This parent/child program is designed for the creative, curious, and active preschooler. Each 90-minute session offers a structured series of activities including original songs, movement, dramatic play, outdoor exploration, and a thematic snack. When it's time to go home, you'll receive coloring pages, song lyrics, vocabulary, a fun fact sheet, and a suggested reading list via e-mail. At this ISL, we'll learn about where animals make their homes.

When: 
Thursday, Jan 16, 2013 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Imagine, Sing, & Learn 1A: Paws & Claws in the Snow

Kids ages 3-6 will learn about tracks in the snow and the animals that make them

This parent/child program is designed for the creative, curious, and active preschooler. Each 90-minute session offers a structured series of activities including original songs, movement, dramatic play, outdoor exploration, and a thematic snack. When it's time to go home, you'll receive coloring pages, song lyrics, vocabulary, a fun fact sheet, and a suggested reading list via e-mail. At this ISL, we'll learn to identify tracks in the snow and about the creatures that leave them behind!

When: 
Thursday, Jan 17, 2013 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Friday Afternoon

Kids ages 3-6 will learn about tracks in the snow and the animals that make them

This parent/child program is designed for the creative, curious, and active preschooler. Each 90-minute session offers a structured series of activities including original songs, movement, dramatic play, outdoor exploration, and a thematic snack. When it's time to go home, you'll receive coloring pages, song lyrics, vocabulary, a fun fact sheet, and a suggested reading list via e-mail. At this ISL, we'll learn to identify tracks in the snow and the creatures that leave them behind!

When: 
Friday, January 18, 2013 1 - 2:30 pm

Friday Morning

Kids ages 3-6 will learn about tracks in the snow and the animals that make them

This parent/child program is designed for the creative, curious, and active preschooler. Each 90-minute session offers a structured series of activities including original songs, movement, dramatic play, outdoor exploration, and a thematic snack. When it's time to go home, you'll receive coloring pages, song lyrics, vocabulary, a fun fact sheet, and a suggested reading list via e-mail. At this ISL, we'll learn to identify tracks in the snow and about the creatures that leave them behind!

When: 
Friday, January 18, 2013 10:00am-11:30pm

Imagine, Sing, & Learn 11B: Do Animals Build?

Kids ages 3-6 will learn about animal homes, nests, burrows hideaways and the  animals that make them at Joppa Flats Education Center

Join Mass Audubon for this fun, hands-on science program about animals who build nests, burrows, webs, and dens and make their own homes comfy and safe. We will make make-believe bird nests, learn how animals use materials from nature and people to create their homes and we’ll burn off some energy with fun role plays as we dig, weave, spin and build! This program will include active group play, a take home craft and a very special homemade snack!

When: 
Friday, November 20, 2015 10-11:30 am

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Marblehead Christmas Walk

The Marblehead Christmas Walk is several days of local Holiday events in Marblehead Massachusetts
The Marblehead Chamber of Commerce invites you to Marblehead to enjoy several days of holiday festivities, family events and activities!  Come for one or all days with highlights that include Santa's arrival by lobster boat,Festive shopping, Tree Lightings, a holiday parade, Artisan Markets,...
9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Deck The Halls: Hammond Castle

A holiday themed tour of Hammond Castle in Gloucester Massachusetts
Enjoy the spirit of the holidays with Christmas Trees in nearly every room, numerous wreaths and candlelight throughout. Immerse yourself in a lost era of quiet luxury and holiday grandeur unlike any other on the North Shore.
10:00 am to 4:00 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 & 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....
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Festival of Trees By the Sea (Sundays) in Salisbury

 Experience the joy and excitement of Salisbury’s most popular holiday tradition with glittering trees, indoor ice skating, Santa visits and more,
The Annual Sea Festival of Trees is open Weekends (Friday-Sunday) Saturday, Nov. 19- Sunday, Dec. 4 and Thursday, December 1.. Experience the joy and excitement of the Seacoast’s most popular holiday tradition with glittering trees, indoor ice skating, Santa visits and more! Enter to win a...
11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Festival of Trees By the Sea in Salisbury

 Experience the joy and excitement of Salisbury’s most popular holiday tradition with glittering trees, indoor ice skating, Santa visits and more,
The Annual Sea Festival of Trees is open Weekends (Friday-Sunday) Saturday, Nov. 19- Sunday, Dec. 4 and Thursday, December 1.. Experience the joy and excitement of the Seacoast’s most popular holiday tradition with glittering trees, indoor ice skating, Santa visits and more! Enter to win a...
11:00 am to 8:00 pm

Wreath Making Workshop

Annual Wreath Making Workshop at the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum
Join us at the Essex Historical Society & Shipbuilding Museum as Susie Talbot guides the group through decorating a 20" wreath. Susie is an extraordinarily talented individual who not only designed, but takes care of our front gardens. Amongst her many talents is decorating Holiday greens.
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Lighting of the Memory Tree

The Lighting of the Memory Tree is a solemn occasion to remember loved ones.
Gather around the tree in front of Essex Town Hall to honor loved ones past and place your memorial ornament. This is always a meaningful and peaceful way to begin the holiday season.
6:30 pm

Sunday, January 1

New Years Day

12:00 am to 11:59 pm

Friday, December 2

Marblehead Christmas Walk

The Marblehead Christmas Walk is several days of local Holiday events in Marblehead Massachusetts
The Marblehead Chamber of Commerce invites you to Marblehead to enjoy several days of holiday festivities, family events and activities!  Come for one or all days with highlights that include Santa's arrival by lobster boat,Festive shopping, Tree Lightings, a holiday parade, Artisan Markets,...
9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Christmas at Castle Hill

The Trustees' Castle Hill Christmas by the Sea is a weekend of festivities hosted by the Trustees of Reservations at Castle Hill in Ipswich Massachusetts
Visiting Castle Hill at Christmas is a time-honored tradition. Don’t miss this year’s elegant Roaring-Twenties-themed decorations–pearls, feathers, ocean liner memorabilia, and more. Each room in our 1920s mansion is uniquely decorated for the holidays. Timed entry will limit the number of guests...
10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Deck The Halls: Hammond Castle

A holiday themed tour of Hammond Castle in Gloucester Massachusetts
Enjoy the spirit of the holidays with Christmas Trees in nearly every room, numerous wreaths and candlelight throughout. Immerse yourself in a lost era of quiet luxury and holiday grandeur unlike any other on the North Shore.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Festival of Trees By the Sea in Salisbury

 Experience the joy and excitement of Salisbury’s most popular holiday tradition with glittering trees, indoor ice skating, Santa visits and more,
The Annual Sea Festival of Trees is open Weekends (Friday-Sunday) Saturday, Nov. 19- Sunday, Dec. 4 and Thursday, December 1.. Experience the joy and excitement of the Seacoast’s most popular holiday tradition with glittering trees, indoor ice skating, Santa visits and more! Enter to win a...
11:00 am to 8:00 pm

Hamilton-Wenham Farmers' Market

Hamilton-Wenham Community House hosts a Popup farmers market on the front lawn!
The Hamilton-Wenham Farmers’ Market is a food and flower market presented by The Community House. Vendor offerings must be grown, raised, or produced within 100 miles of Hamilton.
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Santa Comes to Essex

After Santa arrives in Essex, kids will have a chance discuss their wish list with him in person!
Kids of all ages are welcome to come down to Essex Town Landing for a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus!
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Tree Lighting in Marblehead

Marblehead's tree lighting is always a festive occasion to kick off the holidays
The Tree Lighting will take place at the new National Grand Bank Parking Lot on Pleasant Street in Downtown Marblehead this year!  Enjoy the festive atmosphere and live music as the town lights the yearly Christmas tree! Festivities begin at 5:30pm with the tree lighting at 7pm.
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Hamilton-Wenham Carol Sing & Tree Lighting

Hamilton-Wenham Community Sing and tree lighting
The Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham invites children to bring their own flashlight or glowsticks for the tree and gazebo lighting and a Christmas Carol Sing for all ages! Carol Sing is coming back! Plus a special arrival of Santa, and a tree lighting! We have an amazing festive evening...
6:30 pm

Saturday, December 3

Winter Wonderland Pancake Breakfast

Come have breakfast with Santa at the Essex Elementary School in Essex Massachusetts!
Come on up to Essex Elementary School and ring in the cold winter with a hot pancake breakfast! Suggested contribution is $10 per individual or $25 for a family and all proceeds go to Essex Elementary fifth grade students’ end-of-year activities and the student activities fund.
8:00 am to 11:00 am
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