Spring celebrations begin early at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary with the age-old tradition of maple sugaring. The warm days of late winter awaken the flow of sap in the maples, causing buds to swell and resulting in sweet-smelling billowing clouds of steam rising from the sugarhouse.
Beat those winter blues and make the most of February vacation by getting outside! Every afternoon February 16-22, join us for winter fun for all ages at the Crane Estate from noon-4pm (we recommend you arrive by 3pm). Check in at the front desk in the main gallery of the house then plan your adventure! Roast s'mores around an outdoor fire pit, go on a winter scavenger hike, do an outdoor activity (see below), or cozy up inside with daily story time and a seasonal craft.
Come to Joppa Flats Education Center for an afternoon full of family fun! Adults and children can spend quality family time in the great outdoors finding, observing, and admiring local wildlife. Can you imagine seeing a Bald Eagle or a Snowy Owl on a winter walk? Families will travel in their cars to several birding hot spots on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge with Joppa Flats naturalists in the lead. Once there, we'll walk on cleared trails to search for the birds that are here for the winter. Then, we'll wrap up with hot chocolate back at Joppa Flats.
The Vernal Equinox marks the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. On this family friendly hike, join a Trustees staff member on the Stevens-to-Stevens Trail at The Stevens-Coolidge Place to watch the sun set and search for signs of Spring! We’ll share stories about the seasons and imagine what spring has in store for us.
Explore the winter scenery along our Riverbend trails with the Climate Cafe students. Afterward, warm up inside with refreshments and excellent discussion. Learn more about Climate Cafés and what these excellent youth activists are doing to prepare communities for the future.
There's a lot going on in the natural world in winter, so bundle up the family and join us for an outdoor exploration! This walk will begin with a short introduction indoors, and then we'll go outside to explore. What birds visit your house in winter? We'll walk the trails looking, listening, and calling for birds. After our hike, we'll return to the Nature Center to warm up and view birds from our observation window.
The folks at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary have created an owling expedition just for kids aged 3-6! Winter is the perfect time of year to go out in search of owls. We'll learn about these fascinating birds through a story and hands-on activities before we head out on our adventure to look for them. Afterwards, we'll warm up by the woodstove with a cup of hot chocolate and cookies.
Groveland Rocks and the Friends of Veasey Memorial Park host their annual winter festival! Come for an afternoon of Winter fun with a live animal demonstration by Curious Creatures and storytelling sessions by Movers and Shakers' Miss Cheryl. Between sessions there will be fun Winter crafts with a special craft provided by Groveland Rocks!
Don't let the cold and snow keep you inside this winter. Join us for a day of family fun and exploration at Camp Denison! We will have a bonfire to keep you warm along with a long list of winter activities including: