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Kids will learn about pond fishing on the ipswich River at Harold Parker State Forest
Come and join us for this family fishing experience! Go to the Accessible Trail parking lot at 40 Asbury Street (left turn just inside the park gates past the old gray farm house) for a FREE drop-in program for ages 6+.  Follow the trail fishing signs for a short walk to the fishing spot.  Learn how to fish, what fish live in the Ipswich River, and how to catch and release responsibly. No experience or license required.
Location: Bradley Palmer State Park
Walk the trails in a group at Harold Parker State Forest Every Wednesday at 10am
Walk the trails with a group at Harold Parker State Forest every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. – meet at the headquarters at 305 Middleton Rd., North Andover.
Location: Harold Parker State Forest
Meet at Harold Parker State Park for beginning birding
Come to Harold Parker State Forest, for a birding seesion with the park interpreter! Meet at Campground Nature Center- Learn about the local bird population from our park interpreter while enjoying some amateur bird watching.  Bring binoculars if you have them. For all ages.
Location: Harold Parker State Forest
Kids ages 3-6 are invited to join this fun, engaging activity session where they will learn about nature through stories, craft and outdoor activitiies. Topics vary by week, so come for them all! Meets at the Nature Center at 40 Asbury Street.
Location: Bradley Palmer State Park
Take a twilight walk at Maudslay State Park!
Maudslay State Park invites you to a twilight hike! The setting sun brings twilight and twilight is a magic time of the day. Join the park interpreter for this interesting look at how our world goes from day to night and all the things happening at that time. Test your senses with fun night activities in the dark.
Location: Maudslay State Park
Enjoy and evening stroll with the park interpreter at Maudlsay State Park in Newburyport
Join the park interpreter for a moderately paced walk to view different areas of the park and experience the changes at Maudslay over the spring, summer and fall.  Rain or shine. For ages 6 and up.  Wear walking shoes, and bug spray is recommended.
Location: Maudslay State Park
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! Here’s the perfect opportunity for your children to become acquainted with Maudslay and its resources. Each week introduces a new topic about nature with an engaging story, craft and a short walk that involves outdoor exploration. The topic varies each week, so come every week! Meet at park headquarters on 74 Curzon Mill Road.
Location: Maudslay State Park
come learn about inventors and inventions with John Madama at Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester Massachusetts!
This workshop follows the development of tools and machines from ancient times to the present. Five work stations will demonstrate: First Tools and Art; Keeping Time; Machines; Electricity; Communication Technology. For all ages in the Friend Room, all are welcome.  
Location: Sawyer Free Library
Paddle the waters of the Parker River Wildlife Refuge on this ranger guided tour.
Join park staff from the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge to see and experience the refuge’s salt marsh than from the cockpit of your own kayak! Join a couple of refuge rangers for a 2.5 hour meander through the marsh and learn about some of its fascinating natural and cultural history.
Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Enjoy a day of live music on the waterfront at the Gloucester Harvest Music Festival
The GLOUCESTER HARVEST MUSIC FESTIVAL blends art and music in one of the country’s most unique and rich artist communities. We invite you to experience the beauty and friendliness of Gloucester through a day long festival showcasing music, arts and culture while supporting our local community hospital (Addison Gilbert Citizens Fund) and community based outreach programs.
Location: Gloucester Harbor Walk