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Enjoy and afternoon stroll with the park interpreter at Maudlsay State Park in Newburyport
Join the park interpreter weekly for a leisurely afternoon stroll to experience the spring flora and fauna at Maudslay. Rain or shine. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. For kids aged 5 and up.
Location: Maudslay State Park
Come explore the pond habitat at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport!
What kid doesn’t like playing in the water? Join the park interpreter for a Ponding adventure at the back pond to discover what is living in this aquatic  habitat.  Nets and buckets are provided.  Participants should wear long pants & appropriate shoes!  For ages 5 and up!
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
Take a guided kayak paddle to Choate Island with the Trustees of Reservations!
Join The Trustees of Reservations for a paddle and a hike – what better way to spend a summer afternoon? Paddle across Essex Bay from the Trustees of Reservations boat dock to Choate Island. We’ll beach our boats for a tour of the island, stopping in at the Proctor Barn, the White Cottage and the Choate House, then continuing to the highest point on the island where Cornelius and Miné Crane are buried. After the hike, we’ll kayak around the island to get the views from the water (tides permitting).
Location: Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Take a guided kayak paddle to Choate Island with the Trustees of Reservations!
Join The Trustees of Reservations for a paddle and a hike – what better way to spend a summer morning? Paddle across Essex Bay from the Trustees of Reservations boat dock to Choate Island. We’ll beach our boats for a tour of the island, stopping in at the Proctor Barn, the White Cottage and the Choate House, then continuing to the highest point on the island where Cornelius and Miné Crane are buried. After the hike, we’ll kayak around the island to get the views from the water (tides permitting).
Location: Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Kayak the twists and turns of Fox Creek in Ipswich with the Trustees of Reservations
Join The Trustees of Reservations as we kayak the winding waters that meander through the marsh between the Ipswich River and Essex Bay. We’ll start our adventure at Steep Hill Beach, then paddle into the Ipswich River to Fox Creek, traveling through the oldest man-made tidewater canal in the United States! As we wend our way through the marsh, we’ll be on the lookout for herons, egrets, and other shore birds -- with luck we’ll spot an osprey hunting for its supper! A picnic lunch will be waiting for us when we return. We’ll supply the kayaks and lifejackets; please call to learn more.
Location: Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Kids and adults will learn about the diversity of Plum Island and the North Shore wildlife at Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport!
Joppa Flats Education Center invites families to join them for a full day of free outdoor and indoor nature activities, art projects, and biodiversity!  Connecting with nature starts with developing a good sense of place, and a great place to start is right here at Joppa Flats. This full-day family event will feature an exciting mixture of indoor and outdoor activities that encourage children and adults to learn more about the biodiversity of all the animals, plants, and insects that frequent our butterfly garden, salt marsh, and backyard!
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center
Meet at Halibut Point State Park for Beginning birding - held on the 3rd Sunday of each month.
Come to Halibut Point State Park, a nationally renowned destination for viewing winter birds, to learn the basics of birding, natural history, and behavioral traits of our area's winter birds such as ducks, gulls, cormorants, loons, grebes, gannets, and alcids.
Location: Halibut Point State Park
Find out the story behind the granite at Halibut Point State Park in Rockport!
Halibut Point State Park is also a granite quarry with a history that goes back billions of years! A rock is not a thing but a drama, it can teach us about the great unifying science and the unique geology of Cape Ann. Rocks can tell us a lot about how the landscape was formed and the geology of Cape Ann tells us great stories, all visible at Halibut Point. Meet at the Visitors Center in the park. For all ages. Rain or shine, pouring rain cancels.
Location: Halibut Point State Park
The Tidepools at Halibut Point State Park are some of the best in New England!
Halibut Point State Park invites families to join them on a tide pool adventure! Halibut Point contains some of the best tide pools in New England. Join the Interpreter for a trip down to the rocky shore for some inter-tidal exploration. Learn about these interesting creatures living in a unique transitional environment. Meet at the Visitors Center in the park. For all ages. Rain or shine, pouring rain cancels.
Location: Halibut Point State Park

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