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Preschoolers learn about the animals of the polar habitats at the Joppa Flats Center.  Photo: A Weith CC BY-SA 4.0
Joppa Flats Education Center invites preschoolers to a fun session where they will learn about artcic animals! This parent/child program is designed for the creative, curious, and active preschooler who loves animals. Each 90-minute session offers a structured series of activities including original songs, movement, dramatic play, hands-on science, and a thematic snack. You'll receive coloring pages, song lyrics, vocabulary, a fun fact sheet, and a suggested reading list in an electronic goody bag!
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center
Learn all about harbor seals at Joppa Flats Education Center! Photo ©Bill O'Connor
Winter is prime time to see harbor seals from the beach! We’ll begin at Joppa Flats Education Center, where we’ll learn about seals and safety. Then, we’ll fill our thermoses and head over to Salisbury Beach State Reservation to watch these charismatic creatures through our scopes and binoculars.
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center, Salisbury Beach State Reservation
YMCA of the North Shore Summer Camps
Friends, Fun & Summer Sun - YMCA of the North Shore Summer Camps Build friendships and memories to last a lifetime! YMCA of the North Shore camps offer a variety of experiences for children of all ages.
The Argus Quartet will perform a FREE Family concert at the Shalin Liu Center in Rockport Massachusetts`
Argus Quartet is dedicated to reinvigorating the audience-performer relationship through innovative concerts and diverse repertoire – connecting with and building up a community of engaged listeners is at the core of the quartet’s mission.   Free, no tickets required.
Location: Shalin Liu Performance Center
Boston Children's Chorus at Shalin Liu Performing Arts Center. Visit Rockport MA, Cape Ann, North of Boston. Photo: Gretjen Helene
The Boston Children’s Chorus unites children ages 7-18 from diverse backgrounds to dislove of music. The Chorus bridges Greater Boston’s many diverse groups and fosters a sense of belonging and inclusion among its members. Through intensive choral training and once-in-a-lifetime performing experiences locally, nationally and around the world, BCC enhances the education and social development of youth as future leaders and global citizens in the 21st century. Since the BCC’s inception, its programs have grown rapidly. Twenty children were accepted into an initial pilot program, and in the current season, the BCC have almost 500 singers representing over 50 of Boston’s urban and suburban neighborhoods participating in twelve different choirs in five Boston locations: the South End, Allston-Brighton, South Boston and Dorchester.
Location: Shalin Liu Performance Center
Enjoy a night hike at the Crane Estate to celebrate the end of March!
Join the Trustees to celebrate the last evening of the month of March with a night hike through the dunes of the Crane Wildlife Refuge! We’ll hope for the almost-spring temperatures of the month going out like a lamb, but we’ll have a great hike even if the roaring cold lion is still around!  At the end of our walk we’ll warm ourselves with hot cider around a beach fire.
Location: Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Join the Trustees of Reservations at  the Crane Wildlife Refuge in Ipswich Massachusetts in search of the Snowy Owl!
Join The Trustees of Reservations at Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate in search of the Snowy Owl! Wide-open coastal sites are the location of choice for wintering Snowy Owls; common perches are dunes and salt hay staddles. In winters past, the owls have been frequent visitors to the Crane Wildlife Refuge. Join us as we hike the dunes in search of these magnificent birds. Unlike most owls, snowy owls are diurnal (they hunt and are active both day and night) so we have a good chance of sighting one even in the daylight hours!
Location: Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Learn about winter birds at the Trustees' Crane Estate in Ipswich, Massachusetts
Join Ranger Dave Williams for a walk along Crane Beach to look for birds that frequent the shore during winter. Birders will enjoy the opportunity to spot species they don’t often see, while beginners will learn what to look and listen for to help identify these feathered friends. Bring your binoculars and your life list!  
Location: Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Learn maple syrup is made and develop some recipes using farm fresh ingredients at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts
March is the time for sugaring in New England.  Appleton keeps this very special tradition alive by tapping the farms’ beautiful maple trees and producing wood-fired, small-batch syrup. The first part of the workshop will include a leisurely walk around the farmstead to show how sap is harvested and collected. The tour will wrap up at our sugar shack so you can see (and smell!) the transformation of sap to syrup. You’ll gather in the farm kitchen for the second part of the workshop, where chef Carolyn Grieco will teach how to make some of the most delectable maple syrup recipes.  Workshop ends with a generous sampling of all our delicious maple dishes!
Location: Appleton Farms
Hone you culinary skills at this Appleton Cooks workshop series in Ipswich Massachusetts!
This ‘back-to-basics’ series provides a comprehensive approach to the fundamentals of cooking as we explore traditional culinary methods & techniques to enhance your knowledge, skill, and understanding in the kitchen.  Each workshop will focus in-depth on a particular skill set, with guided hands-on practice as we prepare seasonal dishes applying specific techniques. Proper knife skills, measuring, and kitchen tools will also be discussed, and all workshops include chef instruction, printed recipes, and a light lunch in the farmhouse! 
Location: Appleton Farms

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