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Introduce your family to the basics of digital nature photography at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. Photo: ©2011 Bill O'Connor
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary hosts a family nature photography workshop! Photography is a wonderful way to take your memories of the wildlife and landscapes of our sanctuary home. Introduce your family to the basics of digital nature photography and practice those skills while exploring some trails. At the end of the program each child will take home a print of their favorite photo!
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Shore Country Day School in Beverly MA
First Friday at Shore, September 8, 2017 Drop in on a First Friday of the month to join Shore’s all-school “house meeting” followed by a campus tour. Meet us in the Creativity Center, enjoy student and faculty presentations during the meeting in the theater, and tour the high points of campus for as long as your schedule allows. Call today to schedule a tour. 978.927.1700 X.204
Location: Shore Country Day School
Taste Buds Kitchen in Beverly MA. Cooking classes and birthday parties for kids and adults.
This class is sold out. Check out out to find another date or another class. Calling all chefs from across the globe! We’ve got your passport ready. Join us for a tasty trip where we’ll enjoy a delicious tour of handmade Lasagna, Lasagna Cupcakes that is. All chefs will be cheering for more as we use fresh tomato sauce, creamy ricotta, bubbly mozzarella and fresh basil. Pack up your adventure bags and let’s get cooking!   This class is designed for kids and parents to cook together! $15 per child/caregiver pair, Grand Opening Pricing!
Location: Taste Buds Kitchen
Birth Center Tours Birth Center - Anna Jaques (Second Floor)
Welcoming your baby into the world is one of life’s most amazing experiences. The Birth Center of Anna Jaques Hospital is proud to offer parents of northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire a place of exceptional care. Our 12-bed unit is just the right size for women seeking a combination of experience you can trust and personalized attention you can't get at larger facilities – all while staying close to home.
Location: Anna Jaques Hospital
Winners of this battle of the bands will perform at Rockport New Years Eve!
Open to any middle school or high school band (two or more members) from anywhere on Cape Ann or beyond. No fee to enter. Deadline for registration is September 15. Five bands will be chosen to compete on Saturday, October 7th at the Congregational Church of Rockport. Top two winning bands play on Rockport New Year’s Eve!
Location: First Congregational Church of Rockport
Celebrate Peabody's Cultural Diversity at the International Festival
Come celebrate the City of Peabody’s rich ethnic diversity and heritage at the Peabody International Festival in Peabody’s Square. Bring the entire family for a day of fun, food, games and entertainment steeped in rich cultural traditions.
Location: Peabody Square
Coast for the Cure starts at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, Massachusetts
The 7th Annual Coast to the Cure Neurofibromatosis Bike Ride starts and finishes at Gloucester’s Stage Fort Park. All routes travel along Cape Ann’s shores and through Manchester-by-the-Sea, Beverly, Hamilton and Ipswich. The terrain includes rolling hills, long, sunny flats, and rural roads winding through the quaint towns of Boston’s North Shore. The 100 mile ride takes you further north through Georgetown, Amesbury and Newburyport.
Location: Stage Fort Park
Discover and explore the facts of the creatures you find at the beach at Joppa
Summer may have ended, but our 110-gallon tide pool touch tank is still filled with marine life! Adults and children are invited to drop in on weekends, September 9 through October 8, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, to see up close the critters you might have wondered about on your own beach visits. This programming for folks of all ages includes special features for little ones.
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center
Teens will learn about Natural History, Ecology and Conservation at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary.
Interesting hikes, natural history topics to explore, and real data-collection opportunities will all be based on your input and interests in this exciting club for teens. Get involved behind the scenes with Mass Audubon's conservation work.  We'll take one full-day field trip to connect with local organizations and learn more about environmental issues in our communities and how you can make a real difference. Meet other local teens who are passionate about nature, science, and taking care of our world. Past projects have included salamander monitoring, invasive plant pulling, wildlife tracking with trail cameras, water quality monitoring by canoe, and much more. Oh, and snacks are included!
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Family Day at the Banding Station will teach you about bird identification, and
Come for an exciting visit to the Joppa Flats Bird Banding Station on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. See Mass Audubon scientists capture, measure, weigh, examine, and release migrant songbirds. Learn about migration, habitat use, and scientific research at a real field station. The station operates only during the height of migration in spring (April and May) and fall (September and October).
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center