Environment

Nelson Island Tour at Parker River

Tour and discover Nelson Island at Parker River Wildlife Refuge.

Join a ranger for a tour of a beautiful spot that few people visit: Nelson Island. If we’re lucky, we might catch a glimpse of a nesting osprey. Learn about the history of this little known refuge jewel. If weather and tide permits, we’ll take a very short walk along the marsh. (Muddy, wet areas are possible so rubber boots are recommended.) Consider bringing binoculars and/or a camera. *Please note: Those who call and leave messages after hours, your registration is not confirmed until you receive a confirmation call from a refuge staff member.

When: 
Monday, July 17, 2017 10am-Noon

Animal Tracking Program

Kids will learn about animal tracks and behaviors at Parker River Wildlife Refuge.

Many animals live on the refuge, but are hard to find.  They are either active at night, wary of people, or both.  Though you may not see them, their tracks can be just as interesting to find.  Go out on the refuge with intern Dominic Noce as he teaches you how to find and identify tracks of different types of animals.  Meet the program leader in the refuge visitor center auditorium for a brief slide show, after which he’ll lead you on a tracking exploration on the refuge.  Please wear long pants and boots (for tick prevention) and otherwise dress for the weather.  NO preregistration for th

When: 
Sunday, July 16, 2017 10am-Noon

Meet the Monarch Gardner

Come to Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary to learn about Monarch Butterflies!

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge invites families to join Katie Hone, The Monarch Gardener, for a fun and hands-on program that will focus on the charismatic monarch butterfly and its fascinating life cycle.  Meet live monarch caterpillars.  Make a common milkweed seed bomb to take home and start your very own monarch habitat.  Visit the refuge's butterfly garden to see milkweed and to look for monarch eggs.  Meet in the r

When: 
Saturday, July 15, 2017 10:30-11:30pm

Family Nature Photography

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!

When: 
Saturday, May 13, 2017 7:30-9 pm

A Springtime Stargazing Party

Come to Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary and learn about the stars!

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary hosts a Springtime Stargazing Party! This evening we will observe the moon, Jupiter, and springtime stars through a large reflector telescope. The moon will be just past first quarter, bringing craters in Mare Imbrium and the lunar highlands into view, as well as the Apennines Mountain Range. We will explore both the intricate cloud-belt structure of Jupiter's upper atmosphere, and the four Galilean moons orbiting this gas giant planet. Some of the more prominent stars of the spring season will be pointed out, too. A brief presentation to orient you to these celestial sights will precede the observtion portion of the progam.

When: 
Friday, May 5, 2017 7:30-9 pm

Cape Ann Sustainability Fair

Come to the Cape Ann Sustainability Fair in Gloucester to learn how to "Get Your Green On"

TownGreen 2025, a program of the Gloucester Meeting House Foundation, presents its second Cape Ann Sustainability Fair.  This year's theme is "Get Your Green On" for the families and residents of Cape Ann.  Learn how to lower your own carbon foot print as you listen to great music, eat tasty local food, and learn from some of the greatest minds on climate change at our speaker's series.

When: 
Saturday, April 29, 2017 10am-4pm

Woodcock Walk at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Explore Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and lear about the American Woodcock!

Each spring American woodcocks engage in one of nature’s most fascinating courtship displays. Here’s your chance to witness this “sky dance” up close and in-person! This program is appropriate for ages 8 and older. Meet the ranger on the deck of the visitor contact station at parking lot 1. Bring binoculars and a flashlight. Program is limited to 15 participants. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the program start time.  Preregistration required.

When: 
Saturday, April 29th, 2017 7:15pm

Kids’ Nature Walks - Explore the Refuge

Take your 3-5 year old youngster on a good old fashioned nature discovery walk at Parker River Wildlife Refuge.

Take your 3-5 year old youngster on a good old fashioned nature discovery walk. Meet at the refuge visitor center before driving together to the head of the day's trail on the refuge (no parking fee charged). For each session, a refuge volunteer will lead the children and their caregivers on a walk to explore different aspects of the refuge: beach, dune, marsh, scrub forest, cranberry bog. Come dressed for the weather. If the weather is completely unsuitable for outdoor enjoyment, then an indoor program comprised of a story, activity and craft will be held at the visitor center instead.

When: 
Monday, July 24, 2017 10:00-11:30am

Monarch Magic

Come to Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary to learn about Monarch Butterflies!

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary invites families to join them at Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary to discover the amazing journey of the monarch butterfly to Mexico. Learn about the monarch life cycle and the challenges facing its habitat. Find out more about butterfly gardening and create a paper butterfly that will spend the winter with children who live near the monarch sanctuaries in the mountains of Michoacan, Mexico. We will then work together as citizen scientists to tag and release several monarchs to start their journey south.

When: 
Saturday, September 17, 2016 1:30-3pm

Biodiversity Open House

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!

When: 
Sunday, May 28, 2017 10am - 3pm

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