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Topsfield Fair

Topsfield Fair is one of the longest running annual fairs in the United States

The Topsfield Fair is a perennial favorite for us.  We're not the biggest fans of the midway, although it is always worth a walkthrough and a ride or two.  We love fruits and vegetables, and are always on the lookout for the winning 'biggest pumpkin'.  Another favorite is checking out the pigs and other farm animals, as well as the interesting variety of guinea pigs and rabbits.

When: 
October 4, 2013, 1 - 11pm
When: 
October 5-14, 2013, 10am - 11pm
Location: 
Topsfield Fairgrounds

Meet the Cows at Appleton Farms

Meet the Cows at The Trustees of Reservations' Appleton Farms in Ipswich Mass

Got Milk? Appleton Farms does! Come tour the dairy operation and meet the cows that make up the grass-fed dairy herd. Visit with calves, explore the pastures and meet the milkers in the dairy barn (ordinarily closed to the public). Lastly get a behind the scenes peek into cheese-making at our Dairy Processing plant.

When: 
Saturdays 2:30-4PM May through November 2014
Location: 
Appleton Farms

Family Farm Day

Appleton Farm's Family Farm Day wil have lots of fun, food and live music!

Celebrate the arrival of fall and farm traditions with The Trustees of Reservations at Appleton Farms for the annual  Family Farm Day event on Sunday, September 21 from 10am—3pm (RAIN OR SHINE).  The family-friendly event features local healthy foods, music by Ben Rudnick and Friends, barnyard animals, and traditional farm crafts and activities including pumpkin painting, pony rides, and a hay obstacle course!

When: 
Sunday, September 21, 2014 10am - 3pm
Location: 
Appleton Farms

Marine Science Experience at Cat Cove Marine Lab

Tour Salem State's Cat Cove Marine Lab for Trails and Sails! FREE!

Come tour the Cat Cove Marine Laboratory as part of Trails & Sails 2014! The Cat Cove Marine Laboratory is operated by Salem State University to promote the sustainable use of aquatic resources on the North Shore and elsewhere. 

Massachusetts’ North Shore is historically, culturally and economically linked with the ocean. More recently, the ecological importance of coastal waters has been recognized.

When: 
Friday, September 19, 2014 3:30-5pm

Beach Seining Demonstration

Beach seining is a scientific tool used by marine biologists and scientists to s

What creatures live in Salem Harbor? Find out at this Trails & Sails beach seining demonstration at Forest River Park! Salem Sound Coastwatch staff and volunteers will walk a large seining net into the water and then drag it back to shore.  We'll lay it out, gather around to examine the catch and talk about what we find. Seining is used by marine scientists to gather information about species living in a body of water. SSCW staff will answer questions and share information about marine habitats and the ecology of Salem Harbor and Salem Sound.

When: 
Saturday September 20, 2014 11am-Noon
Location: 
Forest River Park

Celebrate the Coast Free-for-All!

Celebrate the Coast at Joppa Flats Education Center with your Family!

Families participating in our Plum Island COASTSWEEP beach cleanup on September 13, or just looking for a day of fun outdoor/indoor activities, are invited to flyby to celebrate our coast! Handle live tide pool animals from our 110-gallon touch tank, or go on a guided salt marsh walk.

When: 
Saturday, September 13, 2014 10am - 3pm

Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions in Essex

Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions come to Cogswell's Grant in Essex

Historic New England welcomes family favorite Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions for a special engagement at Cogswell's Grant .

When: 
Friday, September 12, 2014 5-6:30pm
When: 
Saturday, September 13, 2014 2-3:30pm
When: 
Sunday, September 14, 2014 2-3:30pm
Location: 
Cogswell's Grant

Owl Prowl at Maudslay

Come to the owl Prowl at Ravenswood Park, hoot like an owl & learn to spot them

Owls are fascinating birds that are well adapted to their night existence. Come learn about these creatures of our surrounding woods and learn how to call for an owl!  There will be a short presentation about owls in our area, followed by an owl hooting experience; then a walk in search for them. 

When: 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 7:30-9pm
When: 
Friday, August 15, 2014 7:30-9pm

Stone Zoo: Birds of Prey Show

Stone Zoo New England Bird Show exhibit Summer Program Event northshore children

Birds of prey - masters in free-flight. That's what you'll find daily at the interactive bird show at Stone Zoo. The wildly popular seasonal bird show features more than a dozen different bird species from around the world, including the bald eagle, king vulture, wedge-tailed eagle, black vulture, Abdim’s stork and many others, in this engaging, memorable and educational experience for visitors of all ages.

When: 
May 3 – September 1, 2014
When: 
Daily show times are 11 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM
Location: 
Stone Zoo

Marblehead Meanderings: Beach Exploration

Go on a low tide exploration at Grace Oliver Beach in Marblehead

Enjoy a summer afternoon at Grace Oliver Beach during low tide and discover the living wonders of the sandy coastline. Walk across the mudflats to Crowninshield Island, where we will search for tiny fish, hermit crabs, periwinkles, and other sea creatures living in this delicate habitat. Explore the five-acre island and its unusual variety of landforms, from granite rocks and tidal pools to sandy beach, salt marsh, and wooded hilltop.

When: 
Monday, August 4, 2014 11am-12:30pm
Location: 
Grace Oliver Beach
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