Live Animals

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 3, 2014, 1 - 11pm
When: 
October 4-13, 2014, 10am - 11pm
Location: 
Topsfield Fairgrounds

Walk on the Wild Side: Harbor Seals

Walk on the Wild side with Harbor Seals at Joppa Flats Education Center!

Come to Joppa Flats Education Center and begin with a 45 minute indoor introductory program in the Lookout (second floor) about Pinnipeds (seals, sea lions, and walrus). Then, we’ll carpool to an on-the-beach viewing area where we can see the harbor seals hauled out on the rocks at low tide at the mouth of the Merrimack River.

When: 
Saturday, February 28, 2015 Noon-2:30pm
When: 
Sunday, March 15, 2015 Noon-2:30pm

Comic Workshop at Danvers Library

A comic illustration by Veronica Fish

Peabody Institute Library - Danvers invites early released middle and high school kids to a comic & cartooning workshop with artists/graphic novelists Andy and Veronica Fish. “Jazz, Rock n’ Roll & Comic Books are uniquely American art forms.  Born out of comic strips in the 1930s comic books became increasingly popular with GI’s during WWII and have grown and developed in the 80+ years since they first appeared.”  This session includes lessons on creating characters using shape, art styles, cover a brief history of the art form and then feature a hands on demo.This is a hands-on demonstration that’s not just for artists! Supplies will be provided, but you could bring an extra pencil (just in case).

When: 
Wednesday, March 4, 2014 1:15-2 pm

Let it Snow! Snowshoe Rentals

Rent Snowshoes for the whole family and hit the trails of Ravenswood Park in Glo

The Trustees of Reservations offer snowshoe rentals at the Cape Ann Discovery Center at Ravenswood Park (when there is enough snow) on Saturdays, Sundays, and Monday Holidays through the Winter months. Grab the family and get outdoors! Enjoy the wide open carriage paths during the winter wonderland. Warm up afterwards near our woodstove while enjoying hot chocolate. Adult and children’s sizes available. Snowshoes available on first come, first served basis.

When: 
Saturdays, Sundays & Monday Holidays 10am-3pm
Location: 
Ravenswood Park

Wingmasters -- OWLS! at Ipswich Library

Learn about owls that live in Massachusetts at the Ipswich Public Library

Come enjoy Learn about owls that live in Massachusetts and see them with your very own eyes during this popular Wingmasters' program. Children must be 8 or older to attend independently. Don't miss this fabulous event!

When: 
Thursday, February 19, 2015 11am-Noon

Winter Mini Moo's

Mini moos is for children 2-5 to meet our dairy herd at Appleton Farms.

Got milk? We do! Our popular Mini Moos tour is back for February Break! On this special program designed especially for our toddler friends, we’ll enjoy calf close encounters, a cow costume, a tour of the dairy barn while the cows are being milked and more! Recommended for ages 2-5 with an accompanying adult. Please meet at the Visitor Center.

When: 
Saturday, February 21, 2015 2:30-3:30pm
Location: 
Appleton Farms

Winter Woods Walk at Appleton Farms

Take a wintery walk in the woods at The Trustees of Resevations Appleton Farms i

Get up close and personal with our dairy cows! This tour will explore the workings of our Dairy operation including a visit with our calves. Meet the cows in the dairy barn during milking and learn about how we raise our Jersey herd. All ages welcome! Please meet at the Visitor Center.

When: 
Friday, February 20, 2015 10-11:30am
Location: 
Appleton Farms

February Break - Meet the Cows at Appleton Farms

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

Get up close and personal with our dairy cows! This tour will explore the workings of our Dairy operation including a visit with our calves. Meet the cows in the dairy barn during milking and learn about how we raise our Jersey herd. All ages welcome! Please meet at the Visitor Center.

When: 
Monday, February 16, 2015 3-4pm
Location: 
Appleton Farms

Wingmasters at Manchester Public Library

Wingmasters demonstrate live birds of prey of various specious in Massachusetts

Birds of prey have inspired artists from prehistoric times to the present day. Manchester Public Library invites us to register for a unique art opportunity to draw four birds of prey with Jim Parks of Wingmasters. Audience members will quickly learn what fascinating models birds of prey make as we discover each bird's characteristics to gain a fuller understanding of what defines a bird of prey.  Bring your favorite pencils and paper - the library will have very basic supplies on hand too.

When: 
Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 2 p.m.

Creature Feature: Owl Prowl

Come to the owl Prowl at Ravenswood Park, meet an owl and learn to spot them

Have you seen the barred owls, foxes, or red squirrels of Ravenswood Park? Come to the Cape Ann Center for Learning & Discovery when these live animals visit, and get a close-up view of these creatures to learn about their habits and behaviors. Tonight we'll learn all about owls, then go on a guided night-time owl prowl in the park.  Please Register

When: 
Saturday, January 24, 2015 5-7 PM
Location: 
Ravenswood Park
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