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

Vernal Pond Field Trip to Agassiz Rock

The Vernal Pools at Agassiz Rock in Manchester are teeming with Spring peepers.

The Trustees of Reservations's invites families to learn about vernal pools in Manchester! Vernal pools are crucial to the survival of fairy shrimp, salamanders, and wood frogs. Join the The Trustees of Reservations on an exploration of the pools at Agassiz Rock reservation, and learn how you can certify and protect vernal pools. When vernal pools become certified, we can prevent development on and around them. This program is instructive to the participants, so you, too, can take home the techniques, forms, and methods to certify pools. It is targeted at families, so exploration is an important (and fun!) element in the program.

When: 
Saturday, April 19, 2014 1-3pm
Location: 
Agassiz Rock

Audubon Ark Live Animals - Owls & Hawks

Mass Audubon has a live animal presntation at the Manchester Public Library!

The Manchester Public Library hosts Mass Audubon naturalists for an Audubon Ark demonstration focused on birds of prey like owls and hawks! There are two sessions, with one filled already, so sign up today before the spaces fill up! This program is designed by Drumlin Farm’s Audubon Ark and is especially geared for ages 3-5 so it is deliberately kept small in size and is a half hour program. 

When: 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12 p.m.

Meet the Chicks Day at Green Meadows Farm

Green Meadows Farm invites families to Meet the Chicks Day - a day of fun activi

Green Meadows Farm invites families to their annual 'Meet the Chicks' Day! Kids will meet some the newest members of the farm crew and some of the adult laying hens as well. It's a great opportunity to learn about the development of a chicken. There will also be a fun scavenger hunt to get your little ones out and enjoying the farm. Meet the Chicks Day is free and open to the public so stop by and enjoy a touch of spring.

When: 
Saturday, April 12, 2014 11am - 2pm
Location: 
Green Meadows Farm

Walk on the Wild Side: Night Hike

Come to Joppa Flats Education Center for a night hike just before dusk followed by fun activities back at the education center including night vision activities, firefly tag and stargazing! This Walk on the Wild Side is part of a series where adults and children can spend quality family time in the great outdoors finding, observing, and admiring local wildlife.

When: 
Sunday, April 13, 2014 5:30-8pm

Revere Spring Carnival & Fundraiser

Revere Spring Carnival & Fundraiser for North Shore Children and Families

The McCarthy-Trifone Recreation Committee is sponsoring a Spring Carnival Fundraiser from Thursday, March 27 through Sunday, April 20, 2014 at the Showcase cinemas route 60, 565 Squire Road Revere, MA 02151.

The carnival fundraiser will feature rides, games and food. ALL NEW EXPO WHEEL, Vertigo and the Freakout along with many more exciting carnival rides. In addition, there will be a petting zoo daily.

When: 
March 27 through April 20, 2014
Location: 
Showcase Cinemas

Creature Feature: Peeper Creatures

The Trustees of Reservations invite you to bring the whole family to Ravenswood Park for an introduction to Vernal Pools featuring live animals and a presentation by the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team . Meet salamanders and frogs that live on the North Shore and get a rare close-up view of these animals.  Learn their natural history and behaviors then journey with a guide into the park for a night-time walk. 

When: 
Saturday, March 22, 2014 5-7PM
Location: 
Ravenswood Park

Family Owl Prowl at IRWS

The Family Owl Prowl at Ipswich River Sanctuary is bound to be a good time!

People of all ages enjoy learning about owls, and many species of owls can be found in Massachusetts year-round. Come experience the excitement of an owl prowl as we take a night hike to look and listen for barred, great horned, and eastern screech-owls. Before we head out on our nocturnal adventure, we'll learn fun owl facts in our cozy Barn through hands-on activities and a slide show. We'll end our evening with an owl-hooting lesson!

When: 
Friday, March 14, 2014 7-9 pm

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 (2nd 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: 
Sunday, March 9, 2014 11am-1:30pm

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
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