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Meet Backyard Birds

What birds come to your yard in the winter? Find out at Joppa Flats Education Center!

Drop in at Joppa Flats for an up-close winter wildlife experience! On select weekend and school vacation days, Joppa Flats volunteer Deb La Roy presents demonstrations on bird research and banding. After capturing wild birds in the Joppa backyard, Deb brings them inside to measure, weigh, examine, and then release them. The unique band that Deb places carefully on each bird’s leg connects other bird researchers with the data she’s collected. You’ll learn about your own backyard birds and why they’re here while watching scientific research in action.

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Fridays, January 13 & 20, 2017 10:30-1:30

Otters, Beavers, and Muskrats, Oh My!

Join us as we look for elusive river mammals at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. Photo: American Beaver ©Scott Santino

Wetlands are home to many fascinating creatures, none more so than some unique wetland mammals. While visiting the numerous wetlands on the sanctuary, we will explore active and abandoned beaver lodges, scan the marshes for signs of muskrats, and search for signs of otter activity. With a little luck, we may see some of these mammals making their final preparations for winter. We will also construct and test our own beaver dams and lodges!

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Saturday, November 9, 2013 1-2:30 pm

Vacation Family Treks & Trails: Hawks, Owls & Eagles

Come explore the world of predatory raptors and birds on the North Shore!

What raptor is that flying overhead? How do birds stay warm all winter? Do you know how to identify an animal's tracks? Come find out as we guide you on a winter walk to keep minds and bodies active with group games, family challenges, and lots of great wildlife and bird sightings. We'll meet at Joppa Flats, then hop into our cars and head out for the day's adventure. All field equipment will be provided. Join us for one or more of these fun family programs during the holidays!

When: 
Wednesday December 28, 2016 1-3pm

Kestrel Fundraiser: Flight of the Butterflies

Flight of the Butterflies fundraiser showing at Cape Ann Community Cinema for Kestrel Education Adventures

This one time screening in 3D at Cape Ann Community Cinema that will raise funds to benefit Kestrel Educational Adventures. It's a natural history epic. It's a compelling detective story. It's a scientific adventure at its best. It took Dr. Fred Urquhart almost 40 years to discover the monarch butterflies' secret hideaway and prove the most incredible migration on Earth.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016 5:30pm-7pm

Butterflies & Bug Free-for-All

Joppa Flats will have Free indoor and outdoor activities for kids and families!

Joppa Flats Education Center invites families to join them for a full day of free outdoor and indoor nature activities, art projects, and live insects! August is the time to see such winged wonders as American ladies, swallowtails, monarchs, skippers, and more. At Joppa Flats, you'll see wild butterflies and captive caterpillars, learn about environmentally friendly products and practices for the home and garden, enjoy a guided nature walk on the grounds, and take home a fun craft or two.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Audubon Nature Festival 2016

This year's Audubon Nature Festival features live owl demonstrations with Eyes on Owls!

Enjoy ongoing activities throughout the day at Mass Audubon's Annual Audubon Nature Festival. This year's special feature will be live owl presentations by Marcia and Mark Wilson of Eyes On Owls. Come see live owls up close, learn about their natural history, and join in a hooting lesson.

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Sunday, June 5, 2016 10am-4pm

Preschool Nature Explorers at Parker River NWR

Piping Plover at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newbury Massachusetts!

This is a new series of hands-on nature classes for 4 and 5-year-old children (and their caregivers).   Sign up for individual sessions or the entire series!   Some sessions will be held at the refuge visitor center, while others will be conducted on the refuge at the parking lot 1 visitor contact station.  

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Mondays, May: 9-23, 2016 10-11:15 am

See, Think & Wonder Walk: Spring Comes to the Forest

See, Think, and Wonder Walks for Preschoolers: Spring Comes to the Amesbury Town Forest

In every kind of weather, our favorite thing is to head outdoors to our spectacular local habitats to see what's new! We love to find things; think about colors, shapes and patterns; and wonder why this place is a special home to wildlife. Each nature exploration will focus on the importance of a sense of place. Local and migrating birds, other wildlife, collecting techniques, and environmental awareness will be presented in a fun, energetic format that adults and children alike will enjoy

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Thursday, April 28, 2016 2-3:30pm

100th Day Celebration at IRWS

The Rockery at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary circa 1950.

This year Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries turn 100! Join us on Saturday, April 9 - the 100th day of the year - for a special "100th Day Celebration." Visitors of all ages are welcome - free of charge - to explore our trails in celebration of 100 years of wildlife sanctuaries with Mass Audubon.

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Saturday, April 9, 2016 10am-2pm

Weekday Little Explorers: Groundhog Day Celebration

Celebrate Groundhog Day with Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield! Photo: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Groundhog Day is just a few days away, and we have planned a special walk. We will learn all about these true hibernators, and then we will head out to the fields in search of groundhog holes. Learn some songs and create a groundhog mask to take home.

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Wednesday, January 27 , 2016 10-11:30 am

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Your Pup Could Be MarketStreets First Official Mascot!

Your pup could be MarketStreet Lynnfield first official mascot! Enter to win.
Your pup could be the MarketStreet Lynnfield first official mascot! This is the contest you’ve been waiting for! The winner will be celebrated with a topiary-twin of their adorable pooch, to be displayed for a year at MarketStreet Lynnfield! Here’s how to enter. It's SUPER EASY!

Spirit of Place Outdoor Exhibit

Red Owl sculpture by Andreas von Huene part of the Spirit in Place Exhibit at the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts
The Trustees and New England Sculptors Association are partnering to present a 6-month outdoor sculpture exhibition at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate located at 290 Argilla Road in Ipswich. The “Spirit of Place" exhibition includes 32 pieces created by New England's finest sculptors and placed in...

Art and Creative Classes at Artcie Studio

Art and Creative Classes at Artcie Studio in Hamilton MA
Artcie Studio summer classes are all about being creative, getting inspired and becoming educated in art!  Our instructors are trained artists and teachers who have been teaching fine art to children and adults for 15 plus years, and our newest instructor has been with us for 2 years.  Our goal at...
9:30 am to 11:30 am

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Swan Boat Rides in Boston Public Garden

Swan Boat Boston North Shore Parent, North Shore Parents Summer Activities Guide
The Public Garden may be one of the most ideal picnicking locations in Boston. Well-groomed and overflowing with tulips, cherry-trees, with willows cascading over the duck pond, the Boston Public Garden is a great place to relax during Boston's most beautiful season.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

PEM Explores Innovations Inspired by Nature - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum Wild Designs Exhibit
This summer discover how creative innovators are turning to nature for new ideas and smart solutions to human challenges.  Wild Designs, on exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, features works by artists and other creatives who are looking to nature and living systems for new ideas and creative...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

AJH: Mother & Baby Support Class - Newburyport

Mother & Baby Support Groups at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport MA
Mother & Baby Groups Anna Jaques is pleased to offer free group classes for all mothers in our community to provide support, encouragement and advice on parenthood and answer questions that arise after going home. Mother & Baby Groups are facilitated by a Lactation Consultant/Registered...
10:00 am to 11:45 am

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play....
10:15 am to 11:15 am

Saturday, June 29

AJH: Childbirth Education Classes

Childbirth Education Classes at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, Haverhill  MA
Congratulations: you are pregnant! This class is for mothers and partners during the last trimester of pregnancy to learn skills needed for the childbirth experience such as breathing methods, relaxation techniques, and comfort measures. Topics covered include: Anatomy Labor & delivery...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

AJH: Birthing with Hypnosis

Anna Jaques Hospital Birthing with Hypnosis
Relax, clear your mind, and experience the positive effects of self-hypnosis during pregnancy and birthing. Class focuses on easy and natural relaxation techniques. If your birth plan does not embrace a firm decision for an epidural, this is a great option for you and your partner. Recommended to...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

PEM Explores Innovations Inspired by Nature - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum Wild Designs Exhibit
This summer discover how creative innovators are turning to nature for new ideas and smart solutions to human challenges.  Wild Designs, on exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, features works by artists and other creatives who are looking to nature and living systems for new ideas and creative...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Groundwork Farmer's Market at the Academy

Groundwork Lawrence hosts farmers markets three days a week in the greater Lawrence Area
Groundwork Lawrence hosts three farmer's markets per week because fruits and vegetables grown locally are best for you, your health, and your family's health, because it supports local businesses, keeps money in our community, and is the best for the environment. Come and support your local farmers...
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Snakes of New England at Halibut Point

Albino Milk Snake being held by a child at Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team.
Come to a Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team presentation of  'Snakes of New England' at Halibut Point State Park! At this DCR hosted event, kids will learn all about the habitat and lives of snakes from New England from Rick Roth, Executive Director of the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team.
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

MIT Museum's Idea Hub

Families can learn through hands-on science at MIT Museum's Idea Hub in Cambridge Massachusetts
Explore topics in design and engineering with artistic circuits, 3D programs, and a variety of other hands-on making and tinkering topics! Drop in each week and try out one of our many activities. Free with Museum admission for kids ages 12 and up.
Where: MIT Museum
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Summer Picnic Concert at The Stevens-Coolidge Place

Enjoy and evening concert with your family at the Stevens Coolidge Place with the Trustees of Reservations!
Come enjoy a Saturday night of music, food, drinks and fun at The Stevens-Coolidge Place! Bring lawn chairs or a picnic blanket and settle in for a wonderful summer evening with family and friends. Grab a drink from our beer and wine truck, grab food and dessert from the food trucks, explore the...
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

TitO presents The Tempest

Theater in the Open presents a Shakespeare's The Tempest at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport Massachusetts
Theater in the Open continues its 40th Anniversary Season with William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" directed by Stephen Haley. Join us for a play about love, loss, and magic as we celebrate 40 years as a company! Free and open to the public. There is a small parking fee at the State Park.
4:00 pm

Bradley Palmer Firefly Foray

Come learn about fireflies at Bradley Palmer State Park!
Join us for an evening park adventure for families.  Fireflies delight us with their nighttime dance and spectacular light show!  Learn about the life of a firefly, and take a walk led by the park interpreter.  The walk is moderately paced for 3/4 mile. There is a gentle uphill slope which may pose...
8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
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