Outdoor Activity

Out Like A Lamb Hike

Enjoy a night hike at the Crane Estate to celebrate the end of March!

Join the Trustees to celebrate the last evening of the month of March with a night hike through the dunes of the Crane Wildlife Refuge! We’ll hope for the almost-spring temperatures of the month going out like a lamb, but we’ll have a great hike even if the roaring cold lion is still around!  At the end of our walk we’ll warm ourselves with hot cider around a beach fire.

When: 
Friday, March 31, 2017 7-9pm

Nature Designs Class for Preschoolers

Preschoolers learn while exploring their senses and surroundings at Kestrel Education!

Children ages 4-6 (and three year olds who are comfortable with the setup) are invited to come and play and learn with us for the next 6 Friday mornings. This class is playful, silly, and all about being a child, or a child pretending to be an animal. Each day, focus on a different one of our senses, and learn about local wild creatures that are really good at using that sense. Play games for using each sense, and imagine what it would be like to have super sense powers. Each day, create something original related to our sense exploration, and take it home.

Winter Homeschool for Ages 12 to 15

Tweens and Teens will explore the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary to learn wilderness skills on the North Shore Massachusetts!

Ipswich River's weekly homeschool classes promote an active engagement with nature through inquiry-based, hands-on environmental education. Join us as we explore the many different habitats provided by our nearly 2,000-acre sanctuary, and lay the foundation for a lifelong connection with nature. This season, we will focus on the survival skills that all animals (including humans) need to survive the harsh New England winter.

Discovering Nature Through Story, Music, and Art

Kids will explore the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary to connect with nature and learn about the creatures of the North Shore Massachusetts wilderness!

Preschoolers and young kids will explore the wonders of winter in the "enchanted woods" of Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in this four-session series. We'll begin in the Nature Center with story, poetry, and imagination. Next, we'll bundle up for a winter walk to awaken our sense of wonder to the silence, scents, and scenery of the sleeping winter woods. Along the way, discover how the trees, plants, birds, beavers, squirrels, chipmunks, and other wildlife spend the winter. We'll look for animal stories in the snow (tracking) and much more. After our walks, we'll create artwork that reflects the wonders of winter that we discovered, while listening to winter nature songs. These keepsakes will bring home winter's secrets and beauty as we await the signs of spring.

Appleton Farms Grass Rides Reindeer Quest

Bring the Family on a Reindeer Quest at the Appleton Farms Grassrides!

Appleton Farms invites families for a self guided Winter quest during holiday break! Grab your snow shoes, hiking boots or cross country skiis and get the family outside between Christmas and New Years to seek out our elusive herd of wooden reindeer sculptures found throughout the Grass Rides.  See how many you can find and leave a bell around each one's neck.  Bells can be found at the bulletin board. 

When: 
Saturday, December 24, 2016 - Monday, January 2, 2017
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Hayrides with Santa at Green Meadows Farm

Come celebrate the Holidays with Santa at Green Meadows Farm in Hamilton, Massachusetts!

Green Meadows Farm invites families to join Santa on a wagon ride through the woods and over the fields! Craft-making for kids, live music and Chef Alice will be cooking up pizza and grilled cheeses. Of course our farmstand is open and, as always, features holiday decor, gifts, gourmet condiments and our own produce, meats and prepared meals. Free and Open to the Public.
 

When: 
Saturday, December 10, 2016 11am-2pm

Illumination Nights at the Stevens-Coolidge Estate

Come to the Stevens Coolidge Place for Illumination Nights!

Join The Trustees of Reservations at the Stevens-Coolidge Place for Illumintation Nights! Come one, come all and see the splendor of the illuminated winter gardens. Explore the grounds of the Stevens-Coolidge Place as they twinkle and shine with holiday lights that brighten the landscape. Pick up a song book to listen and sing holiday songs as you warm up with hot cocoa  and make s'mores around our outdoor fire pit. 

When: 
Saturday, December 10, 2016 5-7pm
Sunday, December 11, 2016 5-7pm
Saturday, December 17, 2016 5-7pm
Sunday, December 18, 2016 5-7pm

A Winter Solstice Celebration at Joppa Flats

Come celebrate the longest night - Winter Solstice - at Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport

Come celebrate the longest night and shortest day of the year with Joppa Flats! Miss Mary and Miss Susan offer stories, songs, crafts made of evergreens, and thematic snacks for everyone to enjoy. Learn why we have seasons, and why different cultures around the world created legends and rituals to mark the longest night of the year. Join us for a festival of light to beckon the sun to return!

When: 
Wednesday, November 14, 2016 3:30 - 5pm

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