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.
Get into peeper season this Spring! Learn about the temporary habitat of vernal ponds, what lives in them, why they are home to specialized woodland creatures and how to protect them. Nighttime is the right time to see and hear these vernal pools come ALIVE! Sign up for a night field trip to a vernal pool.
Join the Salem Maritime National Historic Site for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Friendship of Salem with Captain Jeremy Bumagin, Rigger John Newman and ship volunteers. Participants can see and visit areas of the ship typically not open to the public, as well as learn about numerous ongoing maintenance projects.
Venture to vernal pools where survival of fairy shrimp, salamanders, and wood frogs are crucial. We will explore pools, learn how to protect them, and meet these creatures that depend on these pools. This program is instructive to participants, so you can take home the techniques, forms, and methods to certify pools in your neighborhood...or back yard. This is a family-friendly opportunity, so exploration is an important--and fun!--element in the program. Directions to pre-registrants.
NOTE: THIS PROGRAM IS FULL. Join naturalist Marcia Wilson and photographer Mark Wilson of Eyes On Owls while they share their passion for owls! The Wilsons will introduce you to the owls of New England and beyond. This multigenerational program is open to all, so call today and reserve a spot for yourself and your family!
Miss Lisa of the Joppa Flats Education Center visits Amesbury Public Library each month for a 1 hour program focused on pre-schoolers! Participants will be engaged, excited, and learning about all kinds of things in nature. Each program is an hour long and includes hands-on activities, group role play, and fun take homes. Register for each program separately.
Presented by the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, come aboard the replica tall ship, Friendship of Salem, to explore and chat with a National Park Service Ranger!
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.
The 2014 YANKEE HOMECOMING FAMILY DAY at Maudslay State Park is slated to be better than ever with more activities for kids of all ages, more demonstrations on the main stage and a focus on having activities for family members ages 1-100! Check the page link below for stage performance artists & times, event times and a list of all participants.
Presented by the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, the annual Salem Maritime Festival in August hosts an exciting array of free family fun festivities, including live music, traditional craft demonstrations and seaport trade exhibits, story-telling, and family fun! Each year, music, demonstrations, exhibits, and children's activities are available throughout the park and on Derby Wharf. The Salem Maritime Festival is hosted by Salem Maritime, your national park in Salem in cooperation with Essex Heritage. From live music, historical re-enactors, and tall ships, to interactive programs and crafts for families, all events and activities are free and open to the public. Stay tuned to learn more about what's in store for you at the 2016 Festival!