Ecology

Kids' Story & Activity Hour

Bring your 3-5 year old youngster to the refuge visitor center for a good old-fashioned story hour.  For each session, a refuge volunteer will read a story about an animal or some other interesting aspect of nature.  The kids will then complete a related craft to take home.  Enrollment is limited to 12 children.  The parent or guardian must remain for the entire program.   Preregistration is required for this program.

When: 
Mondays in March: 6, 13, 20, & 27, 2017 10:00 am

Adventures on the Wild Side

Kids can get outsoors andf explore the wilds of the North Shore with Kestrel Educational Adventures during February Vacation

Spend February vacation learning to survive in the wilds, track animals, and create your own adventure story. Our group will meet each day in an incredible heated greenhouse, and will venture out onto the many nearby trails to find clues left behind by wildlife about how they survive the winter, and practice our own survival skills. We will learn to become keen winter naturalists; figuring out what animal’s path we are following and how it eats and protects itself. As humans, we will build warm shelters, find food and water, perform basic first aid, make fires, and cook treats over the flames. At the end, use words, photographs, or drawings to create the story of your adventures. Hosted by Kestrel Educational Adventures at Glen Urquhart School.

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.

Kids’ Conservation Cinema: Brave

Kids are invited to PArker River Wildlife Refuge for a free showing of Brave!

On selected Sunday afternoons through Winter, the refuge will be screening FREE, child-friendly films that feature a wildlife and/or environmental theme.  All films will be projected on the big screen in the refuge visitor center’s awesome auditorium. No preregistration; simply show up! All movies begin at 1:30 pm.

When: 
Sunday, February 19, 2017 1:30pm

Kids’ Conservation Cinema: Legend of the Guardians - The Owls of Ga'Hoole

Kids Conservation Cinema featuring 'Legned of the Gaurdians' at Parker River Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport!

On selected Sunday afternoons through Winter, the refuge will be screening FREE, child-friendly films that feature a wildlife and/or environmental theme.  All films will be projected on the big screen in the refuge visitor center’s awesome auditorium. No preregistration; simply show up! All movies begin at 1:30 pm.

When: 
Sunday, November 20, 2016 1:30pm

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.

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

Monarch Magic

Come to Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary to learn about Monarch Butterflies!

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary invites families to join them at Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary to discover the amazing journey of the monarch butterfly to Mexico. Learn about the monarch life cycle and the challenges facing its habitat. Find out more about butterfly gardening and create a paper butterfly that will spend the winter with children who live near the monarch sanctuaries in the mountains of Michoacan, Mexico. We will then work together as citizen scientists to tag and release several monarchs to start their journey south.

When: 
Saturday, September 17, 2016 1:30-3pm

Nature Adventures with Picture Books: Butterflies

Learn about butterflies at the MassAudubon Ipswich River wildlife Sanctuary!

Rita Gallant, Lead Field Teacher at IRWS will read Festive Occasions - Special Event Rental Equipment by Joanne Ryder. Let's find out what butterflies live in our area. Using sweep nets and hand lenses, we'll observe butterflies in the gardens and fields of the sanctuary. Become a butterfly as we learn about the life cycles of these fluttering marvels.

When: 
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 9:30-11:00 am

Touch a Boat at Merrohawke

Come check out the Merrohawke Nature School at the 'Touch a Boat' Open House event in Newburyport!

We've all heard of touch a truck events, and Merrohawke Nature School is taking it to the water with their 'Touch a Boat' Open House. Come meet the skippers and crews that man the boats used by Merrohawke to create unique and engaging experiences that kids will remember for a lifetime! Check out the school and act quickly to register for one of their Summer Programs before they run out of space!

When: 
Saturday June 4, 2016 11am-2pm

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