Ecology

Family Open House: Biodiversity Celebration

The Parker River Watershed provides habitat for a huge range of species!

Connect with nature and tune in to the multitude of organisms that surround us, starting here at Joppa Flats! This free drop-in family event features an engaging mixture of indoor and outdoor activities that will open your eyes to the great biodiversity of animals, plants, and insects in our gardens, salt marshes, and backyards.

When: 
Sunday, May 26, 2019 10am-3pm

Family Campouts: Summer Owl Prowl

Join a Summer Owl Prowl Campout at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. Photo: Scott Santino

Explore the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary after hours and join us for a night of camping under the stars. Have an early dinner at home and then come with your family, your tent, and a dessert to share. Join us as we explore the habitats of the elusive owls.

When: 
Saturday, September 15 6pm - Sunday, September 16, 2018 9am

Salamander Meander

What kind of Salamanders will we find at Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary?

Spring is the season when frogs, toads, and salamanders return to the wetlands to lay their eggs. After a short introduction in the Nature Center, where we will learn about the life cycles of these amazing creatures, we will search the sanctuary's wetlands and woodlands for salamanders and other amphibians on the move. If we're lucky, we might be able to catch a few to observe up close and then release. We'll also swing by our vernal pool, where we often find wood frog and spotted salamander eggs.

When: 
Saturday, April 27, 2019 1:30-3pm

Big Night at IRWS

Come explore the vernal pools of Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary with Mass Audubon!

Each year on the first warm rainy night of spring, wood frogs and mole salamanders begin a mass migration to vernal pools where they breed. If you happen to be out on one of these evenings, the experience can be spectacular. Tonight, a part of the sanctuary will be transformed into a Big Night scene. Participants will take a one-hour guided walk along the Vernal Pool Trail, where they will meet some interesting characters who will share some facts and stories about themselves, vernal pools, and this special time of year.

When: 
Saturday, April 13, 2019 6-8pm

Woodcock Walk at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Explore Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and lear about the American Woodcock!

Each spring American woodcocks engage in one of nature’s most fascinating courtship displays. Here’s your chance to witness this “sky dance” up close and in-person! This program is appropriate for ages 8 and older. Meet the ranger on the deck of the visitor contact station at parking lot 1. Bring binoculars and a flashlight. Program is limited to 15 participants. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the program start time.  Preregistration required.

When: 
Friday, April 12, 2019 7:15pm
Friday, April 26, 2019 7:30pm

Family Owl Prowl

Join a Family Owl Prowl Campout at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. Photo: Scott Santino

People of all ages love owls, and many species of owls can be found right here in Massachusetts year-round. Experience the excitement of an owl prowl as we take a night hike to look and listen for Barred Owls, Great Horned Owls, and Eastern Screech-owls. Before we head out on our nocturnal adventure, we'll learn fun owl facts in our cozy Barn using real owl mounts, feathers, talons, and a brief slide show. We'll end our evening with an owl-hooting lesson.

When: 
Friday, March 15, 2019 7-9pm

Teen Conservation Club: Spring/Summer Session

Teens will learn about Natural History, Ecology and Conservation at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary.

Interesting hikes, natural history topics to explore, and real data-collection opportunities will all be based on your input and interests in this exciting club for teens. Get involved behind the scenes with Mass Audubon's science and conservation work. We meet one or two Saturdays a month during our spring and fall sessions.  We also take one full-day field trip each session to connect with local organizations and learn more about environmental issues in our communities and how you can make a real difference. Meet other local teens who are passionate about nature, science, and taking care of our world. 

Touch a Boat at Merrohawke Nature School

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 You do not have access to view this node before they run out of space!

When: 
Saturday June 1, 2019 10am-1pm

Winter Wildlife Cinema: Owl Power

Nature Owl Power in the theater at Parker River Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport

Enjoy some particularly wonderful wildlife-themed films on the big screen in the comfort of the refuge visitor center’s awesome auditorium...for FREE!Experience for yourself the “cinematic WOW!” created by our state-of-the-art laser projector, with surround sound! The following films will be shown on the following dates. No preregistration; simply show up!

When: 
Sunday, March 10, 2019 1:30pm

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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...

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!

CAVPT & Kestrel Adventures Fundraiser Yard Sale

CAVPT & Kestrel Adventures Yard Sale is a fundraiser to generate fund for both o
Two of our favorite Cape Ann non-profits team up for a yard sale fundraiser! Come shop for goodies and knwo that yoru money will be well spent and go to fund educational programs and live animal presentations! This sale will be in the area behind the St. Peter's Square Parking Lot, 1 Rogers St, in...
7:00 am to 1:00 pm

Gold Star Run for Honor

Start Your Memorial day with a run/walk to honor a local veteran
Start your Memorial Day weekend with a 5k, 10k, 15k or kids fun run or walk to honor the memory of a local Saugus veteran. Scott J. Procopio was on his second deployment as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, having previously served in Fallujah in 2005. He was killed in action as a result of a...
7:30 am

Saugus Memorial Day Events

Memorial Day is a big celebration in Saugus, MA. Come thank our veterans.
The Saugus Veterans Council Memorial Day Parade will start on Jackson Street at 9:00 am to Cliftondale Square along Lincoln Avenue to Central Street then onto Winter Street to the Veterans’ lot at Riverside Cemetery for graveside services including an invocation and a '21 Gun Salute'. The parade...
9:00 am

Morning Bird Walk

Enjoy a biring excursion on the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Join birding expert and former Crane Beach Ranger, Dave Williams, on a walk through the woodlands and fields of the Crane Estate to talk about birds. If you have never been birding before, Dave will teach you how to use binoculars to watch birds and pick out characteristics that will help you...
9:00 am to 11:00 am

Melody Miles

Melody Miles raises funds for kids to pursue their artistic interests in the Hamilton-Wenham School District
Lace up your running shoes and join us for the annual Melody Miles Road Race where you’ll make your way through the streets of beautiful Hamilton and Wenham featuring student singers and instrumentalists at the starting line and along the Melody Miles course.  The 5K and 5-Mile races begin at 10am...
9:00 am

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

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

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

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

Sing & Dance with the Music Man

Sing & Dance with the Music Man Brian Doser in Hamilton visit Massachusetts
Come join the fun at Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham Monday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. for 30 - 45 minutes of great music with Brian Doser! Sing and dance with the Music Man during a family concert, featuring familiar and original tunes, performed by local dad and musician...
10:00 am to 10:45 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

Chess Club at Sawyer Free

Chess Club at Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester Massachusetts.
Sign up for chess with Jaime online! No prior experience necessary, and players of all skill levels are welcome - both new players and experienced players are sure to enjoy a fun yet challenging session. All ages welcome.
10:00 am to 12:00 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

Choate Island Hike

Tour the Choate House on this guided exploration of Choate Island.
Choate Island is the crown jewel of the Crane Wildlife Refuge and is only accessible by boat. Enjoy one stunning view after the next on this rare chance to explore the cultural and natural history of the island. Walk a 1.5 mile network of carriageways and footpaths that lead past The Proctor Barn,...
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The Little Mermaid at the Cabot

North Atlantic Dance Theatre‘s The Little Mermaid comes to the Cabot Theater in Beverly Massachusetts.
Dive into North Atlantic Dance Theatre‘s classic tale of the Little Mermaid. Explore Han’s Christian Andersen’s underwater adventure, a ballet for all ages, as a naïve young mermaid journeys to the Sea Witch and sacrifices everything she has ever known to be with her true love.
Where: The Cabot
1:00 pm

Youth River Survival Canoe Challenge

Spend the afternoon learning survival skills on the Ipswich River with Mass Audubon!
In this outdoor survival skills program, we will venture out onto the Ipswich River. Learn the basics of canoe safety, paddle strokes, and the river knowledge needed to travel on the water. When we stop at Perkins Island, you will be challenged to explore the area and craft your own paddle out of...
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Turtle Time at IRWS

Kids will explore IRWS wetland in search of painted and snapping turtles.
As late Spring becomes early Summer, it means one thing: turtle time! Join us for an afternoon of exploring our wetlands in search of these fascinating reptiles.
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Fabulous Flowers

Rhododendron flowers are just one of the flowering trees you'll see at Maudslay State Park along the Merrimack River in Newburyport, Massachusetts
Maudslay State Park has one of the best stands of rhododendrons in New England, and well worth the trip!  Come stroll the park check the sign at headquarters to find the park interpreter location and learn about some of these beauties. 
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Gone Fishin' at Harold Parker

Kids will learn about pond fishing at Harold Parker State Forest
Meet at Frye Pond Beach - Great family fun for everyone interested in learning the basics of pond fishing in New England. All fishing tackle and bait is provided. Recommend bringing insect repellent, water, sun screen and a camera. Appropriate for children over 6 years old.
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Peter Pan Panto

Theater in the Open presents a Peter Pan Panto at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport Massachusetts
Join us for the official kickoff of the Theater in the Open 40th Anniversary Season! Edward Speck and Joshua Shack know that we need a spring panto to celebrate the change in seasons at Maudslay State Park. This year, they’ll collaborate to create another completely original panto based on a...
2:00 pm

The Lion King Jr. at HW Community House | Matinee

The African savannah comes to life with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters at the Community House of Hamilton Wenham
The African savannah comes to life with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle… and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.
3:00 pm

The Lion King Jr. at HW Community House

The African savannah comes to life with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle… and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale. Performances May 17, 7:30pm May 18, 3pm & 7:30pm May 19, 3pm May 23, 7:30pm May 25, 3pm & 7:30pm May 26, 3pm Production Co-Sponsors Cole Landscaping, Inc. and Hugo and Elena Foster
The African savannah comes to life with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle… and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.
7:30 pm

Sunday, May 26

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...

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!

Todd Farm Market

Come to Todd Farm on Sunday - A classic New England Fleas Market in Rowley Massachusetts!
From early Spring to late Fall, Todd Farm is a great Sunday destination for families!  Head to the farm and explore the outdoor award-winning Market featuring up to 240 vendors from all over New England and New York!
5:00 am to 3:00 pm

Newburyport Farmers' Market

Newburyport Farmers find organic locally grown produce, meat, dairy Newburyport
The Newburyport Farmers Summer Market celebrates local fresh produce every Sunday morning rain or shine!  Start your Sunday browsing fresh North Shore local produce, meats, cheeses, and seafood in an open air market atmosphere! Food and beverage vendors offer fresh hot coffee, breakfast treats and...
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

AJH: Newborn Care Class

Anna Jaques Hospital Parent Support Group Newborn Care Class
The Newborn Care class will cover practical baby care topics that will help you to feel more confident in your ability to care for your newborn. Classes are on Sundays from 9:30am-12:00am in the Higgins Conference Room at Anna Jaques Hospital.
9:30 am to 12:00 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

Newburyport Spring Festival 2019

Celebrate Spring in Newburyport on Memorial Day Weekend with the entire family!
The Newburyport Chamber of Commerce invites you to welcome Spring's arrival to Newburyport at the 2019 Spring Fest!  Held annually on Memorial Day Weekend in historic downtown Newburyport, Spring Fest is a two-day festival featuring great live music, art, fine crafts, food from Newburyport’s best...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Family Open House: Biodiversity Celebration

The Parker River Watershed provides habitat for a huge range of species!
Connect with nature and tune in to the multitude of organisms that surround us, starting here at Joppa Flats! This free drop-in family event features an engaging mixture of indoor and outdoor activities that will open your eyes to the great biodiversity of animals, plants, and insects in our...
10:00 am to 3:00 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
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