House of Seven Gables celebrates Salem's So Sweet with a day of festive events including Ice Sculpture Viewing, Cookier Decorating, Family Valentine Crafts, Love Letter Reading, and free admission to this historic American landmark. Fall in love with The House of Seven gables all over again during Salem So Sweet. Join Salem Park, Recreation and Community Services for a family Valentine workshop with sweet treats. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The workshop will be led by Linda Abbene. This is a free event, however pre-registration is required in order to have enough supplies.
Is your toddler an artist? Bring them to Cape Ann Museum for Young at Art on the second Thursday of each month. During this special Valentine’s Day session, we’ll explore The Folly Cove Designers exhibit, touch printmaking tools, learn a song with hand motions and print our own Valentine’s Day cards. Recommended for children ages 4 and younger with an adult. Free for CAM members or with Museum admission.
Hand print your own animal themed Valentine’s Day cards in printmaker Coco Berkman’s family workshop! Participants will leave with a set of cards. Ages 6+ / Free for families. To register call Education Coordinator Kirsten Vega.
A tour for history detectives of all ages! Discover the story of Cape Ann by taking a closer look at 10 objects from paintings to film. End your tour in the Activity Center with hands-on fun and art-making. Recommended for families with children under 12. Free for CAM members and Cape Ann residents or with Museum admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
If you have ever seen tracks in the snow, sand, or soil and were curious about what made them, then this is the program for you! Refuge staff will lead you through the basics of identifying common animals through the clues that they leave behind. A brief introduction to animal tracks and other sign in the visitor center classroom will be followed by a trip to the refuge where we will look for tracks and attempt to determine their owner’s identity.
Welcome the New Year with a brisk hike through the Crane Wildlife Refuge! We’ll begin with a small fire on the beach – bring a slip of paper with regrets from the past year, and we’ll send them up in smoke. Then we’ll cleanse our psyches with a trek through the starkly beautiful landscape of the dunes; trails winding along the sandy hills, blood pumping, the smell of the sea in the air – what a perfect way to to enter into 2018! At hike’s end we’ll warm up with hot cider.
On this Friday before Thanksgiving, in the dark of the new moon, we’ll walk with tea lights (no open flames!) to illuminate our passage through the trails and along the rolling hills at the Crane Estate. While we walk, we’ll talk about the first Thanksgiving, and how giving thanks can make us appreciate all the good and wonder in our lives. You’ll be amazed at how fortunate you are when you stop taking things for granted! Come with an attitude of gratitude! Pre-registration is suggested.
Come explore the Crane Estate trails in this season between the chaos of summer and the quiet of winter. We’ll take note of the ways nature gets ready to rest – the preparations that plants and animals make to survive the snowfall that will arrive in a matter of weeks. Bring your sharp senses and your skills of observation! This is an outdoor adventure for the whole family! We’ll end our ramble with a campfire and hot chocolate.
Essex River Cruises hosts a narrated sightseeing tour that winds down the beautiful Essex River aboard Essex River Queen, a pontoon boat. Explore the marshes and discover a habitat brimming with abundant wildlife and the changing landscape that supports it. Bring along your binoculars, cameras and sketchbooks! You're bound to be inspired!
Join park staff from the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge to see and experience the refuge’s salt marsh than from the cockpit of your own kayak! Join a couple of refuge rangers for a 2.5 hour meander through the marsh and learn about some of its fascinating natural and cultural history.
Thursday, February 22
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