Nature Reserve

Thatcher Island

 Thacher Island National Wildlife Refuge is home to herring and great black-backed gulls.  The refuge serves as a stopover site for songbirds and other migrants to rest and feed during seasonal migration.  Off-shore habitats are used by seals, waterfowl, loons, grebes, cormorants and alcids.

There are two lighthouses are only hundreds of feet apart on Thatcher Island, which makes it unique to New England.  The only other twin light house is Twin Lights of the Navesink in New Jersey. 

Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary

The sanctuary’s diversity of habitats, including meadows and woods, attract numerous birds including pileated woodpeckers, winter wrens, and Louisiana waterthrushes.

This site also serves as our North Shore Conservation Advocacy office, which works with interested citizens and municipal and regional officials to provide greater protection of the region’s wildlife habitats.

Although there are no walking trails, the public is welcome to stop in and learn more about our conservation advocacy efforts on the North Shore.

Willowdale Mill

Willowdale Mill is the site of a 19th century textile mill constructed that produced various textiles until it was destroyed by fire in 1884.   Remnants of the mill are still evident as is the sluiceway that channeled water from the Ipswich River to power the mill. The sluiceway is dry now, but still runs from one end of the property to the other. The surrounding woods are dotted with white pine, with fine broad paths carpeted in layers of pine needles for walking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and  horseback riding.

Carter Fields

Greenbelt acquired this 85-acre property, which is located on the Boxford/North Andover town line, in 2004. Carter Fields is located in an area with a significant base of conserved land owned by the town of North Andover, including the Mazurenko Farm (104 acres), Carter Hill (27 acres), and Barker Hill (55 acres). All of these parcels and Carter Fields are part of the Lake Cochichewik watershed, North Andover's sole source of drinking water.

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North shore Nursery School NOW ENROLLING  FOR FALL 2020

test of new online event

Kids will enjoy this tour of the Halibut Point State Park and Quarry with a focus on its stone-cutting history!
Come to Halibut Point State Park self guided-hikes and activities!  DCR and Halibut point are offering daily activitiies that families can enjoy together through the end of April 2020! Just pick up a brochure in the parking lot and choose one or all! Visitors can enjoy these opportunities on their...

Massive Spring and Summer Children's Consignment Event

Massive Spring and Summer Children's Consignment Event
Don't miss the Children's Drop and Shop Spring and Summer consignment sales event at Pingree School, Hamilton MA, for name brand children’s clothing, toys, gear and furniture. Shop for the best bargains on new & gently used Spring and Summer children's clothing, brand name toys and gear,...
12:00 am

Parent & Child Bachelor's Buttons Classes

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA
Bachelor’s Button is a full year pre-nursery program for caregiver and child 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 years of age. We have two Bachelor’s Buttons classes that meet weekly on Mondays and Tuesdays, September through June, from 9:00 to 11:30 am. Classes follow the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm schedule. 30...
9:00 am to 11:30 am

Museum of Science Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition- Cambridge

Museum of Science Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition- Cambridge
Let curiosity be your guide, and discover life from a dog's point of view in Dogs! A Science Tail, the Museum's newest exhibition. Experience the extraordinary way dogs see, smell, and hear the world. Admission is included with an Exhibit Halls ticket.
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

PJ Library Mommy and Me - Peabody

Chabad of Peabody and Lappin Foundation
Chabad of Peabody and Lappin Foundation invite parents/caregivers and children ages 3 and younger to enjoy a morning of socializing and meeting new friends, creative music and movement and Jewish themes, free play and a snack.
9:30 am to 11:00 am

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

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play....
10:15 am to 11:15 am

Sawyer Free LEGO Club

Come build using LEGOs at the Sawyer Free Library
Attend an afternoon of LEGOs in the Friend Room at Sawyer Free Library! Snacks and LEGOs are provided. Register online!
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Sawyer Free LEGO Club

Come build using LEGOs at the Sawyer Free Library
Attend an afternoon of LEGOs in the Friend Room at Sawyer Free Library! Snacks and LEGOs are provided. Register online!
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Wednesday, April 1

AJH: Mother & Baby Newborns: 0-6 Weeks

Mother and Baby, Newborn Support Groups aAnna Jaques Hospital
MOTHER & BABY GROUPS Anna Jaques Hospital is pleased to offer free group classes for all mothers in our community to provide support, encouragement and advice on parenthood and questions that arise after going home. This new group (for moms, grandmothers, and female caregivers only) is focused...
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

AJH: Breastfeeding Class - Newburyport

Breastfeeding technique and support class at Anna Jaques Hospital. Best Hospital for Families
Breastfeeding Classes are taught by Anna Jaques Hospital Lactation Consultants for mothers and their support person(s) to gain the knowledge and tools to help you successfully breast your baby.
2:15 pm to 4:15 pm

PJ Library Story Time with Rachel Shwartz

PJ Library Story Time with Rachel Shwartz Lappin Foundation
Lappin Foundation and PJ Library invite families to a free story time with Rachel Shwartz. This will be via Zoom Meetin: *Zoom Meeting ID: 815 719 185
4:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Anna Jaques Birth Center Tour

Birth Center Tours Birth Center - Anna Jaques (Second Floor)
Welcoming your baby into the world is one of life’s most amazing experiences. The Birth Center of Anna Jaques Hospital is proud to offer parents of northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire a place of exceptional care. Our 12-bed unit is just the right size for women seeking a combination...
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

River Valley Charter School Parent Information Sessions and School Tours

River Valley Charter School - Newburyport
River Valley Charter School invites parents to attend one of its Parent Information Sessions and School Tour to learn how RVCS is a good fit for your family. Learn about how to apply for the 2020-2021 school year enrollment lottery. RVCS provides a rigorous academic program based on the Montessori...
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Katherine Lewis at Tower School

Tower School Speaker Series Event, Katherine Lewis How to Motivate Kids to Thrive and Succeed
Katherine Lewis, researcher and author of The Good News about Bad Behavior, will speak in Tower's Phillips Library. Ms. Lewis presents a comprehensive portrait of bad behavior—and highlights game-changing strategies. Lewis, a certified parent educator, walks parents through 4 empowering approaches...
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Stargazing at Mendel Observatory

Mendel Observatory, with the support of volunteers from the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club, hosts public stargazing every Wednesday night
The Observatory, with the support of volunteers from the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club, hosts public stargazing every Wednesday night (weather permitting) starting at dusk or 7 p.m., whichever is later.  When special astronomical events of interest occur (total lunar eclipses, etc.) the Obse
7:00 pm

Thursday, April 2

Massive Spring and Summer Children's Consignment Event

Massive Spring and Summer Children's Consignment Event
Don't miss the Children's Drop and Shop Spring and Summer consignment sales event at Pingree School, Hamilton MA, for name brand children’s clothing, toys, gear and furniture. Shop for the best bargains on new & gently used Spring and Summer children's clothing, brand name toys and gear,...
12:00 am

test of new online event

Kids will enjoy this tour of the Halibut Point State Park and Quarry with a focus on its stone-cutting history!
Come to Halibut Point State Park self guided-hikes and activities!  DCR and Halibut point are offering daily activitiies that families can enjoy together through the end of April 2020! Just pick up a brochure in the parking lot and choose one or all! Visitors can enjoy these opportunities on their...

Museum of Science Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition- Cambridge

Museum of Science Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition- Cambridge
Let curiosity be your guide, and discover life from a dog's point of view in Dogs! A Science Tail, the Museum's newest exhibition. Experience the extraordinary way dogs see, smell, and hear the world. Admission is included with an Exhibit Halls ticket.
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
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