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"It's Spring" Self-Guided Story Walk

Come to Maudslay State Park in Newburyport to look for signs of spring on a self-guided story walk!

Come to Maudslay State Park in Newburyport for a self-guided StoryWalk® through Maudslay State Park from April 17 – Mother’s Day, May 9 features the children’s book “It’s Spring!” by Linda Glaser. Just follow Hedge Drive and visit the laminated pages of the book posted along the route. A wonderful story is just ahead waiting for you. What a great way to combine reading, exercise, and family fun! “It’s Spring!” celebrates the coming of spring and all that happens in our natural world during this important season. A child observes the arrival of spring and its effects on plants and animals.

When: 
Daily through Mother's Day 2021

Wee Explorers at Stevens-Coolidge Estate

Stevens-Coolidge Place hosts a nature based outdoor programs for toddlers that encourages outdoor play and exploration!

To encourage outdoor play and exploration of the great outdoors, this nature-based toddler playgroup will incorporate themed guided sessions incorporating both guided activities and free time exploration for children and their caregivers to peek under rocks, inspect tree bark for hiding bugs, and jump in puddles. Held every Tuesday morning, families are encouraged to come to one or all of the sessions to explore the hidden world beneath our feet and above our heads.

When: 
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 9:30-10:30am

Turtle Time at IRWS

Kids will explore IRWS wetland in search of painted and snapping turtles.

As late spring transitions to early summer, one thing is for sure: it's turtle time! Join us to explore our wetlands in search of these fascinating reptiles. We'll visit areas where turtles like to nest and bask in the sun, look at and touch real turtle shells, and, with a little luck, get an up-close look at a painted turtle. We'll conclude with a trip to the Rockery to see if we can summon our resident snapping turtle, Godzilla.

When: 
Saturday, June 12, 2021 10-11:30am

Outdoor Adventures for Families: Return to the Tide Pools

Explore the tide pools of Sandy Point Reservation with Joppa Flats Educators

As spring takes over, it's a great time to explore green spaces with your family in the woods, on trails, and along the shore. "Miss Lisa" and her team will assist with the identification of creatures, provide small group challenges, and share our joy and knowledge about the natural world. Sign up for one or all of these educational outdoor excursions and see nature through the lens of a naturalist!

When: 
Saturday, May 22, 2021 1-3pm

Beaver Tales IRWS

Kids will learn about beavers at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. Photo: American Beaver ©Scott Santino

After reading a story about beavers, walk to Rockery Pond to see a real beaver lodge and dam, and look for signs of beavers such as chews and scent mounds. Find out why beaver teeth are orange and what they use their broad tails for. We may even try our luck at making our own beaver dam or lodge.

When: 
Saturday, May 15, 2020 from 10:30-11:30 pm

December Vacation Youth Outdoor Survival Days

Kids and Tweens will learn outdoors survival skills at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary!

This new three-day drop-off program is for youths who want to learn what it takes to survive in the wild. Each day will have a different theme around an outdoor skill. We will explore the sanctuary, look to our local wildlife for inspiration, and complete an outdoor skill challenge each day. Our last day will end with a carefully made campfire and toasted marshmallows!

When: 
Daily, December 29-31, 2020 10am-Noon

Outdoor Adventures for Families: Coastal Challenges Photo Journaling

Mass Audubon Photo Journaling Workshop at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield MA

Fall is a fantastic time to explore our coastline with its rocky tide pools and sandy clam flats. Joppa Flats Education Coordinator Lisa Hutchings will guide families on the identification of creatures, provide small group challenges, and share her vast knowledge and joy for marine life. Sign up for one or all of these educational outdoor adventures. This Session will focus on photo journaling.

When: 
Saturday, November 14, 2020 2-4pm

Outdoor Adventures for Families: iNaturalist Nature Walk

Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary is part island, part forest and part marsh!

Fall is a fantastic time to explore our coastline with its rocky tide pools and sandy clam flats. Joppa Flats Education Coordinator Lisa Hutchings will guide families on the identification of creatures, provide small group challenges, and share her vast knowledge and joy for marine life. Sign up for one or all of these educational outdoor adventures.

Joppa Flats will provide all field gear and equipment. This is not a drop-off class; all children must be accompanied by at least one adult. Locations are subject to change.

When: 
Saturday, October 31, 2020 2-4pm

Tidepools for Tots

Tide pools for tots is a great opportunity for kids to discover tidal pool creatures and their habitat.

Hermit Crabs, Moon Snails, and Sea Urchins! Come meet these beach creatures in the riverside yard at Joppa Flats. Each family will create their own tide pool model with sand, rocks, seaweed, and salt water. Once each habitat is set up, we'll share our live marine critters with you for you to add to your model tide pool. Your curiosity and wonder will grow as you see how these animals move, hide, and react to each other. Questions and discussion are always welcome!

When: 
Thursday, September 24, 2020 10-11am or 2-3pm
Friday, September 25, 2020 10-11am or 2-3pm

Sense of Wonder Walk: Who's Awakening? Who's Returning?

Come to IRWS to find out how wildlife recover from Winter and migrate!

Celebrate the arrival of spring with a hike to Waterfowl Pond. Along the way, we'll look for ducks and red-winged blackbirds in the wetlands, listen for the call of the phoebe, and search for signs that the animals that slept away the winter are emerging and those that went south are returning.

When: 
Sunday, March 29, 2020 1:30-3pm

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Hike & Seek: Sprouts of Spring

Come enjoy enjoy a self-guided outdoor activity adventure at the Trustees of Reservations Stevens-Coolidge Place.
As animals emerge from hibernation and the snow starts to melt, hints of green begin to bud and sprout which can only mean Springtime has arrived. From acorn to tree, sprout to fern, and spore to mushroom; the woodland forest is a revolving world of new plant species as far as the eye can see.

"It's Spring" Self-Guided Story Walk

Come to Maudslay State Park in Newburyport to look for signs of spring on a self-guided story walk!
Come to Maudslay State Park in Newburyport for a self-guided StoryWalk® through Maudslay State Park from April 17 – Mother’s Day, May 9 features the children’s book “It’s Spring!” by Linda Glaser. Just follow Hedge Drive and visit the laminated pages of the book posted along the route. A wonderful...

Castle Hill Fire Pit Adventure

Get the kids outdoors with a Fire Pit Adventure during school vacation at the Trustees Castle Hill in Ipswich!
Get the kids outdoors with a Fire Pit Adventure during school vacation! Do our family treasure hunt and explore the grounds and then relax around a campfire.

Fire Pit Picnics at Appleton Farms

Appleton Farms hosts a fun outdoor experience for families who enjoy the outdoors and camp fires!
Enjoy the sights and sounds of spring on the farm as you make s’mores and memories around a fire pit at Appleton.

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

Long Hill Garden Tours

Tour the Spring Gardens at the Trustees of Reservations Long Hill Gardens in Beverly, Massachusetts!
The Trustees of Reservations invite you to tour the gardens at Long Hill Gardens in Beverly, Massachusetts! Join our expert guides for a tour around Long Hill’s stunning Sedgwick Gardens and learn more about the special plants it’s most known for. In addition to learning about what plants are in...
11:00 am to 12:00 pm

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

Thursday, April 22

Hike & Seek: Sprouts of Spring

Come enjoy enjoy a self-guided outdoor activity adventure at the Trustees of Reservations Stevens-Coolidge Place.
As animals emerge from hibernation and the snow starts to melt, hints of green begin to bud and sprout which can only mean Springtime has arrived. From acorn to tree, sprout to fern, and spore to mushroom; the woodland forest is a revolving world of new plant species as far as the eye can see.

Castle Hill Fire Pit Adventure

Get the kids outdoors with a Fire Pit Adventure during school vacation at the Trustees Castle Hill in Ipswich!
Get the kids outdoors with a Fire Pit Adventure during school vacation! Do our family treasure hunt and explore the grounds and then relax around a campfire.

Fire Pit Picnics at Appleton Farms

Appleton Farms hosts a fun outdoor experience for families who enjoy the outdoors and camp fires!
Enjoy the sights and sounds of spring on the farm as you make s’mores and memories around a fire pit at Appleton.

"It's Spring" Self-Guided Story Walk

Come to Maudslay State Park in Newburyport to look for signs of spring on a self-guided story walk!
Come to Maudslay State Park in Newburyport for a self-guided StoryWalk® through Maudslay State Park from April 17 – Mother’s Day, May 9 features the children’s book “It’s Spring!” by Linda Glaser. Just follow Hedge Drive and visit the laminated pages of the book posted along the route. A wonderful...

Meet Cassie at Cape Ann Museum!

Meet Cassie the Sea Serpent at Cape Ann Museum during April Vacation Week
Take a break from the screen and come visit the Cape Ann Museum with your kids during April Vacation Week - Meet Cassie at the Cape ann Museum! Reserve a timed entrance for you and your family to follow the Museum's new family-friendly guide, Cassie the Sea Serpent, through the galleries. Inspired...
10:00 am to 3:00 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

Friday, April 23

Hike & Seek: Sprouts of Spring

Come enjoy enjoy a self-guided outdoor activity adventure at the Trustees of Reservations Stevens-Coolidge Place.
As animals emerge from hibernation and the snow starts to melt, hints of green begin to bud and sprout which can only mean Springtime has arrived. From acorn to tree, sprout to fern, and spore to mushroom; the woodland forest is a revolving world of new plant species as far as the eye can see.

Castle Hill Fire Pit Adventure

Get the kids outdoors with a Fire Pit Adventure during school vacation at the Trustees Castle Hill in Ipswich!
Get the kids outdoors with a Fire Pit Adventure during school vacation! Do our family treasure hunt and explore the grounds and then relax around a campfire.

Fire Pit Picnics at Appleton Farms

Appleton Farms hosts a fun outdoor experience for families who enjoy the outdoors and camp fires!
Enjoy the sights and sounds of spring on the farm as you make s’mores and memories around a fire pit at Appleton.

"It's Spring" Self-Guided Story Walk

Come to Maudslay State Park in Newburyport to look for signs of spring on a self-guided story walk!
Come to Maudslay State Park in Newburyport for a self-guided StoryWalk® through Maudslay State Park from April 17 – Mother’s Day, May 9 features the children’s book “It’s Spring!” by Linda Glaser. Just follow Hedge Drive and visit the laminated pages of the book posted along the route. A wonderful...
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