The after school program at Joppa Flats Education Center is full of self-guided activities, challenges, or puzzles that lead us to our topic for the day. As a group, we'll observe, investigate, and compare wildlife, their adaptations, and the changes that they undergo in autumn. Participants may play the role of entomologist, ornithologist, astronomer, or even glaciologist throughout this series. Each experience will leave your young naturalist eager for the next session. And we always end with a tasty, thematic treat that the participants make!
Note: This event has been cacelled due to the unseasonably warm weather!
As long as Mother Nature cooperates, the annual Winter Carnival will take place on Saturday, January 28, 2012. This annual event has only been canceled once, so we're hoping for a little cold and a little snow to get the show started at the Bartlet Mall in Newburyport.
The free event is hosted by the Newburyport Parks Commission and Newburyport Youth Services.
Explore the winter woods with seasoned snowshoers and outdoorsmen. Discover Camp Denison Recreation Area's dynamic landscape under a quiet blanket of snow. We plan to snow shoe (or hike!) for roughly an hour along the trails.
Discover things that go "who, who, whooooo" under the light of the moon. As we prepare to go out calling for great horned owls, we'll read aloud Jane Yolen's book , an award winning book about a father and daughter's journey in the winter night on a search for the great horned owl. Together, we'll learn about owls' special features, from silent flight to feathered feet, with a live owl presentation and Q&A with a specialist from The Center for Wildlife in York, Maine.
Learn about New England's amazing marine life! Northeastern University Marine Science Center sessions for Sea Tots feature a particular animal or topic, with opportunities for kids to get up-close-and-personal with live critters. Also included are hands-on games or crafts based on the week's topic.
The annual Powow River sunset blessing, is a long tradition to offer positive intentions and blessings to the Powow River. Families who attend the autumn equinox event find many interesting activities. Children can create a craft project, walk the labyrinth, view a vintage river post card exhibit, and enjoy refreshments from Cider Hill Farm.
Geocaching is a free, fun, high-tech treasure hunt, where players use a handheld GPS and coordinates to find the cache or treasure. Our cousin introduced us to the game this past spring and it is really fun. Plus, it is free to start and it is an activity your entire family can enjoy together. The north shore lends itself to many fabulous Geocaching locations with over one million caches stashed all around the world – many here on the north shore. I very much enjoy and recommend it so join in and let the hunt begin!
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