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Family Open House: Butterflies & Bugs

Joppa Flats will have Free indoor and outdoor activities for kids and families!

Joppa Flats Education Center invites families to join them for a full day of free outdoor and indoor nature activities, art projects, and live insects! July is the time to see such winged wonders as American ladies, swallowtails, monarchs, skippers, and more. At Joppa Flats, you'll see wild butterflies and captive caterpillars, learn about environmentally friendly products and practices for the home and garden, enjoy a guided nature walk on the grounds, and take home a fun craft or two.

When: 
Sunday, July 24, 2016 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Imagine, Sing, & Learn: Tide Pool Pals

What lives in the tidal pools?  find out at Joppa Flats Education Center!

In this Imagine, Sing and Learn Session, you and your child will learn all about the tide pool habitiat and the creatures that live there. Using fun props and lots of hands on science, we’ll look at everything there is to know about this habitat found along the coast!

When: 
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 10-11:30 am

Deep-Sky Astronomy

Come to Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary and learn about the stars!

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary hosts a Springtime Stargazing Party! Hidden amongst the brighter stars of the night sky are the celestial jewels that one can only see with the assistance of a telescope and, to some extent, a good pair of binoculars. These are the deep-sky objects, which include variable stars, binary stars, star clusters, gaseous nebulae, galaxies, and more. In the indoor portion of this evening's program, we will review some of the many deep-sky objects of the spring constellations. Afterward, weather permitting, we'll step outside to view a small sampling of them using a large reflector telescope.

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Saturday, March 30, 2019 7:30-9pm

NSAAC Monthly Club Meeting & Scope Clinic

Join the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club in a Star party at iFarm in Boxford!

Join the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club (NSAAC) hosts their monthly meeting, and the public is welcome to come see the stars! For our June meeting we're going to take advantage of expected clear skies and do some observing from the fields near the Boxford Community Center at the corner of Middleton and Elm St, Boxford, Massachusetts 01921

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Friday, June 7, 2019 7:30-10pm

Family Nature Series - Birds, Bees, Butterflies

Families will learn about garden friendly insects and birds with ECGA at Cox Reservation! Photo: Bill O'Connor

Greenbelt and North Shore Nature Programs present Birds - Bees - Butterflies! Celebrate and learn about honey bees, butterflies and the other pollinators so important to our flowers and food supply on May 18, Family Pollinator Day. There is much to learn about these hard-working pollinators. With kid-friendly activities, attendees with learn about the many fruits, vegetables, and nuts, including chocolate and coffee they help bring us.

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Saturday, May 18, 2019 10am-1pm
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Wind, Weather, Ice & Everything Nice

Come to Parker River Wildlife Refuge to learn about climate and weather and do some fun experiments! Photo: ©Bill O'Connor

Spend an hour with Jane Kelly, and several of her live birds of prey, in the refuge auditorium, while learning about the habits and habitats of these fascinating creatures.  Kelly, of On the Wing Raptor Rehabilitation, will reprise the hugely popular program that she delivered as part of last year’s Earth Day celebration.  No preregistration for this program.

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Saturday, April 27, 2019 1-2:30pm

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.

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

Acera's Julia Robinson Math Festival

Kids in grades 2-5 can enjoy a morning full of math activities designed to inspire creative reasoning at Acera School

The Acera School is excited to host our first math festival! Kids in grades 2-5 can enjoy a morning full of math activities designed to inspire creative reasoning and collaborative problem-solving. Students and parents will work together at various problem-solving stations, exploring rich and beautiful mathematical ideas.

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Saturday, April 6, 2019 10am-Noon
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Manchester 375th Scavenger Hunt

The Manchester Essex Conservation Trust Scavenger is a healthy challenge for the entire family!
—During the month of September explore conservation lands, learn a bit about Manchester’s history, and have some fun! Accept the challenge to visit multiple locations at surrounding conservation areas, learn some history and celebrate the 375th Anniversary of the founding of Manchester by the Sea!...
7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Sculpture at Maudslay

Artists will install their sculptures at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport for public viewing!
Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the 22nd Annual Outdoor Sculpture at Maudslay Exhibit September 12 through October 2 featuring 50 site specific sculptures by local artists addressing this year’s theme, ‘Reach’ within the magnificence of Maudslay State Park in Newburyport. Look for the large...
7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Corn MAiZE and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers

Corn MAiZE, Maze and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers, Massachusetts
Come to Connors Farm to find your way through this year's maze, "The Music Maze"! Enjoy many family fun activities! After completing the maze, stay and have some fun around the farm. Children enjoy apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, and most of all, visiting the barnyard animals.
9:00 am to 5:59 pm

Self-guided Tours at Hammond Castle Museum

Take a self-guided tour of Hammond Castle in Gloucester as part of Trails and Sails!
Hammond Castle Museum was built in the 1920s by inventor John Hays Hammond, Jr. as a home for his extensive collection of medieval artifacts and his research laboratory. The first 30 walk-in guests on Wednesday, September 22 will receive free admission for a self-guided tour of the Museum and the...
9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Trails and Sails: Historic Grounds Tour

Come to the House of Seven Gables for a Trails & Sails event that focuses on the
House of Seven Gables hosts a Trails & Sails 2021 tour that focuses on the gardens and grounds! Join us for our newly developed historic grounds tour – one of a series of specialized tours currently in the works at The House of the Seven Gables. Take a stroll through the lesser-known history...
10:00 am to 11:00 pm

Pre School Story Hour at Essex Library

Pre School Story Hour on the lawn with Miss April at TOHP Burnham Library in Essex MA.
The TOHP Burnham Public Library in Essex invites kids, ages 3-5, to join April on the lawn for stories, songs, fingerplays and a take-home craft (while supplies last).
10:00 am to 10:30 am

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

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

Evening Stroll at Maudslay

Enjoy and evening stroll with the park interpreter at Maudlsay State Park in Newburyport
Join the park interpreter for a moderately paced walk to view different areas of the park and experience the changes at Maudslay over the spring, summer and fall.  Rain or shine. For ages 6 and up.  Wear walking shoes, and bug spray is recommended.
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Saturday, September 25

Digging for History in Danvers!

Dig for History at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead in Danvers as part of Trails and Sails!
Come to Rebecca Nurse Homestead and get your hands dirty with us as you become an archaeologist for the day! Working alongside professionals from the University of Southern Maine, kids and adults can try their hand at digging and uncovering pieces of history. Over the past decade we have uncovered...
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Farmstead Cheese Tour

Tour Valley View Farm's goat cheese operation as part of Essex Heritage's Trails and Sails!
Visit Valley View Farm to learn about Essex County's largest farmstead goat cheese maker. See nubian goat herd, learn about cheesemaking, see the cheese cave and sample cheeses. Cheese and farm products available to purchase.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Save the River Day at Riverbend

Ipswich River Watershed Association invites Save the River Day as part of Trails and Sails!
The Ipswich River Watershed Association hosts Save the River Day! Bring a friend and introduce them to the river! We’re opening up Riverbend for the public to celebrate an incredible summer full of new records, new projects, and lots of fun.
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saugus Iron Works Tours

Free Ranger guided tours at Saugus Iron Works as part of Trails and Sails
Join the staff at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site for a tour of the industrial site which will include operating water wheels and discussions on the iron making process. Stay for a second presentation, a demonstration of blacksmithing techniques.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Coastsweep Cleanup Nahant - Nahant Beach

CoastSweep cleanup at Lynn Nahant Beach in Massachusetts!
As part of COASTSWEEP 2021, volunteers are encouraged to come to Nahant Beach Reservation to help in the statewide effort to keep our coastline clean al
10:00 am

Cape Ann Museum Green Opening Celebration

Cape Ann Museum is presenting an opening community celebration for the Cape Ann Museum Green
On Saturday, September 25, 2021, the Cape Ann Museum is presenting an opening community celebration for the Cape Ann Museum Green. Finished in 2020, the CAM Green was used for innovative projects during the COVID Pandemic. The Museum is excited to be able to invite the public to explore this new...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Andover Thrives Community Day

Andover Thrives Community Day is a celebration of community, history and family.
Andover is celebrating 375 years! The Town’s 375th Committee invites everyone to join them on Saturday, September 25 from 10 AM – 7 PM at the lower Shawsheen playground and track. Community Day will offer a variety of day/early evening activities including entertainment, classes, food booths,...
10:00 am to 7:00 pm

Revolutionary War Militia Muster!

Come by the Newburyport Custom House to see Captain John Wood’s Company, Colonel Gerrish’s 25th Regiment of the Massachusetts Grand Army on our back green!
The Custom House is celebrating Essex National Heritage Area’sTrails & Sails 2021 on Saturday,  with a Revolutionary War Militia Muster on the back green. This reenactment event will highlight Newburyport’s role in the American Revolution. Visit our back lawn to see Captain John Wood’s Company...
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Forest River Park Salem CoastSweep

Come help with the Coastsweep cleanup of the Forest River Park in Salem, Massachusetts!
As part of COASTSWEEP 2021, volunteers are encouraged to come to Forest River Park to help in the statewide effort to keep our coastline clean along the shore of Salem
10:00 am

Corn Cookoff with Amesbury FD

Families are invited to the Amesbury FD's Corn Cookoff at Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury Massachusetts
Come to Cider Hill Farm where Amesbury's Local 1783 is bringing the heat! The fire crew will be onsite cooking up hot ears of Cider Hill Farm corn. 1 for $3 or 2 for $5. 100% of proceeds go to Amesbury Fire Department.
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
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