Essex County Greenbelt Association will host the annual road cycle event to raise funds for conservation efforts on the North Shore! Cycling enthusiasts of all abilities can ride through some of Essex County’s most beautiful landscapes in this annual road cycle event to benefit local land conservation. Whether a seasoned road cyclist or a beginner, you can enjoy at your own pace one of three routes offered by Tour de Greenbelt: the 100 mile ride, a 50 mile ride, a shorter route (25 miles), and a Gravel Grinder Route, with off-road excursions into protected forests and reservations.
Would you like to be part of an organization that makes a big difference for young children in low-income communities throughout Essex County and the Merrimack Valley? If so, we could use your help!
Have you ever wanted to try snowshoeing but didn't know where to start? Join us for a leisurely snowshoe hike through the sanctuary. Along the way, we will search for animal tracks and keep our eyes open for wildlife. If you don't own snowshoes, we'll provide them for you. Snow or not, we will enjoy a wonderful winter hike and end with some hot chocolate to warm up!
See live raptors up close. In this much-anticipated program, Bethani Garland, a wildlife biologist and rehabilitator from On the Wing, will present audiences with five different raptors (birds of prey). You will observe the birds and learn their different calls, the best locations to sight hawks, falcons, and owls, and understand how different body shapes affect how raptors hunt their prey in the air.
This evening event will provide a tour of ifarm’s many facets, including: the farm’s 240-year history, our historic farmhouse, barn, and carriage house venues, our cut flower gardens, (which feature over forty varieties of flowers) and our permaculture (permanent agriculture) gardens, which utilize both traditional and innovative techniques for raising crops as sustainably as possible.
This year’s Summer Reading events about space continues with the Family & Friends Star & Planet Gazing Party hosted by the Manchester Public Library and The North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club.
Join the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club (NSAAC) at ifarm to experience the wonders of the night sky. NSAAC members will be present with a number of telescopes for attendees to use. The telescopes will be set to observe different phenomena in the night sky. Before the viewing, an NSAAC astronomer will give a short presentation on the different marvels you will see that evening. Possible selections include double star systems, globular clusters (collections of hundreds of thousands of stars that orbit our galaxy), and nebula (exploded stars as well as star-forming regions).
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
Witness a shearing (no sheep will be hurt in the process) and learn to spin wool as 19th century New Englanders did! In this workshop, the group will witness the shearing of the ifarm shetland sheep to create beautiful fleeces. No sheep are harmed during this process, it is like getting a haircut.
Saturday, January 28
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