Exploration

Events that include exploration

Great Magnolia Swamp Hike

Get some exercise on this five-mile long woodland rocky loop through Ravenswood

Join the The Trustees of Reservations for this circumnavigational hike around the outlaying trails of Ravenswood Park. Enjoy off-the-beaten paths, beautiful habitats, including a lovely pond, a swamp and rocky woodland. Trade in your treadmill for the trails, and get some exercise on this five-mile long hike of Ravenswood's rocky outer loop. Please note, there are some steep hills. Meet at Stage Fort Park (parking lot, rear, left)

When: 
Saturday, November 22, 2014 Noon-3pm
Location: 
Ravenswood Park

See, Think, and Wonder Walks 11A: Catch, Dig, and Trap at Rough Meadows

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

In every kind of weather, our favorite thing is to head outdoors to our spectacular local habitats! Each nature exploration will focus on the importance of a sense of place as we explore the ecology, sights, and sounds of our natural landscape. Wildlife, local and migrating birds, collecting techniques, and environmental awareness will be presented in a fun, energetic format that adults and children alike will enjoy.  This week we will walk the trails of the Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Rowley.

When: 
Thursday, November 20, 2014 10-11:30am

Big Woods Hike

Join Mass Audubon naturalists on a hike around Averill's Island at IRWS.

Ipswich River Sanctuary naturalists will lead small groups as they venture out to the “Big Woods” on Averill’s Island for two hour hikes. Bring family and friends for a two-hour naturalist-pre-Thanksgiving guided walk to discover the natural and cultural history of the sanctuary. This wonderful program is appropriate for adults & families.

When: 
Sunday, November 16, 2014 12:00, 12:15, 12:30, 12:45, 1:00, 1:15, or 1:30 pm

See, Think, and Wonder Walks 11B: Catch, Dig, and Trap at Rough Meadows

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

In every kind of weather, our favorite thing is to head outdoors to our spectacular local habitats! Each nature exploration will focus on the importance of a sense of place as we explore the ecology, sights, and sounds of our natural landscape. Wildlife, local and migrating birds, collecting techniques, and environmental awareness will be presented in a fun, energetic format that adults and children alike will enjoy.  This week we will walk the trails of the Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Rowley.

When: 
Thursday, November 20, 2014 1-2:30pm

Imagine, Sing, & Learn 11B: Bird Nest Detectives

Bird nests are the subject of this Mass Audubon class just for preschoolers!

This parent/child program is designed for the creative, curious, and active preschooler. Each 90-minute session offers a structured series of activities including original songs, movement, dramatic play, hands-on science, and a thematic snack. You'll receive coloring pages, song lyrics, vocabulary, a fun fact sheet, and a suggested reading list in an electronic goody bag! This week we'll focus on birds and their nests!

When: 
Thursday, November 13, 2014 1-:30 pm

Imagine, Sing, & Learn 11A: Bird Nest Detectives

Bird nests are the subject of this Mass Audubon class just for preschoolers!

This parent/child program is designed for the creative, curious, and active preschooler. Each 90-minute session offers a structured series of activities including original songs, movement, dramatic play, hands-on science, and a thematic snack. You'll receive coloring pages, song lyrics, vocabulary, a fun fact sheet, and a suggested reading list in an electronic goody bag! This week we'll focus on birds and their nests!

When: 
Thursday, November 13, 2014 10:00-11:30 am

Sweetbay Swamp Quest Fest!

Kids and families will learn all about questing on an exploration in Ravenswood!

At this Quest Fest, learn all about Questing! Make your own stamp and passport and participate in the fastest growing family recreational adventure this side of the Atlantic. The Sweetbay Swamp Quest is a clue-based treasure hunt through the swamp trails, discovering stories about our nearly "loved to death" Sweetbay Magnolia and to a Quest Treasure Box. Pre-registration required.

When: 
Sunday, November 8, 2014 1-3PM
Location: 
Ravenswood Park

Sense of Wonder Walk: Let's Talk Turkey

Kids will learn all about Turkeys at Mass Audubon's IRWS

Did you know that the wild turkey was Ben Franklin’s nominee for our national bird? Once driven nearly to extinction in much of the United States, the wild turkey has returned. Come learn about this large bird that represents our first American holiday, Thanksgiving. We’ll make a turkey craft and take a walk to catch, with luck, a glimpse of this elusive bird.

When: 
Sunday, November 9, 2014 1:30-3 pm

Tolkien Walk in the Woods

"Around the corner there may wait, a new road or a secret gate..." -JRR Tolkien

"Around the corner there may wait, a new road or a secret gate..." -J.R.R. Tolkien. The Trustees invite You to A Walk in the Woods with J.R.R. Tolkien! More than a nature walk: experience through literature the adventures that await just outside your front door! Explore the sights, sounds, smells of the forest. Your guide will be prepared with material to be read aloud from Tolkien's trilogy using the roads and unique settings in Ravenswood Park as background.

When: 
Saturday, October 25, 2014 1-3pm
Location: 
Ravenswood Park

Mount Ann Forest Frolic

Join the Trustees of Reservations on an exploration of Mount Ann in Gloucester!

Mt. Ann Park is usually closed to the public, but once a year, we have the chance to lead a walk through this unique reservation. We’ll explore the various habitats that make up this special place, and spot rare species along the way. Our ultimate reward: splendid coastal views from Mt. Ann’s summit. Take advantage of this once a year opportunity and join us! Space is limited and pre-registration is required!

When: 
Sunday, October 19, 2014 1-3pm
Location: 
Mount Ann Park
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