Events that include exploration

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!

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

Sense of Wonder Walk: Spooky Spiders

Spiders are kind of spooky, but they are also very interesting and mysterious.

All spiders spin silk, but not all make webs to catch their prey. How does a spider spin a web and not get caught in it? Come and find out the other ways these fascinating little animals use their magic threads at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary.

Sun, October 16, 2011 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The Great Duck Migration

Learn all about duck migration at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary!

During the autumn months, thousands of migratory waterfowl fly directly over the sanctuary as they travel from their summer breeding grounds in the north to their winter homes in the south. Each night, hundreds of ducks drop into Bunker Meadows to rest and refuel for their journey. We will hike down to Bunker Meadows and climb the observation tower to observe the magnificent spectacle of ducks coming in to roost. Learn to identify different species, use counters to keep track of numbers, hear the sounds of ducks settling in for the night, and perhaps even a great horned owl in the distance. This is an evening not to be missed.

Saturday, October 11, 2014 5:30-7pm

Fall Survival for Teens: Canoe and Camouflage

Teens will learnb wilderness survival skills in this session at Mass Audubon's I

In this fall session of the program based on the hit book series The Hunger Games, we will leave land behind and canoe up the Ipswich River to Perkins Island. There, we will study our surroundings and use face paint and natural materials in order to mimic them and fade into the background. We will have the run of the whole island to play Camouflage and other stealth games. Knowledge of the book is not needed, just a strong survival instinct!

Saturday, October 11, 2014 1:30-3:30pm

Choate Island Tour

Tour the Choate House on this guided exploration of Choate Island

Enjoy one stunning view after the next as we explore Choate Island, a drumlin that is part of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, an island-studded patchwork of salt marsh and tidal creeks located in Essex Bay. During this guided tour, participants will walk a spectacular network of carriageways and footpaths that link cobbled beaches and grassy fields with forested hillsides and historic buildings.

Sunday, October 5, 2014 2-5pm

NU Marine Science Center Open House

N.U. Marine Science Center Open House offers educational fun for the family!

All are invited to the Northeastern University Marine Science Center Annual Open House! Come see exhibits and demonstrations related to local marine life and research going on at the MSC! Learn about the local efforts to protect our local environments. Tours around East Point and parts of the Science Center will be offered.  THE EVENT WILL PROCEED AS PLANNED ON SATURDAY.  THE FORECAST INCLUDES THE POSSIBILITY OF SHOWERS, SO PLEASE DRESS ACCORDINGLY!

Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10 am to 3 pm

Trails & Sails 2014

Explore the North Shore with over 150 Free Events in Essex National Heritage Are

Essex National Heritage Area sites will offer over 150 free family fun events over the weekends of September 19-21 and September 26-28, 2014 for the 13th annual celebration of TRAILS & SAILS. Participants can hike, bike, paddle, stroll or sail through the region and Essex National Heritage Area will provide a passport to FREE fun and adventure.

September 19-21, 2014
September 26-28, 2014

Tools for Survival: Ironworks on the Saugus

Come to an iron casting demonstration at Saugus Iron Works

U. S. National Park Rangers will be running a tour focused on how cast iron was made at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site in the 17th century for Trails & Sails 2014. Ever wonder how early English settlers obtained the tools needed to survive in their new environment? Archaeologists have uncovered industrial sites in both England and America that shed light on work and survival in New England. Tour the reconstructed seventeenth century Iron Works with Park Ranger Krystal Vezina, followed by a presentation by Neil Wright, author of several books on industrial archaeology of England.

Saturday, Septmeber 27, 2014 10:30am-12:30pm

Halibut Point State Park Free Nature Program

We Are All Connected at Halibut Point State Park

Halibut Point State Park invites families to a FREE nature program: “We Are All Connected: Animals, Plants, and People” at Halibut Point State Park! Join us for this presentation by The Center For Wildlife of Cape Neddick, Maine. Live animals, hands-on materials, and an interactive display will help to show us that everything is indeed connected.

Saturday, September 27, 2014 1pm

Art of Nature: Postcard to the Planet - "So Glad You're Here!"

Kids can show their appreciation of Earth through art at the Ipswich River Sanct

Ever notice wavy lines on tree bark? That peppers and potatoes come in a crazy quilt of colors? That clouds can look like whispers in the sky? If yes, you won’t want to miss these classes. Sign up for all four, or choose individually. All participants (adults and children) will be expected to let loose their inner artist!

Saturday, September 27, 2014 1:30-3pm
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