Events that include exploration

Can You See Me?

Hiding in plain sight is beneficial to predators who are looking to spot prey.

Did you know that animals in nature play their own game of hide-and-seek? Join the Park Interpreter in this program to learn about the fascinating and creative ways animals have adapted to hide themselves. Meet at the nature Center. Appropriate for families with children, best for kids 6 older.

Fridays, August 14-28, 2015 1-2pm

Tidepool Explorers at Halibut Point

The Tidepools at Halibut Point State Park are some of the best in New England!

Halibut Point State Park invites families to join them on a tide pool adventure! Halibut Point contains some of the best tide pools in New England. Join the Interpreter for a trip down to the rocky shore for some inter-tidal exploration. Learn about these interesting creatures living in a unique transitional environment. Meet at the Visitors Center in the park. For all ages. Rain or shine, pouring rain cancels.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 2-3pm

Family Dusk Paddles: Discovering Wetlands

Join us as we paddle through the winding backwaters at IRWS with the family

Explore the Ipswich River at dusk. Bring your family and join us for an evening paddle in a canoe as we learn more about the river and some of its inhabitants. Being on the water is one of the best ways to explore and discover the wonders of wetlands. We will paddle through the winding backwaters lined with cattails and other marsh plants, looking for hidden wildlife. Using buckets and strainers, we'll stop and sample the rich aquatic life to learn more about what lives under the water.

Friday, August 21, 2015 6-8 pm

Tide Pool Discoveries at Parker River

Kids will explore the tidal pools of Parker River with a park ranger

For generations children have enjoyed exploring tide pools and discovering the fascinating plants and animals that live in this realm between the tides. A refuge ranger will guide this hands-on program.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 9am

Imagine, Sing, & Learn 8A: Moths, Caterpillars and Butterflies

Learn about butterflies, where they are going and what they eat at Joppa Flats.

This program teaches kids about butterflies, catapillars and how they are related to moths and butterflies through metamorphosis.   Learn about different kinds of butterflies found on the North Shore, habitats these creatures live in, how to spot them and what will attract them.

Thursday, August 13, 2015 1-2:30 pm

YWCA Summer Fun Series: Joppa Alive

Kids will have a hands- on learning experience with Joppa Flats Education Center

The YWCA Greater Newburyport invites you to the 4th  performance of the Annual YWCA Greater Newburyport Summer Fun Series, featuring an interactive live touch tank experience with Joppa Alive, a program by Joppa Flats Education Center. Kids will love the chance to touch indigenous creature fresh from the Gulf of Maine as they learn about their habitats, diets and survival skills! This family-style program is Free and open to the public, though reservations are recommended and donations are appreciated.

Thursday, August 13, 2015 11am-Noon

Friendship of Salem "Open Ship"

Tour the Friendship of Salem or as part of Salem Heritage Days!

Come aboard the replica tall ship, Friendship of Salem, for a dockside tour! Explore this ship and chat with a National Park Service Ranger.

Thursday August 11, 2015 11am-Noon

Dragonflies in the Park

Kids will explore and learn about the dragonflies at Halibut Point State Park.

Explore the world of odonata, one of the oldest life forms on Earth. This is a great kids’ program and most appropriate for families. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Mondays, August 10, 24 & 31, 2015 9-10am

Meet the Machines: Summer Picnic and Movie Night

'Meet the Machines' at Appleton Farms will introduce you to farm machines

Pack a picnic, load up the kids, and ride over to the farm to get your fill of trucks, tractors and heavy equipment followed by a showing of our favorite farm movie "Babe" in the Carriage Barn. You'll get to climb aboard backhoes and bucket loaders, check out manure spreaders and harrows, then enjoy the picnic you brought from home or purchased in our Dairy Store in the beautiful Stone Paddock. We'll have lemonade and water available for all.

Sunday, August 9, 2015 4-8 PM
Appleton Farms

Family Campouts: Summer Owl Prowl

Join a Summer Owl Prowl Campout at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Explore the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary after hours and join us for a night of camping under the stars. Have an early dinner at home and then come with your family, your tent, and a dessert to share. Join us as we explore the habitats of the elusive owls.

Saturday, August 8, 2015 6pm - Sunday, August 9, 2015 9am
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