Events that include exploration

Family Owl Prowl at IRWS

The Family Owl Prowl at Ipswich River Sanctuary is designed for families who wan

People of all ages enjoy learning about owls, and many species of owls can be found in Massachusetts year-round. Come experience the excitement of an owl prowl as we take a night hike to look and listen for barred, great horned, and eastern screech-owls. Before we head out on our nocturnal adventure, we'll learn fun owl facts in our cozy Barn through hands-on activities and a slide show. We'll end our evening with an owl-hooting lesson!

Friday, March 13, 215 7-9 pm

Kidleidoscope at Breakheart Reservation

Kidleidoscope at Breakheart Reservation is for preschoolers

Breakheart Reservation has created this program for their youngest crowd! Here’s the perfect opportunity for your children to become acquainted with Breakheart Reservation and its resources. Each week introduces a new topic about nature with an engaging story, craft and a short walk that involves outdoor exploration. The topic varies each week, so come every week!

Saturdays, March 7, 14 & 21, 2015 1-2pm

Let it Snow! Snowshoe Rentals

Rent Snowshoes for the whole family and hit the trails of Ravenswood Park in Glo

The Trustees of Reservations offer snowshoe rentals at the Cape Ann Discovery Center at Ravenswood Park (when there is enough snow) on Saturdays, Sundays, and Monday Holidays through the Winter months. Grab the family and get outdoors! Enjoy the wide open carriage paths during the winter wonderland. Warm up afterwards near our woodstove while enjoying hot chocolate. Adult and children’s sizes available. Snowshoes available on first come, first served basis.

Saturdays, Sundays & Monday Holidays 10am-3pm
Ravenswood Park

Hermit's Tales on the Trails

From 1884 – 1917, Mason A. Walton lived a hermit's life in Ravenswood Park

From 1884 – 1917, Mason A. Walton lived a hermit's life in Ravenswood Park. As we walk in his footsteps to the site of his cabin, we'll track signs of wildlife just as Walton did, using these clues to determine the animal's behavior. Along the way we'll share tales from his book A Hermit's Wild Friends, only available used from Amazon: A Hermit's Wild Friends or check it out from the Sawyer Free Library.  This walk is outside, so dress for the weather.

Friday, February 20, 2015 1-3Pm
Ravenswood Park

Adventure Days: Winter Homes

Build igloos and learn how to find winter ohme for animals at IRWS's workshop

Can you imagine living outside through the entire winter? We'll explore the woodlands, wetlands, and field edges for nests, cavities, burrows, dens, and lodges to discover how birds, mammals, and insects find homes in this challenging season. We'll build an igloo or shelter and see how warm it can be inside.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 9am - 3pm

Adventure Days: Maple Sugaring

Learn how to harvest Maple Sap and convert it to Maple Syrup at IRWS!

Today we'll learn about one of nature's tastiest treats: maple syrup. We'll discover how to distinguish a sugar maple from all the other trees in the forest and tap one to collect the sap. After a visit to the sugarhouse, we'll know how sap is converted into syrup and try some on our very own pancakes. We'll see who can tell the difference between store-bought syrup and the real stuff!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 9am-3pm

Meet the Maples

Appleton Farms has their own sugar maple syrup production facilities.

Ever wondered how we turn sap into syrup at Appleton Farms? Now you can find out when you Meet the Maples! Learn about the entire sugaring process and see how we tap our Maple trees, collect the sap, and transform it in our sugar house. Even get a chance to taste some syrup! All ages are welcome! Please meet at the Visitor Center. Space Limited. Please pre-register by emailing: crush@ttor.org or calling 978.356.5728 x18

Saturday, February 21, 2015 1-2pm
Appleton Farms

Adventure Days: Awesome Owls

 Have you ever walked through the woods looking for owls during the day?

Have you ever walked through the woods looking for owls during the day? Owls are most active at night, of course, but if you know what to look for you can find their daytime roosts. Together we'll discover what our local owls look like, what they eat, and what they sound like. As a special activity, everyone will help to dissect an owl pellet.

Friday, February 20, 2015 9am - 3pm

Adventure Days: Carnivores Dining Out

Find out how carnivorous predators use instinct and skill to survive winter

Winter is a great time to look for predators and the evidence they leave behind. Today, we'll look at animal bones, fur, scat, tracks, and chews. Then we'll hike the sanctuary in search of hawks, foxes, fishers, river otters, and more. We'll investigate how these animals are able to hunt prey in the cold winter weather.

Thursday, February 19, 2015 9am - 3pm

Imagine, Sing & Learn 2A: Do Animals Eat Snacks?

Do animals eat snacks?  We'll find out at Joppa Flats Education Center in Newbur

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!  In this session, we'll talk about animals and the snacks they eat!

Thursday, February 12, 2015 10-11:30 am
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