Exploration

Events that include exploration

Winter Solstice Stroll

Come for a twilight hike around Ravenswood park to celebrate the Winter Solstice

A candlelight stroll at twilight in Ravenswood Park is a wonderful way to celebrate the Winter Soltice! join us as we celebrate the winter solstice in our favorite woodland park followed by a snack of S’mores and hot chocolate around a warm fire. Pre-registration required.

When: 
Saturday, December 20, 2014 4-6 PM
Location: 
Ravenswood Park

Art of Nature: Dangling Decorations

Image: 'Seeds That Soar' ©2013 Bill O’Connor Kids will learn about seeds

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!

When: 
Saturday, December 13, 2014 1:30-3pm

Imagine, Sing & Learn 12B: Snow & Ice is Nice!

Kids can explore the wonders of Ice at this Imagine, Sing & Learn at Joppa Flats

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 these sessions we'll explore the wonders of snow and ice!

When: 
Thursday, December 11, 2014 1 - 2:30 pm

Imagine, Sing & Learn 12A: Let it Snow/Ice is Nice!

Kids can explore the wonders of snow & ice at this Imagine, Sing & Learn

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 via email.  In these sessions we'll explore the wonders of ice!

When: 
Thursday, December 11, 2014 10-11:30 am

Sense of Wonder Walk: Nuts About Squirrels

Kids will learn all about Squirrels at Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife San

Squirrels are among the most engaging animals of the forest, dashing across logs and leaping from tree to tree. Except for the flying squirrel, they are active during the day, and one of the few wild animals you can actually observe up close. We’ll play some squirrely games and then take a walk to look for these charming bushy-tailed mammals. Bring binoculars if you have them.

When: 
Sunday, December 7, 2014 1:30-3 pm

Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Marsh Trail, Dune Trail & Observation Tower

Explore the transitional zones of the Parker River Wildlife Sanctuary with Joppa

Come to Joppa Flats Education Center where adults and children can learn about the transitional habitats of the Parker River Wildflife Refuge and spend quality family time in the great outdoors finding, observing, and admiring local wildlife. Excursions include a group game to burn off some steam, an on-the-water scavenger hunt, or a guided tour. We'll observe, investigate, and compare coastal environments and their inhabitants, both on- and offshore.

When: 
Sunday, December 7, 2014 9:30am-12:00 pm

Map and Compass Treasure Hunt

Learn the basics of map reading and orienteering in this IRWS workshop.

It's nice to have GPS, but do you know how to read a map or use a compass? What happens if you're out on the trail and your GPS malfunctions or the batteries die?  Are you instantly lost?  Bring your compass (or use one of ours) as we talk about "red in the shed," true north, and magnetic north. After some basic compass exercises, we'll hit the trails with a map to search for nature treasure. This program is a good introduction to orienteering - a must have skill for any person who wishes to enjoy outdoor adventures in the woods!

When: 
Saturday, December 6, 2014 2-3:30 pm

See, Think, and Wonder Walks 12A: Run, Gather, and Hide at Maudslay

Kids will explore Maudslay State Park with Joppa Flats Education Center in NBPT

In every kind of weather, our favorite thing is to head outdoors to our spectacular local habitats to see what's new! We love to find things, think about colors, shapes and patterns, and wonder why this place is a special home to wildlife. Each nature exploration will focus on the importance of a sense of place. Local and migrating birds, other wildlife, collecting techniques, and environmental awareness will be presented in a fun, energetic format that adults and children alike will enjoy. Meet at Maudslay State Park, Newburyport. $2.00 parking fee. Please dress for the weather. 

When: 
Friday, December 5, 2014 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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
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