It's Big Night!

Celebrate Spring's Vernal Migration at Ipswich River Sanctuary Topsfield!

Each year on the first warm rainy night of spring, wood frogs and mole salamanders begin a mass migration to vernal pools where they breed. If you happen to be out on one of these evenings, the experience can be spectacular. Tonight, a part of the sanctuary will be transformed into a Big Night scene. Participants will take a one-hour guided walk along the Vernal Pool Trail, where they will meet some interesting characters who will share some facts and stories about themselves, vernal pools, and this special time of year.

Friday, April 10, 2015 6-8pm

Pre-K Owl Prowl

The folks at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary have created an owling expedition

The folks at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary have created an owling expedition just for kids aged 3-6! In the barn, kids will learn about owls and how they live through hands on activities and a puppet show.  Then we'll head outside into the fading light of the sanctuary and practice our owl calls - hopefully prompting a response.  After the adventure is over, we'll meet back in the barn for a cup of hot chocolate!

Friday, February 6, 2015 4-6 pm

Wildcraft: Shelter Building

Are you a fan of the wildly popular Minecraft computer game? Then come to Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary and try your skill at the real thing!  We will explore the sanctuary in search of natural resources to build with like wood, rocks, leaves, and snow.  By looking at some real animal homes like beaver lodges, we will get ideas about how to best use our materials. We will then make our own human-sized shelters in the forest or real igloos if there is enough snow. At the end, we will warm up with some hot chocolate. Knowledge of the computer game is not necessary, just a sense of adventure!

Saturday, February 7, 2015 1:30-3:30 pm

Weekday Little Explorers: Backyard Birds

What birds come to your yard in the winter? Walk the trails of Ipswich River Wil

What birds come to your yard in the winter? We will walk the trails looking, listening, and calling for birds. Then we will warm up back in the Nature Center and make a bird feeder to take home.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 10am - 11:30 am

Weekday Little Explorers: The Mitten

Read "The Mitten" by Jan Brett and then take a hike to look for animal homes

We'll read The Mitten by Jan Brett and then take a hike to look for animal homes in the sanctuary. Using a very large mitten, we will recreate the story. As a group, we'll build a people shelter and see how warm we can make it.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Stories from the Wildside

Kids will develop their writing skills Sunday afternoons this winter traipsing through woodlands in search of wildlife stories. Practice tracking animals and reading clues about the life of the forest. Learn techniques for developing characters, drawing readers into a place, and creating intriguing plots.

Weekday Little Explorers: Animals in Winter

What animals do you see in winter?  Find out at IRWS in Topsfield Massachusetts

What animals do you see in winter? Where do they find their food? We will hike to the woods and look for clues of what they have been eating and where they have been sleeping. Discover tracks in the snow and try to guess what animals have been on the trails.

Wednesday, Jan 7, 2015 10-11:30 am

Vacation Week Flyby: Winter Backyard Birds

Learn about the birds that stay in New England for Winter, and what they do to s

Beat the blahs and keep minds active and hands busy during school break. Drop in for an hour or stay all day for a vacation destination that suits your family's schedule. Each session offers a different theme, with scheduled family presentations and something to engage hearts and minds for all ages and interests. For ages 7 and up, there are STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activity stations featuring experiments, challenges, data sheets, maps, and charts. For ages 2 to 6, there are stories, crafts, table top games, coloring pages, and science activities. Family presentations will be offered at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Come once or make it a triple; fly by for an hour or stay all day for a vacation activity that suits your family schedule.

Monday, December 29, 2014 10am - 3pm

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!

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

Nature Art Classes at Joppa Flats

Kids will use nature as a muse to express themselves through art at Joppa Flats!

Any season is a great time to notice nature's beauty and to make it come to life with amazing works of art! In the Spring series, we'll use collage and various materials to make wonderful 3-D landscapes of places we like to play in and faraway worlds we've always wondered about.

Thursdays, November 6-20, 2014 3:45-5:15 pm
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