Nature

Family Flyby: Butterflies and Bugs

Come learn about butterflies and other insects at Joppa Flats Center Newburyport

All kinds of bugs live in our backyards, including butterflies! At this family fly-by kids will learn about butterflies' and bugs' lives, their births, their diets and their survival skills.  Join us at Joppa Flats Education Center for a magnified look into their bug sized world!

When: 
Sunday, July 27, 2014 10-3 pm

Family-Friendly Osprey Program with ECGA

Dani Christopher, the ECGA Land Stewardship Coordinator, will give a presentatio

Dani Christopher, the ECGA Land Stewardship Coordinator, will give a presentation on ECGA's work with breeding ospreys in Essex County. We will hear about the famous osprey family on the platform near Farnham's in Essex, and learn about the citizen science project mapping ospreys and their nesting activity throughout the county.

When: 
Saturday, July 19, 2014 10:30am-Noon

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.

When: 
Thursdays, July 10-31, 2014 3:45-5:15 pm

Butterflies in Massachusetts

Join Doug Savich, local butterfly expert to learn about the butterflies of Massa

Butterflies can be a fun hobby! Join Doug Savich, local butterfly expert. There are about 100 species of butterflies in MA and about 75 can be seen on Cape Ann. Come explore the park with Doug and look for butterflies. Bring a close focus binocular if you have one.

When: 
Saturday, June 14, 2014 10-11:30am

Nature Art Classes: Late Spring Series

Kids will learn about nature through art at Joppa Flats Education Center's Natur

Any season is a great time to notice nature's beauty and to make it come to life with amazing works of art! Join teacher Jan Morris to learn how creativity intersects with science, technique, and construction in a fun and rewarding way. Materials will be provided. Parents are welcome to stay during this program.

When: 
Thursdays, May 8-May 29, 2014 3:45-5:15 pm

Vacation Week Flyby: Orbit the Earth!

This Flyby at Joppa Flats Center is all about the planet Earth.

Joppa Flats Education Center helps families 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. Participate in scheduled family presentations at 11:00 am or 1:00 pm. Let our volunteers provide guided instruction on how to blend science and art based on the day's theme. It's free-flow learning for the whole family. Come once, or make it a multiple-day adventure. Indoors and out, weather permitting.

When: 
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10am-3pm

Vacation Week Flyby at Joppa Flats: Descent to the Deep!

The vacation week fly by will focus on the creatures of the deep.

Joppa Flats Education Center helps families 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. Participate in scheduled family presentations at 11:00 am or 1:00 pm. Let our volunteers provide guided instruction on how to blend science and art based on the day's theme. It's free-flow learning for the whole family. Come once, or make it a multiple-day adventure. Indoors and out, weather permitting.

When: 
Thursday, April 24, 2014 10am-3pm

Vacation Week Flyby at Joppa Flats: Follow the Flock!

Vacation Week Flyby at Joppa Flats will focus on flocking.

Joppa Flats Education Center helps families 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. Participate in scheduled family presentations at 11:00 am or 1:00 pm. Let our volunteers provide guided instruction on how to blend science and art based on the day's theme. It's free-flow learning for the whole family. Come once, or make it a multiple-day adventure. Indoors and out, weather permitting.

When: 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 10am-3pm

Lights, Camera, Nature!

Lights, Camera, Nature! is a nature filmmaking class for kids ages 9-12! We will venture into the nearby wilds with a professional naturalist and a local filmmaker. Kids will explore the wildlife and capture the action on their cameras. When finished with shooting they will work in a small team to craft a fun story, then use simple editing software to create and edit their movie.

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.

When: 
Saturday, April 5, 2014 6-8pm
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