Nature

Butterflies in Massachusetts

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

Butterflies are a wonderful and captivating part of our natural world. Come and join local butterfly expert Doug Savich, author of “The Massachusetts Butterfly Guide to Good Butterfly Sites” will lead this fascinating program on Halibut’s butterfly species. This program, sponsored by The Friends of Halibut Point State Park is FREE and open to the public.

When: 
Saturday, September 5, 2015 10-11:30am

Butterflies & Bugs Free-for-All

Joppa Flats will have Free indoor and outdoor activities for kids and families!

Come to Joppa Flats for everything you’ve ever wanted to know about butterflies, moths, and caterpillars.  Staff members and volunteers will provide helpful information, hands-on learning, and several family-friendly activities, including lessons in backyard science, craft projects, and critter collecting demonstrations.

When: 
Saturday, July 25, 2015 10am - 3pm

Nature Art Classes at Joppa Flats: Summer Series

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. Register individually for these classes, when we'll be enjoying the best of Nature Art. Cool projects each week will help you beat the heat!

When: 
Thursdays, July 9 - 23, 2015 3:45 -5:15pm

Nature Art Classes at Joppa Flats: Summer Series

Nature's beauty is all around us. Let's open our eyes and explore nature as artistic inspiration! Join teachers Jan and Lee for these series, and learn how creativity intersects with science, technique, and construction in a fun and rewarding way. Materials will be provided. Parents are welcome but not required to stay. Each series requires a minimum of four participants. Register individually for these classes, when we'll be enjoying the best of Nature Art. Cool projects each week will help you beat the heat!

Bio Blitz Free-for-All

come learn about biodiversity of Plum Island and the North Shore at Joppa Flats

Joppa Flats Education Center invites families to join them for a full day of free outdoor and indoor fun! Connecting with nature starts with developing a good sense of place, and a great place to start is right here at Joppa Flats. This full-day family event will feature an exciting mixture of indoor and outdoor activities that encourage children and adults to learn more about the biodiversity of all the animals, plants, and insects that frequent our butterfly garden, salt marsh, and backyard.

When: 
Saturday, May 30, 2015 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Marblehead Little Explorers

Little Exploers is a great program for kids ages 2-6 in Marblehead!

All young explorers ages 2-6 are invited to discover nature at the Hammond Nature Center with Marblehead's own Holly Hannaway! Each class will focus on seasonal nature themes such as seeds, habitats, ponds, animals sounds and much more.  Little Explorers aims to increase appreciation for science and the outdoors while developing skills in observation, classification, counting and investivgation. For children ages 2-6 yrs.

When: 
Tuesdays, May 19 - June 9, 2015 10:30 -11:30am
Location: 
Hammond Nature Center

'Antarctica' Film Benefit for Kestrel Adventures

Antarctica A Year on Ice at Cape Ann Community Cinema

The Cape Ann Community Cinema will be hosting a showing of the film 'Antarctica: A Year on Ice' to benefit Kestrel Educational Adventures! Antarctica is a visually stunning journey to the end of the world with the hardy and devoted people who live there year-round. After the show, stay for a Q & A session with one of the explorers from the film, Dr. Allyson Hindle, who will also share bonus wildlife film footage. Come see this fascinating film and help raise funds for a unique local organization at the same time!

When: 
Saturday, April 25, 2015 4pm

Vacation Week Flyby: Celebrate the Earth!

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

Joppa Flats Education Center school vacation programs offer a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities while we keep minds active and hands busy during school break with free-flow learning for the whole family. 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.

When: 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 10am-3pm

Vacation Week Flyby at Joppa Flats: Appreciate the Ocean!

The vacation week fly by will celebrate the Ocean!

Joppa Flats Education Center school vacation programs offer a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities while we keep minds active and hands busy during school break with free-flow learning for the whole family. Each session offers a different theme, with scheduled family presentations and something to engage hearts and minds for all ages and interests.

When: 
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 10am-3pm

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: 
Friday, April 10, 2015 6-8pm
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