Nature

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

Nature Art Classes at Joppa Flats: Spring Series III

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.

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

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!

When: 
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!

When: 
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.

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