Sugaring Off Tours at IRWS

Sugaring Off tours are a fun and tasty way to learn about maple suagring at IRWS

Spring celebrations begin early at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary with the age-old tradition of maple sugaring. The warm days of late winter awaken the flow of sap in the maples, causing buds to swell and resulting in sweet-smelling billowing clouds of steam rising from the sugarhouse.

Saturdays & Sundays, February 28 - March 16, 2015 10am-2:30pm

Meet the Maples

Appleton Farms has their own sugar maple syrup production facilities.

Ever wondered how we turn sap into syrup at Appleton Farms? Now you can find out when you Meet the Maples! Learn about the entire sugaring process and see how we tap our Maple trees, collect the sap, and transform it in our sugar house. Even get a chance to taste some syrup! All ages are welcome! Please meet at the Visitor Center. Space Limited. Please pre-register by emailing: or calling 978.356.5728 x18

Saturday, February 21, 2015 1-2pm
Appleton Farms

The Merrimack River Eagle Festival

Come celebrate the return of the Eagles to the Merrimack Estuary!

Come to Newburyport to celebrate the return of migrating eagles back to the Merrimack River Estuary! The Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge have teamed up to bring an entire day of free events centered around the wonders of the Bald Eagles that have come to take seasonal advantage of the Merrimack River habitat. 

Saturday, February 7, 2015 9am-4pm

Shore Country Day School Open House

Shore Country Day School - Massachusetts Private School Pre-K Elementary, Middle

The sooner a child engages in excellence,
the better each year of learning becomes.

Building instruments in the Innovation Lab, Pre-K math lessons with Fifth Grade Big Buddies, Zimbabwean marimbas, Shore’s StarLab Planetarium, and songs in Spanish—all excite your child about learning. Our Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First Grade teachers encourage innovative thought and creative expression right from the start.

First Friday Tours: February 6, 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Open House: Sunday, January 25 - 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Christmas Happenings at The Gables

Celebrate Christmas with the House of Seven Gables Christmas Happenings Program

On Saturdays in December, The House of the Seven Gables welcomes guests for some holiday cheer!  Between 2-4 PM on the first three Saturdays in December, The House of the Seven Gables will be decked out for Christmastime, and will be offering festive programming to herald in the holiday season.

Satudays, December 6, 13 & 20, 2014 2-4pm

Middle Street Harvest Festival

Middle Street Gloucester comes alive with music and fun for the Harvest Festival

There's a lot going during the Harvest Festival on Middle Street in Gloucester!  Come to the Middle Street Harvest Festival for live music, museum tours, the Thanksgiving Cape Ann Farmers Market, a craft fair and chowder luncheon, story time and crafts for the kids, tours of the Gloucester Fire Station and more! A benefit concert will take place to raise funds for the Grace Center at Trinity Congregational Church of Gloucester.  The Middle Street Harvest Festival is sponsored by Bank Gloucester and other local businesses.

Saturday, November 22, 2014 9am-4pm
Downtown Gloucester

Big Woods Hike

Join Mass Audubon naturalists on a hike around Averill's Island at IRWS.

Ipswich River Sanctuary naturalists will lead small groups as they venture out to the “Big Woods” on Averill’s Island for two hour hikes. Bring family and friends for a two-hour naturalist-pre-Thanksgiving guided walk to discover the natural and cultural history of the sanctuary. This wonderful program is appropriate for adults & families.

Sunday, November 16, 2014 12:00, 12:15, 12:30, 12:45, 1:00, 1:15, or 1:30 pm

Lighthouse & Foliage Cruise

See North Shore Fall Foliage from the water on this lighthouse tour!

Mahi Mahi Cruises & Charters invites you to take in the changing colors of fall by boat on a cruise out of Salem Massachusetts Harbor. Passengers will visit out five historic lighthouses during this 14-mile harbor loop through Beverly, Manchester, Salem & Marblehead. This 2 hour tour gets you up close to view the lighthouses from the water, and gives you a brand new perspective on the splendor of the North Shore's changing fall foliage.

Daily through October 31, 2013 10:30am-12:30pm

Renaissance of Ravenswood: Walk Through the Centuries

Talk a walk through history at Ravenswood, and explore this wonderful park in Gl

Rescued Road, Revolution & Renaissance - Walk through history at Ravenswood Park! Ravenswood, over the centuries, has changed from once a main thoroughfare, to a backwoods, and now to our favorite local refuge. On this guided walk, we'll see the evidence from the past and learn the stories of a colorful cast of characters who help make Ravenswood the unique and special place we all treasure today. Pre-Registration requested

Second Sunday of each month through November 2014
Ravenswood Park

Choate Island Tour

Tour the Choate House on this guided exploration of Choate Island

Enjoy one stunning view after the next as we explore Choate Island, a drumlin that is part of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, an island-studded patchwork of salt marsh and tidal creeks located in Essex Bay. During this guided tour, participants will walk a spectacular network of carriageways and footpaths that link cobbled beaches and grassy fields with forested hillsides and historic buildings.

Sunday, October 5, 2014 2-5pm
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