Toad Trek at Crane Wildlife Refuge

Come tot he Crane Wildlife Refuge in search of toads and other peepers!

Ever wonder what that screeching sound is on damp spring evenings? The cacophonous chorus of toads and Spring Peepers means winter is finally coming to an end. In the early evening darkness we'll quietly make our way through the dunes to the bogs and puddles that serve as breeding pools for the American Toad, and hope to catch a glimpse of them (and other species too!) as they call to find a mate. These are the toads you most often see around your yard – but there's a lot to learn about them! Come with us as we get up close and personal with these bumpy jumpers!  *Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, April 18, 2015 7-9PM

Ziptour! and Art Activity: Fun with Fluff

Did you know Fluff was made in Lynn, MA? Come find out more at Lynn Museum!

Join the Lynn Museum and Historical Society to learn about Fluff! As part of the museum's April Vacation Week programming join us for a 15-minute tour given by Museum-trained guides that will feature an in-depth look at a museum object on view. These tours are open to all museum visitors and will spotlight a different object from the collection. This tour will look at our favorite marshmallow treat Fluff using photographs and advertising materials! After, visitors will be invited to create mosaic style recreation of the Fluff sign.

Thursday, April 23, 2015 2:30pm

Kids' Halibut Point Quarry Tour

Kids will enjoy this tour of the Halibut Point State Park and Quarry with a focu

Here’s a Quarry Tour for the young set! Join the Halibut Point State Park interpreter for an inside look at the Quarry video followed by a kid-friendly tour around the quarry. Tour includes the splitting of a granite block outside the Visitor Center. Meet at the Visitors Center in the park. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. For all ages, best for 8 years and older. Rain or shine, pouring rain cancels.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 10-11am

Kid's Tower Tour at Halibut Point

Tour the WWII era observation tower at Halibut Point State Park.

Have you ever seen the view from the artillery fire control tower at Halibut Point? On a clear day, you can see all the way to the Isles of Shoals in New Hampshire and Mt. Agamenticus in Maine. Join the park interpreter for a guided tour of the tower and learn what it was used for many years ago. View the ocean and distant land forms from high above the quarry with binoculars.

Tuesday, April 22, 2015 10:30-11:30am

Halibut Point Quarry Tour

Kids will enjoy this tour of the Halibut Point State Park and Quarry with a focu

Enjoy a guided tour of Halibut Point State Park around the Babson Farm Quarry, unearthing the granite industry era followed by a traditional hand-tool stone splitting demonstration.  Halibut Point itself is made of sheets of 440 million year-old granite that now cascades from rocky headlands to the abundant tidal pools below. The panorama encompasses views from Crane Beach in Ipswich to Mount Agamenticus in Maine and the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire. This glorious natural landscape is breathtaking and inspiring.

Saturdays, April 18 & 25, 2015 10-11am

Renaissance of Ravenswood: Walk Through the Centuries

Explore the history of Ravenswood with the Trustees of Reservations in Glouceste

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 2015 1-3pm
Ravenswood Park

Cedar Point Trail - Stop, Look & Listen

The Cedar Point Trail at the Crane Estate winds through varied terrain to the be

An outdoor adventure for the whole family! Walk the Cedar Point loop with naturalists from The Trustees of Reservations, investigating the trail for tracks and telltales, piecing together evidence that will help us see the story in the landscape. Bring your sharp senses and your skills of observation! We’ll end the hike in the Pine Grove with a bonfire and hot chocolate.

Saturday, March 28, 2015 1-3PM

Saturdays at the Sugar Shack

Visit Appleton Farms' sugaring operation and experience a New England tradition

Appleton Farms invites families to come visit the sugar shack at Appleton Farms and experience the sights and smells of this historic New England tradition! Spring is coming and the sap is running! Experience the time-honored tradition of maple sugaring with Sugar Shack Saturdays at Appleton Farms. Spend the morning or afternoon with us and see how we turn sap into sweet syrup. Start by getting creative with some maple themed crafts in the Appleton Old House. Then get outside and explore our very own sugar shack! Learn how we tap our trees every spring, see the evaporator in action, and even taste some of our syrup! We will end back inside with some delicious snacks, including Appleton Farms cheese and a maple treat, while we read a sugaring story!

Saturdays, March 21 & 28, 2015 10:30am-3pm
Appleton Farms

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
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