Joppa Flats Education Center
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The Joppa Flats Education Center
is located at the gateway to one
of the country’s most productive,
year-round, wildlife viewing
areas—the Parker River National
Wildlife Refuge and the Plum
Island estuary. Highlights for
visitors are the many species of
birds that utilize the area’s extensive
salt marshes, mudflats, rivers,
bays, and coastal waters. During
local area field trips, Joppa Flats
program participants have recorded
over 300 species of birds including
bald eagle, snowy owl,
many warblers, shorebirds, and
waterfowl. View our current education program slideshow to get a sense of what we do at the Education Center. The visitor center overlooking the Merrimack River includes a children’s education room with seasonal marine touch tanks, a conference center, art exhibits, a nature shop, butterfly gardens, and interpretive displays.
P.O. Box 1558
1 Plum Island Turnpike
Newburyport, MA 01950
This sanctuary has the following universally accessible facilities: Nature Center, Restrooms, Garden, Banding Station at PRNWR.
Nature Center Hours:
The Nature Center is open Tuesday
through Sunday, and Monday
holidays, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- For Your Safety
- Do not feed any animals
- Stay on trails to avoid ticks and poison ivy
- Do not smoke anywhere on the sanctuary
- Do not pick or collect plants or crops without permission
- Avoid Conflicts with Wildlife
- Do not bring pets, leashed or unleashed, on to the site
- Picnic only in designated areas
- Do not bring motorized vehicles or bicycles onto the site
- Hunting, fishing, or trapping are not permitted
Mass Audubon Members enjoy FREE admission.
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Suggested Donation: $2 for
From Rt. I-95: Take exit 57 (Rt. 113, W Newbury/Newburyport). At the end of the exit ramp take Rt. 113 east. Follow Rt.113 and Rt. 1A for 3.8 miles through Newburyport to Rolfe's Lane in Newbury. At the traffic light at Rolfe’s Lane, take a left (heading north). Drive 0.6 miles to the end of Rolfe’s Lane and take a right. The sanctuary is 0.1 miles ahead on the left.
Ring & Ride curb-to-curb bus service via Route 51 is available from the Newburyport MBTA commuter rail station to Joppa Flats but must be reserved at least 24 hours in advance. Call 978-469-6878, Option 3, or go to www.mvrta.com and click on Special Services. There is no bus service on Sundays or holidays.