Joppa Flats Education Center

Overlooking the Merrimack River and near the entrance to Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, the Joppa Flats Education Center offers unique educational opportunities for people of all ages. Here, you can explore the region’s wildlife-rich habitats (salt marshes, mudflats, rivers, bays, and coastal waters) through guided tours, marine touch tanks, art exhibits, drop-in programs, and interpretive displays. Read more >

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday & Monday holidays, 8:30 am-4:00 pm

Sanctuary News & Events

Joppa Flats Education Center

Special Event July 23, 2017
Monarch emerging

Join us at Joppa Flats for a day of free family activities and exhibits! Drop in anytime and learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about butterflies, moths, and caterpillars from Joppa staff and volunteers.

Hermit crab and anemone

Have you ever wondered what—and how—all those tide pool animals eat without visible mouths or teeth? Find out when you join us for our newest summer program every Wednesday. Program runs July 5-August 16.

Young girls meeting horseshoe crab

This summer, families looking for free indoor-outdoor activities for all ages are invited to drop in for fun hands-on learning and the chance to meet tide pool beach creatures. Stop by Thursdays through Sundays from June 29-August 20.

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Upcoming Programs

July 22, 2017 10:00am - 3:00pm
Drop in before the beach, after the beach, or instead of the beach! Our 110-gallon tide pool touch tank...
July 23, 2017 10:00am - 3:00pm
Drop in at Joppa Flats and meet live caterpillars, moths, and butterflies! You’ll learn smart practices...
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Birthday Parties


Looking for a place to have an exciting and memorable birthday? We offer birthday parties with fun outdoor activities led by a naturalist. Learn More

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