Big Night: The Frog & Salamander Migration Celebration

CANCELLED - April 3, 2020

Event Cancelled 

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, this event has been cancelled. Registrants are being contacted for reimbursement.

Big Night wood frog costumed character at Mass Audubon Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Each year, on the first warm rainy night of spring, certain species of frogs and salamanders begin a mass migration to vernal pools where they breed. If you happen to be out on one of these evenings, the experience is like a spectacular amphibian celebration—and it's called Big Night.

On Friday, April 3, a part of the sanctuary will be transformed into a Big Night scene. Take a one-hour guided walk along the Vernal Pool Trail and meet some larger-than-life characters who will share interesting facts and stories about themselves, vernal pools, and this special time of year. Some stops will feature live animals to see firsthand and learn about. The trail will lead to a real vernal pool where more animals and their eggs may be seen.

When you return to the Barn, enjoy a frog or salamander-shaped cookie and juice, and share in the festive spirit with other families and sanctuary staff.

For families with children 4 years and older.


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This program is supported in part by a grant from the Topsfield Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.