Group Programs for Children & Young Adults at Ipswich River

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Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary offers a variety of fun and educational nature-based programs for scout troops, homeschools, birthdays, and more. Our scout and birthday programs can be customized to meet your needs and allow you to explore the wide variety of habitats our sanctuary has to offer. Our homeschool program provides your child with an opportunity to socialize with other homeschool students and an intimate experience with nature.

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Scout Programs

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Ipswich River offers programs for scouts and youth groups of all ages, both to fulfill badge requirements and just for fun! Our qualified educators will lead your troop on an exploration of the diverse habitats at our wildlife sanctuary for exploration, up close animal observation, and engaging hands-on activities. We currently offer programs covering most nature-based badges as well as special programs like wildlife tracking, birding, and maple sugaring (March only). Self-guided hikes can also be arranged. Programs can be booked on Saturday mornings and afternoons in fall, winter, and spring.

Homeschool Programs

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Our homeschool program is designed to expose children to the wonders of nature through outdoor exploration, hands-on activities, and scientific inquiry. An emphasis is placed on cooperative learning and students are encouraged to develop relationships with one another through games and team-building activities.

Programs take place entirely outdoors, with the exception of bathroom breaks and in case of sudden bad weather.

For more information, please contact us by email.

Preschool Programs

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Our preschool programs provide wonderful learning opportunities for your four to five-year-old students. The programs are a mix of hands-on activities, experiments, songs, demonstrations, stories and nature walks. Our programs are specially designed to strengthen listening and observation skills while teaching children about the natural world.

For more information, please contact us by email.

Afterschool Enrichment Programs

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Naturalists from Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary visit your after-school program to lead engaging, fun, and hands-on science and natural history enrichment. Our programs align with Mass STEM standards and are designed to fuel curiosity and inquiry about nature, beginning with the nature they see every day in their own backyards.

Both stand-alone and series programs are available. These offsite enrichments are offered year-round for programs, centers, clubs, and community organizations that provide after-school or out-of-school opportunities for school-aged children in grades K-12.

For more information, please contact us by email.

Birthday Parties

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Looking for a place to have a fun and memorable birthday for your child? Ipswich River offers birthday party programs for children of all ages. Select a theme and we will do the rest! Enjoy an educator-led exploration of the sanctuary with plenty of time to enjoy cake and presents in our Nature Center or Barn.

Birthday parties are currently unavailable due to current COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

Looking for Group Programs for Adults?

Ipswich River offers educational programs for garden clubs, senior centers, historical groups, and many other clubs and organizations.

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