Joppa Flats Education Center

Snowy Owl on the beach at Joppa Flats Education Center in winter © Michael Francis
Swallows at sunset © Eric Schultz

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. 

Location1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950
Phone: 978-462-9998
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday & Monday holidays, 8:30 am-4:00 pm

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Kids throwing fall leaves in the air © Lisa Roberts
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Former Sanctuary Director Bill Gette with winter birding group

Joppa Flats Education Center

Special Event January 30, 2021

Celebrate the joy of winter birding with our ever-popular annual event! Each January, birding teams of all ages go head-to-head in a 12-hour race to spot as many species as they can.

Bald eagle © Joseph Cavanaugh

Joppa Flats Education Center

Special Event February 9–14, 2021

Deep winter is on its way—and with it, the Bald Eagles will return to the Merrimack Valley. This year's festival will include both online and in-person programs to celebrate these special winter residents of the greater Newburyport area.

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