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 >

Location: 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950
Phone: 978-462-9998
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday & Monday holidays, 8:30 am-4:00 pm

Sanctuary News & Events

Former Sanctuary Director Bill Gette with winter birding group

Joppa Flats Education Center

Special Event January 19, 2019

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, 2019

Deep winter is on its way—and with it, the bald eagles return to the Merrimack Valley. Join us for this annual festival to celebrate these special winter residents of the greater Newburyport area.

Deb La Roy helping kids release a banded chickadee

Drop in to Joppa Flats on Sundays this winter for an up-close wildlife experience! Watch bird banding expert Ben Flemer as he presents live demonstrations on bird research and banding. Starts December 30.

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Upcoming Programs

January 19, 2019 5:00am - 7:00pm
The Superbowl of Birding is a unique, 12-hour team competition, where teams of birders of all ages and...
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Birder's Certificate Program

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Take your birding to a higher level in this program developed by college faculty, experienced birders, and professional ornithologists. Learn More >

Birthday Parties

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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 >