Joppa Flats Education Center

Snowy Owl perched on a wooden structure on the beach at Joppa Flats Education Center in winter © Michael Francis
Snowy Owl © Michael Francis

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, 8:30 am-4:00 pm • Closed Monday (except holidays)

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Hummingbird © Eduardo del Solar
© Eduardo del Solar

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October 8, 2022 (Saturday) 10:00-11:30am
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