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: Parking lot & grounds open Tuesday–Sunday, 8:30 am-4:00 pm • Closed Monday (except holidays)

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Fox Sparrow in winter at Boston Nature Center
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A Birding Hotspot

Located on the Atlantic Flyway, Joppa Flats hosts a wide variety of birds year-round. Go birding >

Sanctuary News & Events

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Joppa Flats Education Center

Special Event January 29, 2022

Every January, we celebrate the joy of winter birding with a 12-hour team birding competition. Due to COVID-19, the Semi-Superbowl of Birding II will continue to follow a modified scope and rules.

Bald Eagle adults on shoreline driftwood at Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center © Victor Cole

Joppa Flats Education Center

Special Event February 8–12, 2022

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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Upcoming Programs

January 29, 2022 (Saturday) 5:00am-5:00pm
During a 12-hour period, teams of birders of all ages and abilities seek out the greatest number of avian species and amass the most points. Read more
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