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: Wednesday–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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A Birding Hotspot

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

Sanctuary News & Events

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

Joppa Flats Education Center

Special Event February 14–18, 2023

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

February 1, 2023 (Wednesday) 9:30am-12:30pm
A 27-year-old Wednesday morning tradition in Essex County for birders of all skill levels. Discover the ever-changing birds in this famously productive area. Read more
February 3, 2023 (Friday) 8:30-11:30am
All levels of birdwatchers welcome! We'll take three hours on Friday mornings to explore the most likely places to see a great variety of birds in Essex County. Read more
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