Joppa Flats Education Center

Birding in winter with former Sanctuary Director Bill Gette

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. 

Location: 1 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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Joppa Flats Education Center

Family fun in Joppa Flats’ backyard © Lisa Hutchings
© Lisa Hutchings

Kick-off February school vacation week with two days of family-oriented drop-in programs! We're also offering a Bald Eagle-focused birding expedition for adults and teens ages 16 and older.

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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 >