Family Treks & Excursions for April Vacation Week
Joppa Flats heads out into the wild with kids and families for great outdoor explorations this April vacation.
School and Youth Education Coordinator Lisa Hutchings and Teacher Naturalist Kirsten Lindquist are ready for out-of-school adventures! They have all the field equipment you'll need to go on excursions and mini-treks to explore some of our favorite habitats.
Come on out for one day, or join us for all four!
Tuesday, April 17
Family Hike: Get Out(side) & Survival Skills
1:00–4:30 pm | Families w/children ages 8–14
Have you ever wanted to build a fire on your own, use a compass like a pro, and feel confident in the woods? This hands-on survival workshop is for you! With a combination of activities at Joppa Flats and in the field, we'll work on fun and handy outdoor adventure tricks. Most important, we'll practice some sweet s'more-crafting skills in a campfire dessert cooking session! Registration required.
Wednesday, April 18
Treks & Trails: Mill Pond
1:00–3:00 pm | Families w/children ages 3–12
Join Miss Lisa and Miss Kirsten at Mill Pond, where we'll collect and examine pond water to see what life is emerging. We'll bring the buckets, scoops, nets, microscopes, and guides to see what freshwater life is springing forth.
Thursday, April 19
Treks & Trails: Rough Meadows
10:00 am–Noon | Families w/children ages 3–12
Explore Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary with Miss Lisa and Miss Kirsten! We'll set fish traps and search for tiny snails and scud, then go on a salt marsh scavenger hunt. All materials are provided.
Friday, April 20
Family Hike: Summits & Sea Creatures
9:00 am–3:30 pm | Families w/children ages 8–14
Travel North with Joppa Flats naturalists to York, Maine, where we'll explore both a mountaintop and the ocean in one day—it's the best of both worlds! We'll start at Long Sands Beach, where we'll investigate the tide pools for marine life. Then we'll hike up Mount Agamenticus, where we'll keep an eye out for plants and animals unique to mountain habitats, and for evidence of the glaciers that covered the area thousands of years ago. We promise a lunch break, raptor search, and games at the summit! The two-mile hike is a combination of gentle and moderately hilly terrain. This is a great mountain for beginners and is full of natural history interest for more experienced hikers. Registration required.