Joppa Flats Education Center

Snowy Owl at Joppa Flats Education Center © 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 & Monday holidays, 8:30 am-4:00 pm

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A Unique Sanctuary

Find out what's made Joppa Flats such a special place since its founding in 2003. Watch now >


Travel the World

We offer a variety of local, national, & international travel experiences every year! Upcoming trips > 

Birder's Certificate Program

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Birder's Certificate Program

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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Birthday Parties

Looking for a unique place to celebrate your child's next birthday? We offer birthday parties with fun outdoor activities led by a naturalist! More details >

Sanctuary News & Events

Learning bird banding science at Joppa (Photo: Melissa Vokey)

Joppa Flats Education Center

Special Event December 8, 2019

Come celebrate the cozy winter joys of good books and indoor bird-watching with free family activities, including bird banding and an introduction to two new nature books for children!

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