Joppa Flats Education Center

Young birder at Joppa Flats Education Center (Photo: Kirsten Lindquist)
Photo: Kirsten Lindquist

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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Travel the World

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

Go Birding

A Birding Hotspot

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

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

Meeting a horseshoe crab at Joppa Flats

Joppa Flats Education Center

Looking for free, indoor-outdoor summer fun? Drop-in to the sanctuary for hands-on learning and the chance to meet tide pool beach creatures! (Thursdays–Sundays through August 18)

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Upcoming Programs

August 21, 2019 (Wednesday) 9:30am - 12:30pm
Beginning its 24th year in September, Wednesday Morning Birding gives birders of all skill levels excellent exposure to the ho... Learn More >
August 21, 2019 (Wednesday) 5:30pm - 7:30pm
The fall migration of shorebirds starts in July, but it really ramps up in August. You'll want to be there to see these birds... Learn More >
August 24, 2019 (Saturday) 9:00am - 11:30am
Come birding with our talented guides in one of the best year-round birding locations in the country. Each week throughout the... Learn More >
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