Vacation Week Family Fun Days: Outdoor Winter Survival Challenge

Sponsored by Ipswich River


Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield MA


Cori Brauer - Education Coordinator


(suitable for children 6 & up)


Adult $8.00, Child $7.00


Adult $10.00, Child $8.00
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Winter is a great time to be outside exploring the natural world, so stretch your legs and join us for one or more of these vacation week programs. Please note that there is a different fee for the Bird Feeder program.
Build a Bird Feeder: Thursday, December 27
Brighten up your yard this winter with a bird feeder handmade by you and your child. Each family will receive a kit containing all the necessary parts and step-by-step instructions to build a feeder that will attract chickadees, nuthatches, cardinals, and many other birds to your yard. A short presentation will highlight the birds that commonly come to feeders, and we will also observe birds in the sanctuary's bird garden.
Who's Been Here? Tracking Winter Wildlife: Friday, December 28
Come be a winter wildlife detective and learn the tracks and signs of local animals. During the introduction you will make your own wildlife tracks ID guide and get to look at and touch real wildlife clues. Then we will head out on the trails to follow tracks and signs left by wildlife such as deer, rabbits, coyotes, beavers, and more.

Outdoor Winter Survival Challenge: Saturday, December 29
Using teamwork and problem solving, we will explore the woodlands of the sanctuary and imagine that we are explorers stranded in the wilderness. In order to survive, we will need to build shelters, collect firewood, and find food and a water source. We will end by roasting marshmallows over a fire and trying out some pine needle tea.

Instructions and Directions:

Meets in the Barn. Please dress for the weather since we will be outdoors most of the time.

Registration is required.
Register by mail: program registration form (PDF 66K)
For your own security, DO NOT send credit card information via email.

For more information, contact:

87 Perkins Row
Topsfield, MA 01983