February Vacation Adventure Days: Series

Sponsored by Ipswich River


4 classes (show schedule)
Tue, Feb 19, 2019
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wed, Feb 20, 2019
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thu, Feb 21, 2019
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Fri, Feb 22, 2019
8:30 am - 3:00 pm


Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield MA


Ipswich River Education Staff


(suitable for children 5 - 11 years)




Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

For children in grades K through 5. You can sign up for individual days or all four days at a discounted rate. Please see separate listings if you wish to sign up for individual days.

Fee for the week (Tuesday through Friday):
$197 members, $209 nonmembers
Fee per day: $58 members, $68 nonmembers
Winter is an exciting time for outdoor discovery. We have put together four days of hands-on, awesome, age-appropriate activities to explore the natural world in winter. Sharpen your observation skills as we locate and learn about winter animals and tap a sugar maple tree to make syrup. We have a warm cozy Barn and Nature Center for indoor activities that include listening to stories, singing songs, playing with friends, and looking under a microscope. Participants will be divided into smaller groups by age.
Tuesday, February 19: Maple Sugaring
Today we'll learn about one of nature's tastiest treats: maple syrup. We'll discover how to distinguish a sugar maple from all the other trees in the forest and tap one to collect the sap. After a visit to the sugarhouse, we'll know how sap is converted into syrup and try some on our very own pancakes. We'll see who can tell the difference between store-bought syrup and the real stuff!
Wednesday, February 20: Winter Homes
Can you imagine living outside through the entire winter? We'll explore the woodlands, wetlands, and field edges for nests, cavities, burrows, dens, and lodges to discover how birds, mammals, and insects find homes in this challenging season. We'll build an igloo or shelter and see how warm it can be inside.
Thursday, February 21: Carnivores Dining Out
Winter is a great time to look for predators and the evidence they leave behind. Today, we'll look at animal bones, fur, scat, tracks, and chews. Then we'll hike the sanctuary in search of hawks, foxes, fishers, river otters, and more. We'll investigate how these animals are able to hunt prey in the cold winter weather.
Friday, February 22: Awesome Owls
Have you ever walked through the woods looking for owls during the day? Owls are most active at night, of course, but if you know what to look for you can find their daytime roosts. Together we'll discover what our local owls look like, what they eat, and what they sound like. As a special activity, everyone will help to dissect an owl pellet.

Instructions and Directions:

Meets in the Barn. A confirmation with more details will be sent.

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