Homeschool Field Trips: In Search of Horseshoe Crabs

Sponsored by Joppa Flats
May 29, 2020 (Friday) 9:00am - 12:00pm


Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Rowley


Lisa Hutchings - Joppa Flats School and Youth Education Coordinator


(suitable for children 7 - 14 years)




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

Homeschoolers, connect with the natural world through hands-on learning and student-centered inquiry! Each excursion will introduce science tools, group challenges, and an in-depth study of a specific habitat.

Spend the morning looking for evidence of wildlife activity among the pines at Mosely Woods in Newburport. POSTPONED FROM JANUARY 17

*February 14: For the Love of Birds
Wintering birds in this area include raptors, waterfowl, and songbirds that frequnt feeders. We'll search the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge for owls, hawks, eagles, and ducks, then participate in some backyard bird banding.

March 27: Seal Scouting at Salisbury Beach
Visit the mouth of the Merrimack River to view and photograph Harbor Seals, wintering ducks, and possibily Snowy Owls.

April 10: Spring Ponding at Camp Kent Nature Center
This is a great time and place to discover the wildlife differences in a pond versus a vernal pool. As a bonus, there will be plenty of rotting logs hiding other exciting early spring creatures just waiting to be found.

May 29: In Search of Horseshoe Crabs
It's the season for horseshoe crabs to come ashore to lay their eggs, and we aim to witness this remarkable event! Learn about the life cycle of these "living fossils" with our collection of live horseshoe crabs, ages 1, 3, and 10 years old.

Instructions and Directions:

Meet at Joppa Flats Education Center. Dress for the weather and bring a nut-free snack. A health form for your child will accompany your registration confirmation and needs to be submitted before the session. Programs are not designed to include siblings who fall outside the age range.

Joppa Flats Cancellation Policy: Please notify us at least 24 hours prior to your program if you must cancel. If you cancel less than 24 hours ahead, we can only offer a refund or credit if we subsequently fill your space. We cannot transfer your payment to another registration with less than 24 hours' notice.

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:

1 Plum Island Turnpike
Newburyport, MA 01950