The Wonder and the Wow: Cruise to the Shoals Marine Lab & Appledore Island

Sponsored by Joppa Flats
August 15, 2020 (Saturday) 7:30am - 5:30pm


Isles of Shoals


Jonathan Brooks - Naturalist; Lisa Hutchings - Joppa Flats School and Youth Education Coordinator






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

Why should kids have all the fun? Come along for a full-immersion nature experience built for adults. You'll come away with a brand-new enthusiasm for the wildlife and habitats around you! Join a group meal to enjoy the social side of being outdoors at each trip.

March 7 / 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Museum of American Bird Art & Birding
Mass Audubon's Museum of American Bird Art (MABA) features art that connects people and nature. Take a trip to view exciting works by internationally recognized artists such as John James Audubon, Charlie Harper, Andy Warhol, and others. Weather permitting, we'll also do some birding along the museum's trails that wind through meadow, forest, and swamp.

JUST ADDED! March 28 / 9:00am-4:00 pm
Behind the Scenes at the New England Aquarium
We'll go "backstage" at the New England Aquarium to see marine critters as they are fed, cared for, and raised by the aquarist team. We may even feed the salmon, meet the octopus, or watch a seal being trained - there's a new surprise each trip! *Registration deadline Friday, March 6

April 4 / 9:30 am-2:30 pm
Goldsmith Woodlands
Discover the rich history of this special place, from its Native American encampment site to stories about local conservationist Bessie Goldsmith, who donated her land to protect it. Observe early signs of spring around the pond and marshes, with possibilities like pitcher plants, sundew, snapping turtles, Great Blue Herons, and Wild Turkeys.

May 23 / 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History & Mount Auburn Cemetery
Mount Auburn Cemetery is simply one of the best places to see migrating land birds in eastern Massachusetts. After we've experienced its glories, we'll travel on to the Birds of the World gallery at Harvard's Museum of Natural History, where you'll see the completely renovated exhibit featuring hundreds of stunning mounted bird specimens.

June 13 / 9:30 am-2:30 pm
Horseshe Crabs in Plum Island Sound
Coastal science writer Bill Sargent, our special guest leader, will talk about horseshoe crab natural history, explain why they are so valuable to the economy, and detail their importance in biomedical research. Then we'll head out into the field to find live horseshoe crabs buried in the sand at low tide and tag them, contributing to the data about their Plum Island sound population.

July 11 / 1:00-5:00 pm
Marine Mammals & Sea Birds with Newburyport Whale Watch
Have an unforgettable experience watching for whales and seabirds on this trip aboard the Captain's Lady II!

August 15 / 7:30am-5:30 pm
Cruise to the Shoals Marine Lab & Appledore Island
Travel out to Appledore on the University of New Hampshire research vessel Gulf Challenger with marine docents, who will guide us through investigations of intertidal creatures and zooplankton collected from the ocean. We'll visit the Shoals Marine Lab, the largest facility for undergraduate study of its kind in the world. Make wonderful memories with this full day of walking and exploring Appledore Island!

Instructions and Directions:

All participants must be able to walk several miles. Island terrain requires moderate hiking exertion. Wear rubber-soled shoes, a hat, and sunglasses. Bring a picnic lunch, additional warm clothing, sunscreen, insect repellent, and your camera. Additional information about meeting place will be sent to you before the trip.

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.
For your own security, DO NOT send credit card information via email.

For more information, contact:

1 Plum Island Turnpike
Newburyport, MA 01950