Backyard Biodiversity Family Explorations: Joppa Flats - A Botanical Perspective

Sponsored by Joppa Flats
August 8, 2020 (Saturday) 9:00am - 11:00am


Joppa Flats Education Center, Newburyport MA


Chaffee Monell - Joppa Flats Biosurvey Project Naturalist


(suitable for children 6 & up)


Adult $9.00, Child $8.00


Adult $11.00, Child $10.00
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Each family exploration investigates our riverfront yard's butterfly gardens, flower beds, and native pollinator patches with a different goal for the day.

May 30 / 2:00-4:00 pm
Intro to Foraging: Wild Edibles
Throughout history, people have needed the plant world for food, medicine, and comfort. Using guided foraging skills to learn how our ancestors did it, you'll reconnect with what nature provides and go home with tasty recipes to try!

June 6 / 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Caterpillar Hunt
No matter what your age, finding and raising caterpillars to adulthood is a fascinating and rewarding activity. It's also a great way of contributing to citizen science!

June 13 / 1:30-3:30 pm
Nature by Origami
Artists and mathematicians will love the challenges and rewards in origami! Using Joppa Flats critters as your inspiration, you'll learn how to fold your way to a diverse menagerie of paper birds and beasts.

August 8 / 9:00-11:00 am
Joppa Flats: A Botanical Perspective
From grasses to wildflowers, to shrubs and trees, you'll learn about the native plants that are happiest growing beside a New England estuary as you study them on site.

August 15 / 3:30-5:30 pm
Insect Musicians
You've located and identified birds by sound; now learn how to do the same with insects. We'll listen for different insect calls, find these hidden singers, and discover how they contribute to the ecosystem.

Instructions and Directions:

Dress for the weather, and wear sunscreen and insect repellent.

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