Teen Naturalist Training: Tide Pool Ecology & Marine Plankton

Sponsored by Joppa Flats
October 16, 2021 (Saturday) 1:00-4:00pm


Sandy Point State Park


Lisa Hutchings - Joppa Flats School and Youth Education Coordinator


11 - 15 years




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

Are you a young person who loves being outdoors, cares about the environment, and wants to share your knowledge with others? Take your first step toward becoming a Teen Naturalist volunteer with these trainings. You'll work with our staff and other youth exploring local habitats, collecting organisms and data, and discussing environmental challenges like sea level rise. Share your passion for the natural world! Sign up for one or more sessions.

August 21: Animal Husbandry

September 18: Whale Watching & Research

Let's take our training offshore! Education Coordinator Lisa Hutchings will share her knowledge and enthusiasm about cetaceans and seabirds as we collect data and record our sightings. You'll want your camera, binoculars, and notebook for this adventure at sea from a naturalist's perspective. Parents welcome.

October 9: Bird Banding & Bird Migration

Mass Audubon scientists work at our bird banding station on the refuge, and we want to show you the entire process from capture to release! You'll learn about migration, bird behavior, and how climate change is affecting our songbirds.

October 16: Tide Pool Ecology & Marine Plankton

Most of our local marine invertebrates, from blue mussels to sea urchins, start their life as free-floating organisms. In this session, we will collect and study plankton, then we'll compare juvenile and adult forms of marine life that we'll find in the rocky tide pools.

November 13: What's that Waterfowl?

Late fall is a great time to look for ducks, geese, and swans. In this session, we will observe and learn how to identify them. We'll record our findings, use compasses and bird field guides, and try our hand at sketching.

November 20: Nocturnal Creature Hike

As the sun sets, it is time for a study of nocturnal wildlife! We will look and listen for evidence of nighttime activity. We'll note tracks, owl pellets, animal calls, and bird and owl cries as we walk the wooded paths beneath the light of the full moon.

December 11: Winter Wildlife Walk

Winter is coming, and it's time to visit the rockery, where we'll look for signs of animals preparing for winter. What are they gathering? Where are their food caches? How will they adapt to colder conditions? We'll conduct some experiments and feed some birds as we collect our data.

Instructions and Directions:

Meet at Sandy Point State Reservation, upper parking lot. Program details will be forwarded in advance with details about what to expect, what to wear, and what to bring.

Please note our NEW CANCELLATION POLICY: If cancellations are made less than 7 days prior to the program, refunds cannot be issued. Refunds are not given for failure to attend, absence, or sick days. If we must cancel a session, you will receive a full refund.

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1 Plum Island Turnpike
Newburyport, MA 01950
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