All Family Field Trips - Signs of Spring

April 15, 2023 (Saturday) 1:00-3:00pm


Joppa Flats Education Center, Newburyport


Lisa Hutchings - Education Coordinator
Johnny Owens - Teen Naturalist


- children 5 - 12 years


Adult $15.00, Child $13.00


Adult $19.00, Child $17.00
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Come explore what nature has in store at some of our most amazing wild places on the north shore. Our engaging and experienced staff will introduce families to local forests, beaches, and wetlands to make observations in nature, identify wildlife, and enjoy hands on science activities outdoors. Sign up for one, some, or all!

Wintering Birds (Parker River National Wildlife Refuge)

Saturday, January 7, 1:00 - 3:00 pm OR Friday, March 3, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Songbirds are able to find food in the winter and they have many ways to survive the cold, snow, and wind. We will look and listen for birds, do some experiments related to insulation, and enjoy other outdoor activities.

Coastal Wildlife (Salisbury Beach State Reservation)

Friday, January 13, 10 am - 12 pm OR Saturday, March 18, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Birds, land mammals, and marine mammals all have adapted special ways to handle winter. We'll visit Salisbury Beach State Reservation to look for raptors, find harbor seals on the beach, and look for animal tracks in the sand.

Signs of Spring (Amesbury Town Forest)

Friday, April 7, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm OR Saturday, April 15, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

In early spring, frogs and toads are calling, and songbirds are singing again. Let's explore outdoors and find evidence that the birds are back, and life has returned to the vernal pools.

Instructions and Directions:

Joppa Flats will provide all field gear and equipment. This is not a drop-off class; all children must be accompanied by at least one adult. All adults are expected to participate in the program.

Prior to the program, you will receive an email with information on where to meet, parking and facilities details, driving directions and other guidelines.

Mass Audubon Cancellation Policy: If you wish to withdraw less than seven days prior to the program, refunds cannot be issued. If we cancel the program, you will be refunded in full.

Registration is required.

Meeting Place:

Joppa Flats Education Center
1 Plum Island Tpke
Newburyport, MA 01950
Email [email protected] for more information.