Miss Lisa invites you to join her for some family-friendly seasonal nature walks in the area. Together we will explore the salt marsh, the woods, and more. We will look for birds, mammals, and of course, mushrooms! We'll use our "science eyes" and "nature ears" and learn, play, and discover together.
November 30: Seashore Sightings, Pavilion Beach, Ipswich
What signs of life can we find on the beach in late fall? Plenty! There are live snails and mussels attached to rocks, crabs hiding in crevices and lots of treasures in the high tide line.
December 7: Life along the Merrimack, Joppa Flats Education Center
The salt marsh is where the river meets the sea, and animals are active all year long. After a close look at the Joppa Flats salt marsh peat and plants, we'll finish this program indoors where we'll meet some live creatures and find out why green crabs, minnows, and horseshoe crabs call the estuary their home.
December 14: Forest and Salt Marsh Walk, Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Rowley
What changes will you find as we walk through the woods and into a salt marsh? We'll be looking for snails in the salt meadow hay, birds and mammals as they prepare for winter, fish in the marsh waters, and fungi and lichen on trees and logs.
March 15: Who's Asleep? (Location to be determined)
Some mammals build up fat, make winter homes, and sleep all winter. Let's find out who these animals are, and with games and experiments, learn all about hibernation!
March 22: Who's Awake? (Location to be determined)
Some mammals store food, grow thicker fur, and make dens or burrows in winter. Let's find out which animals are active and look for their tracks in the snow!
March 29: Signs of Spring (Location to be determined)
Frogs are calling and birds are singing, which means spring is coming! Let's explore a spring pool and see what signs of life we can find.
April 5: Wake Up Spring! (Location to be determined)
In early spring, our wetlands are warming up, and the tiny insects and snails are awake and looking for food. Let's see what creatures we can discover living in flooded meadows and small streams.
April 12: Spring on the River (Location to be determined)
Life in a salt marsh comes back every spring with new grasses, returning egrets, herons, and shorebirds. Once again the "nursery of the sea" is bursting with fish and tiny creatures. Let's explore and learn about them and why their habitat is so important.
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.