Join us for one or more of these programs that combine nature exploration and a craft project. Life of the Forest Floor: July 27--The forest floor is teeming with life if we look closely enough. Take a walk with us through the forest to look at mosses, lichen, fungi, and more. We will roll logs and look for creatures that make their homes on the forest floor. On our return we will make plate gardens to take home. Life of the Meadow: August 3--A meadow with grasses and wildflowers is home for many insects, from bees and butterflies to grasshoppers and crickets. We will take a walk to a meadow to see how many different wildflowers we can find, and then take a closer look using nets and collecting jars. When we return we will create cut-paper pictures of what we have seen. Instructions and Directions: Meets in front of the Visitor Center. Please dress for the weather. Registration is required. Register online or call 978-887-9264 to register by phone. See the website for more information.
When: Jul 27, 2017 9am in Topsfield, MA Cost: $11; $10 children
Join us for one or more of these seaside explorations this summer in Gloucester, Ipswich, or Marblehead. The Edge of the Sea: Friday, July 28 / 9:00-10:30 am--Eastern Point Wildlife Sanctuary, Gloucester--Explore the habitats of Mass Audubon's Eastern Point Wildlife Sanctuary. The cool breezes, superb coastline, and easily observed wildlife will delight your senses. We'll visit rocky shore, salt marsh, woodlands, and adjoining fields, participating in hands-on activities as we investigate each habitat. Beachcombers: Monday, August 14 / 10:00-11:30 am--Grace Oliver Beach, Marblehead--Enjoy a morning at Grace Oliver Beach during low tide and discover the living wonders of the sandy coastline. Walk across the mudflats to Crowninshield Island, where we will search for tiny fish, hermit crabs, periwinkles, and other sea creatures living in this delicate habitat. We will preserve our memories by creating a beach collage. Instructions and Directions: Meets on the Boulevard in Gloucester. Directions will be sent. Please wear old sneakers or water shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting a bit dirty or wet. Registration is required. Register online or call 978-887-9264 to register by phone. See the website for more information.
When: Jul 28, 2017 9am in Topsfield, MA Cost: $10; $8 children
Bring your young naturalist to the sanctuary this summer and experience the joy of books through story and music inspired by nature. Participate in hands-on nature-related activities inspired by the stories. Sign up for one or more of these enchanting programs. Tracks and Signs: August 1--We will read Whose Tracks are These? by James Nail. Let's find out what animals are living here at the sanctuary. We will use our detective skills to observe footprints, nibbled twigs, and scat, and create our own tracks in mud and sand. Instructions and Directions: Meets in front of the Visitor Center. Please dress for the weather. Registration is required. Register online or call 978-887-9264 to register by phone. See the website for more information.
When: Aug 1, 2017 9:30AM in Topsfield, MA Cost: $10; $8 children
Topsfield Massachusetts is an area of rolling hills and meandering streams and has some of the highest land in Essex County. Topsfield has a rural nature and contains a typical New England town common.
The town is home to many acres of protected land and trails which includes Bradley Palmer State Park. It is an excellent choice for hiking and biking in the spring and summer and cross country skiing in the winter. Topsfield also has plenty of agricultural land and hosts the Topsfield Fair.
The Topsfield Fair is America’s oldest agricultural fair established in 1818 and held every October during harvest time. The Fair is chock full of agricultural exhibits as well as homemade baked goods and farm animals. There is also a largest pumpkin contest-always the most popular exhibit. It also has plenty for the kids including great stuff to eat and also a midway loaded with amusement park rides and games and a parade. The Topsfield Fair is a fun time for everyone and well worth the price of admission. Plan to spend a day there next October-you will be glad you did.