NEWBURYPORT — The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is offering the following free programs. Space may be limited, and advance registration is required for all programs, unless otherwise indicated. Call 978-465-5753 to register. Registration is not complete until you receive confirmation from a staff member. Note that outdoor programs may be canceled if there is inclement weather. Visit us on the Web for more information at http://parkerriver.fws.gov or call refuge headquarters. The refuge visitor center is at 6 Plum Island Turnpike.
"Behind-the-scenes" refuge tour
Held on the following days: Saturday, March 17, at 9:30 a.m.; Thursday, March 22, at 9:30 a.m.; and Wednesday, March 28, at 1 p.m.
Join a refuge ranger for a behind-the-scenes tour of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Tour will be conducted via refuge van, with several brief "drive-by" stops along the way. The tour will present an "up close and personal" look at the refuge through the multiple lenses of the cultural history of Plum Island and the Great Marsh, native wildlife and their habitats, and the role of refuge management in the conservation of these precious natural resources. Participants will visit areas on the refuge otherwise closed to the public. This guided two-hour program is most appropriate for adults. Binoculars and/or a camera are recommended but not required. Meet the ranger in the lobby of the refuge visitor center. Each session is limited to 10 participants.
Advance registration is required for this program, as enrollment is limited. Be advised that individual tours may be subject to cancellation.
Please note: Those who call and leave messages after hours, your registration is not confirmed until having received a confirmation call back from a refuge staff member.
"Insight to Education" — a workshop for local educators
Wednesday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to noon
Local educators both formal and non-formal are invited to join a refuge staff member for a free three-hour, hands-on workshop that will focus on how this national wildlife refuge can be a valuable educational resource and/or field trip destination for a diversity of learning groups. Participants will meet at the refuge headquarters.