, Newburyport, MA

May 27, 2013

Biodiversity Free-for-All at Joppa Flats June 2

Newburyport Daily News

---- — NEWBURYPORT — Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center at One Plum Island Turnpike will be jumping with outdoor activity on Sunday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with its annual Biodiversity Free-for-All.

The free activities for adults and families will be held all day, rain or shine.

To showcase the expansive variety of wildlife in the lower Merrimack Valley region, the Biodiversity Free-for-All features a large assortment of animals, plants and insects from local beaches, ponds and backyards. Joppa Flats staff and volunteers will provide information, hands-on learning and several family-friendly activities, including exploring Joppa’s backyard in search of insects, investigating the “magnification museum” and handling beach creatures in the center’s 110-gallon touch tank.

The event will also have an environmentally friendly focus on ways to conserve natural resources. Using a green building scavenger hunt, visitors will discover how Joppa Flats conserves water, electricity and energy through simple choices that anyone can try.

Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center is a natural history education and visitor center that is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday and Monday holidays, 8:30 to 4.