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
Join a refuge ranger for a behind-the-scenes tour of the refuge. Tours 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 be driven along areas on the refuge otherwise closed to the public. This guided, two-hour program is most appropriate for older teens and 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; no more than four individuals allowed per sign-up.
Tours will be held Saturday, Nov. 3, 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 7, 9:30 a.m.; Thursday, Nov. 15, 1 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 18, 1 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 28, 9:30 a.m. Registration required. Individual tours may be subject to cancellation.
INSIGHT TO EDUCATION: WORKSHOP FOR LOCAL EDUCATORS
Local educators, both formal and informal, are invited to join a refuge staff member for a 31/2-hour, hands-on workshop Thursday, Nov. 1, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
The workshop will focus on how the refuge can be a valuable educational resource and/or field trip destination for a diversity of learning groups. The workshop will include an overview of the important conservation role the refuge plays; an up-close look at the visitor center, state-of-the-art auditorium, large classroom and related educational resources; and a chance to visit several locations on the refuge where hands-on learning experiences may be conducted outside. The workshop will mainly be conducted in the visitor center Bring clothing that will be appropriate for the outdoor portion of the workshop; The group will be going outdoors, rain or shine. Registration required.