Parker River National Wildlife Refuge will offer the following free public programs during the month of May.M any of the refuge programs require registration. Registrations are not confirmed until the registrant receives a phone call from a member of the refuge staff. Anyone having a question about a refuge program can contact the refuge at 978-465-5753.
“Behind the Scenes” Refuge Tour
Saturday, May 3, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, May 4, 1 p.m.; Friday, May 9, 1 p.m.; Saturday, May 10, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, May 11, 1 p.m.; Friday, May 16, 9:30 a.m.; Saturday, May 17, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, May 18, 1 p.m.; Monday, May 19, 1 p.m.; Saturday, May 24, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, May 25, 1 p.m.; Saturday, May 31, 9:30 a.m.
Join a refuge ranger for a behind the scenes tour of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. The 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 may 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 15 minutes prior to the program start time. Each session is limited to 8 participants; no more than 4 individuals per sign-up. Registration is required for this program, as enrollment is limited. Be advised that individual tours may be subject to cancellation.
Special film screening, “Shored Up”
Wednesday, May 7 at 7 p.m.
The Storm Surge Spring Speaker Series continues with a screening of Shored Up, the first feature-length film about rising sea levels in the United States. It asks tough questions about our coastal communities and our relationship to the land, utilizing footage captured in the wake of Superstorm Sandy in 2012, specifically in New Jersey and North Carolina. This film won the Sundance Award for best documentary in 2013. It will be shown in the visitor center auditorium. Venue capacity is limited to 75 attendees. Admission to this program is free and registration is not required.