NEWBURYPORT — Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center, One Plum Island Turnpike, is a natural history education and visitor center that is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday and Monday holidays, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mass Audubon members receive discounts on programs. Call 978-462-9998 for information about additional programs and events or visit www.massaudubon.org/joppaflats.
Activities and outings meet at the education center unless otherwise noted.
MEET BEACH CREATURES AT JOPPA
Before the beach, after the beach, or instead of the beach, drop in at Joppa Flats and visit the animals of our marine touch tanks for trouble-free tide pooling. All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by adults.
Tuesdays through Sundays in July and August, 9 a.m.-1p.m.
Fee: $2 per child suggested donation. Preregistration is not required.
TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE: FAMILY WHALE WATCH
Family educator Lisa Hutchings takes families on a whale watch on the Captain’s Lady III.
Sunday, July 7, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Meet at the waterfront boardwalk in Newburyport.
Fee: Adults $55. Children $40. Preregistration deadline: June 27.
NATURE ART CLASSES AT JOPPA FLATS: KEEPING A NATURE JOURNAL
Children ages 6 to 11 are invited to learn how to make their own “wow” works of art in Monday morning sessions with teacher Jan Morris. Coming up: July 22, 29, and Aug. 5, Watery Water Paints. Materials will be provided.
Monday, July 8, 9:30-11 a.m.
Fee per session: $18. Preregistration is required.
PARENT/CHILD WALKABOUT: BACKYARD BUG SEARCH
Come outside to explore the ecology, sights, and sounds of our coast as we look for caterpillars, butterflies, and moths. A fun, energetic format for families with children ages 3 to 6. Led by School and Youth Education Coordinator Lisa Hutchings.
Friday, July 12, 10-11:30 a.m.
Fee: $8 for adults, $7 for children. Preregistration is required.
June 9 through July 28: Paintings by Kathy O’Brien
Starts Aug. 4: Photographs by Tom Zack