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. For more information, visit http://parkerriver.fws.gov or call refuge headquarters. The refuge visitor center is at 6 Plum Island Turnpike.
“Behind the Scenes” Refuge Tour
Today, 9:30 a.m.; Friday, Nov. 8, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 15, 9:30 a.m.; Saturday, Nov. 16, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, Nov. 17, 1 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 22, 9:30 a.m.; Saturday, Nov. 23, 9:30 a.m., and Sunday, Nov. 24, 1 p.m. Tours last approximately 2 hours.
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 of 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 headquarters visitor center. Each session is limited to 10 participants; no more than 4 individuals per sign-up. Registration is required.
Changing Climate, Changing Coasts
Monday, Nov. 4, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
This free evening program will be presented in the refuge’s visitor center auditorium by Dr. Rob Thieler, a research geologist at U.S. Geological Survey in Woods Hole. This presentation is one in a series of sea level rise related programs that is being sponsored this fall by Storm Surge – The Merrimack Valley Coastal Adaptation Work Group. Registration is not required.
Tuesday, Nov. 5 and Tuesday, Nov. 19; 11 a.m. to noon
Nature Kids! is a new, fun class geared towards 4 to 6 year-olds. Classes about nature and common backyard animals and plants are featured in this bi-monthly program. Each class is different and children do not need to attend previous classes in order to participate. The class is limited to 15 children. A parent or guardian must be present throughout the one hour session. Meet at the refuge visitor center and headquarters. Activities will be held in the classroom. Registration is required.
The Photographic Society of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, Nov. 9, at 1:30 p.m.
This nature and wildlife photography club is open to anyone with an interest in nature, wildlife, and photography. Meetings occur in the refuge visitor center auditorium in Newburyport. The winners of the Parker River National Wildlife nature and wildlife photography contest will be announced. The agenda also includes a presentation about iPhonography, or taking pictures with a smart phone, and a screening of the monthly Show & Share slide show, which features members’ own images of nature, set to music.
The Photographic Society welcomes one and all – from beginners to professionals. The club meets every month, generally on the second Saturday afternoon. Registration is not required to attend. Call 978-465-5753 for more information.
Mitigation, Adaptation, and Changing Our Conversations about Our Changing World
Monday, Nov. 18, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
This free evening program will be presented in the refuge’s visitor center auditorium by John Anderson, director of education at the New England Aquarium in Boston. This presentation is one in a series of sea level rise related programs that is being sponsored this fall by Storm Surge – The Merrimack Valley Coastal Adaptation Work Group. Registration is not required.