The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge’s fifth annual event this weekend has a simple message: “Let’s Go Outside.”
On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., adults and children alike are invited to try out a variety of activities, including kayaking, surf fishing, archery, nature and wildlife photography, and bird-watching — all for free.
There will also be hands-on crafts, a special station focused on the monarch butterfly and a display of tide pool critters.
Participants are encouraged to start at the visitors center, 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport.
New England Equine Rescue — North will host an open house at its West Newbury barn this Saturday.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., visitors can explore the 52 Ash St. facility, meet rescued animals, and learn about the nonprofit’s mission of rehabilitating and rehoming horses and donkeys in need.
The family-friendly celebration will feature crafts, pony rides and live music. Food and drinks will be for sale, along with tack merchandise.
Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
The Newburyport Harbor Light at Plum Island Point will be open for tours from 1 to 4 p.m. this Sunday, weather permitting.
Sneakers are required, and there is a short ladder to climb. Children must be at least 5 years old and 42 inches tall.
Admission and parking are free, though donations will be accepted to support the Friends of Plum Island Light, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and restoring the lighthouse.
The lighthouse will also be open this year on July 21, Aug. 18 and Sept. 15. For more information, call 978-973-6935.