NEWBURYPORT — Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center, at 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 the website at www.massaudubon.org/joppaflats.

SATURDAY MORNING BIRDING

Join our experienced leaders in a search for avian activity in the Newburyport/Plum Island area. For beginners and birders of all skill levels.

Saturdays, Sept. 3, 10, 17 and 24; 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Meet at Joppa Flats Education Center.

Fee: Adults, $10; Children ages 8 and up, $7. Registration is not required.

INTRODUCTION TO BIRDWATCHING

Get the basics on field identification, birding locations and field guides. Start an exciting, lifelong learning experience!

Sunday, Sept. 4; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center.

Fee: $39. Registration required.

WEDNESDAY MORNING BIRDING

Join Joppa Flats Sanctuary Director Bill Gette and USFWS veteran David Weaver for this weekly birding field trip in the Newburyport/Plum Island area. Appropriate for all birding levels.

Wednesdays, Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28; 9:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center.

Fee: $17. Registration is not required.

HOMESCHOOL STUDY SESSION: INSECTS ON THE MOVE

Monthly focus topics for homeschoolers, ages 7 to 12, each with an on-site study session and an exciting field trip. Field trip Sept. 22. Teacher: Lisa Hutchings.

Thursday, Sept. 8, 1-3 p.m. Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center.

Fee: $17. Registration is required.

INTRODUCTION TO BIRDWATCHING

Get the basics on field identification, birding locations and field guides. Start an exciting, lifelong learning experience!

Sunday, Sept. 4; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center.

Fee: $39. Registration required

OCEANOGRAPHY CRUISE ABOARD THE YANKEE CLIPPER

Lisa Hutchings and the crew of the Yankee Clipper host families with children ages 3 and up for this exploration of the lower Merrimack River ecosystem.

Saturday, Sept. 10, 8:45-10:45 a.m. Meet at the Newburyport boardwalk.

Fee: adults, $27; children, $19. Registration is required.

FAMILY FLYBY AT JOPPA FLATS: THE WORLD OF INSECTS

Fly by or settle in for free-flowing nature fun. Crafts, experiments, games and more for families with children ages 2 to 12.

Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center.

Fee: $7 per child. Registration is not required.

SEABIRDS AND WHALES

Board the Prince of Whales for a birding and whale watching trip guided by marine mammal naturalists and Joppa Flats staff.

Monday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Meet on the boardwalk off Merrimac Street in downtown Newburyport.

Fee: Adults, $47. Children ages 4 and up, $37. Registration is required by calling Newburyport Whale Watch at 800-848-1111.

IMAGINE, SING, AND LEARN: MY OH MY BUTTERFLY!

Active play and learning with Joppa Flats Teacher-Naturalist Lisa Hutchings for pre-schoolers, age 3-5, with a favorite adult. Choose one of four sessions. Fee includes one adult and one child.

Thursday, Sept. 15, 10-11:30 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 16, 10-11:30 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m. Meet at Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center.

Fee: $16. Registration is required.

BANDING STATION VISIT FOR BIRDERS

Birders are invited to visit the Joppa Flats Bird Banding Station on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge for an up-close look at data collection on migrating birds.

Saturday, Sept. 17, 8-11 a.m. Meet at Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center.

Fee: $20. Registration is required.

PLUM ISLAND COASTSWEEP

Pitch in and help clean up the beaches of Plum Island. All ages welcome, anytime during the day, rain or shine.

Saturday, Sept. 17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Meet at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Parking Lot #1.

Free. Registration not required.

COASTSWEEP CARNIVAL FREE-FOR-ALL!

Stop by before or after volunteering for COASTSWEEP on Plum Island or just come in for a full day of fun activities that celebrate the health of our coastline. Live tide pool animals, guided walks, backyard games, art projects and interactive science for all ages.

Saturday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Meet at Joppa Flats Education Center.

Free. Registration not required.

FAMILY DAY AT THE BIRD BANDING STATION

Bring the family to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge for an exciting, up-close look at migrating birds as they are netted and evaluated before releasing. The Bird Banding Station is only open at the height of migration in spring and fall. For families with children ages 6 and up.

Sunday, Sept. 18, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center.

Fee: $8, adults, $5, children. Registration is required.

EXHIBIT OPENING: PAINTINGS BY PAULA KULAS

Attend a free reception and meet North Shore artist Paula Kulas at the opening of her new exhibit.

Sunday, Sept. 18, 2:30-4 p.m.

Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center.

Free

VOLUNTEER TRAINING: SALT MARSH ECOLOGY

Learn to assist children's educator Lisa Hutchings in coastal ecology and birding programs in the field and at schools. No experience necessary. Program fee is refunded after three volunteer shifts. One remaining session on Sept. 27: Bird Banding and Maritime Forest

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Meet at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, parking lot #1.

Fee: $20. Registration required.

HOMESCHOOL FIELD TRIP: INSECTS OF THE POND

Monthly focus topics for homeschoolers, ages 7 to 12, each with an on-site study session and an exciting field trip. Teacher: Lisa Hutchings.

Thursday, Sept. 22, 12:30-3 p.m.

Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center.

Fee: $18. Registration is required.

BIRD BANDING WORKSHOP

Learn the basics of bird banding and train to become a volunteer at the Joppa Flats Bird Banding Station on Plum Island. Thursday evening classroom session and Saturday morning field training.

Thursday, Sept. 22, 7-9 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 24, 7:30 a.m.-noon.

Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center.

Fee: $65. Registration required.

PARENT/CHILD WALKABOUT: A TIDE POOL TREK

Explore the ecology, sights and sounds of our local tide pools. A fun, energetic format for families with children ages 3 to 6. Led by teacher-naturalist Lisa Hutchings. The fee covers one adult and one child.

Friday, Sept. 23, 1-2:30 p.m.

Meet at Sandy Point State Reservation.

Fee: $16. Registration is required.

ON EXHIBIT

Through Sept. 11: The Radiancy of Nature — Photographs by Cindy Batya Geller

Starts Sept. 18: Paintings by Paula Kulas

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