All programs at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge are free, but space is limited, and advance registration is required for all programs, unless otherwise indicated. Call 978-465-5753 to register.

Registration is not complete until confirmation is received from a staff member. Outdoor programs may be canceled if there is inclement weather. For more information, visit the website

The refuge visitor center is located at 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport.

Tots Listen and Share: Birds. Monday, Aug. 23, 10 to 11 a.m., ages 6 and younger. During this program, tots will discover remarkable birds of all shapes, sizes and colors. We will share a story about these feathered friends, and then participants will be able to take part in a structured show and share time. Refuge staff and program participants will take turns sharing some of their own stories and artifacts relating to these special animals. Meet at the refuge visitor center.

Exploring Nature Walk: Marsh Trail Investigations. Tuesday, Aug. 24, 11 a.m. to noon, all ages. Take an interpretive hike with refuge staff along the Marsh Loop of the Hellcat Trail, through freshwater marsh and maritime forest.

You will be able to discover the beauty of nature and participate in fun, hands-on activities. We will be meeting in parking lot 4.

Exploring Nature Walk: Discovering the Dunes Trail. Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1 to 2 p.m., all ages. Explore the magnificent dunes habitat as you and your child take a hike with refuge staff along another part of the Hellcat Trail.

You will be able to learn all about this amazing ecosystem and participate in interactive activities. We'll be meeting in parking lot 4.

Tidepool Adventures. Friday, Aug. 27, 9 to 10:30 a.m., ages 6 to 10. Children will enjoy discovering what lies beneath the ocean surf while tidepooling with PRNWR staff. We will learn about and interact with a remarkable variety of species that lives in this delicate ecosystem.

Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes that can go in the water. We will be meeting at parking lot 7.

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