All programs 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 Web site http://parkerriver.fws.gov.
The refuge visitor center is located at 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport.
The Science of Surf Casting teaches 10- to 14-year-olds the basics of surf cast fishing. Participants must be able to attend all sessions, bring a bag dinner and dress for both indoor and outdoor activities. The first session will be held July 20-23 from 5 to 8 p.m., and the second will be held from Aug. 3-6 from 5 to 8 p.m.
The Matinee Movie, "The Life of Mammals," will be shown Tuesdays in June at 1 p.m. and will last approximately 1.5 hours. All ages are welcome, and no registration is required.
Kids Fishing Day will be on Saturday, June 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids will learn how to cast a line, identify local fish and do some fishing. Poles and bait will be provided in limited quantity. All family members are encouraged to attend, no registration is required, and attendees are to meet in refuge parking lot #1.
Tots Listen and Share: Fish will take place on Monday, June 14, from 10 to 11 a.m. Kids ages 6 and under will explore the habitats and life cycles of fish. Attendees are to meet at the Refuge Visitor Center.
Explore Nature: Plover Walk will take place on Saturday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to noon. All ages are welcome to learn about federally threatened piping plover birds and their habitats. Attendees are to bring binoculars and wear comfortable shoes for walking. Meet at the Refuge Visitor Center.
Tidepool Adventures will be hosted on Wednesday, June 30, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Children ages 6 to 10 will explore tidepools with refuge staff. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes that can get wet. Meet at Sandy Point State Reservation in the first parking lot.
The Big Picture, on Sunday, June 20, from 9 to 10 a.m., will discuss plant life on Plum Island for all ages. Participants should dress for the weather and meet at the Pines Trail.
Purple Martins of Plum Island, on Sunday, June 27, from 7 to 8 p.m., will explore the habits of the largest North American swallows. Participants should dress in long sleeves and pants and meet at the old refuge headquarters by the Plum Island lighthouse to see swallows in flight.
Tots Listen and Share: Tidepools will be held on Monday, June 28, from 10 to 11 a.m. Children 6 and under will explore tidepool ecosystems. Meet at the Refuge Visitor Center.