Joppa Flats Education Center, located at One Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport, 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. 

Call 978-462-9998 for information about additional programs and events, or visit the website at www.massaudubon.org/joppaflats.

Saturday Morning Birding

Experienced leaders will take you to birding hot spots in the Newburyport/Plum Island area in search of avian activity. Beginners and birders of all skill levels are welcome.

Today; 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Meet at Joppa Flats Education Center

Fee: $12. Registration not required

Ducks-R-Us

At the end of March, the coastal waters, rivers, and lakes of Massachusetts’ North Shore are wonderful places to observe ducks. Most of the species that have wintered here are still present, and many early migrants have returned to our area. Under favorable conditions, more than 20 species of ducks can be observed. During a previous trip, we saw 21 species of ducks and two species of geese. Target species will include harlequin duck, Barrow’s goldeneye, three species of scoter, and many more.

Tomorrow; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Meet at Joppa Flats Education Center

Fee: $50. Registration required

Education volunteer training: The Salt Marsh

Do you love the outdoors and sharing nature with others? Come to Joppa Flats and get a taste of thecoastal ecology programs from the teaching side. Throughout the school year, Joppa Flats staff and volunteers present nature programs to schools, groups, and families. To prepare volunteers to assist with these quality programs, we provide complete in-the-field and in-the-classroom training. You’ll learn a wide variety of hands-on activities and experiments pertaining to levels of questioning, learning modalities, and using objects in nature to practice science. Join our crew of trained naturalists and help Mass Audubon with our mission to increase awareness and inspire stewardship of the natural world.

Tue, Mar 31; 1 to 5 p.m.

Meet at Joppa Flats Education Center

Fee: $25. Registration required

Wednesday Morning Birding

Throughout the year, we will conduct field trips to birding hot spots in the Newburyport/Plum Island area. The focus for the programs will be the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island, the Merrimack River estuary, and other productive areas in Essex County.

Wed, Apr 1; 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Meet at Joppa Flats Education Center

Fee: $17. Registration not required

Homeschool Series: ‘The Atmosphere - Migration, Climate Change, Weather, and Astronomy’

Joppa Flats offers a complete natural science curriculum for homeschooled students ages 7 to 13. In each eight-week series throughout the year, we will explore a different ecological system of the biosphere. This session is: “The Atmosphere—Migration, Climate Change, Weather, and Astronomy.” Field trips are structured to reinforce the previous study session; two are in the field, and two are at a complementary cultural institution.

Thursdays, Apr. 2, 9, 16, 30; May 7, 14, 21 

Meet at Joppa Flats Education Center

Fee: $280

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