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To help introduce our next generation of environmental leaders to the wonders of our natural world, Greenbelt is partnering with North Shore Nature Programs and veteran environmental educator Andrew Prazar to offer a special series of four, FREE 2-hour naturalist-led family programs on Greenbelt properties.
Each program will have a seasonal focus and allow for kids, parents, grandparents and caregivers to experience local landscapes and nature, while learning and exploring the natural history of each site. From mid-winter to late summer, the programs are dedicated to help children fall in love with nature. Programs are limited to maximum of 20 people. Recommended ages are 6 and older.
Meet salamanders, insects and more in this fascinating environment.
Greenbelt and North Shore Nature Programs present this outdoor Vernal Pools program for families.
Come discover what lives in these ponds that appear in the spring and then disappear by summer. We'll scoop up some pond water to see who lives there, we'll look under nearby logs for wiggly salamanders, and we'll touch slimy frog egg masses (the ones that don't have frogs in them-- no frogs will be harmed!). Wear your Wellington boots so you can go right up to the edge of the pond!
WHERE: Farnsworth Reservation, North Andover
WHEN: Saturday, April 6, 2019. 4:00-6:00pm
Learn about the bugs and birds that make our gardens grow.
Celebrate and learn about honey bees, butterflies and the other pollinators so important to our flowers and food supply on May 18, Family Pollinator Day.
There is much to learn about these hard-working pollinators. With kid-friendly activities, attendees with learn about the many fruits, vegetables, and nuts, including chocolate and coffee they help bring us.
WHEN: SATURDAY, MAY 18, 10am - 1pm
WHERE: COX RESERVATION, ESSEX
There is plenty to munch on outdoors--if you just know where to look!
Greenbelt and North Shore Nature Programs present a yummy walk around Cox Reservation where you'll munch on edible plants on the property.
Your guide, Andrew Prazar, will show you how to spot edible plants and teach us about what to eat and what not to eat outdoors. Of course, we'll try a few of the most tasty edible treats!
Some plants we might taste include Juneberries, Dandelions, Lamb's Quarters, Cattails, Milkweed, and Pineapple Weed flowers. You'll also learn about nuts that come from local trees and we'll hunt for some other fun plants like Sassafrass and Beach Plum.
WHEN: Saturday, June 15, 4:00-6:00 pm
WHERE: Cox Reservation, 82 Eastern Ave., Essex, MA
*Parents- Give a call or send an email if you have any questions! 978-768-7241, ext. 17 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet the strange plants and animals that live where the ocean meets the land.
Discover the ecosystem of the Salt Marsh! Wear your muck boots to tromp through the marsh grass to meet insects, fish, horseshoe crabs, algae, and all sorts of marshland birds like herrons and maybe an osprey.
WHEN: Saturday, August 3, 4:00-6:00pm
WHERE: Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Rowley
82 Eastern Avenue, Essex,
Greenbelt is grateful to several professional and staff photographers whose work is featured prominently within our website.
Thank you Jerry Monkman / ecophotography.com, Lynne Holton, Kindra Clineff, Adrian Scholes and John Raleigh.