NEWBURYPORT, MA — Parker River National Wildlife Refuge will host their free, fifth annual, and daylong family event called “Let’s Go Outside” on Sat., June 15, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at 6 Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport, MA. The event is intended to provide children, adults and families with an opportunity to “try out” or experience a range of fun, healthy outdoor activities including kayaking, surf fishing, archery target shooting, nature and wildlife photography, and bird watching.

Event participants will move through a variety of “activity stations” that will be located both at the refuge visitor center and on the Plum Island portion of the national wildlife refuge. Participants will be encouraged to begin their event experience at the refuge visitor center, where an enthusiastic group of staff and volunteers will be waiting to provide a proper welcome and orientation (including an “activity station” map). From there, attendees will be able to move between event venues. Children who have successfully completed all event “activity stations” will qualify for an official Junior Refuge Manager badge and LGO water bottle!

“Let’s Go Outside” will also include a “bunch” of fun, hands-on crafts and activities that are particularly suited for younger kids including such things as face painting and owl pellet exploration. A very special activity station, located at the visitor center, will focus on the monarch butterfly. And, as if that wasn’t enough, live tide pool critters will be on display at the parking lot 1 visitor contact station!

This free family event will take place rain or shine. There is no preregistration for this event and participants are welcome to show up, or even come and go, throughout the day. The event will also provide the public with an opportunity to meet some of the refuge’s staff and volunteers. For further information, call 978-465-5753.



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