NEWBURYPORT, MA — Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is pleased to offer the following programs in June at 6 Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport, MA.

Climate Change – Behind the Scenes! This variant of the popular Behind the Scenes Tour of Parker River NWR will place a special emphasis on the local implications of climate change – particularly on the salt marsh and the barrier beach island that protects it. Learn about some of the things that refuge staff are doing to better understand and predict potential future impacts of climate change on wildlife and their habitats. This special program will be offered on Mon., June 10 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and Wed., June 26 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Meet the ranger in the lobby of the refuge visitor center 10-15 minutes prior to start time. Pre-registration required.

Let’s Go Outside! This is the fifth year for the free (and very cool!) event for the whole family on Sat., June 15 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Spend all or part of a day outside at the refuge while trying out a whole bunch of fun, healthy activities including archery target shooting, kayaking, surf fishing, nature photography, and bird watching. There will also be a variety of nature-based crafts and activities for younger kids. While event “activity stations” will be located both at the visitor center and on the national wildlife refuge, we recommend that you begin your event experience at the visitor center. Complete all activity stations and earn a Junior Refuge Manager badge and a water bottle! Activity stations will run continuously throughout the day. This event will take place rain or shine. There is no pre-registration for this event.

Nelson Island Tour: Explore another part of the refuge – this time, on the mainland. Join a ranger for a tour of a beautiful spot that few people visit: Nelson Island. The tour will be held on Mon., June 17 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a nesting osprey. Learn about the history of this little known refuge jewel. If weather and tide permits, we’ll take a very short walk along the marsh. (Muddy, wet areas are possible so rubber boots are recommended.) Consider bringing binoculars and/or a camera. Meet the ranger in the lobby of the refuge visitor center fifteen-minutes prior to program start time. Pre-registration required for this program.

Conservation Cinema: “High Tide in Dorchester” (2018; film runtime: 55 minutes) is a film that encourages discussions and actions concerning sea level rise, erosion and climate change in Dorchester County, MD. The film creates a powerful, intimate story that looks at a worsening global threat through the lens of Chesapeake Bay’s most vulnerable county. This case study of what is happening now along Maryland’s eastern shore certainly provides food for thought, particularly for those among us who live along the New England coast. Film will be shown on Tues., June 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the refuge visitor center’s very fine auditorium. No pre-registration for this program.

Birding Parker River NWR: Come learn about Birding on Sat., June 22 from 8:30-11:00 a.m. During this ranger-led program, look for birds on the refuge at such places as the Pines Trail, Boardwalk 5 Overlook and, if there’s time, along Wildlife Drive in the Hellcat area. Bring binoculars if you have them. Cameras are also welcome. Supportive walking shoes are a must. Bug spray and/or sunscreen is recommended. Meet in the visitor center lobby and plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early. Pre-registration required for this program.

To register for a program, call 978-465-5753 or visit



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