NEWBURYPORT, MA —Join a refuge ranger for a behind the scenes tour of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, 6 Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport, MA.

Tours will be conducted via refuge van, with several brief “drive-by” stops along the way. The tour will present an “up close and personal” look at the refuge through the multiple lenses of the cultural history of Plum Island and the Great Marsh, native wildlife and their habitats, and the role of refuge management in the conservation of these precious natural resources. Participants may be driven along areas on the refuge otherwise closed to the public. This guided two-hour program is most appropriate for older teens and adults. Binoculars and/or a camera are recommended, but not required. Meet the ranger in the lobby of the refuge visitor center fifteen-minutes prior to the program start time.

Tours will be offered on Sat, February 8 at 9:30 a.m., Sun., February 9 at 1:00 p.m., Tues., February 11 at 9:30 a.m., Sun., February 16 at 1:00 p.m., Mon., February 17 at 9:30 a.m., Sat., February 22 at 9:30 a.m., Sun., February 23 at 1:00 p.m., Mon., February 24 at 9:30 a.m., and Sat., February 29 at 9:30 a.m.

Each session is limited to fourteen participants; no more than four individuals per sign-up. Again, this is a vehicle-based tour, with limited stops on the refuge. Advance registration is required for this program, as enrollment is limited. Be advised that individual tours may be subject to cancellation.

Please note: Those who call and leave messages after hours, your registration is not confirmed until you receive a confirmation call from a refuge staff member. Please call 978-465-5753 to register for this program.






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