Shipwrecks and Salem Maritime!

Learn how to map a shipwreck, write underwater, and operate an underwater robot! Although we won't actually be practicing archaeology, you'll see exactly what maritime archaeology is (you may be surprised!) and what it can teach us about the pivotal role in Salem's history. Join Dr. Calvin Mires, Co-Founder and Instructor of Seafaring Education and Maritime Archaeological Heritage Program (SEAMAHP) in bringing maritime heritage to life through these fun hands-on activities for all ages!

Ocean Views Walk from Ravenswood to Rafe's Chasm

Follow trip leader Dave Marro (Cape Ann Trail Stewards Director and Chair of the Magnolia Woods Advisory Committee) on a walk across Magnolia Woods. This newly created trail links the southern edge of the Trustees of Reservation's Ravenswood Park with the City of Gloucester's Rafe's Chasm Park. The walk will include spectacular views of the ocean from the dramatic Rafe's Chasm cliffs. Participants should be prepared to walk on uneven trails for 3 miles round trip.

Organic/Permaculture Farm Tour

Join grower Erin Stack for a farm tour and discussion of earth friendly growing practices that can be applied to home and community gardens. New Harmony Farm (a certified organic vegetable, herb, and flower farm) and its educational non-profit Earth Harmony Sanctuary are committed to modeling a "re-visioning" of our local landscape that supports healthy ecosystems while growing nutritious food in a harmonious and beautiful way.

Lake Gardner Full Moon Paddle

**NOTE DATE CHANGE** Now FRIDAY night. Enjoy the moonlight shimmering on the water! Bring your kayak, canoe or paddleboard and join us as we leisurely paddle the flatwater of Lake Gardner to enjoy the quiet twilight as we watch for the moon to rise in the eastern sky. The trip will involve a talk about the history of the lake and its environs as we explore the shoreline and float to the middle in anticipation of the rising moon.

A Hermit's Tale on the Trails

EVENT CANCELLED. From 1884 to 1917, Mason Augustus Walton lived as a "hermit" at what is now Ravenswood Park. While he was here, he closely observed, wrote, and drew about wildlife behaviors and published a book in 1903, "A Hermit's Wild Friends." Walk the hermit's footsteps along the romantically laid out hiking trails. We will share tales from his book on the trails before we "Meet the Hermit!'

Outdoor Sculpture Tour

Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the 19th Outdoor Sculpture at Maudslay Exhibit featuring 34 unique site specific sculptures created by local artists addressing this year’s theme CONNECT within the magnificent fields, forests, and gardens of Maudslay State Park. A free catalog containing a map, photos, statements, and artist biographies will be available at the main trail head throughout the show, which runs 9/9 - 9/30. The exhibit is open to all North Shore and Merrimack River Valley artists and is the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Gold Star Award.

Afternoon Adventure Hike at Boxford State Forest

Come spend the entire afternoon exploring Boxford State Forest. For this hike, we're trying something a bit different— we'll hike for 4 hours instead of the usual 2 hours! See how beautiful the forest really is as you follow the Bay Circuit Trail across the Boxford border, through a large red pine plantation nicknamed of the "Enchanted Forest", over Bald Hill, to Crooked Pond and more. Participants should come prepared for an extended-length hike of approximately 4 hours. We will meet at the state forest parking area at the end of Sharpner’s Pond Road in North Andover.

Harold Parker History Walk

Come explore a small portion of Harold Parker State Forest. Harold Parker is a hidden gem, with a wide variety of trails accessible for hiking and biking. We will walk past beaver dams and ponds, traveling on a well-maintained forest trail, making our way first to the old soapstone quarry site and finally to the historic Jenkins Mill site. A wonderfully diverse 2-hour walk. Children are very welcome. Dogs can come along, but they must be group friendly and leashed. We'll meet at the parking area on Middleton Road at the "pavilion" between Jenkins and Harold Parker Roads.

Become a Citizen Scientist

Join the staff at the Saugus Iron Works NHS as we compare and contrast the differences of two water sources within the park, the Saugus River and the Saugus estuary. Take part in hands on water testing of two bodies of water less than 200 yards apart. Explore the “checkup” of the water by participating in a few simple tests to determine how healthy the waters are.


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