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February Vacation Adventure Days

Official Website:February Vacation Adventure Days
Location:87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA, 01983
Dates:Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - Friday, February 22, 2019
In/Outdoor:Indoor, Outdoor
Cost:$$ see below
Category:School Vacation

Winter is an exciting time for outdoor discovery. We have put together four days of hands-on, awesome, age-appropriate activities to explore the natural world in winter.

Sharpen your observation skills as we locate and learn about winter animals and tap a sugar maple tree to make syrup. We have a warm cozy Barn and Nature Center for indoor activities that include listening to stories, singing songs, playing with friends, and looking under a microscope. Participants will be divided into smaller groups by age.

Tuesday, February 19: Maple Sugaring
Today we'll learn about one of nature's tastiest treats: maple syrup. We'll discover how to distinguish a sugar maple from all the other trees in the forest and tap one to collect the sap. After a visit to the sugarhouse, we'll know how sap is converted into syrup and try some on our very own pancakes. We'll see who can tell the difference between store-bought syrup and the real stuff!

Wednesday, February 20: Winter Homes
Can you imagine living outside through the entire winter? We'll explore the woodlands, wetlands, and field edges for nests, cavities, burrows, dens, and lodges to discover how birds, mammals, and insects find homes in this challenging season. We'll build an igloo or shelter and see how warm it can be inside.

Thursday, February 21: Carnivores Dining Out
Winter is a great time to look for predators and the evidence they leave behind. Today, we'll look at animal bones, fur, scat, tracks, and chews. Then we'll hike the sanctuary in search of hawks, foxes, fishers, river otters, and more. We'll investigate how these animals are able to hunt prey in the cold winter weather.

Friday, February 22: Awesome Owls
Have you ever walked through the woods looking for owls during the day? Owls are most active at night, of course, but if you know what to look for you can find their daytime roosts. Together we'll discover what our local owls look like, what they eat, and what they sound like. As a special activity, everyone will help to dissect an owl pellet.

Instructions and Directions:

Meets in the Barn. A confirmation with more details will be sent.

Registration is required.

Register online or call 978-887-9264 to register by phone.

Register by mail: program registration form (PDF 66K)
For your own security, DO NOT send credit card information via email.
For more information, contact:

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
87 Perkins Row
Topsfield, MA 01983


Looking for more fun things to do? Check out our Boston February Vacation Week guide for lots more great ideas on things to do with the kids this week.


$197 members, $209 nonmembers Fee per day: $58 members, $68 nonmembers


87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA, 01983 map

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
87 Perkins Row
Topsfield, MA 01983


  • register early. Dress for the weather. Return health form early
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