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February Vacation Adventure Days

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Official Website:February Vacation Adventure Days
Location:87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA, 01983
Dates:Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - Friday, February 23, 2018
In/Outdoor:Indoor, Outdoor
Cost:$$ see below
Category:School Vacation

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 20: 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 21: 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 22: 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 23: 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.

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.


$190 members, $200 nonmembersFee per day: $57 members, $68 nonmembers


87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA, 01983 map

From Boston and the south: Take Rt I-95 north to exit 50 and follow Rt 1 north. At the junction of Rt 1 and Rt 97, turn right onto Rt 97 south (toward Beverly and Danvers). Follow Rt 97 south and take the third left onto Perkins Row. Follow Perkins Row for 1 mile, and the sanctuary is on the right.

From the north: Take Rt I-95 south to exit 53A and follow Rt 97 south. At the junction of Rt 1 and Rt 97 in Topsfield, stay on Rt 97 south and take the third left onto Perkins Row. Follow Perkins Row for 1 mile, and the sanctuary is on the right.


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