Bluebird Nestbox Building Workshop

Bring the kids and learn how to build a bluebird house at Ravenswood Park

Bring back the Bluebirds! Build Eastern bluebird nest boxes to add to our Coolidge Reservation’s Ocean Lawn or improve habitat by building a nest box you can take home with you for $20. These beautiful birds have been in decline due to a shortage of natural nesting cavities and competition from non-native species. By helping to build well-designed nesting boxes, you can encourage the return of these birds and improve biodiversity of our area.

Monday, February 16, 2015 10am-Noon
Ravenswood Park

Chocolate Brunch and Learn with Taza

This 'Appleton Cooks' workshop focuses on Taza's organic chocolate at the Truste

Join Taza Chocolate and Appleton Farms as we lead you through the journey from cacao bean to delicious chocolate bar. Suhayl Ramirez, Events and Outreach Coordinator for Taza Chocolate, will start your journey at the Mayan and Aztec origins of Theobroma Cacao and bring you right to the American craft chocolate being ground by stone right in Somerville, Massachusetts. All the while, participants will learn about and taste many different facets of chocolate, from the bean to the bar to the brunch! To complete the experience Chef Jennifer Knight will demo the ultimate chocolate croissant to pair perfectly with a traditional taza de chocolate (sumptuous Mexican hot chocolate) that participants will help prepare!

Sunday, February 1, 2015 11am-1pm
Appleton Farms

USCG Boating & Seamanship Course

The US Coast Guard and the Ipswich Harbor Master have teamed up to bring the residents of Ipswich a boating safety course that will provide a great foundation for a Summer of fun on the water! Kids ages 12-15 who operate boats and teens 16-17 who operate personal water craft will fulfill their Massachusetts Boater Education requirement in this course. Attendees will learn about safe navigation, communication skills, weather information, personal water safety and how to handle an emergency situation on the water.

Ipswich Town Hall

Stories from the Wildside

Kids will develop their writing skills Sunday afternoons this winter traipsing through woodlands in search of wildlife stories. Practice tracking animals and reading clues about the life of the forest. Learn techniques for developing characters, drawing readers into a place, and creating intriguing plots.

Guitar I & II

Learn guitar anatomy, tuning, strumming and picking. Use tablature and diagrams to learn melodies and chords. Focus will be on good technique and practice strategy, basic music, theory, and of course, playing song and having fun!

Gifts from the Farm Kitchen with Appleton Cooks

This 'Appleton Cooks' workshop focuses on home culinary gifts at Appleton Farms

Some of the most coveted gifts are created in the kitchen! Join us as we prepare a variety of sweet & savory homemade food gifts perfect for sharing with others throughout this festive season. Everything from fantastic farmhouse baked goods to delicious savory spreads, these recipes will be perfect for all of your holiday gift-giving to family and friends! Class includes hands-on preparation of 5 food gift items, fun packaging ideas, printed recipe booklet and a light meal. Best of all, each participant leaves class with their very own culinary gifts!

Friday, December 19, 2014 6-9PM
Appleton Farms

Family Gingerbread Workshop

Family Gingerbread House Workshop at the New Hampshire Children's Museum will be

Get into the holiday spirit by building and decorating an authentic gingerbread house with your family. Brainstorm with your kids and bring your ideas to be creative together without messing up your own kitchen! The Children's Museum of NH will supply all the materials: a fresh and tasty unassembled gingerbread house, icing and a wide variety of candy and edible decorations – you supply the inspiration! Cider, cookies and holiday music make this a memorable family experience.

Saturday, December 13, 2014 9:30am, 11am, 1:30pm & 3:30pm

Art of Nature: Dangling Decorations

Image: 'Seeds That Soar' ©2013 Bill O’Connor Kids will learn about seeds

Ever notice wavy lines on tree bark? That peppers and potatoes come in a crazy quilt of colors? That clouds can look like whispers in the sky? If yes, you won’t want to miss these classes. Sign up for all four, or choose individually. All participants (adults and children) will be expected to let loose their inner artist!

Saturday, December 13, 2014 1:30-3pm

Gingerbread Houses with Appleton Cooks

This 'Appleton Cooks' workshop focuses on Gingerbread at the Trustees of Rese

Come take a break from the busy holiday season and enjoy some family time building your own gingerbread house. We will provide all the freshly baked materials to build your house as well as endless edible decorations. Come join us and let this become your new holiday tradition. Holiday drinks and all supplies are covered in the registration fee.

Sunday, December 14, 2014 1-3PM
Appleton Farms

Beginning Winter Birding

Beginning winter birding is held on the 3rd Sunday of each Winter month

Join us at Halibut Point State Park, a nationally renowned destination for viewing winter birds, to learn the basics of birding, natural history, and behavioral traits of our area's winter birds such as ducks, gulls, cormorants, loons, grebes, gannets, and alcids.

Third Sunday of Month through March 2015
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