Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary Announce Summer Family Programs

Family and Children's Programs Announced for Summer 2008

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The Massachusetts Audubon Society's Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary has announced a series of interesting, outdoor summer programs catered for children (ages 6-11) and families.

Consult CapeCodToday's calendar of events and the sanctuary's site to confirm times and for more details.

Secrets of the Sand

Learn to read the signs of the tidal flats, such as twisting trails, holes, and mud piles, that reveal how creatures live, walk, eat and burrow down under. We will explore the shore with dip nets, digging tools, and magnifiers to discover creatures and uncover their secrets for survival in an environment inundated twice daily by the tide.  

Program dates: 6/28 – 1pm, 7/7– 9am, 7/12– 1pm, 7/17– 8am, 7/19– 9am, 7/24- 9:30 am, 7/26-10am, 7/31- 3pm,  8/2– 9am, 8/7– 10am, 8/9– 11am 8/14-3pm, 8/16-9am, 8/21-9:30am, 8/23– 9:30am, 8/28– 3pm, 8/31– 9am.

Cost: $6 children, $8 adults ($4 and $6  members ).  No registration required for this program.

Horseshoe Crab Encounters

In a mass May migration, horseshoe crabs journey to the bays, coves, and tidal flats of Cape Cod to spawn and lay clusters of eggs. Many locals recall the bay bottom covered by a carpet of these armored arthropods so dense that there wasn’t space for a single footstep. Join us as we seek out horseshoe crabs and examine their amazing anatomy, life cycle, and adaptations and discover the challenges facing these ancient creatures today.

Program dates: Thursday, June 26 at 10:30am, Thursday, July 3 at 7am, Thursday, July 10 at 10:30am.

Cost: $8 ($6 for members). No registration is required for this program.

Butterflies of Cape Cod

In early July, blooming milkweed is a magnet for butterflies in old Cape Cod pastures. Tor Hansen, naturalist, illustrator, and co-author of Butterflies Across Cape Cod, will lead us on a magnificent journey into butterfly habitat and inspire both children and adults with his love of Lepidoptera.

We will see several of Cape Cod’s 76 species, such as the Monarch, Painted Lady, and Red Admiral and learn the visual clues of cryptic coloration, wing patterns, eyespots and fringe.

We will also discover the miracle of metamorphosis from larvae to chrysalis to  adult.

Program dates: Wednesdays, July 2 and 9 at 9:30am.  

Cost: $6 kids, $8 adults ($4 and $6 members).

What’s That Bird?

Why do songbirds sing? How do feathers function? How are beaks, feet, and food connected? Join us as we observe birds through binoculars, learn bird language and lifestyles, and build a bird box or nest!             

Program dates: Tuesdays,  July 15 and August 5 from 9:30am—11:30am. 

Cost: $15 ($12 for members)

Brave Little Beach Birds

Discover how Piping Plovers and Least Terns raise their tiny, fluffy chicks on open, ocean beaches despite fierce storms, blazing sun and unpredictable predators. We will learn how scientists are helping these shy shorebirds, play Piping Plover games, and create a project to help protect endangered birds.        

Program dates: Tuesdays, July 22 and August 19 from 9:30am—11:30am.

Cost: $15 ($12 for members).

Aquatic Adventures and Tantalizing Turtles

Nymphs, whirligigs, backswimmers, and boatmen are just a few of the unusual inhabitants of ponds. We will uncover the murky world of aquatic invertebrates that are concealed under rocks, lily pads, and the mucky pond bottom. We will also seek turtles that lurk in these still waters and study them up close.

Program dates: Tuesdays, July 29 and August 12  from 9:30am-11:30am.

Cost: $15 ($12 for members).

FOR KIDS - Wild Arts!

Spend your summer surrounded by awesome sights, sweet smells, mysterious sounds and amazing artistic adventures. With Mother Nature as a guide, Teacher and Artist Carrie Quenneville will help you let your imagination run wild. At Mass Audubon, you will embark on an enriching journey of creativity.

Together, through drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking, illustration and countless other expressive experiences, we will embrace the nature and culture of Cape Cod.

Program dates: Fridays through August beginning June 27 from 9:30am—noon.

Cost: $18 ($15 for members and those taking 2 or more classes)

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Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 345 Bone Hill Rd., Cummaquid off Route 6A. Children’s Programs are for children ages 6—11 years.  For more information or to register for children’s programs, please call 508-362-7475 or email [email protected] or visit www.massaudubon.org.

Release and image courtesy of the Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary.

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