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SUMMER SOLSTICE PLOVER STROLL AT DEMAREST LLOYD

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Date: Thursday, June 21st
Inclement weather date: Friday, June 22nd
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Meeting place: DCR Demarest Lloyd State Park (proceed through entrance gate to main lot)
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $8   Non-members: $10   Children under 12: half-price
Limit: 20

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 20th

Kick-off the summer season by observing and learning about nesting shorebirds at the dynamic ecosystem of Demarest Lloyd State Park on a warm summer evening. A large sand spit provides nesting habitat for plovers, least terns, and diamondback terrapins (an estuarine turtle) which are all nesting at this time. Other birds such as ospreys and egrets may also be seen.

Participants should bring birding equipment (binoculars or scope, camera, bird guide), bug spray, and footwear appropriate for walking along the beach and over intertidal flats (bird guides and optics in limited quantity available for use).

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 x 23, or email jbogart@lloydcenter.org.

SLOCUM RIVER SUNSET KAYAK TOUR

Date: Thursday, June 21st
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center for the Environment
Leader: Osprey Sea Kayak Instructors
Price: Member: $45   Non-member: $55
Limit: 12

Pre-registration required by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, June 20th

What better way to end the day than a peaceful paddle down the river. You’ll feel your stress dissolve as we glide through the salt marsh enjoying the setting sun. This is a wonderful relaxing trip for viewing waterfowl and the delicate salt marsh ecosystem of the Slocum River.

Kids ages 12 and older admitted if attended by a parent/adult guardian. 
Beginners welcome. Wear clothing and footwear that you don’t mind getting wet and bring a non-alcoholic beverage.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Fern at 508-990-0505 x 10, or fcallen@lloydcenter.org.

ESTUARY EXPLORATION

Date: Saturday, June 23rd
Inclement weather date: Saturday, June 30th
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Location: Lloyd Center Visitor Center
Leader: Katie Houseman, Lloyd Center Educator/Naturalist
Price: Individual: Members: $5   Non-members: $7
Family of Four: Members: $15   Non-members: $21
Limit: 20    Age Limit: 5 and older

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., Thursday, June 21st

Come explore the estuary! Using dip nets and seine nets, we will try and find some of the unique animals which call this estuary their home. In addition to finding common crabs, shrimp, fish and more, we will discuss how sub-tropical animals arrive on our coastlines. Please wear closed-toe boots or water shoes. A towel and change of clothes are highly recommended.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Katie Houseman at 508-990-0505 x 13, or email katie@lloydcenter.org.

HOW DO YOU FIT IN THE BIG CIRCLE?

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Date: Saturday, June 23rd
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Lloyd Center Bond Building (near lower parking lot)
Instructor: Beth Adoette
Price: Individual: Members: $8   Non-members: $10
Limit: 20    Age Limit: 18 and older

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., Thursday, June 21st

Love being in and engaging with nature? Interested in an affordable workshop that combines mindfulness, creativity, interaction and introspection? Join other curious, like-minded people for an Eco-Art Wellness Workshop, hosted by Beth Adoette, at the Lloyd Center!

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This workshop is one you don’t want to miss! It includes guided meditation, writing, group discussion, and the creation of a cooperative nature mandala.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the workshop, please email Beth at connected@bethadoette.com.

 

 

 

 

 

WOMEN’S CANOE TRIP

Date: Thursday, June 28th
Time: 6:00 pm-8:30 pm
Meeting place: Lloyd Center Visitor Center
Leader: Liz Moniz, Lloyd Center Education/Outreach Director
Price: Members: $32  Non-members: $40
Limit: 12

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., on Wednesday, June 27th

Ladies night out! Enjoy canoeing the historic Slocum River. There is a short hike through our forest to the launch site and all equipment is provided. Wear clothing and footwear you don’t mind getting wet and pack a non-alcoholic beverage and snack.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Liz at 508-990-0505 x 15, or email liz@lloydcenter.org.

MOONLIGHT KAYAK TOUR

Date: Friday, June 29th
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center for the Environment
Leader: Osprey Sea Kayak Instructors
Price: Member: $ 65   Non-member: $ 80
Limit: 12

Pre-registration required by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, June 27th

There is something magical about being on the water at sunset, when the sky changes to a multitude of hues, and the moon appears on the horizon, at first so big it looks as if you can touch it. Osprey Sea Kayak guides will give you basic instruction of kayaking, and then you will leisurely paddle the calm, protected waters of the Westport River. Along the way we’ll stop to “raft up” to share snacks and stories. Very relaxing!

Beginners welcome. Wear clothing and footwear that you don’t mind getting wet and bring a non-alcoholic beverage.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Fern at 508-990-0505 x 10, or fcallen@lloydcenter.org.

SLOCUM RIVER SUNSET STAND UP PADDLE TOUR

Date: Friday, July 6th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center for the Environment
Leader: Osprey Sea Kayak Instructors
Price: Member: $55 Non-member: $65
Limit: 12

Pre-registration required by 12:00 noon on Thursday, July 5th

Let the stress of your day dissolve away as you Standup Paddle off into the sunset. We’ll enjoy a relaxing paddle as while we explore the diversity of the beautiful Slocum River. Osprey Sea Kayak guides will show you all this gorgeous venue has to offer, and can give some handy paddling tips along the way. Truly a great end to any day!

Kids ages 15 and up admitted if attended by a parent/ adult guardian. Please wear clothing and footwear that you don’t mind getting wet and bring a non-alcoholic beverage.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Fern at 508-990-0505 x 10, or fcallen@lloydcenter.org.

CLAMBAKE XXXIII – Celebrating Science & Education!

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Date: Friday, July 13th
Time: 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Location: Demarest Lloyd State Park

Friday, July 13th marks the Lloyd Center’s 33rd Annual Clambake – a South Coast tradition.

Festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. on the evening of Friday, July 13, by the side of the sea at DCR Demarest Lloyd State Park in Dartmouth.

This year we’re getting “Back to Basics” – enjoy live music, a classic menu including whole lobsters, clams, barbeque chicken, and top shelf open bar.

Those who have attended this event in the past, know it to be the unofficial “kick-off” of the South Coast’s summer season. A tradition upon which so much depends, the Clambake helps to underwrite the costs of the Lloyd Center’s critically important environmental research and education programs.

CLICK HERE for more information and reservations.

SHOREBIRD MIGRATION STROLL AT GOOSEBERRY NECK ISLAND

Date: Saturday, July 21st
Inclement weather date: Sunday, July 22nd
Time: 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Meeting place: Gooseberry Neck parking lot, Westport, MA
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $10 Non-members: $13 Children under 12: half price
Limit: 20

Pre-registration required by 4:00 pm, Friday, July 20th

Gooseberry Neck is both a breeding site for endangered shorebirds and a significant stopover site for other various migrant shorebird species. In some years large numbers of offshore (pelagic) dwellers such as shearwaters may pass through. Come enjoy a morning walk on this unique island. Mammals such as wandering deer or grey seals swimming near shore are also possible sightings.

Participants should bring birding equipment and camera, water, and wear sturdy footwear for rocky sections and light clothing for walking in possibly hot, muggy conditions.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 x 23, or email jbogart@lloydcenter.org.


31st ANNUAL NORTH AMERICAN BUTTERFLY ASSOCIATION (NABA) BUTTERFLY COUNT

Date: Saturday, July 21st
Inclement weather date: Sunday, July 22nd
Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Meeting place: Park & Ride on Mt. Pleasant St., off RTE 140 Exit 4
Price: Members: $15 Non-members: $19

Pre-registration required by 4:00 pm, Friday, July 20th

Become a citizen scientist and join the Lloyd Center’s research staff as we participate in NABA’s annual butterfly count in Dartmouth and New Bedford. The only requirements are enthusiasm and an interest in this region’s butterfly fauna! By the end of the day, you may be able to recognize 20 or more species of butterflies and will have contributed to NABA’s nationwide long-range study of butterfly diversity and distribution patterns relative to climate change.

Participants should wear hiking shoes, hats and long pants, have sun protection, plenty of water, and bring a lunch. The Center will have extra water for sale.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Mark Mello at 508-990-0505 x 22, or markmello@lloydcenter.org.

WOMEN’S CANOE TRIP

Date: Friday, July 27th
Time: 6:00 pm-8:30 pm
Meeting place: Lloyd Center Visitor Center
Leader: Liz Moniz, Lloyd Center Education/Outreach Director
Price: Members: $32 Non-members: $40
Limit: 12

Pre-registration required by 12:00 noon on Thursday, July 26th

Ladies night out! Enjoy canoeing the historic Slocum River. There is a short hike through our forest to the launch site and all equipment is provided. Wear clothing and footwear you don’t mind getting wet and pack a non-alcoholic beverage and snack.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Liz at 508-990-0505 x 15, or email liz@lloydcenter.org.

MOONLIGHT KAYAK TOUR

Date: Friday, July 27th
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center for the Environment
Leader: Osprey Sea Kayak Instructors
Price: Member: $ 65 Non-member: $ 80
Limit: 12

Pre-registration required by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, July 25th

There is something magical about being on the water at sunset, when the sky changes to a multitude of hues, and the moon appears on the horizon, at first so big it looks as if you can touch it.

Osprey Sea Kayak guides will give you basic instruction of kayaking, and then you will leisurely paddle the calm, protected waters of the Westport River. Along the way we’ll stop to “raft up” to share snacks and stories. Very relaxing!

Beginners welcome. Wear clothing and footwear that you don’t mind getting wet and bring a non-alcoholic beverage.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Fern at 508-990-0505 x 10, or fcallen@lloydcenter.org.

LATE SUMMER SHOREBIRD STROLL AT WEST ISLAND

Date: Thursday, August 2nd
Inclement weather date: Friday, August 3rd
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Meeting place: West Island Town Beach parking lot
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $10 Non-members: $13 Children under 12: half price
Limit: 20      Age Limit: 15 and older

Pre-registration required by 12:00 noon, Thursday, August 2nd

West Island is a breeding ground for piping plovers, as well as a feeding and roosting area for breeding terns and other migratory shorebirds. Come witness the beauty of the island in early evening during the migration season when shorebirds are on the move. This is a great location to view fledgling plovers and terns, and other bird life in early August. Under the right conditions, the views of the surrounding bay itself are breathtaking.

Participants should bring birding equipment and footwear for walking the beach, including possibly wet intertidal areas.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 x 23, or email jbogart@lloydcenter.org.

COLD-BLOODED CRUSADE

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Date: Saturday, August 4th
Time: 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm
Location: Lloyd Center Visitor Center
Leader: Amanda Nowicki, Lloyd Center Educator/Naturalist
Price: Individual: Members: $5 Non-members: $7
Family of Four: Members: $15 Non-members: $21

Pre-registration required by 4:00 pm, Thursday, August 2nd

Our adventure will begin with a brief discussion about cold-blooded creatures and the species found in Massachusetts. We will discuss their breeding cycles and general behaviors. We will take an up close and personal look at some of the Lloyd Center’s reptiles and amphibians, and end our adventure with a reptile or amphibian craft. This program is appropriate for families with children ages five and older.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Amanda Nowicki at 508-990-0505 x 19, or email amanda@lloydcenter.org.

NEW MOON SHOREBIRD MIGRATION TRIP TO OUTER CAPE

Date: Saturday, August 11th
Inclement weather date: Sunday, August 12th
Time: 7:00 am (van depart) – 5:00 pm (approximate van return)
Meeting place: TBD
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $40 Non-members: $50
Limit: 12        Age Limit: 15 and older

Pre-registration required by 12:00 noon, Friday, August 10th

From mid-July through September, shorebirds and seabirds congregate in large flocks on the vast beaches and intertidal areas of Cape Cod, which provide important stopover habitat for birds preparing to migrate south. Come witness this annual spectacle and learn more about the various shorebird species found in the region during the new moon tide cycle, when unusually low tides mean extensive tidal flats will be exposed.

Participants will be transported in the Lloyd Center van to Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge in Chatham and walk along Morris Island to view shorebirds. Additional stops may be made time permitting.

Participants should be capable of a full day of walking over even terrain in potentially hot conditions and should bring a lunch, water, footwear for walking in both wet intertidal areas and on sand, windbreaker, raingear, sunscreen, bug spray, and bird optics.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 x 23, or email jbogart@lloydcenter.org.

INTRODUCTION TO STAND-UP PADDLING

Date: Sunday, August 12th
Time: 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Meeting place: Lloyd Center for the Environment
Leader: Osprey Sea Kayak Instructors
Price: Member: $55 Non-member: $65
Limit: 12

Pre-registration required by 12:00 noon on Friday, August 10th

There’s no better time for you to step onboard and learn to Standup Paddle! Stand-up paddleboarding is a fun, low-impact way to explore our South Coast waterways…and get a little exercise in the process!

This Intro to SUP course is a great opportunity to learn the techniques of SUP in a relaxing environment. Certified Osprey Sea Kayak guides will teach you all the basics; getting familiar with equipment, water entry and balance, proper stance and positioning on the board, efficient paddling technique, and safety and etiquette.
Come out and give it a try… you’ll love it!

Please wear clothing and footwear that you don’t mind getting wet and bring a non-alcoholic beverage.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Fern at 508-990-0505 x 10, or fcallen@lloydcenter.org.

SLOCUM RIVER SUNSET KAYAK TOUR

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Date: Thursday, August 23rd
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center for the Environment
Leader: Osprey Sea Kayak Instructors
Price: Member: $45 Non-member: $55
Limit: 12

Pre-registration required by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, August 22nd

What better way to end the day than a peaceful paddle down the river. You’ll feel your stress dissolve as we glide through the salt marsh enjoying the setting sun. This is a wonderful relaxing trip for viewing waterfowl and the delicate salt marsh ecosystem of the Slocum River.

Beginners welcome. Kids ages 12 and older admitted if attended by a parent/adult guardian.

Wear clothing and footwear that you don’t mind getting wet and bring a non-alcoholic beverage.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Fern at 508-990-0505 x 10, or fcallen@lloydcenter.org.

WOMEN’S CANOE TRIP

Date: Sunday, August 26th
Time: 5:30 pm-8:00 pm
Meeting place: Lloyd Center Visitor Center
Leader: Liz Moniz, Lloyd Center Education/Outreach Director
Price: Members: $32 Non-members: $40
Limit: 12

Pre-registration required by 12:00 noon on Friday, August 24th

Ladies night out! Enjoy canoeing the historic Slocum River. There is a short hike through our forest to the launch site and all equipment is provided. Wear clothing and footwear you don’t mind getting wet and pack a non-alcoholic beverage and snack.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Liz at 508-990-0505 x 15, or email liz@lloydcenter.org.

NATURE DISCOVERIES

Date: Saturday, September 15th
Time: 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Location: Lloyd Center Visitor Center
Price: Members: $5 Non-members: $6

No pre-registration required

Nature Discoveries occurs on the third Saturday of each month. Join us as we investigate nature by reading thematic books and exploring the Lloyd Center. Live animal demonstrations, specimens to observe and touch, hikes, activities and crafts bring nature themes to life for our Nature Discovery participants! This hour-long adventure is appropriate for children ages 2-6. (Younger or older siblings are welcome as well.)

If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Erika at 508-990-0505 x 18, or email erika@lloydcenter.org.

ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS: Koko the Owl & Friends

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Date: Saturday, September 22nd
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Lloyd Center Visitor Center
Price: Members: Free

No pre-registration required

Join us for a day of fun-filled interactions with the reptiles, amphibians, insects and other wildlife that inhabit our watershed. The day will be full of animal meet-and-greets, a live owl presentation, dip-netting, and other activities for all ages! Most importantly, learn about the biodiversity in your own backyard. We can’t wait to see you here!

If you have specific questions regarding the event, please call Erika Fernandes at 508-990-0505 x 18, or email erika@lloydcenter.org.

 

WOMEN’S CANOE TRIP

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Date: Sunday, September 23rd
Time: 5:00 pm-7:30 pm
Meeting place: Lloyd Center Visitor Center
Leader: Liz Moniz, Lloyd Center Education/Outreach Director
Price: Members: $32 Non-members: $40
Limit: 12

Pre-registration required by 12:00 noon on Friday, September 21st

Ladies night out! Enjoy canoeing the historic Slocum River. There is a short hike through our forest to the launch site and all equipment is provided. Wear clothing and footwear you don’t mind getting wet and pack a non-alcoholic beverage and snack.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Liz at 508-990-0505 x 15, or email liz@lloydcenter.org.