Calendar

SALT MARSH ECOLOGY2013-dhs-biodiversity-2

Date: Saturday, May 28th
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center Bond Building
Leader: Jen Wimmer, Lloyd Center Outreach Specialist
Price: Members: $8       Non-members: $10
Limit: 10   Age Limit: 14 and older

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., Friday, May 27th

Put on your boots and join us at the Lloyd Center for a walk through one of the many salt marshes on our property. During this program, have a chance to explore the marsh, catalog the species that live there and learn about the importance of the Salt Marsh Habitat. Be sure to wear clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jen at 508-990-0505 x 14, or email jen@lloydcenter.org.

NATURE DISCOVERIESnature-pirates-2015

Date: Saturday, June 11th
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center Visitor Center
Leader: Jen Wimmer, Lloyd Center Outreach Specialist
Price: Members: $5     Non-members: $6
Limit: 20         All ages welcome

No pre-registration required

Nature Discoveries occurs on the second Saturday of each month.  Join us as we investigate nature topics by reading nature-themed 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 guests.  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 Jen Wimmer at 508-990-0505 x 14, or email jen@lloydcenter.org.

WHALE WATCHING WITH THE LLOYD CENTERresearch-whale-watch

Date: Saturday, June 11th
Time: 12:00 noon* – 7:30 p.m.
*please arrive no later than 11:45 a.m. to depart.
Meeting place: Stop & Shop on Faunce Corner Road (across from Dartmouth Mall) gas station parking lot.
Leader: Jasmine Smith-Gillen, Lloyd Center Education Specialist
Price:  Members: $45     Non-members: $55
Price includes transportation to Plymouth, and boat has a snack bar.
Limit: 13

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., Thursday, June 9th

Stellwagen Bank, located off of Provincetown, Cape Cod, is prime feeding waters for whales in the spring and summer. Join Lloyd Center Education Specialist Jasmine Smith-Gillen on Captain Jon’s Whale Watch out of Plymouth. We will have the opportunity to observe minke, finback, and humpback whales. Humpbacks often approach the vessel and feed in large groups, giving us spectacular views of these amazing marine mammals. Dolphins, sea turtles, Mola mola (ocean sunfish) and seals are occasionally spotted as well. Cameras and binoculars are encouraged. Be prepared for cold, windy weather as the boat travels, and have motion sickness medication just in case.  For additional information visit (http://www.captjohn.com/).

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

SUMMER SOLSTICE PLOVER STROLL AT DEMAREST LLOYDplover-pair-horseneck

Date: Saturday, June 18th       Inclement weather date: Sunday, June 19th
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Meeting place: 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., Friday, June 17h

Kick-off the summer season by observing and learning about nesting shorebirds at the dynamic ecosystem of Demarest Lloyd State Park. 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.

WOMEN’S CANOE TRIPoutreach-canoe-2

Date: Sunday, June 19th
Time: 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center for the Environment
Leader: Liz Moniz, Lloyd Center Outreach Director
Price: Members: $25       Non-member: $30
Limit:  12

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 17th

Ladies night out! Enjoy canoeing the historic Slocum River. Weather permitting; this evening paddle will feature an amazing full moon and other scenic vistas.  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 as well as a non-alcoholic beverage.

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

SLOCUM RIVER SUNSET KAYAK TOURoutreach-kayak-slocum-1

Date: Wednesday, June 29th
Time: 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center Parking Lot
Leader: Osprey Sea Kayak Certified Instructor
Price: Members: $40    Non-members: $50
Limit: 12    Ages 14 and older

Pre-registration required by 12:00 noon Tuesday, June 28th

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

CLAMBAKE XXXIcb-2016-host

Date: Friday, July 8th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Location: Demarest Lloyd State Park

Friday, July 8th marks the Lloyd Center’s 31st Annual Clambake – “Celebrating Science & Education!”

Festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. on the evening of Friday, July 8th , by the side of the sea at Demarest Lloyd State Park in Dartmouth. With a limited number of seats available, advance reservations are an absolute must.

Click here for more information and reservations.

Artwork by Sandra Hall

SLOCUM RIVER SUNSET KAYAK TOURoutreach-sunset-kayak-3

Date: Thursday, July 14th
Time: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center Parking Lot
Leader: Osprey Sea Kayak Certified Instructor
Price: Members: $40     Non-members: $50
Limit: 10     Ages 14 and older

Pre-registration required by 12:00 noon Wednesday, July 13th

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

INTRODUCTION TO STAND-UP PADDLINGSTAND-UP PADDLE BOARDING_opt

Date: Sunday, July 17th
Time: 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center Parking Lot
Leader: Osprey Sea Kayak Certified Instructor
Price: Members: $50     Non-members: $60
Limit: 12     Ages 14 and older

Pre-registration required by 12:00 noon on Friday, July 15th

Stand-up Paddling is a fun way to explore our waterways, improve your balance and get a fantastic core body workout. Anyone can Stand-Up Paddle!
Our intro session will take place in the calm waters of the Slocum River. We will cover all the basics; getting familiar with equipment, water entry and balance, proper stance and positioning on the board, efficient paddling technique, and safety. Come out and give it a try… you’ll love it!

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 TRIPoutreach-canoe-7

Date: Tuesday, July 19th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center for the Environment
Leader: Liz Moniz, Lloyd Center Outreach Director
Price: Members: $25       Non-member: $30
Limit:  12

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, July 18th

Ladies night out! Enjoy canoeing the historic Slocum River. Weather permitting; this evening paddle will feature an amazing full moon and other scenic vistas.  There is a short hike through our forest to the launch site & all equipment is provided. Wear clothing and footwear you don’t mind getting wet as well as a non-alcoholic beverage.

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

MID-SUMMER SHOREBIRD STROLL AT GOOSEBERRY NECKbeach-1_opt

Date: Saturday, July 23rd         Inclement weather date: Sunday, July 24th
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Meeting place: Gooseberry Neck Island
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., Friday, July 22nd

Gooseberry Neck Island serves as a stopover site for various shorebirds species, and in some years as a nesting site for both plovers and terns.  By late July the shorebird migration is underway with both fledges from the local breeding population as well as birds passing through from further north, beginning to appear. Come visit this island which has something to see at all times of the year!

Participants should bring birding equipment (optics, bird guide, camera -we have extra guides and optics in limited supply) and be prepared to walk the beach!

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.

29th ANNUAL NORTH AMERICAN BUTTERFLY ASSOCIATION (NABA) BUTTERFLY COUNTbutterfly-count

Date: Saturday, July 23rd        Inclement weather date: Sunday, July 24th
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Meeting place: Park & Ride on Mt. Pleasant St., off Rt. 140 Exit 4
Leader: Mark Mello; Research Director
Price:  Members: $8   Non-members: $10
Limit: 10     Age Limit: 10 and older

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., Friday, July 22nd

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 email markmello@lloydcenter.org.

NATIONAL MOTH WEEK HUNTrosy-maple-moth

Date: Friday, July 29, 2016
Time: 8:00 p.m. on (up to 2:00 a.m.)
Meeting place: Lloyd Center for the Environment main parking lot
Leader: Mark Mello, Lloyd Center Research Director
Price:   Individual:  Members: free   Non-members: $5    Children under 12: free
Limit: 20      All Ages Welcome

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., Thursday, July 28th

Join Lloyd Center for the Environment’s Research Director Mark Mello for National Moth Week Moth Hunt on Friday, July 29. The Lloyd Center has been collecting moth data on its 82-acre property since 1983, amassing records of over 700 species of macrolepidoptera. The public is invited to join Mark for an evening of moth observations at the Lloyd Center’s Visitor Center.

At 8pm, participants will set out lights and bait on the property. Mark will then provide an introduction to moth identification and diversity in southern New England. By 9 pm it will be dark, and participants will make their first round to the bait trail and butterfly garden to see nectaring moth species, and then settle down at the lights. We will operate the lights until 2am, recording all the species we encounter (folks are not required to stay until 2:00, however!).

Coffee and light refreshments will be available. For those planning on staying until the end, a blanket or air mattress for short naps might be useful. Participants will either photograph or collect (when photographic identification would be questionable or a species is new for the property) all species to later be submitted to the National Moth Week database.

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.

EVENING SHOREBIRD STROLL AT WEST ISLANDleast-tern-horseneck

Date: Thursday, August 4th     Inclement weather date: Friday, August 5th
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Meeting place: West Island Town Beach parking lot
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price:  Members: $8    Non-members: $10   Children under 12: half price
Limit:  20     Age Limit: 15

Pre-registration required by 12:00 noon, Thursday, August 4th

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

Participants should bring birding equipment (optics, bird guide, camera – we have extra guides and optics in limited supply) and be prepared to walk the beach!

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 PADDLINGstandup-paddle-1

Date: Saturday, August 6th
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center Parking Lot
Leader: Osprey Sea Kayak Certified Instructor
Price: Members: $50     Non-members: $60
Limit: 12     Ages 14 and up

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

Stand-up Paddling is a fun way to explore our waterways, improve your balance and get a fantastic core body workout. Anyone can Stand-Up Paddle!
Our intro session will take place in the calm waters of the Slocum River. We will cover all the basics; getting familiar with equipment, water entry and balance, proper stance and positioning on the board, efficient paddling technique, and safety. Come out and give it a try… you’ll love it!

Please wear clothing and footwear that can get 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.

OUTER CAPE SHOREBIRD TRIPoutreach-monomoy

Date: Saturday, August 13th    Inclement weather date: Sunday, August 14th
Time: 7:00 a.m. (van departs) – 5:00 p.m. (approximate van returns)
Meeting place: TBD
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price:  Members: $30      Non-members: $35
Limit:  12     Age Limit: 15

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

From late summer into fall, migratory shorebirds congregate in the thousands on the vast beaches and intertidal areas of Cape Cod, which provide important stopover habitats for birds preparing for the long trip south.   Come witness this annual spectacle and learn more about the various shorebird species found in the region.

Participants will be transported to outer cape birding locations. Our focus area is Chatham in the vicinity of Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge and South Beach; recent sightings will determine birding destinations.

Participants should be capable of a full day of walking over even terrain but in potentially hot conditions, and also should bring a lunch, footwear for walking in wet intertidal areas and on sand, windbreaker, raingear, sunscreen, bug spray, bird optics, and field guide (extra field guides and optics will be 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.

EXPLORING OUR COAST: A LOCAL BEACH WALK SERIESmonomoy-2

Date: Sunday, August 14th
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Meeting place: Gooseberry Island parking lot, Westport, MA
Price:   Members: $7   Non-members: $9

Pre-registration required by the 4:00 p.m., Thursday, August 11th

The communities of the Southcoast of Massachusetts are a part of the sea; they have been geographically, historically, and biologically shaped by its presence.  Join us on this series of local beach walks to learn about these relationships while rediscovering the magic of the shoreline.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Erika Fernandes at 508-990-0505 x 16, or erika@lloydcenter.org

WOMEN’S CANOE TRIPoutreach-canoe-7

Date: Thursday, August 18th
Time: 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center for the Environment
Leader: Liz Moniz, Lloyd Center Outreach Director
Price: Members: $25       Non-member: $30
Limit:  12

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17th

Ladies night out! Enjoy canoeing the historic Slocum River. There is a short hike through our forest to the launch site & all equipment is provided.
Wear clothing and footwear 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 Liz at 508-990-0505 x 15, or liz@lloydcenter.org.

SLOCUM RIVER SUNSET KAYAK TOURcanoe1

Date: Thursday, August 25th
Time: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center Parking Lot
Leader: Osprey Sea Kayak Certified Instructor
Price: Members: $40     Non-members: $50
Limit: 12     Ages 14 and older

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

What better way to end the day than a peaceful paddle down river. You’ll feel your stress dissolve as you glide through the salt marsh enjoying the setting sun.
This is a wonderful and relaxing trip for viewing waterfowl and the delicate salt marsh ecosystem of the Slocum River. Beginners welcome.
Wear clothing and footwear 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 TOURcanoe2

Date: Thursday, September 15th
Time: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center Parking Lot
Leader: Osprey Sea Kayak Certified Instructor
Price: Members: $40     Non-members: $50
Limit: 12     Ages 14 and up

Pre-registration required by 12:00 noon Wednesday, September 14th

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