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SLOCUM RIVER SUNSET KAYAK TOUR


Date: May 31, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Leader: Osprey Sea Kayak Certified Instructor
Price: Members: $55 Non-members: $65
Attendee Limit: 12

What better way to end the day than a peaceful paddle down river? You’ll feel your stress dissolve as we 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 Slocum River. Beginners welcome. 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 the Lloyd Center at 508-990-0505 x 10.


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SLOCUM RIVER SUNSET STAND UP PADDLING TOUR


Date: June 14, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
Leader: Osprey Sea Kayak Certified Instructor
Price: Members: $55 Non-members: $65
Attendee Limit: 12

Let the stress of your day dissolve away as you SUP off into the sunset. We will let the conditions of the day dictate our course as we enjoy the brilliant sunset across the water. Previous SUP experience recommended. All tours include paddleboard, paddle, & pfd.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact the Lloyd Center at 508-990-0505 x 10.


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NATURE DISCOVERIES


Date: June 15, 2019
Time: 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Meeting Place: Bond House Classroom
Price: Members: $5 Non-members: $6

Nature Discoveries occurs each season. Join us as we investigate nature through the seasons 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.)

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


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OSPREY ADVENTURES


Date: June 15, 2019
Inclement Weather Date: June 16, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Leader: Amanda Palmer, Lloyd Center Educator/Naturalist
Price: Individual: Members: $10, Non-members: $13 | Family of Four: Members: $30, Non-members: $39
Attendee Limit: 20
Age Limit: All Ages Welcome

Soar through the life of an osprey as we learn about their life and history. Experience what it’s like to be a wildlife biologist studying these fantastic birds through hiking to simulation nests and find out what you can do to continue helping this species.
Participants should wear footwear for light trail walking on forest trails, bug spray and sunscreen.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Amanda Palmer at 508-990-0505 x 31, or apalmer@lloydcenter.org.


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WOMEN’S CANOE TRIP


Date: June 16, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Leader: Liz Moniz, Lloyd Center Education/Outreach Director
Price: Members: $32 Non-members: $40
Attendee Limit: 12

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.


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SUMMER SOLSTICE PLOVER STROLL AT DEMAREST LLOYD


Date: June 21, 2019
Inclement Weather Date: June 22, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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
Attendee Limit: 20

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.




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ESTUARY EXPLORATION


Date: June 22, 2019
Inclement Weather Date: June 29, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Leader: Katie Houseman, Lloyd Center Educator/Naturalist
Price: Individual: Members: $5, Non-members: $7 | Family of Four: Members: $15, Non-members: $21
Attendee Limit: 20
Age Limit: 5 and older

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 like seahorses 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.


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SLOCUM RIVER SUNSET KAYAK TOUR


Date: July 11, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Leader: Osprey Sea Kayak Certified Instructor
Price: Members: $55 Non-members: $65
Attendee Limit: 12

What better way to end the day than a peaceful paddle down river? You’ll feel your stress dissolve as we 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 Slocum River. Beginners welcome. 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 the Lloyd Center at 508-990-0505 x 10.


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CLAMBAKE XXXIV


Date: July 12, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Meeting Place: Demarest Lloyd State Park

Friday, July 12th marks the Lloyd Center’s 34th Annual Clambake - “Celebrating Science & Education!” - a South Coast tradition.

Festivities will begin at 6:00 pm 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.

Go to www.lloydcenter.org for more information and reservations.




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WOMEN’S CANOE TRIP


Date: July 16, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Leader: Liz Moniz, Lloyd Center Education/Outreach Director
Price: Members: $32 Non-members: $40
Attendee Limit: 12

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.


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SHOREBIRD MIGRATION STROLL AT GOOSEBERRY NECK ISLAND


Date: July 20, 2019
Inclement Weather Date: July 21, 2019
Time: 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Meeting Place: Gooseberry Neck Island parking lot
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $8 Non-members: $10 Children under 12: half price
Attendee Limit: 20

Gooseberry Neck Island is both a breeding site for endangered shorebirds, a significant stopover site for other various migrant shorebird species. In some years large numbers of offshore (pelagic) dwellers such as shearwaters have passed through. Come enjoy a morning walk on this very unique island. Mammals such as a wandering deer or grey seal 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.


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32nd ANNUAL NORTH AMERICAN BUTTERFLY ASSOCIATION (NABA) BUTTERFLY COUNT


Date: July 20, 2019
Inclement Weather Date: July 21, 2019
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

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.




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SLOCUM RIVER SUNSET STAND UP PADDLING TOUR


Date: July 26, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Leader: Osprey Sea Kayak Certified Instructor
Price: Members: $55 Non-members: $65
Attendee Limit: 12

Let the stress of your day dissolve away as you SUP off into the sunset. We will let the conditions of the day dictate our course as we enjoy the brilliant sunset across the water. Previous SUP experience recommended. All tours include paddleboard, paddle, & pfd.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact the Lloyd Center at 508-990-0505 x 10.


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SLOCUM RIVER SUNSET KAYAK TOUR


Date: August 23, 2019
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
Attendee Limit: 12

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.


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WOMEN’S CANOE TRIP


Date: August 26, 2019
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
Attendee Limit: 12

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.


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WOMEN’S CANOE TRIP


Date: September 23, 2019
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
Attendee Limit: 12

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.


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REVVED UP FOR RAPTORS (May 18, 2019)

Join us to learn about raptors! Discover what makes our forested neighbors such excellent hunters. During our adventure, we will soar along the Lloyd Center trails and observe live fish-hawks at the estuary. Raptor-themed activities complete this feathery program. This program is appropriate for families with children ages five or older. Don’t forget your “raptor eyes!” Participants should bring binoculars and wear footwear for light trail walking.

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


Beautification Day at the Lloyd Center – Family Volunteers Needed (May 18, 2019)

Pre-registration requested: need adult full name and email address, & first name(s) of children under the age of 18

Please come help us clean up our trails, garden and surrounding property! Tasks include raking, and picking up and moving branches to prepare for burning.

Feel free to bring your own gloves, loppers, leaf rakes and snips. There will be tools available for those without any.

Munchkins, water, and hot coffee will be provided! Please dress in layers and wear closed-toe shoes.

This is a great opportunity for community and family bonding. We will have jobs for children and adults.

As a result of everyone's hard work, our trails, garden and property will be safer and more beautiful for our visitors. Following the event, volunteers can enjoy our 5 miles of hiking trails.

Following the event, volunteers can enjoy our 5 miles of walking/hiking trails, views and the Visitor Center. Volunteers can bring a picnic lunch and eat at our pavilion, located on the trails leading to the estuary, waterfront and dock.

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OUTER CAPE BIRDING AND WHALE WATCHING TOUR (May 11, 2019)

During May on the Outer Cape, breeding birds have arrived in force and warmer seas are churning with seabird and whale activity. We’ll start at Beech Forest, the last remaining mature deciduous forest on the Cape, where songbirds, including warblers, fill the trees during spring migration. We will then board the “Dolphin Fleet” vessel out of Provincetown Harbor, which will take us out to the Stellwagon Bank marine sanctuary, where whales and seabirds congregate in numbers. There you’ll see and learn about these “gentle giants” of the sea.

Participants should bring a lunch, extra layers of clothing and footwear for light hiking, binoculars, and camera.
Please see www.whalewatch.com for information about the “Dolphin Fleet” with which we’ll be partnering for this unique trip.

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.


LLOYD CENTER SPRING BIRD WALK III – CHORUS IN THE TREES (May 9, 2019)

** Photo courtesy of Kevin Rodrigues **

SPRING BIRD MIGRATION WALK SERIES

Come enjoy the Lloyd Center property and its diverse bird life. Forest songbirds, shorebirds, raptors including the osprey and owls, and waterfowl are all potentially seen on these walks. For each walk we will traverse a variety of habitats including maritime forest, freshwater wetlands including vernal pools and a kettle pond, salt marshes and estuaries, and a bird feeding station. These habitats support the high avian diversity present on the property. Attend each walk to see changes in number and variety of species occurring over a short timeframe.

Participants should wear footwear for light trail walking and bring binoculars and a bird guide if they have them.

Take a late afternoon woodland stroll on this final walk of the series, when under the right conditions, bird activity can be similar to that of the morning hours. Breeding pairs are setting up territories and vocally making their presence known, especially the orioles which by this time have all but overtaken the tree canopy. Keep your eyes peeled for our resident barred and great horned owls, which may have young!

Participants should wear footwear for light trail walking and bring binoculars and a bird guide if they have them.

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.


LLOYD CENTER SPRING BIRD WALK II – ARRIVAL OF THE NESTERS (May 4, 2019)

SPRING BIRD MIGRATION WALK SERIES

Come enjoy the Lloyd Center property and its diverse bird life. Forest songbirds, shorebirds, raptors including the osprey and owls, and waterfowl are all potentially seen on these walks. For each walk we will traverse a variety of habitats including maritime forest, freshwater wetlands including vernal pools and a kettle pond, salt marshes and estuaries, and a bird feeding station. These habitats support the high avian diversity present on the property. Attend each walk to see changes in number and variety of species occurring over a short timeframe.

Participants should wear footwear for light trail walking and bring binoculars and a bird guide if they have them.

This walk occurs when the numbers of nesting songbirds which are establishing territories in the forest has increased considerably, including resident birds and migrants just arriving. Forest birds potentially encountered include the striking Baltimore oriole and various warbler species. Keep your eyes peeled for our resident barred and great horned owls, which may have young!
Participants should wear footwear for light trail walking and bring binoculars and a bird guide if they have them.

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.


LLOYD CENTER ANNUAL MEETING (May 2, 2019)

Free to the public

Members of the public are invited to a welcoming reception from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and stay for the Annual Meeting and presentation by Jonathan Lash on Living Buildings as laboratories, teaching tools, and models of an approach to sustainability. The meeting will include a presentation of the George G. Haydock Award to Aldrich “Al” and Joanne Humphrey.

7:00 p.m. Presentation

Light refreshments will be served


LLOYD CENTER SPRING BIRD WALK I – MIGRANTS ON THE MOVE (April 27, 2019)

SPRING BIRD MIGRATION WALK SERIES

Come enjoy the Lloyd Center property and its diverse bird life. Forest songbirds, shorebirds, raptors including the osprey and owls, and waterfowl are all potentially seen on these walks. For each walk we will traverse a variety of habitats including maritime forest, freshwater wetlands including vernal pools and a kettle pond, salt marshes and estuaries, and a bird feeding station. These habitats support the high avian diversity present on the property. Attend each walk to see changes in number and variety of species occurring over a short timeframe.

Participants should wear footwear for light trail walking and bring binoculars and a bird guide if they have them.

On this walk, songbirds are arriving as the forest slowly springs to life. Shorebird migration is well underway with nesting birds having arrived, waterfowl which wintered over are still abundant, and first ospreys are arriving, making the estuary particularly lively during this walk. Keep your eyes peeled for our resident barred and great horned owls, which may have young!

Participants should wear footwear for light trail walking and bring binoculars and a bird guide if they have them.

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.


APRIL DUSK HIKE (April 26, 2019)

Pre-registration required by 3:00 pm, Wednesday, April 24th

Visit the Lloyd Center for a fun-filled dusk-hike. Learn about the animals that come out in-between the light of day and darkness of night. Explore the woods to find where these crepuscular creatures roam and where nocturnal animals are hiding! Be sure to dress for the weather and bring your imagination to this action-packed night!

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Amanda Palmer at 508-990-0505 x 31 or email apalmer@lloydcenter.org.


CUTTYHUNK SEAL CRUISE (April 13, 2019)

*Please arrive no later than 9:45 am for check-in; boat leaves 10:00 am sharp

*Price includes lunch served on board and a packet of background materials. The vessel has a snack bar (cash only), and there is limited shopping available on Cuttyhunk Island.

On this trip when spring is well underway, marine life is on the move. Come observe the last of the overwintering seals which are headed north to breeding grounds, and bird life which is also on the increase due to the spring migration. A small sandbar called “Gull Island”, situated along the Elizabeth Island chain between Cuttyhunk and Penikese, is a premier haul-out site for seals in Buzzards Bay. Harbors and Greys are a common sight, with Harp or other more rare arctic seal species also potentially seen. Lloyd Center staff will provide commentary about the seals and seabirds which will also be abundant in nearby waters.

After seal viewing, the boat docks at Cuttyhunk for lunchtime and an opportunity to set foot on the island. At this point, participants are free to venture through town to the lookout, gaining a feel for the unique landscape and enjoying a panoramic view of surrounding waters. Beachcombers may join our staff member on a nature walk along the shore which includes bird watching when shorebirds or perhaps a lingering Snowy Owl can be seen . In addition to learning about some unique marine wildlife, attendees will hopefully leave with a new appreciation for Buzzards Bay.

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.


OUTER CAPE BIRDING AND WHALE WATCHING HIKE (April 6, 2019)

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

Venture by foot to the beaches of the outer Cape to observe whale behavior at close range. During spring, whales congregate close to shore to feed on the abundant zooplankton, with high numbers of whales sometimes present. With luck, glimpses of the endangered right whales are possible. The walk will take you through Hatches Harbor to Race Point, passing through pitch pine forest, estuary, salt marsh, and dune habitats en route to the shore.

In addition to the whales, spectacular vistas offer a diversity of birdlife including shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, and tundra birds such as snow buntings, and with luck, a snowy owl are all possible. Time permitting, we’ll stop at other nearby locations. Participants should bring a lunch, extra layers of clothing, footwear for hiking on sand and through wet areas, binoculars and/or spotting scope, and camera.

NOTE: Be advised that this outing is done entirely on foot and involves extensive walking on landscapes (beaches, salt marsh, intertidal zone, forest trails) and participants should therefore be capable of a moderate intensity daylong hike of four to five miles (round trip).

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.


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