Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center will be hopping with free family activities and exhibits at their Bio-Blitz Free-for-all from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 20 at the center, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. Visitors can drop in anytime and learn about the biodiversity of all the animals, plants, and insects found in this part of Massachusetts.

Science displays and interactivities will include “The Life of the Honey Bee,” “Meet Beach Creatures” at the tide pool touch tank, rotting log investigation, wildflower seed bomb making, and the “Guess Who Lives in the Great Marsh” challenge. Joppa Flats staff and volunteers will present family walks or presentations every hour on the half-hour.


10:30 a.m.: “Horseshoe Crabs: Living Fossils,” with Mary Jacobsen

11:30 a.m.: “Teeth and Skulls of Plum Island Wildlife,” with Susan Coolidge

12:30 p.m.: “Salt Marsh March,” with Lisa Hutchings (bring rain boots)

1:30 p.m.: “Birding the Backyard,” with Kirsten Lindquist

2:30 p.m.: “Signs of Spring,” with Kirsten Lindquist

Pre-registration is not required for this rain-or-shine program. Children must be accompanied by adults.

For information, call 978-462-9998 or visit