Friends of Parker River NWR

Monthly Events

Monthly Refuge Events

See the

Go Fishing Day


Go Fishing Day

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See the

Photo Camp


Photo Camp 2011

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The Leeward Rail Band

Performing at the

Visitor’s Center

Leeward Rail

Milkweeds and Monarchs Time!

Monarch Butterfly Polinating

May 30th at 2:30 PM
Come be a monarch butterfly! Start as an egg, eat your way through milkweed as a caterpillar, turn into an adult butterfly and migrate to Mexico. Then make milkweed “seed balls” and plant milkweed seeds to take home to your own garden. Appropriate for children age 2 and up.

This program is presented by Katie Banks Hone, (AKA The Monarch Gardener) The Monarch Gardener has been gardening for her entire adult life. She is known for her eight foot tall tomato plants adorning her front yard as well as the riot of flowers she planted at her Ipswich, MA property.

Katie was a 2012 recipient of the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s “Slow the Flow Grant”. This helped her transform her family’s Ipswich River-front property from the traditional foundation plantings they inherited from the former owners into a haven for wildlife, while also minimizing storm runoff into the river. (You can read about this major undertaking, and the wildlife she has attracted, on her blog: A Riverside Garden Makeover) Ever since, she has been helping local residents install native pollinator and wildlife gardens at their properties.

Plover Lovers Program, Sandy Point State Reservation Interpretive Program

Piping Plover and her chicks

June 12th at 10:00 AM
Do you want to learn more about Plum Island’s threatened bird species? Piping Plover Join Sandy Point State Reservation's park interpreter Taylor Beaton and Plover Biologist Katlyn Hojnacki Katlyn Hojnacki as they take you on an excursion to see newly hatched piping plover chicks! This program is open to all age groups, kids too!

Binocular's and/or a camera are recommended to get the most out of your experience. Meet at the farther parking lot at Sandy Point. Program is limited to 15 people. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, please call Taylor Beaton at 617-372-6730.

Program Running Time: 1 hour
Parking at Sandy Point is very limited. Arriving early is strongly recommended for access to the program.

Please note: Piping Plover with her chicks photo credit, USFWS East Lansing Field Office, Phil Odum.

Let’s Go Outside!

Let's Go Outside

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge will be hosting a new, FREE event for kids and families, June 20th 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Spend all or part of a day outside at the Refuge while trying out a whole bunch of fun, healthy activities including archery target shooting, kayaking, surf fishing, nature photography, and bird watching. There will also be fun nature-based arts & crafts for younger kids. The Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge will be organizing the teaching surf fishing to kids, aka “Go Fishing Day.” The Friends group will also be helping with bird watching.