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

Family Film at the Refuge on Sunday Afternoons This Winter

Beginning in December, and continuing through the winter months, a series of free, family movies with environmental themes will be projected on the “big screen” at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge visitor center in Newburyport on select Sunday afternoons. Why not spend a few hours on a cold winter afternoon enjoying a great family-friendly film with an environmental theme?

To kick the series off, “Happy Feet” will be screened on Sunday, December 14th , beginning at 1:30 PM. As described in Smithsonian Magazine, “the main message of Happy Feet”, a 2006 Disney feature film, is that it’s okay to be different, but environmental themes work their way in as well. The film focuses on a young penguin, Mumble, with a talent for tap dancing–something none of the other penguins can do. It follows his adventures and quest for acceptance throughout the plot, but the environmental aspect shows up when Mumble is blamed for the scarcity of fish in the ocean, a nod to overfishing. In addition, one of Mumble’s friends wears a set of plastic six-pack rings around his neck like jewelry, only to later be choked by the piece of trash. “Happy Feet” is an example of the environment showing up in movies that are not directly about the environment.”

Admission to the movies are free and preregistration is NOT required. Space is limited to the first 75 attendees who show up! Childern need to be accompanied by an adult. The Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge will supply free popcorn and bottled water. Donations will be greatfully accepted. Future film offerings will be announced through the refuge web page:

Winter 2015 Film Schedule
Sunday, January 4th Finding Nemo Finding Nemo Poster
Sunday, January 18th The Lion King The Lion King Poster
Sunday, February 1st Arctic Tale Artic Tale Poster
Sunday, February 15th The Lorax TheLorax Poster
Sunday, March 1st Wall-E Wall-E Poster
Sunday, March 15th FernGully - The Last Rain Forest FernGully - The Last Rain Forest Poster
Sunday, March 29th Spirit - Stallion of the Cimarron Spirit - Stallion of the Cimarron Poster

American Conservation Film Festival – NORTH! at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

American Conservative Film Festival
Friday, March 6th
7:00 – 7:45 PM
Flight of the Butterflies,
Filmmaker: Mike Slee

Following the year-long annual migration cycle of the butterflies, the award-winning production team filmed hundreds of millions of monarchs in their remote overwintering sanctuaries in Mexico in 2011 and again in 2012 and also along their migratory routes from Canada, across the U.S. and into Mexico. The monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent to a place it has never known. Follow the monarchs' perilous journey and experience millions of them in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico, with breathtaking cinematography from an award winning team including Oscar® winner Peter Parks. Be captivated by the true and compelling story of an intrepid scientist's 40-year search to find their secret hideaway. Unravel the mysteries and experience the Flight of the Butterflies.

8:00 – 9:00 PM Broadcast Award:
From Billions to None – The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction
Filmmaker: David Mrazek

September 1, 2014 marked the centennial of the end of a species, when “Martha,” the last known passenger pigeon, died at the Cincinnati Zoo. These sleek and beautiful birds darkened entire skies by the billions for millennia, yet they were driven to extinction – by us – in a matter of a few decades.

Naturalist and author Joel Greenberg, along with scientists and artists, reveal the bird’s compelling story and striking relevance to conservation issues today. Stunning animation recreates massive flocks that blocked the sun, “as by an eclipse.”.

2015 Annual Meeting

The 2015 Annual Meeting of the Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is March 21st at Noon in the auditorium at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center. The keynote speaker is the new manager of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Bill Peterson Bill Peterson Refuge Manager. The agenda includes:

  • State of the Friends Group
  • Nomination of officers
  • Election of officers

    All programs are FREE but space is LIMITED and advanced registration is required for all programs, unless otherwise indicated.  Please call 978-465-5753 (press “0” to talk to a staff member) to register.
    Registration is not complete until you receive confirmation from a staff member.  Please note that outdoor programs may be cancelled if there is inclement weather.  Visit us on the web for more information


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