Below is the Halibut Point State Park schedule of programs and events for May. For a single page schedule you can dowload, just click here. Standard programs featured later this season at Halibut Point will includeThe Mineral Club (geological activities for kids 8-12), Dragonflies in the Park and Reading the Landscape. Halibut Point’s Quarry Tour, The Mineral Club and Tidepools programs are available for school field trips and educational group outings. Call the park for details. Special events this season will include natural light photographer Leslie D. Bartlett hosting a program (August 4th) featuring his extraodinary images of the park, some of which can be seen here as well at this website about Halibut Point State Park. We will also have live animal programs such as Snakes of Massachusetts and the World, as well as Stargazing Nights, an ecosystem program called Shoreline Fauna (June 23rd), Wild Edibles, Cape Ann and the War of 1812, the Essex National Heritage Photo Safari and more as well as the Department of Conservation and Recreation partnering with the Friends of Halibut Point State Park for more Sunday Sounds concerts. Remember, all programs and events at Halibut Point State Park are FREE.
Before checking out our May schedule, take a moment to learn about the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Great Park Pursuit. Part of the DCR’s No Child Left Inside initiative, The Great Park Pursuit is a team challenge adventure activity meant to connect families with over four hundred outdoor places across the Commonwealth to be discovered, treasured and shared. Teams are challenged to visit different sites during a six week period as part of a Massachusetts State Parks Family Adventure. Hike to amazing views, learn to fish, pitch a tent, discover secrets of the past, ride a horse-drawn wagon, see birds of prey and even learn hows cows are milked. Complete tasks at all six state parks and be deemed a semi-finalist eligible to compete for grand prize packages. To find out more about The Great Park Pursuit, go to www.greatparkpursuit.org
Quarry Tour Saturdays 10:00am
Attend our weekly granite walk around the former Babson Farm Quarry. Beginning with the showing of a short film, this program features a stone-cutting demonstration, explains how rock is quarried, details the unique geology of Cape Ann and presents the history of building with natural stone in America. Later, the Visitors Center will be open for a climb to its five-story World War II observation tower. This program lasts approximately 90 minutes and entails a one mile moderately paced stroll around the quarry. The Babson Farm Quarry, in operation from the 1840’s until 1929 (though stone was cut at the site from the 1790’s, perhaps even earlier), is an excellent place to view evidence of progression in stone-cutting techniques and learn about the role stone harvesting, transporation and building played in the development of technology that led to the Industrial Revolution.
Geology Rocks! Sundays, May 6 & 20 1:00pm
A rock is not a thing, but a drama! It refelcts the universal axiom: “As above, so below.” Geology is the great unifying science of the world. Cape Ann is one of the most geologically active areas in the United States. Learn about all this and more during this trek to some of the fascinating geological regions of Halibut Point. 90 minutes. Moderate two mile walk.
Legends & Lore Sundays, May 13 & 27 1:00pm
Clovis settlements, Samuel Champlaign. John Smith, privateering, the birth of Universalism, triangle trade and more are covered in this 90 minute, one mile leisurely stroll featuring the lesser-known aspects of north of Boston history.
Tidepools May 13, 3:00pm May 26, 2:00pm May 28, 4:00pm
Halibut Point has wonderful tidepools. Come explore its intertidal life and learn about coastal splash zones. This program lasts about 90 minutes and entails climbing about on rocks that may be slippery. You have to watch your step but the trip is worth it!
Park Serve Day Saturday, May 12 9:00am
Participate in this statewide effort to beautify Massachusetts state parks.
Birding for Beginners Sunday, May 20 8:00am
Meet Peter in the parking lot.
Livin’ on Luck May 27 3:00pm
Join us for the kickoff to our Sunday Sounds concert series. Livin’ on Luck fuses traditional, country and classic rock into an inventive “unplugged” style. Bring a picnic and the family! This show takes place outside the Visitors Center and is sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Friends of Halibut Point State Park.