Below is the Halibut Point State Park schedule of programs and events for June. The month will feature the debut of a new standard program, Reading the Landscape, an examination of the natural history of a setting. Using the life and land of Halibut Point as an example, participants will learn how to read the clues that reveal a forest composition as well as the topographic, substrate and social factors that shape a landscape. Standard programs still to come this season include The Mineral Club (geological activities for kids 8-12), Dragonflies in the Park and another new standard program we are excited to debut called, Ceremonial Time: The Fifteen Thousand Years of Fifty Acres inspired by John Hanson Mitchell’s book. Halibut Point’s Quarry Tour, The Mineral Club and Tidepools programs are available for field trips and educational group outings. Call the park for details. Special programs in June include more Birding for Beginners and Shoreline Fauna with Kelley Sullivan. Special events later this season will include two Sunday Sounds concerts in July (Squatcho Bondo Band on July 1st and Midlife Crisis on July 29th) as well as 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 (July 7th), Wild Edibles, Cape Ann and the War of 1812, the Essex National Heritage Photo Safari and The Atlantic Path, a trek along Rockport’s resplendent public coastline with The Trustees of Reservations interpreter Ramona Latham. Remember, all programs and events at Halibut Point State Park are FREE. You can download a flyer with the below Halibut Point June schedule here.
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.
Legends & Lore Sundays, June 3 & 10 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.
Reading the Landscape Sundays, June 17 & 24 1:00pm
This program is an examination of the natural history of a landscape. Using the life and land of Halibut Point as an example, participants will learn how to read the clues that determine palnt and tree composition as well as the topographic, sunstrate and social factors that shape a landscape. This program meets at the Visitors Center and entails about two miles of walking over 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Tidepools June 6 @ 10:00 am; June 10@ 2:30pm
June 24 @ 3:00pm; June 27 @ 2:30pm
Halibut Point has wonderful tidepools. Come explore its intertidal life and learn about coastal splash zones. This program lasts about 90 minutes and there is some climbing about on rocks that may be slippery. You have to watch your step but the trip is worth it!
Birding for Beginners Sunday, June 17 8:00am
Meet Peter Van Demark in the parking lot.
Shoreline Fauna Saturday, June 23 3:00pm
This coastal ecosystem program, a 90 minute tour of Halibut Point shoreline fauna led by Kelley Sullivan, features information detailing the development, significance, identification and life-cycles of coastal plant life. Meet at the Visitors Center for this special program.