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
In May, Halibut Point will feature its Quarry Tour every Saturday at 10:00am and Tower Tour on Sundays at 1:00pm. The park’s Tidepools programming will commence on May 26 at 11:00am and continue with another trip down to the rocks for some intertidal exploration on May 30 at 1:00pm. Special programs in May are the DCR’s Park Serve Day on Saturday May 17 from 9:00am to 2:00pm. This statewide volunteer effort to beautify and protect Massachusetts state parks, forests and reservations will conclude with a presentation of The Frog and Salamander Show sponsored by The Friends of Halibut Point State Park. To register to participate or learn more about Massachusetts Park Serve Day, go to http://parkserv.env.state.ma.us/. On Sunday, May 18, Peter Van Demark will lead another Birding for Beginners, meeting in the parking lot at 8:00am. On Saturday, May 24 at 2:00pm Ed Jylkka will lead a Wildflower Walk around the park and on Saturday, May 31 The DCR will parnter with The Trustees of Reservations for The Atlantic Path. This 2-3 hour walk along Rockport’s resplendent public coastline from Halibut Point to Pigeon Cove entails negotiating some moderately challenging terrain and features some extraordinary geology, tidepools and birding. Unless otherwise noted, all Halibut Point programs leave from the Visitors Center and all of them are always FREE. To download a copy of the Halibut Point May schedule, click here.
Upcoming 2008 programs and events at Halibut Point State Park will include standard programs Geology Rocks!, Ceremonial Time: The Fifteen Thousand years of Fifty Acres, Reading the Forested Landscape and more! Special events this year will include another season of Sunday Sounds concerts sponsored by The Friends of Halibut Point (kicking off with Livin’ on Luck on June 1 and followed by Alek Razdan and A-Train on June 22), Stargazing, Birds of Prey, Dragonflies in the Park, a special family program from natural light photographer Leslie Bartlett, monthly Birding for Beginners, Snakes of Massachusetts and the World and more to be announced.