The June schedule at Halibut Point State Park is featuring several special programs. On Saturday, June 6th at 2:00pm the DCR will undertake the first Atlantic Path program of the season. The Atlantic Path, since beginning as a Halibut Point event three years ago, has grown to become a very popular program: a three-hour trek along Rockport’s resplendent public coastline featuring some birding, great tidepools, interesting history and what many come to the program for – the stunning geology of the blue quartz and amethyst pegmatites at Andrews Point, which is among the most significant geological areas in New England. The Atlantic Path includes guest environmental educators and includes some caveats – this is not a “path” per se, but a rocky coastline that can be, in sections, due to bouldering somewhat challenging to negotiate; it’s best not to wear shorts due to poison ivy, hard rocks, thorny thicket, poison ivy and biting insects and please consider that there are no amenities while we are out there. If you can handle all that, you may find The Atlantic Path one of the most rewarding nature programs you’ll ever attend.
The next special program at Halibut Point in June is Follow the Full Moon. This program, which follows the full Moon over a period of months at Massachusetts northeast region state parks takes place at Halibut Point on Sunday, June 7th beginning at 8:00pm and offers evening activities related to scientific and cultural interpretations of the full Moon.
On Friday, June 12th at 8:00pm the park will host a special event – Mars in 3-D. Sponsored by the DCR and Gloucester Area Astronomy Club, this program is about Mars, a planet of mystery and imagination and in recent decades a series of robotic explorations have stripped away much of the unknown. Sky & Telescope magazine Editor-in-Chief Robert Naeye will present recent images of Mars in spectacular 3-dimensions and provide an update about ongoing Mars missions. Red-and-blue 3-D anaglyph glasses will be provided for all attendees. Besides his affiliation with Sky & Telescope magazine, Robert has worked on the editorial staffs of Discover and Astronomy magazine as well as being senior science writer for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s Astrophysics Science Division. He has written two books: Through the Eyes of Hubble: The Birth, Life and Violent Death of Stars and Signals from Space: The Chandra X-ray Observatory. Following Robert’s presentation, there will be public stargazing (weather permitting) with telescopes provided by the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club.
Snakes of Massachusetts and the World is the next June special program at Halibut Point. Licensed herpatologist Rick Roth of the Cape Ann Vernal Pond team will bring over twenty live snakes for viewing and handling on Saturday, June 27th at 2:00pm. This is perenially one of the popular programs every season at the park and is sure to bring a crowd. Bring the young ones and a camera!
Halibut Point’s monthly Birding for Beginners will be on Sunday, June 21st at 8:00am. Meet Peter Van Demark in the parking lot. In May, Peter and others reported an extraordinary amount of warblers in the park. Bay-breasted, Blackburnian, Black-throated, Black & White, Yellow-rumped and Magnolia warblers were some of the ones spotted at Halibut Point in the later part of May.
On Sunday, June 28th at 3:00pm the park will host its second Sunday Sounds concert with the original and well-known R &B, jazz and swing instrumentals of Alek Razdan and A-Train. Sponsored by The Friends of Halibut Point State Park.
Besides the above schedule of special events and programs Halibut Point in June is also offering its standard Quarry Tour on Saturdays at 10:00am and Tower Tour on Sundays at Noon. There are also two Tidepools programs, on Monday, June 15th at 11:00am and on Friday, June 19th at 2:00pm.
As always, every program and event at Halibut Point State Park is FREE. For a flyer of June’s events you can download, click here.