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Salem Park, Recreation and Community Services will be offering two field trips this summer for children ages 6-12.  All trips are supervised by Park and Recreation staff.  Registration is required for trips and space is limited.  Sign up for one or both!

*The field trip fee includes bus transportation. 

*Drop off and pick up will take place at the Jean A. Levesque Community Life Center, 401 Bridge St. Salem, MA.

*Children will need to bring a bag lunch, water bottle and snack. No glass bottles and straws are not allowed in the zoo.

*Children should have a backpack to carry their belongings in.  

*Children should bring a sweatshirt or jacket and wear comfortable walking shoes.  

*We ask parents to apply sunscreen to their child before they leave the house.  If you are sending spray sunscreen with your child, we ask that you put their name of the bottle.  Staff can assist with the spray, but can not apply lotion to your child.

Ipswich River Watershed Association
The Ipswich River Watershed is located along the Ipswich river.  Groups will head out for a supervised kayaking and canoeing adventure down river to Ipswich's historic downtown and back. While on the river, kids will learn to spot and identify wildlife, get a better understanding of the hydrology and geology of rivers, and how humans interact with waterways.  This outing will also include land based activities on the Riverbend's trails and gardens. Boats, paddles and life jackets will be provided. The Ipswich River is not only the premiere paddling destination on the North Shore, but has been recognized as one of the Most Endangered Rivers in America, due to excessive water withdrawals.

Date: Friday, July 22nd (rain date: Friday, July 29th)
Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm
Cost: $10.00 per child
* children should also bring a beach towel for this trip  * This trip is filled.  Wait list only.

Field Trip Schedule:
8:30-8:45am - Drop off at the Community Life Center
8:45am - Bus departs
9:30am - Arrive at Ipswich River Watershed Association, 143 County road Ipswich, MA.
9:45-11:45 am - Split into 2 groups.  Group 1 does land based activities - Group 2 paddle on the Ipswich River.
11:45-12:30pm- Picnic Lunch
12:30-2:30pm - Group 2 does land based activities - Group 1 paddle on the Ipswich River.
3:00pm - Leave Ipswich
3:30pm - Arrive back at the Community Life Center  

Franklin Park Zoo 
Come meet hundreds of exotic animals from around the world. Exhibits include Giraffe Savannah, Tropical Forest, Butterfly Hollow, Serengeti Crossing and much more!  This trip is rain or shine.


Date: Friday, August 12th
Time: 8:45am-2:00pm.

Cost: $20.00 per child  * This trip is filled.  Wait list only


Field Trip Schedule:
8:45-8:55am -
Drop off at the Community Life Center
9:00am- Bus departs
10:00am- Arrive at the Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA
10:00am-12:30pm- Children will be split into chaperoned groups and will explore the zoo with their particular group.
12:30pm-1:00pm- Entire group will meet at the picnic area for lunch.
1:00pm- Field trip will board the bus and depart from the Franklin Park Zoo
2:00pm- Bus will arrive back at the Salem Community Life Center.


Ipswich River Watershed Association - Trip #2
The Ipswich River Watershed is located along the Ipswich river.  Groups will head out for a supervised kayaking and canoeing adventure down river to Ipswich's historic downtown and back. While on the river, kids will learn to spot and identify wildlife, get a better understanding of the hydrology and geology of rivers, and how humans interact with waterways.  This outing will also include land based activities on the Riverbend's trails and gardens. Boats, paddles and life jackets will be provided. The Ipswich River is not only the premiere paddling destination on the North Shore, but has been recognized as one of the Most Endangered Rivers in America, due to excessive water withdrawals.

Date: Monday, August 22nd (rain date: Tuesday, August 23rd)
Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm
Cost: $10.00 per child
* children should also bring a beach towel for this trip *This trip is filled. Wait list only. 

Field Trip Schedule:
8:30-8:45am - Drop off at the Community Life Center
8:45am - Bus departs
9:30am - Arrive at Ipswich River Watershed Association, 143 County road Ipswich, MA.
9:45-11:45 am - Split into 2 groups.  Group 1 does land based activities - Group 2 paddle on the Ipswich River.
11:45-12:30pm- Picnic Lunch
12:30-2:30pm - Group 2 does land based activities - Group 1 paddle on the Ipswich River.
3:00pm - Leave Ipswich
3:30pm - Arrive back at the Community Life Center

* Adjustments and discounts will be applied during checkout if applicable. *

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