Programs

Programs

The Duxbury Beach Reservation, Inc. has several public education and outreach programs that are available to the general public, school children, and all guests of the beach. Through outreach, we hope to provide the public with educational and recreational opportunities to enjoy the beach and understand the barrier beach’s role as a storm buffer protecting Duxbury Bay and the mainland - and learn more about the plants and animals that call the beach home!

Summer at Duxbury Beach 2020

Each summer, the Duxbury Beach Reservation sponsors programming put on by Mass Audubon’s South Shore Sanctuaries at Duxbury Beach.  These programs are a great way for the whole family to enjoy and learn more about our amazing coast!  Programs are every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday in July and August from 9:30-11am beginning July 7.  

 

Please note, because of Covid-19, preregistration is required for every program this Summer. Registration is limited to 9 participants for each session. In an effort to be fair to participants, registration will open each Monday for the following week’s programs (8 days out).  All participants must agree to wear face coverings or masks, maintain safe social distancing of six feet away from each other and keep 12 feet between groups. 

All programs meet in the lot on the ocean side of the Powder Point Bridge. Tell the beach ranger you are attending the Mass Audubon program. Participants are permitted to use the lot while attending the program.

View Mass Audubon's website and register for programs!

Programs

July
August

Public Outreach

Enrichment Duxbury Public Schools

July

 

Kelp, Crispus and Other Alga with South Shore Sanctuaries Staff

Tuesday 07/07/2020 9:30AM-11:00AM

Walk a stretch of the beach between the road and tideline, with guide books in hand, we will challenge ourselves to identify twenty species of plants or algae that thrive in the seashore community.

 

Mudflat Limbo with South Shore Sanctuaries Staff

Thursday 07/09/2020 9:30AM-11:00AM

Explore the mudflats searching for mollusks, crabs and other creatures. Wear your boots because you are bound to get muddy!

 

Get Crabby with South Shore Sanctuaries Staff

Saturday 07/11/2020 ALL AGES

There are 4,500 species of crabs that ply the world's oceans, explore the several species that make Duxbury Bay home. Wear foot protection that can get wet please.

 

Square Meter of Tidal Inventory with South Shore Sanctuaries Staff

Tuesday 07/14/2020 ALL AGES

Work as teams to inventory a number of transects, surveying, documenting and photographing species to establish baseline data for future studies. It will be interesting to see how our findings compare to last year.

 

Compass Treasure Hunt with South Shore Sanctuaries Staff

Thursday 07/16/2020 ALL AGES

Learn how to use a compass and search for buried treasure... maybe even talk like a pirate! Bezels, meridian lines and bearings. Arghh.

 

Sea Creature Feature.... Horseshoe Crab Sand Sculptures with South Shore Sanctuaries Staff

Saturday 07/18/2020 ALL AGES

Celebrate this ancient beast as we build sand sculptures depicting both this unique creature and its fellow citizens of the beach. Bring your buckets and pails.

 

Birding with David Ludlow

Tuesday 07/21/2020 ADULTS

Join David (our Friday Morning Birders Guru) as he takes a short walk in search of resident birds. Binoculars recommended.

 

Salt Marsh Ecology with South Shore Sanctuaries Staff

Thursday 07/23/2020 ALL AGES

The benefits of salt marshes more than make up for the distractions of the salt marsh mosquito and greenhead fly. We will look at all the reasons why salt marshes are essential to every critter of the sea and our ability to live in a coastal community.

 

Mullusk Mania with South Shore Sanctuaries Staff

Saturday 07/25/2020 ALL AGES

Primitive in the eyes of some but, we know better. Take the razor clam's ability to create its own quicksand in order to escape predation as an example of the complex skills of our calcium clad friends. We will share the many specialized capacities of mollusks.

 

Piping Plovers Pint Sized Dynamos with South Shore Sanctuaries Staff

Tuesday 07/28/2020 ALL AGES

Join us and discover the incredible life stories of this pint-sized dynamo. We hope to get a chance to see some of these famous summer residents and hear updates on their progress.

 

Intro to Navigation with South Shore Sanctuaries Staff

Thursday 07/30/2020 ADULTS AND FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGES 10+

Learn how to navigate using a compass and charts! This hour and a half session will convince you to put your GPS back in the box.

 

August

Beachscape Collaborative Mural with Marcia Ballou

Saturday 08/01/2020 ADULTS AND FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGES 10+

Join the very celebrated artist Marcia Ballou at her canvas as she invites you to add your talents to a piece illustrating the bounty of the beach. Previous sessions have always been highlights of the summer.

 

The ABC's of Tides with South Shore Sanctuaries Staff

Tuesday 08/04/2020 ADULTS AND FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGES 8+

Learn how and why we have tides and why coastal living is so connected to them. The moon, the sun... it gets so confusing, we will break it down and supply the tide charts.

 

Barrier Beaches with South Shore Sanctuaries Staff

Thursday 08/06/2020 ADULTS AND FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGES 8+

Duxbury Beach is the classic barrier beach, stalwart but fluid protector from winter storms, a geological marvel subject to both positive and negative influence by humans. We will consider the importance of this celebrated resource.

 

Mud Flat Limbo with South Shore Sanctuaries Staff

Saturday 08/08/2020 ALL AGES

Explore the mudflats searching for mollusks, crabs and other creatures. Wear your boots because you are bound to get muddy!

 

Salt Marsh Ecology with South Shore Sanctuaries Staff

Tuesday 08/11/2020 ADULTS AND FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGES 8+

The benefits of salt marshes more than make up for the distractions of the salt marsh mosquito and greenhead fly. We will look at all the reasons why salt marshes are essential to every critter of the sea and our ability to live in a coastal community.

 

Seashore Literacy with South Shore Sanctuaries Staff

Thursday 08/13/2020 ADULTS AND FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGES 10+

Reading passages from authors like Carson and Thoreau that celebrate beach ecology will inspire us to continue visiting Duxbury Beach throughout all four seasons.

 

Shorebirds Rule! with Tim O'Neil

Saturday 08/15/2020 ADULTS AND FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGES 8+

Learn how shorebirds all eat at the same table and compete with each other for the shoreline's bounty. Explore the special adaptations shorebird species have developed to get their fill.

 

Birding with Sue MacCallum

Tuesday 08/18/2020 ADULTS

Join South Shore Sanctuaries Director Sue MacCallum scoping out the resident birds of Duxbury Beach's diverse habitats. Binoculars are strongly recommended.

 

Walking the Wrack Line with South Shore Sanctuaries Staff

Thursday 08/20/2020 ADULTS AND FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGES 8+

The wrack line is the graveyard of the oceans. Many of the Sea's creatures are cast up on the beach after they die. Explore the life of the sea and remains on the beach.

 

Beachside Predator Prey with South Shore Sanctuaries Staff

Saturday 08/22/2020 ADULTS AND FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGES 6+

It's a crab eat crab world out there, if you choose to live in the flats, you have to be ready for spats. Through a few games we will study the food chain of Duxbury Bay.

 

Beach Style Botany with South Shore Sanctuaries Staff

Tuesday 08/25/2020 ADULTS AND FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGES 8+

Walk a stretch of the beach between the road and tideline, with guide books in hand, we will challenge ourselves to identify twenty species of plants or algae that thrive in the seashore community.

 

Square Meter of Tidal Inventory with South Shore Sanctuaries Staff

Thursday 08/27/2020 ADULTS AND FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGES 8+

Work as teams to inventory a number of transects, surveying, documenting and photographing species to establish baseline data for future studies. It will be interesting to see how our findings compare to last year.

 

Kites and the Science of Flight with South Shore Sanctuaries Staff

Saturday 08/29/2020 ADULTS AND FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGES 6+

Build simple kites as we explore the science of flight. What are the remarkable adaptations birds have developed in order to take flight?

 

Public Outreach Programs

Education Night

Our annual Ed Night usually takes place during the winter or spring. Every year a topic related to the beach is selected with past presentations including the formation and migration of the beach, oystering, tidal pools, sand sharks, and hawks and snowy owls, and rising sea levels. Ed Night programs also address the “State of the Beach” with an overview of the work being done at the beach and the plans for the following year.

Grass Planting (March)

Every Spring our Technical Committee evaluates the planting needs of the beach after the winter wear. Many volunteers come out to the beach to plant beach grass and woody vegetation, including bayberry, beach plum, and rosa rugosa, on the sand dunes. 

Ecology Program (July-August)

Throughout July and August, the Reservation sponsors and funds the Mass Audubon’s educational programs for adults and children on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings. While most people tend to use the ocean beach, talks and activities usually focus on the bay side in order to present the coastal environment and barrier beach ecosystem as a whole.  Programs are purposely diverse to reach people on different levels. On Saturdays, families with younger children have an opportunity to meet horseshoe crabs, form a human sundial, paint with sand, catch razor clams, and make wave bottles.  The Saturday morning beach walks attract as many as 40 or 50 people, and offer a great way for kids and adults to develop and exercise their curiosity together.

Beach Sweep (September/October & March)

Each September and March, Duxbury Beach Reservation in conjunction with volunteer leaders, hosts a Duxbury Beach cleanup as part of a statewide beach cleanup program. A community of volunteers gather to help remove trash and assorted marine debris from Duxbury Beach. Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management provides gloves, bags, and data sheets. The Duxbury Department of Public Works (DPW) hauls the bagged debris off the beach. The trucks are weighed empty and then full to provide an accurate accounting of the weight of the debris. Annually in Duxbury, many volunteers walk the 4.5-mile beach, collecting between 5,000 and 25,000 pounds of trash. All work is coordinated with the Harbormaster Department and the Endangered Species Officer. The information compiled by the yearly COASTSWEEP effort in the United States is reported to Congress and provides a scientific basis for legislation and regulations limiting the types and locations of offshore dumping activities, and to establish safeguards to protect beaches in the future.  Visit our Volunteer page to sign up for this Spring’s beach sweep!

Enrichment Programs in the Duxbury Public Schools

As part of our education efforts, we offer instructional sections for various schools of the Duxbury Public School (Chandler, Alden, and DMS). Students use the natural resources of Duxbury Beach in a diverse curriculum that is aligned with the standards recommended by the Massachusetts Frameworks.  As the scope and sequence changes to meet higher expectations, teachers and students work to address the key understandings and essential questions in Earth/Space, Life, and Physical Sciences.

Kindergarten

Students visit Duxbury Beach and have an instructional session at Chandler  in the late spring to understand about living sea creatures and their environment. The students use observation, exploration, and discussion skills as they learn more about habitats and the relationships between those habitats. The DBPS provides each student with an age-appropriate booklet containing pictures and information relevant to the beach environment.

Grades Two & Three

Following their Duxbury Tour (part of the Social Studies Curriculum), students visit Duxbury Beach. There they learn about the importance of the bay and shoreline factors in Duxbury’s economic development. The DPBS provides each student with an age-appropriate booklet containing pictures and information relevant to the beach environment.

Grade Seven

The 7th Grade Life Science Program at the Duxbury Junior/Senior High School studies Duxbury’s ecosystems in the spring term each year. A major part of this study is the final unit of study specifically focusing on the ecology of Duxbury Beach. After three weeks of preparation, students have a full day of field study on Duxbury Beach, followed by a week of follow-up lab work in the classroom.
 

Prior to the field study, students learn about the formation of Duxbury Beach, the erosive forces upon the beach, beach flora and fauna, and relative environmental factors that have the greatest impact potential upon the preservation of Duxbury Beach. The full day of field study involves making a comparative study of the Duxbury Ocean and Duxbury Bay microsystems. Data is collected on site to make these comparisons.
 

The Back River channel contour is surveyed yearly along Powder Point Bridge and data are compared to the previous year’s data. Dune and bay transect surveying is done on site to estimate flora and fauna populations. Relative turbidity, temperature, geology, and salinity are compared from bay to ocean. Plankton samples from both sides of the beach are collected, surveyed, and compared through microscopic observation in the high school laboratory. The ultimate goal of the unit is to provide an appreciation of Duxbury¹s great natural asset of Duxbury Beach. This is done through the direct interaction of the students with this environment.
 

While at the beach, students meet the Harbormaster/Coastal Natural Resources Officers and learn about some of the innovative programs to enhance shorebird habitat while preserving the beach. Each year, a minimum of 60 parents/siblings/relatives/friends act as chaperone/recording ecologists to assist each team of student participants. This gets the whole community involved.

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Duxbury Beach Reservation, Inc.
P.O. Box 2593, Duxbury, MA 02331 
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Duxbury Beach Reservation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

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