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West Meadow Offers Break from Winter Blues

If you've got the winter blues, winter activities at West Meadow Beach may offer the cure.

If cabin fever is starting to set in, a break at the beach might be the cure.

Councilwoman Valerie M. Cartright has announced a list of upcoming events for family members and children to take advantage of the beach regardless of the cold weather. 

Here is a list of some of those events:
  • Become a Junior Beach Ranger Ages 9-12

This yearlong program, which meets once a month, will give participants the opportunity to discover West Meadow Beach in all seasons. Rangers will hike the beach, explore the salt marsh, learn to read animal signs, solve nature mysteries, identify the plants and animals of West Meadow’s varied habitats, and help with species monitoring programs. An official Ranger patch is earned at the end of each season completed.

DATES: Feb. 8, March 8 at 10 a.m. to 12 noon or 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Winter Hike – February 19, Noon – 1:30 pm Ages 8+

Bundle up and come on a hike at the beach! We’ll look for evidence of the animals that are active here throughout the winter, and learn how they survive the harsh conditioners at this time of year. Parents welcome.

  • Beach Cleanup on April 19, 9:00 am

In honor of Earth Day (4/22) and the upcoming beach season, why not come down to West Meadow and help clean up debris deposited by winter storms. This is a great community service activity, and scouts can satisfy badge requirements. (Latex gloves supplied. Work gloves, closed shoes recommended.) 

  • International Migratory Bird Day - May 10 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

West Meadow Beach is a stopover destination for many species of migratory birds. Come celebrate the incredible journeys of our fine, feathered friends during this fun- filled, educational, family event. This years’ theme is Why Birds Matter. 

  • Astronomy Night – Jan. 31, 7 p.m.  to 8:30 pm (Rain/Cloud Date March 21, 8 p.m. to 9:30 pm)

Come down to West Meadow Beach to view the night sky by telescope. You'll learn how to pick out the winter constellations, such as Gemini, and Orion and his hunting dogs Canis Major and Canis Minor, plus we may be able to see faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters. With David Cohn, Director - Educational Projects Network, and Gary Vorwald, Science Chair - Paul J. Gelinas JHS. Weather permitting - rain/cloudy skies cancel. 

There are in more events listed for adults. Check out the complete flyer by clicking here.

Evelyn Haegele January 18, 2014 at 01:10 PM
I just got back from a long walk at West Meadow this morning, does wonders for winter blues!
Chris January 18, 2014 at 08:44 PM
I miss the beach cottages. Only place a middle class family could have a place on the water. Now there is nothing where families used to be. Sad.

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