Connect with nature
TURTLE TIME. Saturday, May 17, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. For families with children ages 5 and up. Explore the wetlands on the sanctuary in search of turtles. $9 adults, $7 children, discount for Mass Audubon members. Advance registration required at 978-887-9264 or massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.
SNAKES ALIVE: SNAKE HUNT AND LIVE SNAKE SHOW. Sunday, May 18, 12:30 to 3 p.m., Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Hunt for local snake species around the Crane Estate, then head to the barn where Rick Roth, founder and executive director of the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team and local snake expert, will present “Snakes of New England and the World.” Plenty of snakes to see and learn about during the show. TTOR members: $10 adult, $8 child; nonmembers: $12 adult, $10 child. To register, email email@example.com or call 978-356-4351, ext. 4052.
SENSE OF WONDER WALKS: HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT. Sunday, May 18, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Ipswich Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. For families with children ages 3 and older. Learn about camouflage and the many ways animals disguise themselves, then venture outside to see how many hidden creatures can be found. Meets in the Nature Center. Dress for weather. Mass Audubon members: $7 adult, $6 child; nonmembers: $9 adults, $7 child. Registration required at 978-887-9264 or www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.
Learn something new
“DIY AROUND THE HOME.” Thursdays, May 15, 22 and 29, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Creativity Lab, Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Library hosts a free, three-week program for adults ages 16 and up, intended to assist participants with all their “fix it” projects. The instructor will help guide participants through their home repairs, answer lingering home improvement questions, and teach participants to be proactive in avoiding the need for future repairs. Interested community members may attend one class, or attend every week to learn a new skill. Sign-ups are encouraged but not required. For details or to sign up, visit the Creativity Lab calendar at www.peabodylibrary.org.