THE ART OF NATURE: LEAVES, NUTS AND BERRIES. Saturday, Oct. 20, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Join watercolorist Brenda Sloane to talk about the organization and shape of leaves and the process of photosynthesis. Look at some nuts and berries and discuss animals that eat them. Then go on a walk to look for evidence the animals may have left behind. Return to the Nature Center to create a watercolor painting based on the shapes observed in the wild. For families with children ages 6 to 12. $8/Audubon member, $10/nonmember; $7/child member, $8/child nonmember. All materials provided. Dress for weather. Register at 978-887-9264 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAP AND COMPASS TREASURE HUNT. Saturday, Oct. 20, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Bring a compass, or borrow one, and talk about “red in the shed,” true north and magnetic north. After basic compass exercises, hit the trails with a map to search for nature treasure. Led by Scott Santino. For families with children ages 7 and older. $7/Audubon member, $9/nonmember; $6/child member, $7/child nonmember. Meet in the barn. Bring or borrow a compass. Dress for weather. 978-887-9264 or email@example.com.
CAPTURING THE COLORS OF FALL. Sunday, Oct. 21, 1 to 4 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Learn specific camera settings and field techniques that can be used to strengthen autumn pictures. Visit locations overlooking the fields and wetlands to help create beautiful compositions. Meet in the Nature Center. Bring camera, digital or film, with extra batteries and enough memory or film to take about 200 images. Tripod may be handy. Led by Bob Speare. $25/Audubon members, $30/nonmembers. Register at 978-887-9264 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FARMSTEAD AND OLD HOUSE TOUR. Sunday, Oct. 21, 3 to 5 p.m., Waldingfield Road parking area, off Route 1A, Ipswich. Leisurely walk reveals Appleton family tales and includes a visit to the dairy during milking time — ordinarily closed to the public. Free/Trustees members, $5/nonmembers. 978-356-5728, ext. 18, or email@example.com.