• Taking a rest at the end of the day. Great Grandpa Frank Masse in the sunglasses
  • Browsing the raffle items
  • Paddlers kept going even during rain showers
  • Thank you Creighton Pond Camp!
  • Sandy announcing the lucky raffle winners!
  • Yoga explained by Yogi Bri
  • Waiting-to-hear-if-they-won-anything-in-the-raffle
  • Show me that puppet!
  • So how does goat yoga work?
  • Dissecting Owl Pellets- lots of finds inside!
  • lots of educational material
  • Essex Tech Student asks what kind of fish he is holding
  • Learned how to fish successfully!
  • Big Pike and Little Pike
  • Browsing the vendor tents
  • Learning to fish was the most popular activity!
  • Duck Slide always a favorite
  • Fishing along the edge of the pond
  • Lots of Scout participation
  • Looking over the Ipswich RIver Watershed puppets
  • Sandy conferring with participants
  • Scooping the duck and water
  • Briana explaining about her worms or was it yoga?
  • Roger Talbot with Briana and Dharma holding the raffle tickets
  • Puppets up close
  • Learning how to categorize your soil
  • Owl pellet contained a skull and hip bone
  • Roger and John – raffle ticket sales are over!
  • Thank-you-Liz-for-being-Beaver
  • Drum Roll Please!
  • One on one fishing instruction
  • Learning from vendors
  • Environmental Science Students from Essex Tech
  • Busy dissecting owl pellets
  • Sandy Rubchinuk introduces the owl pellet dissection activity

The 10 Annual Earth Day Festival, organized by the Middleton Stream Team, was an afternoon of fun and learning for all! Attendees enjoyed the Creighton Pond Camp setting and the opportunities the natural setting provided.  Essex Tech environmental students and their science equipment filled the pond side learning building to continually educate visitors with on-site experiments. Masconomet environmental students also had an educational display.  Boy scouts and girl scouts of all ages demonstrated camp-outs, did crafts, and talked about scouting opportunities in the town. New vendors included Sound Play Children’s Music, Moonshadow Yoga with dwarf goats, Green Meadow farm with chickens, Lasting Legacy Soaps and nature jewelry, and Sanctuary Yoga. Loyal participants returning included Sol Bean, Essex County Beekeepers, Cellar Door of Ipswich, and the Flint Library. Massachusetts Wildlife and Fisheries, with the help of the local Peary family, taught many children to fish.  The gigantic beaver, aka Liz Cameron, enjoyed entertaining children! This year, for the first time, IRWA performed a puppet show with a water conservation theme and due to the brief shower, a third show was added and enjoyed in the nice lodge. Owl pellet dissection was taught by Sandy, also known as Mrs. R, and some amazing discoveries were made about the food cycle! One middle age adult asked to join the older children. He was the most excited about what he found, declaring it an activity he had always wanted to do! The raffles, which are the primary funding source for all the free activities the Stream team sponsors, brought in a record amount of sales. Mr. John LeBlanc was awarded the distinction of being hardest working event volunteer, as he had a line for popcorn for a solid three hours! Mother Earth reminded us of her gifts with a shower, we think it was her way of thanking all the people that came out to learn, appreciate, and protect this watershed we all live within. We think we heard her giggle as the people out in the rowboats hunkered down in the rain out on the pond! We would like to thank the  Lynn Boys and Girls clubs for letting us use their beautiful facility. Two hours of sun and a bit of rain, laughter and learning in the great outdoors!  It was an inspiring celebration of the human and nature connection!