Free Programs and Events in March

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Plover Warden Information & Orientation Session

Saturday, March 19th, 10:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Learn about the Plover Warden volunteer steward program. Every year, volunteers protect the closed beach and educate the public so that the piping plover can "Nest in Peace." The Plover Warden program runs from April 1 thru mid-August, with each shift running up to 4 hours long.  Plover Warden volunteers work outdoors.  Anyone interested should write so that a link to Zoom meeting can be sent. Those that attend are not obligated to volunteer afterwards but attendance is mandatory for anyone who wants to volunteer as a new Plover Warden. 


Special Online Program:  Indigenous Peoples on Plum Island Sound

Thursday, March 24th, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

This live lecture, presented by Mary Ellen Lepionka, will provide some history of the archaeology of the Plum Island area, as well as Indigenous uses of subsistence resources in the Great Marsh, and information about the Contact Period, regarding the discoveries about Indigenous families that were living here during the 17th century.


Mary Ellen is a well known local lecturer, a retired college instructor, textbook developer, author, and publisher with a Master’s degree in anthropology from Boston University and post-graduate work at the University of British Columbia.  She taught anthropology and world history at Boston University, Vancouver City College, Northeastern University, North Shore Community College, and Salem State College.  She has provided several fascinating lectures in the past for FPRWNR and for other events in our local area.  


To attend this Zoom-based lecture, please register by sending an email to and write "Indigenous People" on the subject line.  Please include your complete name in the body of the note.  As we approach the lecture date, the Zoom information will be provided by email.


Parker River Annual Conservation Film Festival Screenings:


Kiss the Ground

Friday, March 25, 7:00 p.m.

Narrated and featuring Woody Harrelson, Kiss the Ground is an inspiring and groundbreaking film that reveals the first viable solution to our climate crisis.  Kiss the Ground reveals that, by regenerating the world’s soils, we can completely and rapidly stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems and create abundant food supplies. Using compelling graphics and visuals, along with striking NASA and NOAA footage, the film artfully illustrates how, by drawing down atmospheric carbon, soil is the missing piece of the climate puzzle.  This movie is positioned to catalyze a movement to accomplish the impossible – to solve humanity’s greatest challenge, to balance the climate and secure our species future.  This online screening will be facilitated via Zoom.  Register by sending an email to and write “Kiss the Ground” on the subject line. Please include your full name in the body of the note.  (2020, 124 minutes) 




Saturday, March 26, 1:00 p.m.

Part hermit, part biologist, Guardians live on boats, full-time, in one of the last pristine frontiers of the world to monitor salmon, the backbone of the ecosystem, economy, and culture along British Columbia's coast. But, in an age of science censorship and soaring resource extraction in the form of fracking for oil and natural gas, Guardians and the wildlife they have dedicated their lives to protect are now disappearing.  GUARDIAN is a cautionary tale about the role of science in environmental decision-making and the repercussions of its censorship.  This online screening will be facilitated via Zoom.  Register by sending an email to and write “Guardian” on the subject line. Please include your full name in the body of the note.  (2019; 76 minutes) 



From Seed to Seed

Saturday, March 26, 3:00 p.m.

When Terry and Monique left the opera to pursue their true passion—ecological, small-scale farming—their story of community and resilience took center stage. FROM SEED TO SEED follows their young family and a diverse group of farmers in Southern Manitoba, for a season of challenges and rewards.  Scientists are working with these farmers using a blend of ancient traditions and cutting edge science to develop improved methods for growing food ecologically and in a changing climate.  This hopeful story provides a Canadian perspective on a global social movement that regenerates the land, farming, and communities toward a healthier future for us all.  This online screening will be facilitated via Zoom.  Register by sending an email to and write “Seed to Seed” on the subject line. Please include your full name in the body of the note.  (2019, 87 minutes)  Trailer:

Lobster War – The Fight Over the World’s Richest Fishing Ground

Saturday, March 26, 7:00 p.m.

The buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is warming the oceans, and the waters off New England's coast are seeing some of the most dramatic temperature increases on the planet. This is having a major effect on lobster populations and the fishermen who rely on them. The southern New England lobster fishery has collapsed and the catch has moved north into cooler waters.


Lobster War documents an escalating conflict between the United States and Canada over waters that both countries have claimed since the end of the Revolutionary War.  The disputed 277 square miles of sea known as the Gray Zone--the swath of water surrounding Machias Seal Island at the entrance to the Bay of Fundy--were traditionally fished by US lobstermen. But as the Gulf of Maine has warmed lobsters have migrated north and the Gray Zone's previously modest lobster population has surged. As a result, Canadians have begun to assert their sovereignty in the area, contesting American claims to the bounty and foreshadowing potential conflicts exacerbated by climate change climate change
Climate change includes both global warming driven by human-induced emissions of greenhouse gases and the resulting large-scale shifts in weather patterns. Though there have been previous periods of climatic change, since the mid-20th century humans have had an unprecedented impact on Earth's…

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.   This online screening will be facilitated via Zoom.  Register by sending an email to and write “Lobster Wars” on the subject line. Please include your full name in the body of the note. (2018; 74 minutes)



Youth V Gov

Sunday, March 27, 1:30 p.m.

Youth v Gov is the story of America’s youth taking on the world’s most powerful government, filing a ground-breaking lawsuit against the U.S. government. They assert it has willfully acted over six decades to create the climate crisis, thus endangering their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property. 

The Juliana plaintiffs represent the diversity of America’s youth impacted by the climate crisis. Hailing from across the country, they encompass cultural, economic racial, and geographic diversity, with many from marginalized communities, and their stories are universal. Their diversity speaks not only to the impacts of climate change, but to the inclusion required if we are to build a better, more just future together. If these young people are successful, they will not only make history, they will change the future.   This online screening will be facilitated via Zoom.  Register by sending an email to and write “Youth v Gov” on the subject line. Please include your full name in the body of the note.  (2020, 110 minutes)



Spring Beach Cleanup 

Saturday, March 26th, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Help get the beach ready for the piping plover nesting season.  Meet volunteers from the Friends of Parker River NWR at parking lot 1 before going out on the beach to clean up debris.  They will orient you and hand out trash bags (a limited number of litter pickers will also be  available to borrow).  Come for the day or for an hour.  All are welcome.  Event will be held rain or shine.  No preregistration is required; simply show up! 


Take a “Walk in the Park” with the Refuge Manager

Wednesday, March 30th at 10:00 a.m.

Celebrate 'National Take a Walk in the Park Day' with refuge manager Matt Hillman. Walk or stroll the Hellcat Boardwalk, while learning about the diversity of habitats throughout this remarkable 1-mile, fully accessible trail system.  Also, hear about upcoming priorities and events planned at the refuge.  Meet up at the Hellcat Boardwalk Trail entrance at parking lot 4.  No preregistration for this program; simply show up!

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