"If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it."

David Sobel

Mission & Vision


Strong kids, healthy planet.


Provide meaningful education outdoors along the Merrimack River Watershed and nearby coastal waters to inspire a lifelong connection to land and sea.

Three-Year Strategic Vision

In November 2011, we envisioned that by 2014, we will have a permanent home with land, and continued water access, that allows us to organically expand our programs to serve children and families in our greater Newburyport community.

During fall 2013, we renewed our strategic plan and will share our future vision soon!

Summer 2014

We still have openings! Registration for Summer 2014 programs opened at midnight on November 7, 2013, and many programs filled by dawn. However, there is still room across several other programs, as well as opportunities to join our waitlist.

Register Online Here

*All families will need to set up a NEW online account


Merrohawke Nature School is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization that serves upwards of 1,600 kids annually, year-round, ashore and afloat. All tax deductible contributions help us to reach more kids with nature connection programs. While program fees are our largest source of revenue, program fees do not cover the full cost of programming. We rely on philanthropy to sustain our organization and enable us to continue providing the high quality education programs that best serve our Lower Merrimack Valley community.

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Winter is Here!

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Dirt Time

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Team Work!

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What a Windy Day!

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Imagination and Nature

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