New England Estuarine Research Society



Field Trips

Seaweed Workshop with Saltwater Studio

To register for this workshop, visit the NEERS workshop page on Saltwater Studio's website.

Description: NEERS will be hosting a seaweed pressing workshop with Saltwater Studio! Seaweed pressing was a popular art form during the Victorian era when people summered on the coast. Seaweed was admired for its beauty and pressed into scrapbooks with other mementos like poetry, watercolors and anything that was a happy reminder of their experience. The process of pressing seaweed is a combination of art and science and drives home the point that they are inextricably linked. In this workshop, you will be making 2 pressings of seaweed that can be framed and hung in your home! For more information and to register, visit the NEERS workshop page on Saltwater Studio's website.

Host/Leader: Mary Jameson, Owner of Saltwater Studio

Date & Time: Saturday, June 4 (Time TBD)

Location: TBD

Cost: $65

Transportation: TBD

Number of Participants: Max TBD. A minimum of 10 participants will be required to hold the workshop.

Personal Gear Required/Recommended: TBD

Pre-Registration Required: Yes. Please register for workshop on the NEERS workshop page on Saltwater Studio's website.

Coastal Resilience Living Shoreline in Salem with Barbara Warren

To register for this workshop, use the NEERS Field Trip Registration form.

DescriptionShorelines stabilized with hardened structures, such as bulkheads, revetment, and concrete seawalls, often increase the rate of coastal erosion. “Living shorelines” are stabilized natural bank, using plants, sand, and limited use of rock to provide shoreline protection and maintain valuable habitat.

Collins Cove is a coastal bay in Salem, Massachusetts located between Bridge Street and Salem Willows. It is characterized by heavy rip-rap on the east, a large seawall with a baseball field and playground on top on the west, and a bike and walking path along its southern edge.

The living shoreline technique considered most appropriate for the southern edge of Collins Cove was a fringing salt marsh enhancement/restoration using bioengineered techniques with coir logs and limited sand fill to provide a planting substrate for 15,000 salt marsh plants. Existing site features such as the rock sill were incorporated into the design. The salt marsh was constructed landward of the sill to take advantage of the wave buffering by the rocks. 

Host/Leader: Barbara Warren, Executive Director of Salem Sound Coastwatch

Date & Time: TBD

Location: Collins Cove, Salem

Cost: Free

Transportation: Personal Vehicle

Number of Participants: No limit

Personal Gear Required/Recommended: None (asphalt walking path and planted sand area)

Pre-Registration Required: Yes, pre-registration will be required when registering for the conference.

Deacon Giles Distillery Tour

To register for this workshop, use the NEERS Field Trip Registration form.

Description: Come take a tour of Deacon Giles Distillery! The tour includes complimentary tastings of 5 spirits, in-depth discussion of the distilling process, and a Q&A at the conclusion of the tour. Learn more about Deacon Giles Distillery on their website.

Host/Leader: Distillery Staff

Date & Time: Saturday, June 4 at 2:30. Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early. Tours run approximately 45-60 minutes (depending on questions).

Location: Deacon Giles Distillery, 70 Canal St, Salem, MA

Cost: $20

Transportation: Personal Vehicle

Number of Participants: 20

Personal Gear Required: Valid ID

Pre-Registration Required: Yes, pre-registration will be required when registering for the conference.

Additional Notes: Must be 21+ 


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