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Eagles and Hawks and Owls, Oh My!

Audubon Society of Rhode Island September 2019 Programs and Events for Children and Families


(August 5, 2019) –Bring the kids for Raptor Weekend and get up close eagles, owls and hawks or let an Audubon naturalist introduce you to the fascinating adaptations of local turtles. Come to Audubon and connect with some cool creatures this September!

Unless noted, registration is required for all programs. For a complete listing of Audubon activities and programs, visit the events calendar at or call (401) 949-5454 ext. 3014.

Raptor Weekend
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
September 7 & 8, 2019; 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Eagles, Owls, Hawks, and Falcons, formidable and magnificent predators of the sky, are headed to Bristol, Rhode Island. Razor-sharp talons, extraordinary strength, hooked beaks and highly developed eyesight and hearing make raptors the rulers of the avian world.

This September they will be descending on the Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s Nature Center and Aquarium in Bristol, Rhode Island for Raptor Weekend 2019. Wildlife rehabilitators and experts from across the Northeast will bring a wide variety of these extraordinary birds to the largest raptor celebration in New England. Enjoy live flight demonstrations, educational programs, and activities for bird enthusiasts of all ages.
General Admission: Adult: $13/member, $16/non-member. Child ages 4 - 12: $9/member, $11/non-member
Children under age 3 are free. For details visit

For the Raptor Weekend Press Release and photos, email
Raptor Weekend is sponsored by RI PBS.

Labor Day Nature Activities
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
September 2, 2019; 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

End the summer with Audubon! Come to the Nature Center and Aquarium and enjoy crafts, a nature hike, games, and more. No registration is required.
10:00 am - 2:00 pm: Craft Table
10:30 am & 2:30 pm: Nature Story
11:00 am: Shore Hike
1:30 pm: Animal Interview
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; September 2, 2019; Free with Admission. Ages: All.

Citizens Bank Free Family Fun Day
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
September 14, 2019; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm*

Thanks to Citizens Bank, the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium is open free to the public the first Saturday of every month.* Join us for crafts, nature stories, animal discoveries, hikes and more. No need to register!
September 14, 2019: Turtles
10:00 am - 2:00 pm: Nature Craft table & Spot the Turtle in the Exhibit Hall
10:30 am & 2:30 pm: Nature Story
11:00 am: Fur, Feathers, and Scales Program
1:30 pm: Animal Interview
Activities: 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Exhibit Hall: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Trails and Pollinator Garden: Dawn to Dusk
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Free. Ages: All. Due to Raptor Weekend, September Free Family Fun Day will be held the second Saturday in September.

Turtle Time!
Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA
September 15, 2019; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Bring your little ones and enjoy a reading of "Box Turtle at Long Pond" by William T. George. Visitors will learn about local turtles and get to meet Caratunk's resident turtles Otto and Speedy. Juice and cookies will be served. The barn has restrooms and is handicap and stroller accessible.
Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA; Fee: $8/member adult/child pair, $5/each additional member; $12/non-member adult/child pair; $7/each additional non-member. Ages: 3-6.

Sanctuary Live: Expedition to the Wreck of the Steamship Portland
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
September 18, 2019; 7:00 – 8:00 pm

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island will host a live broadcast from the wreck of the steamship Portland. Using state-of-the-art imaging technology, including 360 degree cameras for virtual reality filming, researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary will document this wreck, often labeled "the Titanic of New England." The interactive programs will cover biology, underwater technology and maritime archaeology, with opportunities to directly contact the research team. Program is free but registration is required.
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Free. Ages: 6 and up. Register through the events calendar at

Smithsonian Museum Day
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
September 21, 2019; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Audubon will join participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide to open their doors free of charge for Smithsonian Museum Day Live! As part of a journey to celebrate our world’s dynamic heritage and cultural life, participating Museum Day venues mirror the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

The Museum Day Ticket is available to download at Visitors who present the official pass will gain free admission for two people to participating museums and cultural venues.

10:00 am - 2:00 pm: Musical Nature Craft Table: Combine the arts and music with our fun nature craft table.
10:00 am - 2:00 pm: Scavenger Hunt: Find all 10 hidden pictures in the exhibit hall and win a prize!
10:30 am: Nature Story: Pull up a rug and listen to one of our favorite nature tales.
11:30 am: Animal Interview: Meet a live animal and learn all about what it eats, where it lives, and more!
1:30 pm: Nature Bingo: Test your nature knowledge in a round of bingo.
2:00 pm: Guided Nature Walk: Weather permitting.
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Free with Admission. Ages: All. Download the Museum Day ticket at


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