July 17, 2019

Get Ready, Get Set and Go to Audubon for the Best School Vacation Yet!

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

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Go ahead and get a little muddy and wet as you explore life in a pond, head out on a cottontail scavenger hunt, search for camouflaged eggs and more! Remember that Audubon has tons of hands-on nature fun during April School Vacation Week. Get those kids outside and have some fun!

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

Citizens Bank Free Family Fun Day
Flowers and Soil
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
April 6, 2019; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Thanks to the 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!
April 6, 2019: Flowers and Soil
10:00 am – 2:00 pm: Master Gardener’s Soil Testing
10:00 am – 2:00 pm: Nature Craft Table
10:00 am – 2:00 pm: Spot the Flower. Can you spot 10 flowers in our exhibit hall? Spot them all and receive a prize to take home.
10:30 am and 2:30 pm: Nature Story
11:00 am: Tissue Paper Flower Activity
1:30 pm: Animal Interview
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; April 6, 2019; 9:00 am-5:00 pm; Free. Ages: All.

Audubon Camouflaged Egg Hunt
Four Locations Offered – See Below
April 13, 2019; Check-in 9:30 am, Egg Hunt 10:00 – 11:00 am

Audubon offers a fun alternative to the same old Easter Egg Hunt! Children, ages 3 to 10, hunt for brown eggs in a natural setting and quickly learn how well the eggs camouflage. Prizes are awarded to all children, with grand prizes given to the finders of the “golden eggs.” Please bring a basket. Check-in will begin at 9:30 am. The Egg Hunt will start promptly at 10:00 am and is held rain or shine. Advance registration is required.

Program Fee: $5/member child; $7/non-member child. Ages: 3-10. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI
Powder Mill Ledges, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI
Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, 99 Pardon Joslin Road, Exeter, RI
Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA

Cottontail Scavenger Hunt
Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA
April 16, 2019; 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Following a brief introduction to cottontail rabbits - learn where they live, identify their tracks and discover what they eat - families will set off across the refuge trails to find clues hinting at the presence of these charming creatures. Bring a digital camera or cell phone camera to document your findings and receive a prize. No experience is necessary to have a great time! Prizes will be awarded based on the number of clues found and photographed.
Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA; Fee: $12/members team, $15/non-members team. Ages: All. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

April School Vacation Week
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
April 15-19, 2019; 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Don't know what to do with the family during April school vacation break? Audubon is the solution! Join us for spring fun for all ages. Special programs and activities are available each day and are free with admission. Registration is not required.

Nature crafts will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each day, as well as a Nature Story at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30pm and an animal interview at 1:30pm. Special programs for children are also available each day at 11:00 am. Special programs are recommended for children ages 6+.

Monday 15, 2019: Welcome Spring! Start off your week with some fresh air and colorful art for the fridge.
Tuesday 16, 2019: Buzzing Bees – Bees are essential to our ecosystem’s health. Come find out if you have what it takes to bee one of them!
Wednesday 17, 2019: Bird Beaks – Ever wonder how different birds eat such a variety of foods? Join Audubon to try out different “beaks” for yourself and see what you can catch!
Thursday 18, 2019: Earth Day Celebration – Celebrate our planet by learning how to keep it healthy with recycling games and challenges!
Friday 19, 2019: Forest & Fairies – Find a little magic in the Audubon forest and build your own fairy house.
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Free with admission. Ages: All.

April School Vacation Week at Powder Mill Ledges
Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildife Refuge, Smithfield, RI
Program Dates and Times Vary, See Below

Two Toad Tales

Come hear two transformative tales about the "lowly" toad. In one, Toad is first viewed as vile and gross, but, in the end, his adaptations save his life. In the other, all the toads are bewitched in a hilarious fantasy that happens one Tuesday night. After our tales, meet a live giant marine toad and learn all about these amazing amphibians.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; April 16, 2019; 11:00 am-12:00 pm; Fee: $5/member child; $7/non-member child. Ages: 3+. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Meet the Amphibians
Come learn about both the amphibians that live in Rhode Island and other amazing amphibians found across the globe. Meet some live amphibians and find out how YOU can help these magnificent creatures.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; April 16, 2019; 2:00-3:30 pm; Fee: $10/member adult, $5/member child; $14/non-member adult, $7/non-member child. Ages: 7+. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Fred's TV (Story and Making Birdfeeders)
Fred is frustrated when his TV breaks, but in the days following, he discovers some amazing things are happening in his yard! After the story, make a bird feeder to take home.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; April 17, 2019; 11:00 am-12:00 pm; Fee: $5/member child; $7/non-member child. Ages: 5+. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

City Hawk: the Story of Pale Male
New York City is known for its skyscrapers, subways, and hustle and bustle -- not for its wildlife. So everyone is surprised when a red-tailed hawk is spotted flying over Fifth Avenue, and even more surprised when he decides to settle down on the ledge of one of the Big Apple's swankiest apartment buildings. Listen to his story as he builds his nest, finds a mate, and teaches his little hawk babies to fly. After the story, meet a live red tailed hawk.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; April 17, 2019; 2:00-3:30 pm; Fee: $10/member adult, $5/member child; $14/non-member adult, $7/non-member child. Ages: 5+. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Owl Babies
Where is Momma owl? Her three fuzzy owlets search and wait in the dark of night for her return. Listen to the award-winning story of Owl Babies and meet a live owl.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; April 18, 2019; 11:00 am-12:00 pm; Fee: $5/member child; $7/non-member child. Ages: 3+. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Owls of New England
Did you know there are several species of owls that live here in New England? There might be one living right in your back yard! Come learn about our native owls, hear their calls, discover their amazing adaptations and meet a live owl.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; April 18, 2019; 2:00-3:30 pm; Fee: $10/member adult, $5/member child; $14/non-member adult, $7/non-member child. Ages: 7+. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Pond Exploration
You may know that frogs, ducks and turtles live near ponds, but have you ever looked for the small creatures that live in the mud and skate across the water surface? Using nets and magnifiers, check out pond plants and animals that often elude the naked eye. Come dressed for mud and water.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; April 19, 2019; 11:00 am-12:30 pm; Fee: $10/member adult/child pair; $5 each additional member; $14/non-member adult/child pair; $7 each additional member. Ages: 5+. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Nature Sketchbooks with Live Animal
Assemble and decorate your own nature sketchbook and then draw one of our live animal ambassadors.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; April 19, 2019; 2:00-3:30 pm; Fee: $15/member child; $20/ non-member child. Ages: 8+. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Kids Explore Prudence Island!
Prudence Island, RI
April 18, 2019; 1:30 – 6:30 pm

It's school vacation week, and what better way to spend it than by exploring the awesome nature trails and shorelines on Prudence Island. Bring the kids and look for all kinds of cool critters in the forest, along the streams and on the beach.
Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Prudence Island, RI; April 18, 2019; 1:30-6:30 pm; Program Fee: $10/member adult, $5/member child; $12/non-member adult, $8/non-member child. Ages: 7+. For more details on Prudence Island trips and to register, visit the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Preschool Adventures
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
April 23, 30, May 7, 14, 2019; 10:00 – 11:00 am

Nature will come alive for children ages 3-5. Children will participate in games, hikes, crafts, songs, hands-on activities and more as they are introduced to the wonders of nature. Space is limited to 12 children so please register early. Adults must accompany children and there are no refunds for missed classes. Younger siblings are not permitted to attend.
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Fee for four-week series: $40/member child, $50/two member siblings; $44 non-member child, $54/two non-member siblings. Ages: 3-5. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Junior Naturalists for Home-schooled Families
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
April 24, 2019; 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Home-schooled children learn about nature and science at Audubon. This program will introduce participants to a different topic each class, with hands-on experiments and nature-based activities that are sure to foster a love of the natural world. Classes are limited to 15 children, so please register early. Adult must attend with child.
April 24, 2019: Nature & Native Americans
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Fee per program: $10/member child, $6/additional sibling; $12/non-member child, $8/additional sibling. Ages: 6-12. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

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