March 19, 2019

Over the River and Through the Woods…with Audubon!

Audubon Society of Rhode Island December 2018 Programs and Events for Children and Families


(November 7, 2018) – Head out through the woods for a guided winter hike, bring the family to meet a live animal or let the kids get a little messy cooking for the birds during school vacation week. Get outside, learn about nature and enjoy the spirit of the season at Audubon!

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.

Audubon Photos with Santa and Annual Tree Sale
Citizens Bank Free Family Fun Day
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
December 1, 2018; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Come to Audubon and pick a freshly cut tree from a local Rhode Island farm and have your child’s picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus. After the event, your picture can be posted in a special addition of the East Bay Newspapers. There will seasonal crafts and activities available. Admission is free. For more information, visit the events calendar at Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Free. Ages: All.

Cocoa & Coffee at Caratunk
Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA
December 2, 2018; 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Come to the big white barn at Caratunk for come cocoa or coffee, cookies and casual fun. Visitors will meet an animal, create a craft, sip some cocoa and take an easy hike. Cocoa and crafts will be available from 1:00 - 3:00 pm, with an animal interview at 2:00 pm. Dress for the weather.  Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA; Fee: $8/member adult & child; $10/non-member adult & child; All additional children $4; Ages: All. Register through the events calendar at

Woodlands Before Winter
Audubon Parker Woodland Wildlife Refuge, Coventry, RI
December 10, 2018; 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Parker Woodland offers some of the best hiking in Rhode Island. Join Audubon Senior Director of Conservation Scott Ruhren on a hike up and down rolling hills in mature forests to see the seasons change into winter. This is a mostly hilly hike on established trails. Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy walking shoes. Parker Woodland Wildlife Refuge, Maple Valley Road, Coventry, RI; Fee: $10/member; $14/non-member. Ages: 6+. Register through the events calendar at

Junior Naturalists for Home-schooled Families
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
December 18 & 19, 2018; 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Our popular home-school program now lasts an hour and a half. That means more time for outdoor exploration, so come dressed for the weather. Join other home-schooled kids to learn about nature and science. 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.
December 18 & 19, 2018 – Wonderful Whales
Audubon Nature Center & Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Fee: $10/member child, $6/member siblings; $12/non-member child, $8/non-member siblings. Ages: 6-12. Register online through the events calendar at

December School Vacation Week
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
December 27, 28, 29, 2018; 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Don't know what to do with the family during school vacation break? Audubon is the solution! Nature crafts will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each day, as well as a nature story at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm. An animal interview will also be held at 1:30 pm. Special programs and activities are available each day and are free with admission. Registration is not required.

These special programs for children ages 6+ are available each day at 11:00 am.
December 27: Cooking for the Birds
Young birding enthusiasts become “bird chefs” and create unique and tasty dishes for feathered friends in their backyards. Will we make a Tweet-Tweet Trail Mix or perhaps a Suet Sundae? Come find out!
December 28: Owl Pellet Dissection
Learn all about how owls hunt then use simple and safe tools to take apart an owl pellet. Identify the bones inside and discover what your owl ate—was it a mouse? A mole?
December 29: Icy Investigation
Discover the science behind ice! Kids will investigate what makes ice melt, why it floats, and more.
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; December 27, 28, 29, 2018; 10:00 am-2:30 pm; Free with Admission. Ages: 6+.

Holiday Hike at Caratunk
Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge; Seekonk, MA
December 30, 2018; 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Join Audubon to explore some secret areas of Caratunk during an hour and a half hike and then return to the barn for hot cider and snacks. Hikers should dress warmly, wear boots and be able to hike along trails that are rocky and uneven. Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA; Fee: $10/member adult, $5/member child; $14/non-member adult, $7/non-member child. Ages: 10+. Register through the events calendar at


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