July 22, 2018

Snowy Tracks and Frosty Trails!

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

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(December 7, 2017) – Pull on your wooly mittens and search for animal tracks or owls on the frosty trails. Just bundle up and head outside – winter is an amazing time for kids to discover nature!

Unless noted, registration is required for all programs. A complete listing of activities and programs are detailed in the Audubon Nature Tours and Programs, a free guide to connecting with the natural world. For more program details and to register online, visit the events calendar at www.asri.org or call (401) 949-5454 ext. 3014.

Tales and Trails
Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI
January 3, 2018; 10:00-11:00 am

Join Audubon for an hour-long story time and trail exploration just for preschoolers. Learn about the local animals that live in the habitats on the wildlife refuge - and maybe even spot a few! January 3, 2018 – Signs of Animals on the Wildlife Refuge
How do animals keep warm in winter? Come listen to the story “The Mitten” and learn about what different local animals do during the winter. Then head out onto our nature trail to look for signs of these critters. Will we find rabbit tracks in the snow or signs of a raccoon meal?
Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Fee: $5/member child, $7/non-member child. Ages: 3-5. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Eco-engineers
Citizens Bank Free Family Fun Day
Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI
January 6, 2018; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Thanks to Citizens Bank, the Environmental Education Center is open free to the public the first Saturday of every month. Join us for crafts, nature stories, animal discoveries, hikes and more.

Take our Eco-engineering challenge, combine science and art with crafts, and learn about awesome animal engineers! No registration necessary.
10:00 am - 2:00 pm: Science and Art Crafts
10:00 am: Animal Engineers Story
11:00 am and 1:30 pm: Eco-engineers Challenge - Kids brainstorm, design, build and test solutions to Eco-challenges. Recommended for children ages 6 and up.
2:30 pm: Animal Interview
Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI. Ages: All.

Li'l Peeps
Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI
January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 2018; 9:45 – 10:45 am

This popular program introduces children ages 18 months to 2 years to the delights of nature through age-appropriate, hands-on activities. Along with a nature lesson, activities may include nature walks, crafts, songs and stories. This is also a wonderful opportunity to make new friends with other children and parents. Registration is required as space is limited and fills very quickly. Adults must accompany children and there are no refunds for missed classes. In order to maintain an age-appropriate program we ask that older siblings not accompany the parent/child team.
Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Program fee for six-week series: $60/member child, $76/two member siblings; $65/non-member child, $82/two non-member siblings. Ages: 18 to 36 Months. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Martin Luther King Day Nature Activities
Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI
January 15, 2018; 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Discover nature’s winter wonderland. Head out for a frosty walk then come back inside and warm up with a nature story. Meet a live animal and play fun animal games. No registration required.
9:00 am - 5:00 pm: Spot the Snowflake: Can you find ten snowflakes in our exhibit hall? Spot them all and receive prize to take home.
10:00 am - 2:00 pm: Nature Crafts
10:00 am: Winter Stories
11:00 am: Guided Winter Walk (weather dependent)
1:00 pm: Animal Games
2:00 pm: Animal Interview
Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Free with Admission. Ages: All.

Junior Naturalists for Home-schooled Families
Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI
January 16 & 17, 2018; 1:30 – 3:00 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.
January 16 & 17 – Icy Science
Audubon Environmental Education Center, 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 www.asri.org.

Owl Prowl at Caratunk Refuge
Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA
January 19, 2018; 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Bundle up for a winter night hike and search for owls at the Caratunk Wildlife Refuge. Your guide will call for different species of owls as we travel through mixed and pine woods. While we never know if we'll actually get to hear or see an owl, participants will be sure to learn a lot and have a great night hike. Wear heavy socks and shoes or boots and dress warmly. Bring a flashlight. Hike will be canceled in the event of inclement weather or icy trails. For children ages 8 and up.
Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA; Fee: $10/member; $14/non-member. Ages: 8+. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Preschool Adventures
Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI
January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 2018; 10:00 – 11:00 am
Nature comes alive for preschoolers ages 3 to 5. Children enjoy games, hikes, crafts, songs, hands-on activities and more as they are introduced to the wonders of nature. Space is limited to 10 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 Environmental Education Center, 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 through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Animal Tracks and Signs for Families
Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, Smithfield, RI
January 27, 2018; 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Learn how to identify different tracks and other signs of our native mammals and birds. Investigate artifacts, explore track patterns and make plaster tracks to take home. Try to hop like a 'bounder' and strut like a 'perfect stepper'! Venture on the trails to see what evidence can be found of wild things on the refuge. Although all are welcome, this class will be geared for families with children. Wear warm footwear and dress for the weather.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI. Fee: $10/member adult, $5/member child; $14/non-member adult, $7/non-member child. Ages: 6+. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Winter Beach Walk with Audubon
Moonstone Beach, South Kingstown, RI
January 28, 2018; 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Join naturalist Bob Kenney for a mid-day winter walk along Moonstone Beach, without the summer crowds or closed piping plover nesting areas. Our visit is timed to the low tide at 11:14 am, perfect for some leisurely beach combing and bird watching. Even though Moonstone is known as a “clothing optional” beach, the only option today is likely to be whether to wear three, four, or five layers. Bring your binoculars; we’ll have a spotting scope available. Expect to walk one or two miles in soft sand.
Moonstone Beach Road, South Kingstown, RI; Fee: $10/member adult, $5/member child; $14/non-member adult, $7/non-member child. Ages: All. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

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