December 15, 2018

Looking for December Vacation Week Fun? Naturally, Audubon Has It Covered!

Audubon Society of Rhode Island December 2017 Programs and Events for Children and Families


(November 9, 2017) – Bundle ‘em up and head outside to search for owls on the evening trails. Bring the brood for story time or join the fun during December School Vacation Week! There’s plenty of family fun at Audubon in December. Come Celebrate 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 or call (401) 949-5454 ext. 3014.

Christmas Tree Sale and Photos with Santa
Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI
December 2, 2017; 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Come pick out your freshly cut Christmas tree, grown locally on a Rhode Island tree farm. After browsing for your tree, your child’s picture can be taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Seasonal crafts and activities for children will be available and toy donations will be collected for a local toy drive. Admission is free. For details, visit the events calendar at Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI.

Tales and Trails
Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI
December 6, 2017; 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! December 6, 2017 – Owls in the Forest
Children listen to the story “Owl Babies” and learn about how owls see, hear, and catch their food. Then head out to the forest to search for different animal homes - will we find an owl’s nesting spot? Meet a special animal guest at the end! Come dressed for the outdoors. 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

Junior Naturalists for Home-schooled Families
Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI
December 12 & 13, 2017; 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.
December 12 & 13 – Wonderful Whales
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

Owl Prowl at Fort Refuge
Fort Wildlife Refuge, North Smithfield, RI
December 21, 2017; 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Bundle up and head to the Fort Wildlife Refuge for the winter solstice. Your guide will call for different species of owls as you 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 12+.
Fort Nature Refuge, (Rt. 5), 1443 Providence Pike, North Smithfield, RI; Program Fee: $10/member; $14/non-member. Ages: 12+. Register through the events calendar at

December School Vacation Week with Audubon
Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI
December 27 – 30, 2017; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Don't know what to do with the family during the December school vacation break? Audubon is the solution! Special programs and activities are available each day and are free with admission.
Nature crafts will be available from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm each day, as well as a Nature Story at 10:00 am and 2:30 pm. Audubon’s popular animal interviews are held each day at 1:30 pm.
Special programs for children ages 6+ are also held each day at 11:00 am:
- December 27, 2017: Mini Nature Film Fest. Pull up a rug and watch selection of short nature films just for kids! Themes include monkeys, plants, marine life and more.
- December 28, 2017: Nature Games. Try a round of animal games! Learn about the food web, predators and prey, animal adaptations, and more.
December 29, 2017: Cooking for the Birds. Young nature 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 30, 2017: Icy Investigation. Discover the science behind ice. Kids will investigate what makes ice melt, why it floats, and more. Work together to build a sculpture out of colorful ice to display on the wildlife refuge!
Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI. Programs are free with Admission, no registration required. For details visit the events calendar at


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