April 23, 2018

February is a WILD Time at Audubon!

School Vacation Week Events - Audubon Society of Rhode Island February 2018 Programs and Events for Children and Families

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(January 8, 2018) – Come meet some radical reptiles, awesome owls, amazing hawks and more! Vacation week is WILD at Audubon, so bring the kids and join the fun.

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.

Dinosaurs Cousins
Citizens Bank Free Family Fun Day
Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI
February 3, 2018; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thanks to the 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. No need to register!

Take a look at the dinosaur family tree and celebrate our living dinosaur cousins. Explore how eggs, scales, feathers and more link these cousins together, make your own dino-rific craft and meet a dinosaur cousin animal ambassador! Programs and admission are free thanks to the Citizens Bank.

9:00 am to 5:00 pm - Find all ten dinosaur cousins hidden in our exhibit hall and get a prize!
10:00 am - 2:00 pm – Dinosaur Cousin Craft Table
10:30 am - Dinosaur Story Time
11:30 am and 2:30 pm – Dinosaur Cousin Interview: Meet a reptile or bird.
1:00 pm – Eggs, Scales, Feathers, and More: Join us for some roaring science activities to investigate special adaptations that dinosaurs and their cousins share.
Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Free. Ages: All.

Junior Naturalists for Home-schooled Families
Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI
February 13 &14, 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.
February 13 and 14, 2018: - Seals, Sea Lions and Conservation
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.

February School Vacation Week
Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI
February 19 – 23, 2018; 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Looking for family fun during February school vacation week? Head to Audubon and learn about how animals live, participate in science investigations, and meet some of our resident animal friends!
Nature Crafts: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Nature Story: 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
Special Programs*: 11:00 am
Animal Interview: 1:30 pm

*Nature programs are held each day at 11:00 am and are recommended for ages 6 and up. Free with admission, no registration is required.
Monday, February 19, 2018: Groovy Groundhogs – It’s the time of year for groundhogs to peek out of their burrows! Share your love for our furry friends and join us for a day full of activities celebrating this special critter. Make a groundhog-themed craft and experiment with shadows.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018: Radical Reptiles – Come celebrate our cold-blooded friends and explore the radical world of reptiles. Kids will participate in activities and games to learn what makes reptiles so special, and make a scaly craft to take home.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018: Awesome Owls – We think owls are a hoot! Join us for a day filled with one of our favorite feathered friends as we investigate what makes owls so unique and meet our live owl ambassador. Kids ages 6 and up can try some hands-on science as they dissect an owl pellet.
Thursday, February 22, 2018: Creep, Crawl, and Flutter – From butterflies and ants to crabs and spiders, we love things that creep, crawl, and flutter! Join us as we explore the world of arthropods. Kids will play arthropod themed games and even make some scientific investigations about our very own arthropods at the center.
Friday, February 23, 2018: Rock On – We dig rocks and minerals! Kids 6 and up will participate in a rock cycle activity made entirely out of candy! Take home a craft that will rock your world.

Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Free with Admission. Ages: All.

Live Animal Interview: Owl
February Vacation Week at Powder Mill Ledges, Smithfield, RI
February 20, 2018: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Come meet one of Audubon's live owl ambassadors and learn all about their amazing adaptations. Families can investigate wings, talons and other biofacts.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; Program Fee: $8/member adult, $4/member child; $12/non-member adult, $8/non-member child. Ages: 3+.

Whoo Ate That? - Owl Pelletpallooza
February Vacation Week at Powder Mill Ledges, Smithfield, RI
February 20, 2018; 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Many birds cough up pellets containing objects they cannot digest such as bones, shells, and fur; but no species does it quite like owls. Come and investigate what we can learn from owl pellets. Dissect your own sterilized pellet and play detective as you identify whose skeletons are inside. (For those with allergies: pellets contain fur and/or feathers)
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; Program Fee: $12/member child; $15/non-member child. Ages: 6+.

Live Animal Interview: Hawk
February Vacation Week at Powder Mill Ledges, Smithfield, RI
February 21, 2018; 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Come meet one of Audubon's live hawk ambassadors and learn all about their amazing adaptations. Families can investigate wings, talons and other biofacts.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; Program Fee: $8/member adult, $4/member child; $12/non-member adult, $8/non-member child. Ages: 3+.

Feed the Birds! Feeders to Make and Take
February Vacation Week at Powder Mill Ledges, Smithfield, RI
February 21, 2018; 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Wild birds eat all sorts of food to survive. Come learn about what birds eat and then make two different bird feeders to take home. Please note for those with allergies: seeds and nuts will be in use and handled during this class.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; Program Fee: $10/member child; $15 /non-member child. Ages: 5+.

Live Animal Interview: Turtles
February Vacation Week at Powder Mill Ledges, Smithfield, RI
February 22, 2018; 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Come meet a couple of Audubon's live turtle ambassadors and learn all about their amazing adaptations. See how turtle shells feel and watch how turtles they move.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; Program Fee: $8/member adult, $4/member child; $12/non-member adult, $8/non-member child. Ages: 3+.

Build Your Own Bluebird Nesting Box
February Vacation Week at Powder Mill Ledges, Smithfield, RI
February 22, 2018; 2:00 – 3:30 pm
You can help bluebirds and other cavity-nesting birds survive in your area by providing them with a sturdy nesting box to use. Participants will learn about bluebirds and other cavity nesters, when and where to place the nest box and how to care for it. Each adult/child pair will get one kit to complete. Additional kits may be purchased for $20 each. All building materials are provided in each kit, but participants should bring a hammer and safety glasses for each builder.

Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; February 22, 2018; 2:00-3:30 pm; Program Fee: $30/member adult-child pair; $35/non-member adult-child pair; Additional kits are $20/each. Max 10 kits per class. Ages: 7+.

Colonial Candle Making
February Vacation Week at Powder Mill Ledges, Smithfield, RI
February 23, 2018; 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Come make an old fashioned hand-dipped candle! Long ago the land of Powder Mill Ledges was a farm with a tavern on the old turnpike where travelers met at tables lit by candles and a big fire hearth. We don't have a hearth, but we can make our own hand-dipped candles the old fashioned way. We will discuss the use of beeswax and bayberry in old-time candles and each participant will create their own hand-dipped candle to take home.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; Program Fee: $10/member; $14/non-member. Ages: 6+.

Live Animal Interview: Snake
February Vacation Week at Powder Mill Ledges, Smithfield, RI
February 23, 2018; 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Come meet one of Audubon's live snake ambassadors and learn all about their amazing adaptations. Get a sense of how a snake sheds its skin and how it feels.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; February 23, 2018; 11:00 am-12:00 pm; Program Fee: $8/member adult, $4/member child; $12/non-member adult, $8/non-member child. Ages: 3+.

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