The Audubon Society of Rhode Island invites families to embrace the chilly weather and dive into wild winter nature explorations during 2024 February school vacation. With a variety of programs offered, there's no shortage of opportunities for children to connect with wildlife and the great outdoors.
At Bristol’s Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, the doors are open for a week of frosty fun and learning. The center has planned a daily lineup of events, starting with a nature story at 10am;animal interviews at 11am and 2:30pm. where kids can meet and learn about owls, hawks, and turtles. A nature craft table will be available throughout the day to spark creativity among the young visitors.
For those seeking a more in-depth experience, special programs for children aged six and up are scheduled each day at 1pm. These include exploring the intricacies of bird feathers, cheering on turtles in a slow-paced race, venturing outdoors on a trail walk to discover animal tracks, cooking up bird-friendly meals, and dissecting owl pellets to uncover the mysteries of their diet. Activities are included with the price of admission, and no prior registration is needed.
Other Audubon sites Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge in Smithfield, and the Caratunk Wildlife Refuge in Seekonk, MA are hosting their own unique events (online registration is required). Educational sessions include learning about the owls of New England, where children can see a live owl. Additionally there are presentations on native reptiles, complete with visits from live reptilian ambassadors. The Big Hawk - Little Hawk program gives kidsan up close look at a Red-tailed hawk and a merlin, examining their feathers, wings, and talons to learn about these fascinating raptors.
Each of these specially curated activities aims to foster a love for nature and wildlife among the younger generation. The Audubon Society of Rhode Island's school vacation week programs offer a perfect blend of education and entertainment, ensuring that children have a memorable and enriching break filled with natural wonders.
For additional information and to register, visit ASRI.org.
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