August 14, 2022

Bundle Up and Head to Audubon for Some Wild Winter Nature Explorations!

Audubon Society of Rhode Island


February School Vacation
Events Offered in Bristol and Smithfield, RI

(January 11, 2022) – Let the kids go a little wild during February school vacation break! Come to Audubon and meet owls, hawks, snakes, and turtles. Pull on your warm and wooly mittens for outdoor explorations and to search for animal tracks. Audubon offers plenty of winter fun to keep the kids busy, engaged and learning about nature.

Note: Masks are required for all indoor guests ages 2 and up at the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, during any Audubon indoor programs, or participants on Audubon van trips, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.

Unless noted, advance registration is required for all programs. For more details and to register, visit the events calendar at  or call (401) 949-5454 ext. 3014.

February School Vacation Week with Audubon
at the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium
1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI
February 21-25, 2022; 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Don't know what to do with the family during school vacation break? Audubon is the solution! Join us for winter fun for all ages. Special programs and activities are available each day and are free with admission. (Space may be limited due to COVID-19 restrictions.)

Take-home nature crafts will be available each day, as well as a nature story at 10:00 a.m., and animal interviews at 11:00 am, and 2:30 pm.

The following special programs for children ages 6 and up are also available each day at 1:00 pm. Registration is encouraged for these programs as space is limited. Register at
Monday, February 21, 2022: All About Owls
Learn all about these fascinating birds, from how they hunt at nighttime to which species we live with in Rhode Island.
Tuesday, February 22, 2022: Make Some Snowflakes!
Come create unique snowflake decorations to take home with you. All materials provided.
Wednesday, February 23, 2022: Cooking for the Birds
Learn how to make a bird friendly meal for our winter residents (Allergy Alert: This program will use nuts.)
Thursday, February 24, 2022: Tracks in the snow
Search for signs of animals in winter on nature hike around our refuge.
Friday, February 25, 2022: Light and Color
Create bubbles and crazy colors with experiments that will test your sensory abilities. What happens when colors are mixed with salt, milk, or oil? How do color affect animals in nature?
Note: The Nature Center and Aquarium will be open from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm from February 14 to 18, 2022. All programs are free with Admission. Ages: All.

February School Vacation Week with Audubon
at Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge
12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI
February 22 – 25, 2022
Hector the Misunderstood Snake: Story and Meet Live Snake
February 22, 2022; 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Snakes are smooth and slinky and amazing animals. Come hear a story and a live snake visitor.
Fee: $5/member child; $7/non-member child. Ages: 3 and up. Register through the events calendar at

Turtles are Terrific!
February 22, 2022; 2:00 -3:30 pm
Turtles are amazing, armored beasts! Learn about these creatures and meet some live turtles.
Fee: $10/member adult, $5/member child; $14/non-member adult, $7/non-member child. Ages: 4 and up. Register through the events calendar at

In Grandpa's Sugarbush - Story and Maple Activities
February 23, 2022; 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Listen to a maple sugaring story and try some maple activities!
Fee: $5/member child; $7/non-member child. Ages: 4 and up. Register through the events calendar at

Colonial Candlemaking
February 23, 2022; 2:00-3:30 pm
Learn about the use of beeswax and bayberry in old-time candles and create your own hand-dipped candle to take home.
Fee: $10/member child; $10/member adult; $14 non-member adult; $14 non-member child. Ages: 6 and up. Register through the events calendar at

Grandmother Spider Brings the Sun - Story and Spider Craft
February 24, 2022; 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Enjoy a story of how the sun came to the animals, then create a spider craft to take home.
Fee: $5/member child; $7/non-member child. No charge for accompanying adults. Ages: 3 and up. Register through the events calendar at

Build a Bluebird House
February 24, 2022; 2:00-3:30 pm
You can help bluebirds survive in your area by providing them with a nesting box to use. Come learn all about bluebirds and other cavity-nesting birds, build a nesting box, learn when and where to place it and how to care for it.
Fee: $30/member child; $40/non-member child. Each registered child gets one bluebird house kit to complete. Ages: 8 and up. Register through the events calendar at

Hawk Encounter
February 25, 2022; 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Learn about these amazing raptors and meet Audubon's live hawk ambassadors.
Fee: $10/member adult, $5/member child; $14/non-member adult, $7/non-member child. Ages: 5 and up. Register through the events calendar at

Who's Been Here? Animal Signs
February 25, 2022; 2:00-3:30 pm
Come to Audubon to search for signs of local wildlife and make a plaster animal track to take home. Dress warmly to go outside for part of the class.
Fee: $10/member adult, $5/member child; $14/non-member adult, $7/non-member child. Ages: 5 and up. Register through the events calendar at


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