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Audubon Society of Rhode Island

February 2013 School Vacation Week

Discover the amazing world of turtles and toads, hit the trails with an expert guide, learn all about wind and waves and more! Whether you want to pull on those wooly mittens and get some fresh air or stay cozy inside during vacation week, join Audubon for some natural family fun!

February 18 - 22, 2013   

February School Vacation Week
Cool Science and Wacky Wildlife
Audubon Environmental Education Center
Bristol, RI    10:00 am – 3:00 pm

 
School’s out!  Come to Audubon for a week of Cool Science and Wacky Wildlife Adventures. From a winter beach party to an adventure in color, Audubon vacation programs have something to engage and entertain kids of all ages. Special programs and activities are available each day and are free with admission. Registration is not required.

Nature crafts will be held from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm each day, as well as a nature story at 10:00 am and 2:30 pm and an animal interview at 1:30 pm.

The following Cool Science and Wacky Wildlife programs are available each day at 11:00 am:

Monday, February 18:

Floating on the Wind and Waves:
Have you ever wondered why a duck doesn’t sink or how birds glide? Conduct experiments to find out what makes things glide and float.  What do the wind and waves have to do with it?  Come and find out!

Tuesday, February 19:

Rockin’ Rocks and their Crystal Cousins!
Rocks have been on our planet since the beginning of time and hold many secrets. Explore uses of rocks by people, animals and plants.  Test rocks to unlock their secrets. Look at crystals under a high-powered magnifying camera and learn what they are made of.  You will be amazed by what a simple rock can tell you.

Wednesday, February 20:

Winter Beach Party!
Join us for our Winter Beach Party!  Wear your Hawaiian shirts, your sunglasses and flip-flops and join the party!  The day will be filled with treasures from the seashore, sand experiments, summertime music, bouncing beach balls and more!

Thursday, February 21:

The Sun and the Stars
Can you harness the power of the sun?  Conduct experiments to find out just how powerful the sun really is and how it can make machines move. 

Friday, February 22:

Light and Color
Create bubbles and crazy colors with experiments that will test your sensory abilities.  What happens when colors mix with salt water or oil? Are bubbles always round?  How do animals use color to survive? Wear clothes that can get messy.
Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Program Fee: Free with Admission. Ages: All.


February 19 - 22, 2013   

February School Vacation Week
Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, Smithfield, RI and
Audubon Fort Wildlife Refuge, North Smithfield, RI   
See Times below


Bring the kids to an Audubon wildlife refuge during February School Vacation Week and discover turtles and toads, build a bluebird house, or head out on the trails with an expert guide. Registration is required. For program details, visit www.asri.org. To register call (401) 949-5454, ext. 0 or email programs@asri.org.

Nature Tales and Live Animal: Kartusch
Curl up with a good book! Meet the Furry Eyefuls and see what important lessons they learn from the beautiful emerald snake named Kartusch. Then get up-close with a live snake.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; February 19, 2013; 11:00 am-12:00 pm; Program Fee: $5/member child,  $6/non-member child; Ages: 3+. Course Number: 114333-544. 

Build a Bluebird House
You can help bluebirds and other cavity-nesting birds survive in your area by providing them with a sturdy nesting box to use as a home. Participants will learn about bluebirds and other cavity nesters, when and where to place the nest box, and how to care for it. Each parent/child pair will receive one kit to complete. Additional kits may be purchased for $15 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 19, 2013; 2:00-3:30 pm; Program Fee: $25/member, $30/non-member; each additional kit is $15; Ages: 5+. Course Number: 114333-545.

Two Toad Tales
Come hear transformative tales about the "lowly" toad. In one, Toad is first viewed as vile and gross, but in the end his adaptations save his life. In the other, all toads are bewitched in a hilarious wordless fantasy. After our tales, meet a live giant marine toad and learn all about these amazing amphibians.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; February 20, 2013; 11:00 am-12:00 pm; Program Fee: $5/member child; $6/non-member child; Ages: 3+. Course Number: 114333-546.

Owls of New England
Did you know there are several species of owls that live here in New England? Some might live right near your back yard! Which owls say 'Whoo'? What are other owl calls? We'll take a pictorial look at our native owls and meet a live one up-close, hear their calls, and share some fun anecdotes and stories.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; February 20, 2013; 2:00-3:30 pm; Program Fee: $8/member adult/child pair, $4/each additional member; $12/non-member adult/child pair; $6/each additional non-member; Ages: 5+   Course Number: 114333-547.

City Hawk: The Story of Pale Male - with Live Hawk
New York City is known for its skyscrapers, subways, and hustle and bustle -- not for its wildlife. So everyone is surprised when a red-tailed hawk is spotted flying over Fifth Avenue, and even more surprised when he decides to settle down on the ledge of one of the Big Apple's swankiest apartment buildings. Listen to the true story of Pale Male, New York City's favorite hawk, in a story of family, perseverance, and big-city living. After the story, meet a live Red Tailed Hawk.

If you want to learn more about Pale Male, visit the Audubon Environmental Education Center on February 24, 2013 at 2:30 pm for a family film documentary on this amazing bird. Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; February 21, 2013; 11:00 am-12:00 pm; Program Fee: $5/member child, $6/non-member child; Ages: 4+. Course Number: 114333-548.

Winter Romp
Head outside for a fun, leisurely winter walk at the Fort Wildlife Refuge! We'll look for animal tracks, winter birds, and signs of wildlife. Will there be otter slides at the pond? Or perhaps evidence of deer, mink or turkey? Take a romp and we'll find out!
Fort Nature Refuge, (Rt. 5), 1443 Providence Pike, North Smithfield, RI; February 21, 2013; 2:00-4:00 pm; Program Fee: $8/member adult/child pair, $4/each additional member; Ages: 7+. Course Number: 154333-549.

Totally Turtles
What has scaly skin and a hard shell? Why a turtle, of course! Come to Audubon and learn about the totally terrific turtle, touch some shells, and meet two live turtles.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; February 22, 2013; 11:00 am-12:00 pm; Program Fee: $5/member adult, $3/member child; $8/non-member adult, $4/non-member child; Ages: 4+. Course Number: 114333-571.

Feed the Birds!
Birds eat many different foods to survive. Come to Audubon and learn about what birds eat and 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; February 22, 2013; 2:00-3:00 pm; Program Fee: $8/member child, $10/non-member child; Ages: 6+.
Course Number: 114333-550.

February 21, 2013   

Stories in the Stars
Audubon Environmental Education Center
Bristol, RI    6:30 – 8:00 pm

Bring the family and discover the legends of the night sky.  Begin inside with a brief introduction to astronomy, learn what stars and constellations are visible this time of year, and listen to a few stories from different cultures about the night sky. Weather permitting, participants will venture outside to try to find the stars and constellations discussed. Finish inside with some hot chocolate. Advance registration is required. Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Program Fee: $10/member adult/child pair; $5/each additional member; $12/non-member adult/child pair; $6/each additional non-member; Ages: 6+.
Course Number: 165333-593.

February 23, 2013   

Winter Walk at Kimball
Audubon Kimball Wildlife Refuge
Charlestown, RI    10:00 – 1:00 pm

Join an exploration of the snow-covered woods and fields of the Kimball Wildlife Refuge and Burlingame State Park next door, in the quietest season of the year. Our past winter walks have revealed squirrel, deer, and fox tracks in the snow; crossbills in the pines (and this is already a big crossbill year); otters, muskrats, and even bald eagles on the frozen pond; and a Northern Three-Toed Woodpecker in 1991. We’ll finish by warming up around the stove with a steaming bowl of vegetarian chili. NOTE: Program fee includes lunch.
Kimball Wildlife Refuge, 180 Sanctuary Road, Charlestown, RI; Program Fee: $10/member adult, $5/member child; $14/non-member adult, $7/non-member child; Ages: All. Course Number: 044166-82. To register call (401) 949-5454, ext. 0 or email programs@asri.org.

February 23 & 24, 2013

Prudence Island Tour & Seal Watch
Prudence Island, RI    9:45 am – 4:30 pm

Come explore Prudence Island with a chance to see seals at one of the best haul-out spots in Narragansett Bay. Learn about ecological research happening in and around the Bay through the Narragansett Bay Research Reserve. We will view the seals using spotting scopes and a brief presentation will provide you with information about the seals’ life cycle and migration to Narragansett Bay.  Participants will also tour the island by van with stops along the way to visit several unique historical and natural features.  Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Prudence Island, RI; Program Fee: $15/member adult, $8/member child; $20/non-member adult, $10/non-member child; Ages: 8+. Course Number: 574333-20. To register call (401) 949-5454, ext. 0 or email programs@asri.org.

For more information on this program and details on travel to Prudence Island, please visit www.asri.org and click on the events calendar for this program.

 

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