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April School Vacation Week

Get a little muddy,
get a little wet,
have the best school vacation yet!

Become a Nature Explorer! Join Audubon in a week-long voyage to discover and test your nature skills. Take off on an expedition with an Audubon naturalist and explore our local habitats with nets, magnifying glasses, and more.

Nature crafts: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Nature stories: 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
Special Program*: 11:00 am
Animal interview: 1:30 pm

*Special programs are held each day at 11:00 am and are recommended for ages 6 and up. Free with admission, no registration is required. An indoor program will be substituted in the event of rain.

Monday, April 17: Meadow Madness - The meadow is home to lots of different creatures. From insects to rodents, it’s the perfect place for a bird of prey to find its next meal! Let’s look for insects and play games to learn about raptor hunting skills.

Tuesday, April 18: Happy Birthday Audubon! Join us in a celebration of John James Audubon, American naturalist, ornithologist and painter. Meet a live bird of prey and be creative with a hands-on art project in the style of Audubon.

Wednesday, April 19: Swamp Stomp - Grab a net and head to the wetlands with Audubon to look for signs of spring! Can you spot a turtle? How about a frog? What other animals can you find with your net?

Thursday, April 20: Forest Foray - Learn about the different animals who live in this local habitat. Play nature games and work together to create fairy homes in the forest.

Friday, April 21: Earth Day Extravaganza! Help us celebrate Earth Day with eco-friendly activities. Explore the seashore with nets and buckets, make a natural craft, try your hand at an outdoor scavenger hunt on the wildlife refuge, and explore artifacts from nature at our biofact table.

Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; April 17-24, 2017; 10:00 am-2:00 pm; Free with Admission. Ages: All.

Vacation Week Programs at Powder Mill Ledges & Caratunk
Click on a program to register.

Pond Exploration
You may know that frogs and ducks and turtles live near ponds, but have you ever looked for the small creatures that live in the mud and skate across the water surface? Come along on this search for ALL the life of a pond. Using nets and magnifiers we will check out pond plants and animals that often elude the naked eye. Come dressed for mud and wet. This program is designed for adults and children alike.

Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; April 18, 2017; 2:00-3:30 pm; Program Fee: Program Fee: $15/member adult and up to three children, $5/additional member; $20/non-member adult and up to three children, $7/additional non-member. Ages: 4+.

Meet a Critter: Turtles
Turtles are amazing armored beasts and Rhode Island has some pretty cool species. Come learn about these interesting creatures and meet some live turtles.

Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; April 19, 2017; 2:00-3:30 pm; Program Fee: Program Fee: $15/member adult and up to three children, $5/additional member; $20/non-member adult and up to three children, $7/additional non-member.. Ages: 4+.

Meet a Critter: Owl and Hawk
Meet a live owl and hawk and compare and contrast these two native raptors. We will explore the differences in adaptations between a diurnal and nocturnal predator. Touch preserved feathers, wings and talons.

Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; April 20, 2017; 2:00 pm-3:30 pm; Program Fee: Program Fee: $15/member adult and up to three children, $5/additional member; $20/non-member adult and up to three children, $7/additional non-member. Ages: 4+.

Salamander Search at Caratunk
Take a springtime stroll with an Audubon naturalist, turn over some rocks and logs and see if you can find some salamanders.

Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA; April 21, 2017; 2:00-3:30 pm; Program Fee: Program Fee: $15/member adult and up to three children, $5/additional member; $20/non-member adult and up to three children, $7/additional non-member. Ages: 3+.