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April School Vacation Week Nature Activities

April School Vacation Week Nature Activities

Go ahead and get a little muddy as you search for salamanders, explore life in a pond, head out on a swamp romp and more! Remember that Audubon has tons of hands-on nature fun during April School Vacation Week. Get those kids outside and have some fun!

Please note that registration is required for programs located at Powder Mill Ledges and Caratunk Wildlife Refuges (click the program titles to register). For a complete listing of Audubon activities and programs, click here.

Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, Smithfield, RI

(Skip to Bristol activities)

Super Seeds and Hanging Gardens
April 17, 2018; 10:00 – 11:30 am

The smallest ones are like dust. The largest ones are heavy to lift. Some are soft as clouds. Some are as prickly as a cactus or sticky as glue. Come find out what makes seeds so amazing. We'll play with lots of different seeds, sample some fruits as we examine their seeds, and plant some of our own in a 'hanging baggie garden' to take home. (Berries and tree nuts will be used)

Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; Program Fee: $8/member child; $12/non-member child. Ages: 5+.

Big Hawk, Little Hawk
April 18, 2018; 10:00 – 11:30 am

Come and meet two live raptors at Audubon - a Red-tailed Hawk and an American Kestrel - the largest and the smallest hawks that are found in Rhode Island. Learn about the lives of these amazing birds and touch preserved feathers, wings and talons.

Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; Program Fee: $10/member adult, $5/member child; $14/non-member adult, $7/non-member child. Ages: 5+.

Pond Exploration
April 19, 2018; 10:00 – 11:30 am

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; Program Fee: $10/member adult-child pair; $14/non-member adult-child pair; $5 each additional member; $7 each additional non-member. Ages: 5+.

Froggy Fun!
April 20, 2018; 10:00 – 11:30 am

Ribbit! Honk! Peep! Frogs are waking up in the spring. Hear a froggy story. Sing a froggy song. Make a froggy craft. Meet a live frog and learn all about these fun creatures.

Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; Program Fee: $5/member child; $7/non-member child. Ages: 3+.

Salamander Search at Caratunk
Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA
April 20, 2018; 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Let's take a stroll, turn over some rocks and logs, and see if we can find some salamanders!

Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA; Program Fee: $10/member adult-child pair; $14/non-member adult-child pair; $5/each additional member; $7/each additional non-member Other. Ages: 4+.

Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI

Become a Nature Explorer! Join Audubon in a weeklong 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.

Schedule for each day:

Nature crafts: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Nature story: 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
Special Program*: 11:00am
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. See the list below for each day's special program.

Explore the Shore
Monday, April 16, 2018
Join Audubon for a hike down to the seashore to find our favorite plants and animals. Come learn about these creatures and their amazing adaptations that help them live in such a special place. Kids will bring home a seashore-inspired craft.

Swamp Romp
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
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? We will make a special swamp-inspired craft to take home.

Meadow Madness
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
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 a game to learn about raptor hunting skills.

Forest Foray
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Learn about the different animals who call this local habitat their home. Play nature games and work together to create fairy homes in the forest.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Friday, April 20, 2018
Help Audubon celebrate Earth Day with eco-friendly activities! Kids will play recycle themed games and craft a special piece of art out of recycled materials.

Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; April 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 2018; 10:00 am-2:00 pm; Free with Admission*. Ages: All.

*Admission: Members (2 adults and up to 4 children) free; Non-Member Adults $6.00; Non-Member Senior $5.00; Non-Member Child (4-12) $4.00; Children 3 and under free.