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Owls, Hawks, and Falcons! Oh My!

Audubon Raptor Weekend photo credit Heidi Piccerelli

Check out the wonderful September programs and events for children and families at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island.

Audubon Environmental Education Center Bristol, RI

Audubon Raptor Weekend
September 12th & 13th
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Bring the brood and get up-close with owls, hawks and falcons at Raptor Weekend! There are flight presentations, raptor programs, games, and activities for kids of all ages. Eagles, owls, hawks and falcons – the hunters of the avian world – will be featured in live flight presentations, educational programs, and activities for the whole family. Join raptor experts from across the Northeast for the largest celebration of raptors in New England!

Animal Tales
September 3rd &4th
Schedule available Animal Tales.

Enjoy a nature story with your preschooler each month. Programs include a story with a nature lesson followed by a craft. Often a live animal comes to visit!

Citizens Bank Free Family Fun Day
September 5th
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Families can explore environmental exhibits representing Rhode Island’s diverse habitats, from upland meadow and cornfields to wetlands, salt marshes and the Narragansett Bay shoreline. Situated on the beautiful 28-acre McIntosh Wildlife Refuge, visitors can enjoy nature trails.

Franklin’s Hatch Day Party!
Franklin is the resident eastern box turtle at the Audubon Environmental Education Center and we are celebrating his birthday—the day he hatched! Come learn all about this awesome species of turtle – and have fun celebrating his birthday!

9:00 am-5:00 pm: Spot the Box Turtle.
10:00 am -2:00 pm: Turtle Party Hat Craft Table
10:00 am and 2:30 pm: Turtle Tale Nature Story
11:00 am and 2:00 pm: Meet Franklin- Animal Interview
1:00 pm: Turtle Party Games

Labor Day Nature Activities
September 7th
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
End the summer with Audubon! Come to the Environmental Education Center and enjoy crafts, a nature hike, games, and more.  No registration is required.

Nature Craft Table: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Nature Story: 10:00 am
Nature Hike: 11:00 am and 2:30 pm
Animal Interview: 1:00 pm
Habitats Bingo: 1:30 pm

Junior Naturalists for Home-schooled Families
September 17, 18, 2015:  Exploring Vertebrates
Thursday classes are held from 2:00-3:00 pm; Friday Classes are held from 1:00 – 2:00 pm.

Join other home-schooled kids to learn about nature and science! This hour-long program will introduce participants to a different topic each class, with hands-on experiments and nature-based activities that are sure to foster a love of the natural world.  Classes are limited to 15 children, so please register early. Adult must attend with child.

Eco-stories and Art
September 23rd

Bring a snack and relax while an Audubon naturalist reads a nature story. Then create a unique work of art from different recyclable materials and found objects. Will it be a bouquet of flowers made from plastic bottles? A bird’s nest made from scrap paper and yarn? Join us and find out! No registration required.

Preschool Adventures
Sept 24th, Oct 1,8,15

Nature will come alive for children ages 3-5. Children will participate in games, hikes, crafts, songs, hands-on activities and more as they are introduced to the wonders of nature.  Space is limited to 12 children so please register early.  Adults must accompany children and there are no refunds for missed classes. Younger siblings are not permitted to attend.

Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI

Animal Tales
September 9th
Schedule available here.

Enjoy a nature story with your preschooler each month. Programs include a story with a nature lesson followed by a craft. Often a live animal comes to visit!

Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Prudence Island, RI

Celebrate National Estuaries Day!
September 26th
9:45 am – 4:45 pm

Learn why estuaries are such important habitats and meet some of the critters that call the Bay home. We’ll try our hand at seine netting, search for invasive crabs, and look for migratory birds in the salt marsh. The day will also include a tour of Prudence with stops at some historical and natural features. This is a great program for both kids and adults! Registration is required.

Geocaching on Prudence Island
September 30th
9:45 am – 3:00 pm

Come test your technology and homing skills while you treasure hunt on Prudence Island! Learn what geocaching is about and how to use your smart phone in new ways. We will also discuss how animals can use similar techniques to find food and/or mates, migrate, and echolocate. Bring your smart phone or GPS, if you have one and your sense of adventure!

Talons Hawk with row of kids by Hope Foley

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