Winter is an exciting time for outdoor discovery. We have put together four sessions of hands-on, awesome, age-appropriate activities and games to explore the natural world in winter. Sharpen your observation skills as we locate and learn about winter animals and tap a sugar maple tree to make syrup.
For children in grades K through 5 (ages 5-11). Sign up for the entire 4-day session, Tuesday-Friday from 8:30am-3:00pm.
Fee for the week (Tuesday through Friday):
$295 members, $365 nonmembers
Tuesday, February 21: Maple Sugaring
We'll learn about one of nature's tastiest treats: maple syrup. We'll discover how to distinguish a sugar maple from all the other trees in the forest and tap one to collect the sap. After a visit to the sugarhouse, we'll know how sap is converted into syrup and try a sweet sample!
Wednesday, February 22: Winter Homes
Can you imagine living outside through the entire winter? We'll explore the woodlands, wetlands, and field edges for nests, cavities, burrows, dens, and lodges to discover how birds, mammals, and insects find homes in this challenging season. We'll build an igloo or shelter and see how warm it can be inside.
Thursday, February 23: Carnivores Dining Out
Winter is a great time to look for predators and the evidence they leave behind. Study animal bones, fur, scat, tracks, and chews and then hike the sanctuary in search of hawks, foxes, fishers, river otters, and more. We'll investigate how these animals are able to hunt prey in the cold winter weather.
Friday, February 24: Awesome Owls
Have you ever walked through the woods looking for owls? Owls are most active at night, of course, but if you know what to look for you can find their daytime roosts. Together, we'll search for local owls and learn what they eat and the sounds they make.
Drop off and pick up is in front of the Nature Center and Barn. A confirmation email with more information will be sent closer to the program's start date.