Audubon Society announces February school vacation programs

Audubon Society announces February school vacation programs

Build a Bluebird Nest Box at the Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2-3:30 p.m.

SMITHFIELD – The Audubon Society of Rhode Island announces the following February school vacation week programs being offered at Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road.

Registration is available through the events calendar at asri.org .

• Nature Tales: The Ox Cart Man – with Colonial Games and Craft: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m.-noon. Listen to the tales of the Ox-Cart Man and learn about what life was like at Powder Mill Ledges two hundred years ago. Then try your hand at some Colonial-era skills and games. The fee is $5/member child; $7/non-member child. Open to ages 4 and up.

• Colonial Candle Making: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2-3:30 p.m. Make an old fashioned hand-dipped candle. Learn about the use of beeswax and bayberry in old-time candles and each participant will create their own hand-dipped candle to take home. The fee is $10/member; $14/non-member. Open to ages 6 and up.

• For Goodness Snakes: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 11 a.m.-noon. Listen to a fantastical tale about a very special snake, named Kartusch, who teaches some furry creatures about being patient and using their senses. After the story, meet a live snake visitor. The fee is $5/member child; $7/non-member child. Open to ages 3 and up.

• Big Owl, Little Owl: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2-3:30 p.m. Meet two live raptors – a great horned owl and an eastern screech owl. Find out about the lives of these amazing birds and have the opportunity to touch preserved feathers, wings and talons. The fee is $10/member adult, $5/member child; $14/non-member adult, $7/non-member child. Open ages 5 and up.

• Nature Tales: Fred’s TV – story and make a birdfeeder: Thursday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m.-noon. Listen to the story of Fred who is frustrated when his TV breaks, but in the days following, he discovers some amazing things are happening in his yard. After the story, make a bird feeder to take home. The fee is $5/member child; $7/non-member child. Open to ages 5 and up.

• Build a Bluebird Nest Box: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2-3:30 p.m. Participants will learn about bluebirds and other cavity nesters, when and where to place the nest box, and how to care for it. Each adult/child pair will complete one kit. Additional kits may be purchased for $20 each. All building materials are provided, but participants should bring a hammer and safety glasses for each builder. The fee is $30 member adult/child pair; $40 non-member adult/child pair; $20 for each additional birdhouse kit. Open to ages: 7 and up.

• Just a Dream – Nature Story and Planting Seeds: Friday, Feb. 21, 11 a.m.-noon. Listen to a story and plant a seed to take home and watch it grow. The fee is $5/member child; $7/non-member child. Open to ages 4 and up.

• Family Winter Walk: Friday, Feb. 21, 2-3:30 p.m. Bundle up and join Audubon for a winter walk. Look for animal tracks and signs of the season on this easy hike. The fee is $10/member adult/child pair; $5 each additional member; $14/non-member adult/child pair; $7 each additional non-member. Open to ages 5 and up.