Dr. Seuss' Birthday Extravaganza
(4-Adult) Naturalists share the tales of 'Yertle the Turtle', 'Gertrude McFuzz' and more and show that real woodland creatures share some of the same talents. Meet live animals and make crafts. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
(6-Adult) A naturalist takes you on a relaxing stroll through the park at dusk to tour the woods and wetlands to watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.
Evening Woodcock Walk
(Adults) Take an evening stroll through the forest to one of the park's largest meadows. We'll listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship dance and flight. Bring a flashlight. Approximately 1.5 mile walk on uneven terrain. Canceled if rain.
Fairy Tale Tea Time
(4-Adult) Fairy tales come to life as you sip tea and enjoy treats surrounded by your favorite fairy tale characters. Come dressed as your favorite! Learn how fairy tales have stood the test of time and enjoy new variations on classic tales. Learn why so many fairy tales include our animal friends. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
Family Owl Outing
(6-Adult) Discover the secret world of owls. Learn what makes these raptors excellent night predators with a presentation followed by a trail hike to hopefully hear or spot one of Huntley's resident owls. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.
Family Winter Tree Hike
(5-Adult) Explore the wonders of winter with the entire family! Partake in this one time program to learn tree identification and forest ecology while hiking the trails of the park.
Family Woodcock Walk
(8-Adult) Come for an evening walk through the woods to one of the park's large meadows. Listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship display and flight. Bring a flashlight. Approximately 1.5 mile walk on uneven terrain. Canceled if rain. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
Family Wreath Making
(16-Adult)Make your own seasonal wreath out of vines decorated with greens, cones, dried flowers and ribbons. Register one adult to reserve the supplies for yourself and/or your family.One wreath per registrant.Please register another adult per additional wreath. All ages welcome.
(2-Adult) Join a naturalist and youth volunteers as we demonstrate how we feed our site display animals. Make a birdfeeder to take home and use. Search for worms and insects and assist in serving dinner. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.
Festival of Owls
(4-Adult) Meet local live owls up close and personal! Learn how these raptors live, hunt, and survive. Touch real owl feathers and bones, dissect owl pellets and make an owl craft. Learn how you can help protect these elusive birds. Optional additional cost to purchase an owl pellet to dissect with the aid of a naturalist. Speakers from Secret Garden Birds and Bees Wildlife Education and Preservation will bring live birds to the program.
Flying Squirrels: Gliding in Tonight
(4-Adult) Join a naturalist calling in these amazing night gliders and look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near the nature center. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
Full Moon Nature Hike & Campfire
(6-Adult) Enjoy nature's tranquil beauty and winter's bright skies under the full moon. Your naturalist guide points out signs of creatures that glide, fly and tiptoe through the woods in the dark. Enjoy a campfire after the hike with s'mores provided. Minimum age to attend is 6 yrs. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
These wild members of the dog family are a common sight in our neighborhoods. Learn about their lives through activities, and practice yipping like a fox. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
(3-Adult) Learn the story behind Groundhog Day and some interesting facts about this animal. Visit the home of the Walney garden groundhog and play some groundhog games. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
Holiday Animal Winter Festival
(3-Adult) While sipping hot chocolate, celebrate the season by learning about our wintering animals. Make holiday ornaments of animals to take home.
Holiday Concert - IONA
(5-Adult) One of the top rated pan-Celtic groups in the world treats its audience to high energy entertainment featuring Scottish fiddling, percussion and vocals. Optional house tour included after your concert. Refreshments served in the 18th century kitchen. Limited seating.
Homemade Bird Feeders
(2-Adult) Bring your empty milk jugs and/or two liter soda bottles to make bird feeders. We discuss tips for feeding birds and learn to identify common birds that visit home bird feeders. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
Homeschool at the Pond
(6-12 yrs) This program is based on the popular Pohick Rangers series geared to meet some of the homeschool science requirements. Topics vary. Meets every other week.
Hot Cocoa Wetland Night Hike
(6-Adult) Sip hot cocoa and join a naturalist for a special wetland tour after dark to celebrate World Wetlands Day. We look for signs and listen for sounds of beavers, owls, deer and other nocturnal winter animals. Children must be accompanied by registered adult. Canceled in case of inclement weather.
Kids Korner- Fall
(3-5 yrs.) Preschool children explore nature or history once a month, accompanied by an adult. An outdoor activity and craft included. Fall topics: Monarch Butterflies in Sept; Squirrels in Oct; Woolly Bear Caterpillars in Nov; Butter in Dec.