Preschool Fun: Dr. Seuss Celebration
(2-5 yrs.) Join in the celebration of Dr. Seuss and enjoy preschool favorite tales he authored. Meet an animal which is as strange as Dr. Seuss' creations. Make a craft. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Sketch Hike: Winter Trees and Landscapes
(12-Adult) Join park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler for a hike and learn sketching techniques to enhance your observation skills.
Skiing Penguins and Snowman Fun
(3-9 yrs.) Create fun crafts and activities to keep or share. Build and race penguins and create spiffy snowmen. Create a gift bag to take home your fun creations. Children should be accompanied by an adult.
Snake and Turtle Feeding
(4-Adult) Enjoy a brief presentation and demonstration by our animal caretaker staff. At least one snake, two turtles and a toad will be fed. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.
Snake Feeding Program
(7-Adult) Join us at the nature center for a behind-the-scenes look at the Hidden Pond snakes. Visitors observe the unique methods snakes use to feed. Get a glimpse at something few people get to see in the wild while learning about our local serpents and their importance to our ecosystem. Please take into consideration this program is not for everyone and may be graphic.
Snowflakes & Cocoa
(3-12 yrs.) Float into our magical world of snowflakes. We learn why snowflakes are special through activities and stories. Make your own paper and borax snowflakes to bring home while you enjoy a cup of hot cocoa!
(3-12 yrs.) Even if there is no snow on the ground, we celebrate snow creatures by crafting our own, enjoying stories and sipping on snowman soup (hot chocolate with marshmallows). Children should be accompanied by an adult (at no charge). Hear the tale of Charity, Flakey the(naked) snowman as read by the author, Amy Tubbs.
Speak for the Trees
(2-12 yrs.) Bring your adult and celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with a reading of The Lorax. Make a Lorax craft and learn how trees help people. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Teen Ranger Series (13-18 yrs)
(13-18 yrs) This series provides hands-on experience and knowledge of the daily activities required to maintain a nature center. You find out what it takes to care for the animals and natural areas. You learn how to teach others about the animals as well as environmental issues and concerns. We also touch on some of the administrative aspects to operating a nature center.
Teen Wildlife Rangers
(13-17yrs.) Thinking of getting into the environmental field as a career? Join park naturalists on outdoor adventures and field studies in nature. Study the natural sciences like the interconnectedness of plants, animals and humans. Learn what it is like to work at a nature preserve and the important responsibilities we take on to protect, research and enjoy this thriving park!
To Build a Fire
(10-Adult) Learn the science and art of building a fire and then test your skill with primitive fire bows and modern fire-making techniques. Use your new skills to roast some s'mores at the end. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
Toddler Time - Terrific Turtles
(2-4 yrs.) Explore nature through outdoor activities and meet one of our turtles. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tree ID: Bark & Buds
(14-Adult) You may know how to identify tree species in the spring, summer and fall. But how about when the leaves and fruit are gone? Join us as we flex our tree ID muscles this winter and get to know a different side of our local trees.
Trees are Terrific Campfire
(2-Adult) Enjoy s'mores around the campfire and learn how trees make Ellanor C. Lawrence a special place. Work up an appetite with a short hike. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
Unplug at the Park
(2-Adult) Leave the technology behind and connect with the great outdoors to search for birds and mammals. Dress for the weather in comfortable shoes, we'll be mostly outside. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
Valentine Tea and Poetry
(2-Adult) Enjoy poetry and tea at the Machen Farm with your favorite sweetheart. A costumed interpreter shares our Walney mystery love poem and then invites you to write your own verses while drinking mint tea and eating sugar cookies. Leave with your poem framed in childhood Valentine card style. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
Valentine's Day is for the Love Birds
(3-Adult) Join us for a lovely time learning about birds in the park. We take a bird walk, make Valentine's bird crafts and watch a romantic bird-themed puppet show.
Wear Green Campfire
(2-Adult) Meet at Cabell's Mill wearing your best green this Saint Patrick's Day and help find all things wearing green in the meadow. Return to a campfire to toast marshmallows. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
Wild Origami Workshop
(6-Adult) Did you know that origami comes from the Japanese words ori meaning folding and kami meaning paper? In this workshop, you can learn how to transform paper into native animals, flowers and other fun shapes.
Winter Bird Behavior:Cooperate to Forage
(10-Adult) Birds remain active all winter at Huntley Meadows Park. How can they find food? By working together! Mixed species feeding flocks forage together while remaining alert to predators. Discover this social feathered phenomenon!