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Art, Nature, and Play Series: Feather Fest

August 7 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Sun 24

Science Tricks & Animal Treats

October 24 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Saturday, August 7 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


All activities in Nature Explore

Free with museum admission

Feeling bird-brained? That’s a good thing! Join us to spy some frequent flyers, use tools to simulate birds’ eating habits, practice your calls and warbles, and meet a favorite feathered friend. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and be inspired to paint and sculpt some avian artwork of your own.


Ongoing Activities (10:00am – 4:30pm)

Take the Bird Beak Challenge

How would you catch a fly, crack a nut, or bite a berry with no hands? Test your skills using common tools as simulated bird beaks. Discover which beaks work best for scooping, sipping, cracking and tearing all the foods birds need to survive.

Avian Investigations & Fantastic Feet

Use magnifying glasses to examine local and exotic feathers and nests from the EcoTarium’s collection. Investigate bird feet meant for swimming, seizing, climbing and hopping, then design the feet you’d want if you had wings!


Scheduled Activities

10:00-11:30 am

  • Make & Take Art— Bird Illustrations
    • A local artist will lead a how-to-draw demo on the various forms and proportions of songbirds, then you can try your own! Learn to add shading and texture to bring the drawings to life!

10:45 am

  • Bird Story Time

11:30 am

  • Guided Birding Walk
    • Learn how to use binoculars as you join a museum educator on a guided nature walk to search our grounds for birds and their nests.

11:45 am-1:15 pm

  • Make & Take Art— Clay Nest and Egg Sculptures
    • Create your own bird nest and eggs using self-hardening clay, paint, and raffia. Eggs and nests from the EcoTarium’s collection will be on display for inspiration!

1:00 pm

  • Meet a Chicken!
    • Join our zoo team and get to know one of the EcoTarium’s feathered residents!

1:45 pm

  • Guided Birding Walk
    • Learn how to use binoculars as you join a museum educator on a guided nature walk to search our grounds for birds and their nests.

2:30 pm

  • Owl Keeper Chat (at the Owl Habitat)
    • Meet the EcoTarium’s resident Barred Owls and learn from our zoo team what it’s like to take care of them!

3:00 pm

  • Who’s Hoot is Who?
    • Bird songs are all around us…but how do you know what you’re hearing? Learn whose hoot is who in this listening-based program.

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Date:
August 7
Time:
10:00 am - 4:30 pm