Get wild about winter with us this weekend—from home! From seeing our animals in the winter to science experiments and nature activities to do at home, there is something for everyone!


Join us LIVE on Facebook for these Wildlife and Educator-led programs:

Saturday, January 23

10:30 a.m.Winter Cat Chat: Mountain lions don’t migrate or hibernate, so how do they spend their winters? We’ll get up close with Salton and Freyja and find out how they stay warm and learn about the wide range of climates where mountain lions live.

1:00 p.m.Fire and Ice: Winter is all about ice and snow, but sometimes you just need to warm your tootsies by the fire. We'll explore these two seeming opposites, and learn answers to questions like: Can fire pull water toward it? And why are salt and ice such mortal enemies?

Sunday, January 24

10:30 a.m.Rainbow Fire Tornados: No fireplace? No problem! Warm up some red-hot experiments that explore the effects of shear force, and colored salts, on fire. And, because safety comes first, we'll create a DIY fire extinguisher using two common household substances.

1:00 p.m.Reptiles and Amphibians in Winter: Ever wonder what frogs, turtles, and lizards do all winter? What does it mean to be cold-blooded in cold weather? We’ll learn about some cool adaptations these animals have to survive the winter in Massachusetts!

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Do these activities at home!

Ice Fishing: No augers needed! Catch an ice cube using only salt and yarn.

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Supercool H2O: Think you know about water? Think again!

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Cold Clues: Animal Tracks Scavenger Hunt: Not everybody sleeps through winter! Use your senses to find out who's in your neighborhood.

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Night Sky Guide and Scavenger Hunt: Grab your gloves and track down the season's hottest (coldest) constellations.

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Grow Your Own Snowflakes: Behold the power of supersaturation as laundry booster forms sparkling crystals.

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Frosty Bird Feeder and Scavenger Hunt: Design a feeder for your feathered friends, and watch them flock!

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Snow Volcano: Got snow? Whip some up and try this acid-base eruption!

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Sweetest Density Tower: Use Skittles to create a delicious density rainbow.

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Marshmallow Castle STEM Challenge: Can you make a beautiful and stable palace using only two materials?

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Chilly Haiku Challenge: Haikus are easy. Write one about winter here. You'll be glad you did.

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