EBB_Nest.jpgFamily Wildlife Series programs are open to all ages (unless otherwise noted), although information and activities are most appropriate for ages 5 and up.


Family Program Fee structure: $1/person  (unless otherwise noted) All members of the family in attendance must be registered for the program. Preregistration is required for all Family Wildlife Series Programs.


Register now for:

Hopper Herding
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2–3 p.m.
Don’t know a grasshopper from a katydid or a cicada from a cricket? Then this is the class for you! We’ll be sweep-netting our meadow in search of these and other incredible insects that make up approximately 80% of the world’s species of animals. Family Program. This program is FREE in honor of “Take a Child Outside Week,” but preregistration is required.


Big Sweep Family Volunteer Oppoprtunity
Saturday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m.–noon
Join ranks to help clean up the Falls Lake shoreline around Blue Jay Point. Bring work gloves and a water bottle. Sunscreen, a hat and your favorite brand of insect repellent is recommended. Closed-toe shoes, such as old sneakers, are a must! This is an excellent opportunity for families to provide a great community service (ages 8 and up, with grown-ups, please). Preregistration is required for this opportunity.

Batty Batty Batty 1-2-3
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2–3 p.m.
Learn all about our local bats and the exciting things they do for us. Wrap up the session by making a Night Creature Luminary to use in your fall celebrations!


Tag—You're it!
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2–3 p.m.
Learn the ins and outs of plastics recycling in this free program, then create a cool ornament, backpack tag or pendant out of a repurposed plastic food tray to take home. For ages 5 and up, this program is FREE in honor of America Recycles Day, but preregistration is required.


Night Owls and Candle Magic Evening Family Event
Saturday, Nov. 17, 6:30–9 p.m.
Bring the "night owls" in your family to enjoy the magic of a stroll along our luminaria-lined trail as you learn about the late fall seasonal activities of our local owls. Enjoy hot cocoa and a lantern-lit craft project before you go home. FREE and for all ages (baby backpacks are recommended rather than strollers). No dogs, please. Last "stroll" begins at 8:30 p.m. Perfect for Jr. Naturalist families and scout groups! Preregistration is NOT required for this event, but we highly recommend going to our Events page  for the Insiders’ Guide to Night Owls and Candle Magic to help plan your evening.


Treats for Tweets
Saturday, Dec. 15, 2–3 p.m.
Learn to ID a few common winter “feeder birds” and then make some yummy bird treats to take home.


Natural Creations
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2–3 p.m.
Have you ever looked at a silhouette of bare tree branches against a winter sky and thought it looked like a work of art? Come practice your winter tree ID and then while we are out in the woods, you can take some photos to capture your favorite “work of art.” We’ll post these photos on Facebook and let folks vote for “best in show” in this fun, amateur photography contest. Who knows, there might even be a simple prize or two! Free, but preregistration is required.