All ages | Be sure to stop by the Exhibit Hall at Princess Anne Recreation Center and speak with our Winter Wildlife Festival partners and exhibitors, including Virginia Aquarium, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia State Parks, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Lynnhaven River NOW, and Virginia Beach Audubon Society. You’ll learn ways to get involved with local efforts and find out what environmental groups and businesses are up to. Also, check out the decoy carvers from the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum, and walk next door for children's activities at Princess Anne Library!
Princess Anne Library | Saturday, January 25
Birds of a Feather Family Storytime
Ages 4 & up | 10:15 am | Free and open to the public
Bird Feeder Make & Take Craft
Ages 5 - 12 | 11 am - noon | Free and open to the public
Make a pine cone bird feeder to take home and help decorate a feeder that will stay at the library.
Live Animal Visit
All ages | 2 - 3 pm | Free and open to the public
Whoooo is that visiting from First Landing State Park? Come meet a live animal and learn how it lives.
Animal Mask Craft
All Ages | 3:30 - 4:30 pm | Free and open to the public
Virginia Aquarium | Saturday & Sunday, January 25 & 26
Winter Facts, Crafts & Activities
All ages | 11 am - 3 pm | Marsh Pavillion | Free with Virginia Aquarium admission
Learn about our local winter wildlife including otters and birds. There will be lots of family fun as you learn about these amazing creatures, meet a keeper, enjoy otter crafts, games and special programs. Enter to win a Behind the Scenes look at the Otter habitat.
Meet the Keeper
All ages | 11:30 am & 2 pm | Marsh Pavillion | Free with Virginia Aquarium admission
Winter in the Aviary
All ages | 1 pm | Aviary | Free with Virginia Aquarium admission
All workshops are free, last approximately one hour, and are held at Princess Anne Recreation Center. Pre-registration is preferred.
Age 12 & up | Did you know that one adult oyster filters 50 gallons of water every day?! In Lynnhaven River NOW's Oyster Restoration Workshop, you will discover many more amazing facts about oysters and how they help clean our local waterways. Learn about oyster restoration projects in the Lynnhaven River and find out about the new and innovative techniques we have been using to build oyster reefs. | Free
Saturday, January 25 | 10:30 am
The Coyote in Virginia
Age 12 & up | Learn about this relatively new addition to the local landscape. Hear where the coyote came from, how it got here, and how it might affect you. What do coyotes eat? Where do they live? Should you be concerned? Come hear the truth about these intriguing animals from Pete Aker, Department of Game & Inland Fisheries Terrestrial Biologist. | Free
Saturday, January 25 | 12 pm
Age 12 & up | Osprey Watch is a worldwide citizen scientist project, which focuses on citizens entering information about nests that they observe. The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center has joined forces with The Center for Conservation Biology, a research group shared by the College of William and Mary and the Virginia Commonwealth University, to recruit citizens to join Osprey Watch. Come learn about ospreys and how you can become an osprey watcher. A live raptor demo will be part of the workshop. | Free
Saturday, January 25 | 1:30 pm
Excursions & Pre-Register Workshops