Register Now for the 2012 Winter Wildlife Festival

January 27-29, 2012 | Princess Anne Recreation Center | 1400 Nimmo Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Free Exhibit Hall & Walk-Up Workshops on Saturday, January 28, 10 am - 4 pm
Registration Begins Tuesday, November 15!


This is your chance to witness winter wildlife all around Virginia Beach; whether it’s following fascinating bird activity, exploring the natural areas of our community or the musings of harbor seals near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Presented by Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation in partnership with Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the 2012 Winter Wildlife Festival will teach you what it takes to properly observe and identify wildlife in their natural settings.


Registration runs from November 15 through January 20. Space is limited for the excursions and workshops, so register early to secure your spot! There is no cost to attend the festival, but some sessions and excursions do have a fee. You can register online, in person at any recreation center, or by using the mail in registration form. Download a registration form at


Free and open to the public (with a fee required for only some sessions), this event includes educational workshops and engaging excursions that are sure to captivate outdoor enthusiasts, both novice and expert. Registration is required to attend workshops and excursions, so sign up for sessions such as:


  • Beginning Birding
  • Back Bay/False Cape Terra-Gator & Tram Tour
  • Owl Prowl
  • Rain Barrel Workshop
  • Urban Birding Tour
  • And new this year:
    • Wildlife Photography
    • Mackay Island Excursion
    • Twilight Aviary Tour
    • Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel & Back Bay/False Cape Day Tour


Join us for the Festival Kick-off on Friday, January 27 at the Virginia Aquarium with a feature presentation of “Winged Migration,” the fascinating Academy Award-nominated documentary by Sony Pictures brought to you free of charge by Back Bay Restoration Foundation.


Also be sure to stop by the Exhibit Hall on Saturday, January 28 and speak with Winter Wildlife Festival partners, including the Virginia Aquarium, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, False Cape State Park, First Landing State Park, Lynnhaven River NOW, and the Virginia Beach Audubon Society. Learn ways to get involved with local efforts, and find out what the environmental groups and businesses are up to. The Exhibit Hall and Walk-Up Workshops are free and open to the public, starting at 10 am until 4 pm on Saturday, January 28 at Princess Anne Recreation Center.


This event is brought to you by Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. For a full list of workshops and excursions and to download a registration form, please visit Registration begins Tuesday, November 15 and ends Friday, January 20. For more information about the event, please contact Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Outdoor Programs at 757-385-4461 or


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