Drop-in Activities

No need to pre-register for these free and low-cost nature programs and activities – just stop on by and discover nature with us! For a deeper dive into nature, check out our full Activities Calendar.

In-person activities are suspended until May 15.
In the meantime, discover new activities, videos, and more to add fun to your social distancing
Our trails at Ashland, DEEC, and Abbott’s remain open. Coverdale is closed to the public.

Lunch with Live Animals at DEEC

Saturdays, 12 pm – 12:30 pm | At DEEC
Join us as we feed our animals. Learn fun facts like what they eat and how they eat it.
All ages | Free for everyone

Meet Marsh Animals at DEEC

Saturdays & Sundays: 1 pm – 1:45 pm | At DEEC
Take a naturalist-guided stroll to look for animals and see our live animal collection.
All ages | Free for everyone

Netting in the Marsh at DEEC

Saturdays & Sundays: 2 pm – 2:45 pm | At DEEC
Explore the marsh using nets to see how many animals and insects you can find and identify.
All ages | Free for everyone

Bird Banding at Bucktoe

Wednesdays (April – December) 8 am – 11 am | At Bucktoe
Watching a bird bander work, learn about feather molt, how to age a bird, migration, feeding, and bird conservation. Photographers: great opportunity for bird close-ups.
All ages | Free for everyone

Learn About Bird Banding Project

Running of the Mill at Abbott’s

Mill is closed for repair. No programs at this time.

More about our Historic Working Grist Mill

Wild Weekends at Ashland

Returning in April

Saturdays (April – October) 10 am & 2 pm | At Ashland
Sundays (April – October) 2 pm | At Ashland
Join a nature program when you arrive at the Visitor Center at the above times. Different activities each day. Naturalists are present Sat 10 am – 3 pm and Sun 12 pm – 4 pm to answer your nature questions.
All ages | Free for everyone (Non-members pay trail entry fee at Ashland: $5 adults, $3 children)