“Spring Break” out of the house during the week of April 15-19, 2019 and enjoy the nature that exists right in your own backyard. See the following Nature and History activities and programs being offered during the APS Spring Break Holiday.
Join us for lessons in nature journaling and sketching Sun., April 14, 3:30-4:30 p.m. We’ll construct our own nature journals, hone our writing and drawing skills and talk about the season while hiking. Meet at Long Branch Nature Center. Register children and adults. Activity code: #632959-I. Free. Details.
Anatomy Lab: The Heart
How do animal hearts differ from ours? Explore the hearts and circulatory systems of other animals and compare them to humans Tues., April 16, 1-2 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center. Kids will also view a dissection of a sheep heart. Ages 6-10. Register with activity code: #632829-D. $7 per person. Details.
Anatomy Lab: The Lungs
How do different animals breathe? Explore the respiratory systems of other animals and compare them to humans Thurs., April 18, 1-2 p.m. Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center. Kids will also view a dissection of sheep lungs. Ages 6-10. Register with activity code: #632829-E. $7 per person. Details.
Free Play Day @ Gulf Branch
Give kids unstructured time they can call their own Fri., April 19, 1-2:30 p.m. Your child will love this chance to explore our woods, make mud pies, throw rocks in the creek and just be free. Dress to get wet and dirty, and wear closed-toe shoes. Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center. Ages 6 to 10. Register with activity code: #632829-B. Free. Details.
Earth Day Bird Walk
Celebrate Earth Day early with a morning of birding Sat., April 20, 8-9:30 a.m. We’ll begin with a refresher for using binoculars and field guides, then practice our new skills on the trails at Gulf Branch Nature Center. Beginners and experts welcomed. Loaner binoculars are available. Families ages 7 and up. Register with activity code #632859-F. Free. Details.
Yoga in the Nature Center
Spend your Saturday morning at home? Nah … Namaste at Long Branch Nature Center Sat., April 20, 10-10:45 a.m.! We will start the session with a fun short walk, then return to the nature center to practice poses representing the plants and animals found, ending in a short relaxation. No prior experience needed, if you have a Yoga mat bring it, but not required. Ages 7 to 10. Register with activity code #632929-E. $5 per person. Details.
Defending Chain Bridge Hike
Explore the remnants of Forts Marcy and Ethan Allen, built by the Union Army to defend the Chain Bridge Sat., April 20, 10-12:30 p.m. We’ll learn the stories of the forts and their defenders at this important junction between north and south. This is a three-mile loop-hike over occasionally rocky and steep terrain. Meet at Fort Ethan Allen Park. Families ages 10 and up. Register with activity code: #632759-F. Free. Details.
iNaturalist for Families
Get prepared for the 2019 City Nature Challenge Sat., April 20, 10:30 a.m.-noon! The iNaturalist app and community can help you identify that mystery plant, insect, spider, reptile, bird or other organism that has you stumped. We’ll start with a quick introduction to iNaturalist on your smart device, then head outside! Your observations and photos can contribute to a larger scientific snapshot of the natural world. Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center. Families ages 8 and up. Register with activity code: #632859-G. Free. Details.
Tree ID Hike
The leaves may only be just starting to grow but we can still identify what tree it is without the full leaf to show us clues. Learn to identify the trees of Arlington parks by their bark and shape Sat., April 20, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center. Dress for the weather, we will be outside the whole time. Teens 14 and up are welcome, but must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register with activity code: #632949-E. $5 per person. Details.
Spring Herp Hunt
We’ll search Long Branch Nature Center’s ponds, streams and woods for salamanders, frogs, toads, snakes and turtles Sat., April 20, 2-3 p.m. Be ready for a creek walkin’, rock flippin’, log rollin’ good time as we find out which herps are back in action after winter. Bring closed-toe water shoes. Ages 6 to 10. Register with activity code: #632929-F. $5 per person. Details.