Preschool Prowl: Tuesdays, Feb. 1st – Feb. 22nd, from 10:00-11:00am. Winter is a whole new world at Stony Brook. The air is clean, the pond frozen, and the trees a sharp relief against the snow. Join a Stony Brook naturalist on an outdoor adventure with your preschooler. Each day will have a different nature focus and will include a story, craft or activity, and a walk on the trails.
Ages 3.5 to 5. Fee: $35m/$40nm per parent/child per 4 week session.

Tales of the Wild: Tuesdays, Feb. 1st – Feb. 22nd, from 12:30-2:00pm. “Tales” represents a natural progression from our preschool program, since it is designed to offer young people the opportunity to discover Stony Brook on their own. This program will encourage a preschooler’s curiosity about the natural world and will introduce the observation skills that can turn every walk into a fulfilling and educational experience. Parents may remain on the Sanctuary grounds, but are not participants.

Fee: $45m/$50nm per child per 4 week session

Upcycle Art: Saturday, February 5th, from 10:00am-3:00pm. Stop by the Nature Center any time between 10:00am and 3:00pm and make your own craft from recycled materials! All ages welcome.

Fee: $1 per person

Bird House Gourd Workshop: Saturdays, February 5th, 12th, & 19th, from 10:30am-12:00pm. Create your own “gourdeous” hand-painted gourd birdhouse! Learn about painting techniques as well as how to attract various birds with different hole sizes. Select from two design patterns. You will clean, drill, prepare, paint and varnish dried gourds. No experience necessary, and all materials will be provided.

Fee: $35m/$42nm per person

Who’s at home in the winter woods?: Saturday, February 19th, from 1:00 – 3:00pm. Tracking is more than simply finding a trail and following it, and prints aren’t always necessary to track an animal. The forest and wetlands are full of signs that tell us about the wildlife around us. Come learn to read the tracks and signs left by the animals of the sanctuary.

Fee: $12m/$15nm per adult/child pair

Turtle Trekkers: Saturday, February 19th, from 10:30-12:00pm. Start your weekend off right with a fun and knowledgeable Stony Brook teacher on the trails learning about nature. There will be crafts, activities and lots of laughter. So come and join the fun. This month’s theme: Winter Wonderland! Ages 2.9 to 6 with a parent.

Fee: $10m/$12nm per adult/child pair

The Quabbin Region in Winter:  Saturday, February 19th, from 8:30am – 4:00pm. Quabbin Reservoir is home to the largest concentration of wintering bald eagles in Mass. We will meet at the Barre Falls Wildlife Management Area before heading over to North Quabbin. After searching for wintering Bald Eagles and Ravens, we will head back toward Wachusett Reservoir for one last stop.

Fee: $33m/$40nm per person

Pre-registration is required for all programs. For more details, visit the Mass Audubon webpage at or contact us at 508-528-3140. Register by phone, email (, fax (508-553-3864) or in person. Stony Brook is located at 108 North Street in Norfolk.