A full slate of activities for 'Earth-cation' week


With Earth day falling at the end of school vacation week this year, there's no separating the two. But where better to spend a week of spring days than out in the fresh air. (The extended forecast is looking good, too!) So, here's a quick rundown of some of the fun things on the calendar next week. For more detailed information, web addresses are included. Additional listings can be found in the Eight Days calendar

Roger Williams Park Zoo is hosting "Party for the Planet," a weeklong green extravaganza featuring art made from recycled products or inspired by nature, interactive demos that will teach you all the fun you can have outdoors, and green organizations from throughout RI sharing tips on how to live green in your community and home. It's a party as big and green as the Earth itself! Events are free with zoo admission. www.rwpzoo.org.

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island is hosting events statewide, and back for 2013, by popular demand, the Passport to the Trails. Just visit the Audubon Environmental Education Center in Bristol or Powder Mill Ledges Nature Shop in Smithfield to receive your free passport. They will also be available at all Earth Day and school vacation week hikes and programs. Head out with your passport, visit Audubon wildlife refuges, and discover the varied habitats and creatures that call Rhode Island home.  Along the way, you will be directed to a “hidden” stencil template at each refuge.  Make a crayon or pencil rubbing at each destination and return the completed passport to Audubon by September 30, 2013 for a reward and the opportunity to be entered into grand prize raffle. For more details on this, as well as the extensive slate of vacation week events,visit   www.asri.org.

The Buttonwood Park Zoo is hosting its own "Party for the Planet." Visit the zoo Monday through Friday during school vacation week and enjoy conservation crafts and activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also Spring into Action! is a week long workshop  for 7-10 year-olds that runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. We'll explore endangered species, habitats and biodiversity through games, activities and crafts. For the full schedule, please visit www.bpzoo.org

Get ready for Earth Day at the Norman Bird Sanctuary with "The Blue Planet " vacation camp. This action-packed week for kids in grades K-6 will include pond and coastal exploration as we focus on the earth's water supply and the fascinating underwater world around the Norman Bird Sanctuary. For more information visit www.normanbirdsanctuary.org.

Blithewold is offering a fun-filled week of camp during April Vacation. Enroll your child for the full week, one day, or even a few half days. Campers play with friends, explore Blithewold’s daffodil wonderland, enjoy nature hikes, trips to the gardens and frog pond, as well indoor activities such as exploring the Mansion, putting on plays, and taking part in games and spring arts and crafts. Visit www.blithewold.org.

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