Try snowshoes, tapping a maple tree, or making butter! Learn how to make soap, spin yarn, or forage for wild edibles. Enjoy good food, good company, and live animals!
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 10:00am-4:00pm
Nature Center and grounds
$6 ages 16 and up;
$2 Children 3-15; Free children 2 & under
The Snowflake Festival is the Nature Center’s longest running festival! Join us this year as we add sustainable living demonstrations to favorites like snowshoes, live birds of prey presentations, nest box building, and wagon rides. It is open house style, though some activities do have scheduled times.
Winter is a time to enjoy nature differently than other seasons. While skiing or snowshoeing you can get a different perspective. We provide a chance to try both activities, in addition to taking horse-drawn wagon rides on our trails, watching the husky sled dog demonstrations, hiking with a naturalist, or simply standing by the fire in the back yard.
Inside we have other activities to help you get through the end of the winter season. Check the listings below to see what you can participate in while inside the Nature Center.
We will have some vendors too, who showcase their natural or sustainable products. Check back for updates, they will be listed below!
2016 Activities (Some with Additional Fees) Activities in orange are in the works!
Evergreen Outfitters– FREE! Snowshoe demos throughout day, if there’s snow! Backyard.
Fluvanna Boy Scouts Troop #169– FREE! Outdoor cooking and camping demonstrations with samples. Backyard.
Bird Nest Box and Suet Feeder Building – $5 Offering a hands-on opportunity to work side by side with our volunteers as they help you put together your very own nest box or suet feeder. Maintenance Shop.
Kids Crafts – Join Olivia Sechriest in the picturesque and scenic Sky Room (Third Floor) for fun and hands-on craft making.
Maple Tapping – (all ages but kids especially) try your hand at using a hand drill to make holes, hammer a spile in, and you’ve got the skills to tap maple trees! Second floor.
Basket making – using simple techniques, learn how to make a basket! Great for kids, or adults looking to get the basics and expand their skills. Second Floor.
Butter Making – Learn how to make butter! Try your hand at shaking cream into butter and take a sample home with you! Learn about churning butter and see a demonstration. Sky Room (Third Floor).
Eagle Care – Volunteers will talk about Liberty, our resident Bald Eagle, and give behind the scenes tours. Liberty enclosure.
Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides – 12:00pm-4:00pm Join Dennis Wright and his team of horses for a wagon ride adventure. See a picture of his horses on the main page of this site. Extra fee applies, $3 ages 13 and up, $2 children 3-12, free 2 and under. Front sidewalk.
Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue Live animals – Meet the huskies and watch Kick Sled demonstrations with this non-profit organization formed to help Siberian Huskies and Siberian Husky mixes that have been abused, neglected, abandoned, or surrendered by their owners. Front sidewalk.
Naturalist-Led Hiking Tours -Tag along with an Nature Center Naturalist on a walk-about. It’s hard to know what you’ll find with the crazy weather we’ve been having, but you’ll learn something new! Walks at 10:30am, and 12:30pm. Meet at front doors.
Door Prizes, Chinese Auction, and Raffle – Don’t miss your chance to also walk away with a door prize!! A wide variety of items is available in our Chinese Auction, Raffle, and Door Prizes. Inside. A fire-brick fire ring is the raffle this year!
Cross-country Ski demos – Never been cross-country skiing? Try it out! If there’s snow, let’s ski! Side yard near big maple.
Ice Bowling – if there is snow, try your hand at ice bowling! Backyard.
Outdoor Games – if there is no snow, we will have some “old-fashioned” challenges and games in the backyard, including sack races, team skis, and tin can stilts.
2016 Exhibitors / Vendors / Demonstrations
These vendors and demonstrators have been confirmed.
Carol Spencer – Demonstration Offering spinning with a wheel and drop spindle of yarn, fiber, wool, and more.
Joyce Rose and Lynn Myers – Demonstration Weaving natural fibers
Braided Rug Making – Demonstration, Interactive Using discarded wool clothing, learn how and try your hand at the techniques used to make durable, repurposed, braided rugs.
Knitting 4 Peace – Demonstration See the different patterns and creations you can knit from yarn!
Dun Roving Farm Alpacas – Live animals Meet the alpacas and browse hats, scarves and other goods made from the alpaca fur.
Chautauqua County Humane Society – Live animals Come and learn the importance of re-homing animals and re-using and re-purposing items.
Grubby Duck Soaps – Demonstration Learn how to make homemade soaps from scratch! There will be homemade body products there for purchase as well.
Southern Tier Woodcarvers – Demonstration watch these talented folks turn chunks of wood into works of art, toys, and useful items such as spoons and handles!
Herbs R 4 U – Demonstration Learn about and purchase herbal teas, poultices, and tinctures!
Conewango Creek Watershed Association – learn about the 2015 River of the Year, local watersheds, how they work, and what you can do to help protect them.
Harold Reynolds – Wild edibles and foraging and the delicious results.
Steady Plow Farm LLC – learn about some food products you can farm sustainably, like maple products, honey, vegetables, fruits, and eggs. See (and purchase) some of the delicious results of such a bountiful harvest!
11:00 – Wild Spirit Education: Owl Ecology – Learn all about owls and the awesome ways they get around at night.
12:00 – Wild Spirit Education: Meet and greet the birds and their handlers up close! Ask questions, get great photos, and learn more about the birds.
1:00 – Wild Spirit Education: Birds of Prey- See live birds of prey up close and learn all about their unique adaptations that make them effective hunters.
2:30 – Nature Trivia Contest: Test your nature knowledge in this family-friendly contest! Prizes for the winners!
Franklin’s Honey & Apples – From their 18 ft. trailer they will be serving delicious Kettle Corn, Cotton Candy, Honey, Apple Chips, Honeystix, and selling crocheted towels!! Front sidewalk.
All-American Barbeque and Eastside Fellowship Club – expect the comfort foods of Snowflake Festival – chili, hot dogs, chicken noodle soup, hot chocolate, soda, and more! From the Kitchen.
Stedman Corners and 3 C’s Hot and Sweet Bar – Partake of the delicious Stedman Corners Coffee Roasters coffee, while enjoying a sweet bite from 3 C’s catering! Near kitchen.
S’mores – get a s’mores kit in the backyard and make your own right over the fire!