Snowflake Festival is a one day event, held the first Saturday of February. It is an indoor/outdoor event that focuses on winter recreation and nature as well as sustainable skills and products. We encourage getting out and enjoying winter by featuring outdoor activities (snowshoes and dog sled races to name a couple)! Indoors we have sustainable skills demonstrations, live animal programs, sustainable product vendors, food, and Nature Center exhibits. A family-friendly event, this festival appeals to all ages.
Arrival and Admissions
When you drive in to our main entrance, friendly volunteers will collect your admission fees ($6 ages 16 and older; $2 children 3-15; Free Children 2 and under) and direct you to a parking spot.
2015 Schedule (2016 schedule coming soon!)
- The festival runs from 10:00am until 4:00pm.
- 10:30am: Hike with a Naturalist – Explore the grounds with a guide and see what is happening in the winter world.
- 11:00am: Wild Spirit Education – live birds of prey!
- 12:00pm – 4:00 pm: Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides
- 12:00pm: Hike with a Naturalist – Explore the grounds with a guide and see what is happening in the winter world.
- 12:00pm: Wild Spirit Education – meet and greet with the birds! Get your questions answered and some great photos!
- 12, 1, 2, 3 pm: Kicksled Demonstrations outdoors by Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue
- 1:00pm: Wild Spirit Education – live birds of prey, featuring owls!
- 2:00pm: Hike with a Naturalist – Explore the grounds with a guide and see what is happening in the winter world.
- 2:30 pm:
2015 Activities (Some with Additional Fees) (2016 info coming soon)
Evergreen Outfitters– FREE! Snowshoe demos throughout day, if there’s snow!
Fluvanna Boy Scouts Troop #169– FREE! Outdoor cooking and camping demonstrations with lots of samples
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.
Kids Crafts and Painting – Join Olivia Sechriest in the picturesque and scenic Audubon Sky Room for fun and hands-on craft making
Linda O’Brien (Eagle Care): will talk about Liberty, our resident Bald Eagle, and give behind the scenes tours
Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides: Join Dennis Wright and his team of horses for a sleigh ride adventure. See a picture of his horses on the main page of this site. Extra fee applies.
Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue: Participate in 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.
Naturalist-Led Hiking Tours: Tag along with an Audubon Naturalist on a walk-about. It’s hard to know what you’ll find with the crazy weather we’ve been having, but if you don’t learn at least one new thing, we’ll give you a dollar.
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.
Cross-country Ski demos: Never been cross-country skiing? Try it out! If there’s snow, let’s ski!
2016 Exhibitors / Vendors (check back for updates!)
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.
Dun Roving Farm Alpacas – Live animals Meet the alpacas and browse hats, scarves and other goods made from the alpaca fur.
CCE Master Gardeners of Chautauqua County
Warren County Master Gardeners
Auditorium Programs (2015 schedule – but they are back for 2016!)
11:00 – 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.
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: Owls – Learn all about owls and the awesome ways they get around at night.
Food (2016 info coming soon)
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!!
Kitchen – Locally roasted coffee, hot chocolate, hot dogs, Bob Evans chili, and snacks will be available in the kitchen.