A February full of animals, stargazing and nature

Discovery Place Nature

It’s a busy month at Discovery Place Nature, full of fun activities and educational opportunities focused on animals, stargazing and nature.

We’re kicking of February with a big celebration as our very own Queen Charlotte takes center stage on Groundhog Day to tell us if spring is on its way or if we need to prepare for six more weeks of winter. On February 2, be a part of the Groundhog Day fun as we host a special program focused on how groundhogs and other critters cope with the cold winter months.

On February 9 and February 13, show the Discovery Place Nature animals some love by coming in at 12:30 p.m. and making edible Wild Valentines for your favorite Museum residents. Treats and toys give our animals opportunities for enrichment and improve their quality of live.

Continue to learn about animals surviving in winter during our Winter Animals programming on February 16 and February 20. Join an educator in our Wildlife Lab at 12:30 p.m. to explore animal biology and behavior. You’ll even get to meet some of the animals our educator discusses.

Then, on February 23 and February 27, stop by at 12:30 p.m. to make a birdfeeder out of recycled materials so you can support the birds in your own back yard. During the Birdfeeder Bonanza program, you’ll also look at different foods that birds eat and where they find their food during winter months.

Focus on the stars

At 12:30 p.m. on February 6, go on a Cosmic Journey during a special planetarium show to explore our solar system and make your own.

Plus, be sure to check out our regularly scheduled Seasonal Stargazing shows in our planetarium where you can gaze up at the winter stars and constellations in a 15-minute guided tour of the night sky.

Get outside

On February 23, join us for a naturalist-led stroll around the Museum’s Paw Paw Nature Trail. During this special Nature Walk, we’ll use our senses of sight, hearing, smell and touch to discovery the beauty and diversity of the habitat.

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