During the February vacation, we were looking for something to do with the kiddos and I ended up coming across a post on Facebook about an Owl Festival that was being held at the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell.
The way the building was set up, was that there was an EcoZone Museum to the left and then the Owl Festival was being held in a big function room on the other side. We decided to see what was in the EcoZone Museum first. Basically, it is a multidimensional, interactive exhibit area that focuses on the ecosystems of southeastern Massachusetts.
There is a life-sized model of a red maple tree whose branches extend over Turtle and Frog Ponds – and there are about 20 live turtles and frogs in there. The “boys” loved watching the turtles play.
A hollow log (under the tree), large enough for both children and adults to crawl through, divides the Turtle and Frog Ponds.
There were also other animals hanging out in the EcoZone that we enjoyed looking at:
This interactive Naturpedia was the highlight of the day for my six year old. He was able to learn all about 160 local creatures! There are photos of Mammals, Insects, Birds, Amphibians or Reptiles and it includes 148 digital recordings of most of those animals.
The EcoZone Museum isn’t that big, so you can spend a lot of time in there – or just a little. We were in there for about a half hour before we moved on to the owl festival in the other part of the building. On Facebook it said that the kids could enjoy crafts, games, live animal presentations and more, so that sounded right up the gruesome twosome’s alley.
The highlight of the owl festival, by far, was that they got to dissect an owl pellet (yuck). The SSNSC provided the pellet, the tools and magnifying glasses.
They got to dig through the pellet to see if they could find all of these bones in there:
I am not sure if they found them all, but they found most of them – and the volunteer from the museum was kind enough to give them a ziploc bag so they could bring it all home. Oh joy.
There were all sorts of owl related things on display& at one point someone came in and gave a talk about owls in the area.
There were coloring pages, paper bag owl puppet making stations and crafts set up, too.
Both boys LOVED this craft in which they got to make an owl out of Pom Poms:
There was only one owl on display there that day (I think because of the snow we got the day before), and we had to go outside to see the it. If you look real hard, you can see the Great Horned Owl behind my boys in the cage.
My boys love science and this place was right up their alley! Want to see for yourself? The South Shore Natural Science Center is located at 48 Jacobs Lane in Norwell, MA.