SATURDAY, MARCH 18TH

Programs

WINGS TO SOAR (FEATURE)

11:00 & 2:30 – St. Felix Gymnasium

Have you ever experienced the thrill of a raptor soaring just inches above your head? Now is your chance! Wings to Soar is an educational experience you won’t forget! Join this thrilling family show to meet a red-tailed hawk, turkey vulture and more up close and watch as they soar over the audience while learning about their important place in the natural world.

MONARCH LAB

11:30 & 1:30 – 116 Main Street

Migration is not just for the birds. Every year North American monarch butterfly populations travel thousands of miles to complete a multi-generational, two-way migration. The University of Minnesota Monarch Lab presents a kid friendly look into the fascinating life of monarch butterflies.

QUARRY HILL NATURE CENTER PROGRAM

3:30 – 116 Main Street

Although saw whet owls can be found over much of North America, their nocturnal nature can make them hard to find. Now is your chance! Meet a live saw whet owl and learn more about the smallest owl found east of the Mississippi River.

LIVE EAGLE PROGRAM

11:00, NOON, 1:00, 3:00 – First Floor Classroom

Join a National Eagle Center naturalist educator and learn about the exciting world of eagles and birds of prey! You’ll learn about what makes raptors unique, eagle behavior and habitat, the near extinction and subsequent recovery of bald eagles and much more. Then meet one of our eagle ambassadors up close as they are fed lunch during open Q&A with the audience.

RIVER CHAT

2:00 – First Floor Classroom

Join a National Eagle Center naturalist educator and learn about the exciting world of eagles and birds of prey! You’ll learn about what makes raptors unique, eagle behavior and habitat, the near extinction and subsequent recovery of bald eagles and much more. Then meet one of our eagle ambassadors up close as they are fed lunch during open Q&A with the audience.

Exhibitors

OUR SHARED PLANET

ALL DAY – Watershed Gallery

Our Shared Planet is a traveling environmental awareness exhibit that features the carved birds and animals of award winning wildlife artist Jim Ramsdell. The exhibit contains a number of highly detailed life-size wood sculptures, set against lighted interpretive backdrops, beautiful photographs and quotes along with nature sounds and music, all designed to raise the consciousness and awareness of its visitors. Sections of the exhibit feature endangered species and the fragile ecosystems that they inhabit, stressing the importance of their preservation.

The realistic sculptures are carved from basswood gathered from alternative sources in Jim’s mobile solar powered workshop. Tools used to create these pieces range from a band saw and electric chain saw down to intricate rotary tools, micro chisels, knives, and wood burning pens. They are then painstakingly painted to exacting detail, using acrylic paints. The workmanship blends together to create amazing lifelike creatures that are guaranteed to excite the eye and spark the imagination.

NATIVE AMERICAN ARTS with Dick Mindykowski

All Day – Rotunda

Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Chippewa craftsman Dick Mindykowski creates woodland gifts created from wood and animal products harvested from the outdoors. Walking sticks, canes, turtle rattles, beaver shields, dream catchers, leather pouches. All hand tanned and carved. A great activity for kids, he offers kids a chance to make their own necklace, dream catcher or keychain from beads, antler, hides and more.

MIDWEST PEREGRINE SOCIETY

11:00 – 3:00 – 2nd Floor

Meet live falcons up close and talk with falconer Jackie Fallon about what makes these raptors so special. Plus, ask any questions you have about the workings of the ancient art of falconry!

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA MONARCH LAB

ALL DAY – 2nd Floor

Migration is not just for the birds. Every year North American monarch butterfly populations travel thousands of miles to complete a multi-generational, two-way migration. The University of Minnesota Monarch Lab presents a kid friendly look into the fascinating life of monarch butterflies.

KIDS CRAFTS

ALL DAY – 2nd Floor

Are the kids inspired by the eagles and cool animals they meet at SOAR? Let their imaginations run wild as they enjoy some nature-themed arts and crafts!