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Owl Festival a hoot for kids

Fri, Feb 18th, 2011
Posted in The Great Outdoors

The International Festival of Owls may have in-depth programs for adults, but it also has a heap of fun for kids, too.

Cub Scouts can attend a special program on either Friday or Sunday to earn their Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop while learning about owls. Girl Scouts can attend a new program on Sunday and earn an owl fun patch.

Individuals or families can sign up to build a Barred or Screech-Owl nest box on Saturday or Sunday. Saturday afternoon there will be a come-and-go owl pellet dissection from 1:00 - 3:00 PM. Young children will delight in the owl storytime with puppets on Saturday morning.

Kids will find a variety of owl crafts and games to keep them busy on Saturday and Sunday. A warning for parents: children who get their faces painted like owls may refuse to wash their faces for days.

Kids who want to participate in the Hooting Contest on Saturday should brush up on their favorite owl call before the Festival to better their chances of going home with medal.

The scout programs and nest box building require fees and pre-registration, and space is limited. There is a fee for the pellet dissection, but the other kids events only require an admission button.

For more information about the Festival or to register, go to www.festivalofowls.com or contact the Houston Nature Center at 507-896-4668 or nature@acegroup.cc.

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