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Family Programs

These programs are open to families, groups, and individuals.  Please check the bottom of the page for registration details and restrictions.
Dec. 28, 29, and 30; 1 p.m.- 3 p.m.
Cost: $7/ person
Are you looking for something to do with the family during the holidays or an excuse to get out of the house by yourself? How does a nice afternoon hike in the winter woods followed by hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows sound? We are once again hosting our seasonal Marshmallow and Hot Chocolate Hikes.
The forest may seem quiet during the dormant season, but hikers find it is teeming with life. Footprints reveal many mammals and birds are still awake and active, and the exposed hills no longer camouflage the homes of our active winter residents. Perhaps you will see squirrels duck into the hollow of a tree or rabbits hop out of a hole in the thicket. Or maybe a red fox will pop out of a den. After the hike, we will retreat back to the pavilion to warm ourselves by the fire, drink hot chocolate and roast marshmallows. It is a fun afternoon for nature lovers of all ages. Two and under are free. Come join us! Registration appreciated. 

Free the Trees 

Sun., Jan. 4; 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Put on your work boots and gloves, sharpen your trimmers and come to Owl's Hill to help free our beautiful trees from invasive honeysuckle and other exotic plants. This is a great opportunity for older scouts, home school groups and students looking for volunteer projects. Suitable for adults and older children. Sign up here or just show up!

Mon., Jan. 5 or Tues., Jan. 6; 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Cost:  $10/ adult and one child; $7.00/ each additional person

Winter is here! There is no better time to learn about evergreen trees! What is an evergreen tree? Why are evergreens important to a forest? Are there evergreens at Owl’s Hill? Come out to this month’s Knee-High Naturalist to learn about these awesome trees. After exploring evergreens and winter outside, we will head inside to make a treat for the birds! Dress for the weather. We will be outside! Registration appreciated. 
Thurs., Jan. 15; 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $20/person
Join Bob English of LEAPS for our LAST Owl Prowl of the season! It will be an evening of food and outdoor fun as we enjoy a meal in the Russell Gathering Pavilion, learn about Tennessee owls, then adjourn to the woods for a night hike (no flashlights, please!) featuring naked eye astronomy and calling of wild owls. Will they answer? Dinner is provided. Children must be nine years old or older to attend. Dress for the weather!  Registration encouraged.

Family Geocaching

Sun., Jan. 18; 1-4:00 p.m.

Come geocaching at Owl’s Hill this winter! Geocaching is a highly popular, worldwide treasure hunt game. Geocaches are hidden in containers that can be found using a GPS or smartphone. We have new sites set up that are ready to be found. This is also a fantastic way for new geocachers to get acquainted with the game.  Hike around in the woods and see what you can find! Remember to "take something, leave something," so bring a few trinkets you would like to trade. Thanks to our generous sponsor, Play It Again Sports, this event is free. Click here to reserve your spot.

Free Hike Day

Mon., Jan. 19; 1-3:00 p.m.

Come out for a free hike on MLK Day! Join one of our staff members on a guided hike through Owl's Hill. This is a great opportunity for families, individuals, and small groups to come enjoy the winter woods and get some exercise. The hike will be approximately two to three miles with some moderate hill climbs included. Hike will start at 1:00. Sign up online to reserve your spot. Click here.

Mon., Feb. 2 or Tues., Feb. 3; 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Cost:  $10/ adult and one child; $7.00/ each additional person

What is that hiding in the woods? A deer, a toad, a snake? Have you ever been really close to an animal and not been able to see it? Come out to this month’s Knee High Naturalist and learn all about how and why animals need to be camouflage. After a hands-on game and craft, as well as a hike to search for those camouflage animals, we will become experts on camouflage.Dress for the weather. We will be outside! Registration appreciated.
Sat., Feb. 14; 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $7/person
On Saturday, Valentine's Day, Owl's Hill is holding its second annual Ultimate S‘more Valentine’s Day Hike. After getting your heart pumping hiking the wooded trails, guests will retreat to the pavilion for hot chocolate and gourmet s'mores. Create delicious s'mores from a variety of chocolates, graham crackers, marshmallows and toppings. Fun for the whole family. Children two and under are free. Registration appreciated. 
Sat., February 28; 9- 12:00 p.m.
Join us for the first-ever Week Wrangle Nashville! It is a one-day, citywide, volunteer effort to help rescue our public parks and green spaces from invasive species through hands-on removal of harmful trees, vines, and flowering plants. These include bush honeysuckle, Chinese privet, autumn olive, English ivy, and winter creeper. 
To learn more about Invasive Species Awareness Week and to sign up, click here. Scroll to the bottom of the page to sign up at Owl's Hill!

Registration details.
  • Age suitability and group size limitations vary by program.
  • Registration is on a first come, first served basis.
  • Registration fees are not refundable unless the program is cancelled by Owl's Hill.
  • Tickets will be sold at the gate for the gate price if the event is not full. Call to confirm availability.
  • If a program that interests you is listed as full; you may e-mail or call (615-370-4672) to be put on a waiting list. There is no fee to be on the waiting list.
  • Credit card payment can be completed on-line or by phone. Register now
  • Checks should be mailed to: Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood TN 37069
  • Payment in person can be made at the Visitor Center during working hours, 9-4, Monday-Friday.
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