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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.


Butterfly Day! with Author/Speaker Rita Venable

Sun., Sept. 28; 2 - 5 p.m.
Cost: $7/person
It’s Butterfly Day! Join us as we celebrate these jewel-winged creatures with a fun family day of butterfly related activities and crafts.  We'll also search for butterflies as we hike the trails of Owl's Hill.  Joining us will be speaker Rita Venable, author of Butterflies of Tennessee and noted butterfly expert.  Children 2 and under are free! Registration appreciated.
Oct. 6 or Oct. 7; 10- 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $10/child with one adult; Additional children or adults are $7/person
Did you know that you can hear, see, smell, touch, and taste nature? Come out to this month’s Knee High Naturalist program to learn about different ways you can use your five senses in nature. We will be watching birds with binoculars, feeling furs, and listening to all of the sounds around us. Advance registration appreciated. 
Fri., Oct. 10 and Mon., Oct. 13; 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Cost: $5/ family or group
Looking for something fun and active to do outside over fall break? Come out to Owl's Hill and enjoy a picnic in the orchard. Play in the fort, tadpole pond, fairyland, and dung beetle! It's like being at summer camp for a few hours! Register online or pay when you arrive. 


Owl Prowl

Thurs., Oct. 16; 5:00- 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $20/person
Join Bob English of LEAPS for our first 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. Registration encouraged.
Sun., Oct. 19; 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Cost: $10/person in advance; $15/person at the gate
The woodlands of Owl's Hill will come alive once again on October 19th with the Enchanted Forest, which will give families the opportunity to experience a seasonal trail adventure that’s fun and educational--not scary. This year we will help solve a woodland mystery: How did Mr. Skunk disappear? Come help our detective/tour guides solve this mystery by collecting clues from various “creatures” in the forest. Also, guests can enjoy a hayride and stop by the pavilion for cider, marshmallow roasting, and face painting. Children and adults are invited to get into the spirit of the season by wearing costumes. Children two and under are free. Space is limited so pre-registration is encouraged. 

Sat., Nov. 1; 5:00 p.m.- Sun. Nov. 2; 8:00 a.m. (Daylight Savings begins Saturday at midnight)
Cost: $25/ person;  $85/ family
Come camp out at Owl's Hill before the days get short! It's a fun and easy way to go camping. We will provide dinner (which you will help cook!), s'mores, and a light breakfast on Sunday morning. On Saturday night, we will offer a star walk, s'more roasting in the pavilion, and story time. Bring your own camping gear,and we will take care of the rest! Gates open at 4:30 for tent set up. We will start preparing dinner at 5:30. Spots are limited and going fast! Registration required by October 28. 
Sun., Nov. 2;  1 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Cost: $10 for one child and an accompanying adult, $7 for each additional child
Fairyland, one of our most popular programs, is returning November 2nd to give boys and girls the opportunity to construct their very own fairy houses – or perhaps add to the ones they built last time. Participants are invited to collect natural materials from the orchards and meadows of Owl’s Hill or purchase special items with “fairy gold” at the Gnome Depot. Pick a spot around Fairyland and create a dwelling fit for a fairy or elf. While visiting, stroll through our Storywalk® trail and read a story as a family while enjoying the natural beauty of our woods. Advanced registration recommended. 
Mon., Nov. 3 or Tues., Nov. 4; 10 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
Cost: $10/ adult and one child; $7.00/ each additional person
Why do trees have leaves? Why do leaves fall from trees? Why do leaves all look different? Come out to this month’s Knee High Naturalist to learn all about leaves. We will be going on a leaf scavenger hunt, making a leaf craft, and identifying various leaves. Advance registration appreciated.
Sun., Nov. 16; 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Cost: $7/person in advance; $10/person at the door
A celebration of all things owl at the Owl's Hill Sanctuary! Meet our non-releasable program owls and enjoy entertaining and informative talks on each species. Hike through owl territory, make owl pins and decorations, dissect owl pellets. Interesting and fun for all ages! Advanced registration encouraged. 


Knee High Naturalist: Whooo's Calling?

Mon., Dec. 1 or Tues., Dec. 2; 10 - 11:30 a.m.
 $10/ adult and one child; $7.00/ each additional person

The owls are here and waiting for you to come see and learn about them! Do their heads really turn all the way around? How well can they hear? Why are their eyes so big? What do they eat? Do they get cold in the winter? Come out to this month’s Knee High Naturalist to learn about all of the wonderful owls that we have here. We will read Owl’s Hill’s most popular children’s book, create an owl puppet, and explore the winter woods. We will be outside for some of the time, so dress for the weather! Advance registration encouraged. 

Dec. 28, 29, and 30; 1 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. 

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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