Free Activities at the Winter Wildlife Festival

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Last updated: October 7, 2019

Here at, we are always interested in creating memories and experiences -- without putting the squeeze on the family budget.

Now that winter is blowing its chilling, frosty breath upon us, it's time to bundle up, grab your gloves and sled-on-down to the Virginia Beach Winter Wildlife Festival.

There are many exciting programs available for kids and adults this weekend. For the purposes of this article, we will concentrate on the activities that are free to the public. A complete list of all activities can be downloaded here:

Virginia Beach Winter Wildlife Festival Schedule

Festival Kickoff
7PM - 8:30PM - Meo Central Library
Noah Strycker, author and Associate Editor of Birding Magazine, starts this weekend's festivities with a discussion about his book, Bird World. Bird World features interesting and similar traits humans and birds share.
Pre-registration required

Beginning Birding
9:30AM-11AM - Virginia Aquarium Marsh Pavilion
Come out and learn the basics of bird watching. You'll have the chance to see up to 55 different types of birds that call Virginia Beach home.
Pre-registration required

Intro to Nature Photography
10AM-11AM - Princess Anne Recreational Center
Learn how to use your digital camera properly! Take pictures of birds, our beautiful scenic areas and more with award-winning photographer, G. Michael Brown.
Pre-registration required

Intermediate Nature Photography
1 PM-2 PM - Princess Anne Recreational Center
G. Michael Brown will give a lecture on how to choose the proper lens and filters for your natural photography.
Pre-registration required

Owl Prowl - First Landing State Park version
6 PM-7:30 PM - First Landing State Park
Ever seen an owl? Now is your chance. The owl wants to know WHO will come out and play?
Pre-registration required

Owl Prowl - West Nest Natural Area version
6 PM-7:30 PM - West Neck Natural Area
See above - different locations.
Pre-registration required

Twilight Aviary Tour
6:30PM-7:30PM - Virginia Aquarium Marsh Pavilion
Want to find the best places to sleep for birds in the area? Now you can stalk them like a professional paparazzi!
Pre-registration required

Oyster Restoration
10:30AM-11:30AM - Princess Anne Recreation Center
Learn more about these delicous little critters of the sea. Not only are they tasty, they are very useful to our environment.
No registration needed

The Coyote in Virginia
12PM-1PM - Princess Anne Recreation Center
You already know what the fox says. What about coyotes? Come learn more about this interesting and somewhat mysterious animal.
No registration needed

Osprey Watch
1:30PM-2:30PM - Princess Anne Recreation Center
Want to become an official Osprey watcher? Learn how here.
No registration needed

Photography Field Session
9AM-11AM - Red Wing Park
Join G. Michael Brown in the field to get hands on training in composition, light metering and more. Ladies and gentlemen, start your cameras.
No registration needed

Beginning Birding
9:30AM-11AM - Virginia Aquarium Marsh Pavilion
Same as above, different bat day, different bat channel (and no, you want be looking for bats).

We hope to see you at one of these events!

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