Find Nature, Science, Art and Fun at Upcoming Program by Amoskeag Fishways, NH Audubon and the Currier Museum of Art Indoor and Outdoor Wildlife Adventures

Posted on July 14, 2015

Indoor and outdoor “birds and beasts” programs on July 31 and August 1 explore the science and art of nature

See, touch and draw birds and animals at a comprehensive program that brings nature, science, art and fun together – for families. Amoskeag Fishways, the Currier Museum of Art and NH Audubon have worked together to create an experience that lets the young (and young at heart) explore the natural history of birds and beasts by touching, feeling and drawing skulls, pelts and feathers. Attend Amoskeag Fishways’ Family Fun Night from 6:30 to 8 pm on Friday, July 31 for an interactive evening of crafts and activities. Then, the next morning at 10am, gear up and check out a special Birds and Beasts event at the Currier Museum to delve into the natural history of wildlife – of both the flying and grounded varieties – by observing and drawing.

The first event at the Amoskeag Fishways Learning & Visitors Center, located at 4 Fletcher Street in Manchester, is part of the organization’s regular Family Fun Nights series, an all-ages adventure that shares the history and importance of the Merrimack River and its plants, fish and animals. Kids and parents learn facts through engaging activities, stories, group projects and crafts. Registration is required, and costs $5 per family. To register, please call 603-626-FISH (3474). Learn more at www.nhaudubon.org/calendar.

The Saturday, August 1 event at the Currier Museum of Art, located at 150 Ash Street, focuses on answering the question, “What can we learn by observing nature closely and drawing what we see?” Art and wildlife experts will lead the group through its current From Birds to Beasts: Audubon’s Last Great Adventure exhibit, which is open through August 30, to see how John James Audubon used his artistic eye and scientific mind to create beautiful paintings of wild animals in their natural habitats. This event at the Currier is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (65+), $9 for students, $5 for youth (13-15) and free to Currier members and children under 13. Also, Saturday mornings from 10-noon the museum is open free to NH residents.

The exhibition at the museum is part of a recent partnership that features Audubon’s accurately drawn and painted creatures, recreated by often studying stuffed and mounted specimens in displays. Audubon’s artworks became immensely popular in England and across the U.S., and remain some of the finest –and earliest – visual studies of American wildlife in existence. This exhibition is the result of collaboration between the Currier and New Hampshire Audubon, and presents some of NH Audubon’s collection of John James Audubon’s mammal prints (1845-1848).

About New Hampshire Audubon

Founded in 1914, New Hampshire Audubon’s mission is to protect New Hampshire’s natural environment for wildlife and for people. It is an independent statewide membership organization with four nature centers throughout the state. Expert educators give programs to children, families, and adults at centers and in schools. Staff biologists and volunteers conduct bird conservation efforts such as the Peregrine Falcon restoration. New Hampshire Audubon protects thousands of acres of wildlife habitat and is a voice for sound public policy on environmental issues. For information on New Hampshire Audubon, including membership, volunteering, programs, sanctuaries, and publications, call 224-9909, or visit www.nhaudubon.org.