Activities for Children

Student Bird Art and Nature Writing Contests are, as follows, for 2023. Winners will be announced and awarded prizes on Saturday, April 15 at 11 a.m. during a ceremony at the Arcata Community Center. Winners have already been notified. Color copies of winning art will be displayed at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center during May and June, beginning May 9. A free cookies-and-punch reception for the general public is scheduled on Friday, May 19 from 5-7 p.m. Winners’ names will be published in the FOAM newsletter and sent to local media. A booklet of all winning artwork and any artist photos taken during the awards ceremony will be posted at,, and

For Student Bird Art guidelines and entry instructions, click here: 2023 Student Bird Art Contest Flyer.

For Nature Writing guidelines and entry instructions, click here: 2023 Student Nature Writing Contest Flyer.

CLICK HERE for a special letter to schools regarding submissions for the student bird art contest.


The following events are FREE to kids with an accompanying adult. An adult must be registered with a Lite or Basic Registration. Kids must be registered to attend event.

SA44 Kids’ Nature Walk at the Arcata Marsh | 2023 | FREE with Mark Wilson 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday

SU67 Owl Pellet Dissection Workshop for Kids | 2023 | FREE with Karen Reiss 10:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday

SU70 Kids’ Art Workshop | 2023 | FREE with Gary Bloomfield 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday


Nature Crafts “Mega-Palooza”: Free craft activities will be offered on Sunday between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to children accompanied by a responsible adult. Join Cal Poly Humboldt Natural History Museum; California State Parks; City of Eureka – Sequoia Park Zoo; Friends of the Arcata Marsh; and Friends of the Dunes in the fun!