Activities for Children

Student Bird Art and Nature Writing Contests are, as follows, for 2022. Announcement of Winners and Artwork Display: Winners will be announced and awarded prizes on Saturday, April 16. An in-person awards ceremony for the Student Bird Art and Student Nature Writing contests is planned for Saturday, April 16 at 11 a.m. It will be held at the outdoor amphitheater near the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center on South G Street. Color copies of winning art will be displayed at the Interpretive Center in May and June. 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 award ceremony will be posted at,, and

For Student Bird Art guidelines and entry instructions, click here: 2022 Student Bird Art Contest Flyer.

For Nature Writing guidelines and entry instructions, click here: 2022 Nature Writing Contest Flyer.

Friends of the Arcata Marsh plans to once again host free family nature craft activities (flyer link here). The drop-in session will be held—following all City COVID protocols—in the Interpretive Center on Saturday, April 16, from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. Activities may include Marsh critter ornaments, bird hats and masks, painted bird rocks and wooden birdhouses, wooden bird calls, and toilet paper tube owls. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.