Activities for Children

Student Bird Art and Nature Writing Contests: Color copies of winning art will be displayed at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center during 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 awards ceremony will be posted at,, and Click here to view booklet.

For the Nature Writing Contest, click here to view results.


Chillido, a Western Screech Owl, resident of the Sequoia Park Zoo will make a special appearance Friday, April 19 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the main hall of the Arcata Community Center. Bring your questions to ask the zoo staff accompanying her!



2nd Annual Family Nature Crafts “Mega-Palooza”: Free craft activities will be offered by nonprofit and government environmental agencies to children of all ages who are accompanied by a responsible adult. This drop-in, no-reservation-required event will be held in the Main Hall from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 21. Sponsoring organizations: Friends of the Arcata Marsh; Natural History Museum of Cal Poly Humboldt; California State Parks, North Coast Redwoods District; Bureau of Land Management, Arcata Field Office.


The following events are FREE to kids with an accompanying adult. Kids must be registered to attend the event. Please enter the child’s name + the parent’s name (in the same box) when asked for “name”. 

Owl Pellet Dissection Workshop – Friday, April 19, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Kid’s Birding and Nature Walk at the Arcata Marsh – Saturday, April 20, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Art Workshop for Kids – Sunday, April 21, 1:00 p.m. to 2 p.m.