Activities for Children

Student Bird Art and Nature Writing Contests are, as follows, for 2024. Winners will be announced and awarded prizes on Saturday, April 20 starting at 11 a.m. during a ceremony at the Arcata Community Center. Winners will be notified beforehand. 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 Deadline for entries: 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 23. No submissions will be accepted after this cutoff. Either drop off at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center, 569 South G Street, Arcata, or mail to Sue Leskiw, 155 Kara Lane, McKinleyville CA 95519. Entries will be available for viewing in the lobby of the Arcata Community Center Friday, April 19, 3 p.m to 7 p.m., Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For Student Bird Art guidelines and entry instructions, click here: 2024 Student Bird Art Contest flyer.

For Nature Writing guidelines and entry instructions, click here: 2024 Student Nature Writing Contest flyer.


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.