BIRD IN HAND
Thank you for attending Bird in Hand in 2021!
Read below about what our 2021 event was like, so you can plan for next year!
Bird in Hand is now better than ever!
Outdoor Family Fun at Beech Creek Gardens
January 2 through February 28, 2021
Saturday & Sunday 12-4 pm
Bundle Up, Get Outside, Explore, Enjoy, Connect
Try your hand at hand-feeding wild birds!
Experience the thrill of hand-feeding wild chickadees and other birds! Over the years, our patient volunteers have trained these wild birds to feed from human hands. Our skilled volunteers are on-hand to teach you how to hand-feed wild birds using a special food blend of seeds and nuts.
The birds feed best on colder days or when the ground is snow-covered.
Birds that are willing to hand-feed:
They love to hide seeds and other food items to eat later. Each item is placed in a different spot and the chickadee can remember thousands of hiding places.
This species is related to the chickadee & features a bold crest atop their head. They love using fur to line their nests, plucking fur from both living & dead animals.
Nuthatches are often seen hopping down trees head first. Unlike their white-breasted relative, this species features a black stripe across the eyes.
This species is also often seen moving upside down. The name "nuthatch" comes from the habit of wedging seeds & nuts into bark crevices to hack them open with their bill.
Additional Activity Areas
Enjoy the fresh winter air as you search for scavenger hunt clues on the woodland trails!
Engineering with Nature
Creatively stack tree slices to build impressive towers, inspired by the Dr. Seuss story Yertle the Turtle.
Help your kids burn off excess energy by running, jumping & crawling on the 2-acre Nature Playce (weather permitting).
Enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and roast marshmallows at a warm outdoor fire.
Check out all the interesting animals inside the Amazing Garden Plant Science Center.
Can you jump like a rabbit? Or run as fast as a squirrel? Have fun moving like animals do!
Try out your rock balancing skills with this challenging activity that combines art, physics & nature.
In the Life of a Tree
Learn about dendrochronology by answering engaging questions about a tree's incredible life.
Can You Freeze?
Enjoy this "frozen" photo op and learn about animals that must freeze in order to survive cold weather.
Can You Find?
Enjoy this life size seek & find game by searching for forest critters in a woodland scene.