Sat. Feb. 17 & Sun. Feb. 18, 2020
In alignment with Callaway Gardens’ mission of “connecting people and nature in ways that benefit both,” we are excited to announce our first BirdFest event!
This two-day festival will feature bird walks, nature-based workshops, arts and crafts, live bird shows, kids’ games, guest speakers, and more!
Kids of all ages can participate in a Gardens-wide scavenger hunt, take photos with exotic bird species, create a variety of bird-centric arts and crafts, dissect owl pellets, and much, much more. BirdFest promises to be an educational and exciting opportunity to learn more about our feathered friends. We hope to see you here!
This festival is included in general Gardens admission, Saturday 2/16 and Sunday, 2/17, 2019 (FREE for Annual Members and Resort Guests)!
Children 12 & under dressed as a bird will receive FREE ADMISSION to Callaway Gardens!
BirdFest 2019 Schedule
Saturday, February 16
9 AM Callaway Gardens Gates Open
9:30 – 10 AM Guided Bird Walk
9:30 AM – 5 PM Bird-Themed Crafts/Face Painting
10 AM – 1 PM Bird- Themed Games
10 AM – 12 PM “Create a Bird-Friendly Backyard” Workshop
10 AM – 4 PM Family Scavenger Hunt
11 AM – 12 PM EarthQuest Live Bird Presentation**
Featuring an Andean Condor, a variety of falcons, and an Ornate Hawk Eagle
11 AM – 3 PM Family Scavenger Hunt
12 – 2 PM “Make a Natural Bird Feeder” Workshop
12:30 PM Birds of Prey Show
2 – 3 PM EarthQuest Live Bird Presentation**
3 – 4 PM Bird-Themed Games
3 – 4 PM Owl Pellet Dissection
3:30 PM Birds of Prey Show
Sunday, February 17
9 AM – Callaway Gardens Gates Open
10 AM – 1 PM – Bird-Themed Games
10 AM – 3 PM – Face Painting/Bird-Themed Crafts
10 AM – 3 PM – Winged Ambassadors Live Bird Presentation**
Featuring a Bald Eagle, Eurasian Eagle Owl, and other birds of prey
11 AM – 3 PM – Kids’ Scavenger Hunt
12 PM – 1 PM – Guided Bird Walk
12:30 PM – Birds of Prey Show
2 – 3 PM – Winged Ambassadors Live Bird Presentation**
3 PM – Birds of Prey Show
3 – 4 PM – Guided Bird Walk
Activities (Sat, 10 am – 1 pm & Sun, 1 pm – 4 pm)
- Younger Kids
- Games & Crafts o Kids’ Scavenger Hunt – Tailored for kids under 10 years old.
- Kids will have to crawl, dig, and climb to find hidden clues on the Discovery Center grounds. All participants will receive a prize upon completion. Sunday only.
- Older Kids
- Games & Crafts
- Owl Pellet Dissection – This free, hands-on experience allows interested guests to explore the diet of Barn Owls. Raptor experts will be on hand to assist with this impromptu anatomy lesson.
- Bird Walks – Novice and expert birders alike will enjoy these free, guided tours along Callaway’s beautiful trails. Limited pairs of binoculars are available for use.
- Family Scavenger Hunt – This family-friendly event will require teams to solve riddles to locate hidden birds throughout the property. Each bird will contain an answer to the puzzle. Upon completion of the puzzle. All attendees will receive a goodie bag. The first family to correctly complete the puzzle will be awarded a Grand Prize. Saturday only.
- Birds of Prey Shows, 12:30 PM & 3 PM both days
- EarthQuest Live Bird Presentations, Saturday, Feb 16 11 AM – 12 PM & 2 – 3 PM • Winged Ambassadors Live Bird Presentations, Sunday, Feb. 17 – 11 AM – 12 PM & 2 – 3 PM
Additional questions? Please reach out to the Department of Education.