Public Programs

Scroll down to see all of our current programs!  Please read our cancellation policy and mobility statement at the bottom of the page.
Registration is required for all programs except Sunday Bird Walks


 FREE Guided Bird Walks


Sundays: December 18th, January 8th, January 22nd (8:00 – 10:00 am)

Free, No Registration Required

Lace up your boots and grab your binoculars for Sunday Bird Walks at the Norman Bird Sanctuary. Birding masters and beginners alike are welcome to join our experts as they prowl the best bird watching spots that NBS has to offer. No registration required, just meet in the parking lot at 8 am.


December Owl Prowl

small feb owl prowl

Wednesday, December 7th (6:30-8:00 pm)

This program is SOLD OUT.

Check back soon for information about the January Owl Prowl on January 28th, 2017.


Family Nature Crafts for the Holidays


Saturday, December 17th (2:00-3:00 pm)

$8 Members, $10 Non-members

Recommended for ages 6 and up

Are you looking for an opportunity to spend some quality time with your kids before the busy holiday season sets in? This program is perfect for kids of all ages and parents who love being crafty—it’s also a great opportunity for little ones to make homemade holiday gifts for loved ones! We will focus on activities that are nature-themed, use as many recycled and natural materials as possible, and have fun spending the afternoon creating together.


Winter Rarities Ecotour


Saturday, January 14th (6:30 am – 4:30 pm)

$60 Members, $70 Non-members

Recommended for adults & mature teens of all birding levels

Hop into the NBS van for a day trip that hits several birding hot spots throughout the region.  New England historically is known for large number of rare birds visiting in the winter months.  The itinerary is planned to coincide with current sightings reports, so participants have the best chance of spotting rare winter migrants.  This program is designed for all birding skill levels and includes a small amount of low-impact walking.  Pack a bag lunch to go with provided snacks and drinks.  Dress warmly with appropriate footwear, and binoculars are recommended. Space is limited!



NBS public programs range in accessibility, but are designed to appeal to the largest group of ages and mobility levels.  Lectures will be indoors and have minimal walking.  Unless otherwise stated, outdoor explorations are generally on even terrain with a few rocks in the path.  If you have concerns about if a program is appropriate for a mobility level or age of a person in your party, please contact the Education Department at 846-2577 x33.


Cancellations are permitted up to 7 days prior to the program date. Transfer of fees to another program is encouraged. No refunds will be given for cancellations within 7 days of the program. Programs are rain or shine. However, we reserve the right to postpone programs due to circumstances beyond our control, such as extreme weather, in which case refunds are not available. In the event that NBS cancels a program for any reason, such as under enrollment, refunds will be given to participants and processed within 30 days.


Norman Bird Sanctuary