Nature Creations: Exploring Wildlife

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Explore the wonders of wildlife of the Niobrara National Scenic River by making an eagle’s nest in your own living room; modeling your blanket and pillow nest after the home of our National Bird. Then swoop into making a snowy-owl craft using your hands as a template for their wings!

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Blanket rolled look like the walls of a nest of blankets on the floor.
A blanket nest on the floor.

Almost Unschoolers, 2012

Build an Eagle's Nest of your own:

  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Open Floor Space
  1. Wrap Pillows and blankets into a rounded nest shape, make sure it's big enough to lay in all directions
  2. Eat snacks, pretend to be eagles, hang out the rest of the day!
A young boy holds up a snowy owl craft
A young boy holds an Owl-Hand Craft.

NPS, 2019

Owl-Hand Craft:

  • 2 pieces - white paper
  • Cotton Balls
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Template Pieces - See below or Visit our Social Media
    • OR - One Piece of White Paper and Colors
  1. On the first piece of white paper, trace both hands and cut them out
  2. On the second piece of white paper, draw an owl body (an oval or circle) and cut it out. Or use our template below or on our social media
  3. Glue the hand-wings to the owl body
  4. Unroll 10-15 cotton balls
  5. Glue the unrolled cotton balls to the owl's body and wings, covering everything
  6. Cut out and glue on the owl's eyes, beak, and talons from the template below, or draw and color your own
  7. Let all the glue dry, and then let your owl fly!
Owl Template Pieces
A circle with two points for ears drawn on a white background Two blue eyes and an orange beak and two feet on a white background.
Owl Body Template NPS: M. Vetch
Owl Eyes, Beak, and Talons Templates NPS: M. Vetch


Learn and Explore

Explore more Nature Creations Activities

All activities and crafts were created with household items and easy to find supplies. If you are looking for more activities or crafts, explore the links to the right and discover more of what makes the Niobrara River special.

Last updated: February 12, 2021

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