Festival workshops and activities take place onsite at the
Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters
All workshops and activities are included in
entrance fee ($20/car).
All Day Activities9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
|Passport Adventure for Kids|
Kids receive their own passport to get a special stamp at each exhibit table, and at the end receive a prize at the Yolo Basin Foundation table!
|Meet the Bats!
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Increase your knowledge of these fascinating and important nocturnal mammals through a presentation by bat expert JoEllen Arnold and get a close-up look at live bats.
|Tule Decoys and Boats|
Have fun making a simple duck decoy or toy boat from local tules.
|Know Your Waterfowl
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Can you tell the difference between a female Mallard and a female Green-winged Teal? Do you know what eclipse plumage is? Beginners welcome. You’ll be a pro after this workshop with a waterfowl expert.
|Kids Craft Table|
Whether you need a break from the excitement of the festival or you're just a crafty person, stop by and let the creativity flow!
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Learn how to call ducks and geese. Special pintail whistles will be available. Kids of all ages welcome.
|Fly Tying for Young People|
The Fly Fishers of Davis will teach you the art of fly tying and demonstrate the basics of fly fishing.
|Bird Dog Demonstration|
11:00 a.m. - noon
West Patio of Conference Room
Watch trainer Steve Jimenez put his retrievers through their paces and pick up some training tips to try on your dogs at home!
|Wood Duck Nest Box or Bluebird Box Building|
Wood Duck 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Bluebird Box 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Help California Waterfowl build wood duck and Yolo Audubon build bluebird boxes for their conservation programs.
|Into the Wild Workshop
11:00 a.m. - noon
Are you a cub scout that wants to complete their requirements for the 'Into the Wild' activity? This workshop will have a one-hour classroom lesson taught by Molly Maupin of California Waterfowl followed by an optional nature walk, led by Rob Floerke, to complete the activity requirements.
|Dove Cone Building|
Make a dove cone to take home and put in your yard!
11:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Demonstration Wetlands - Drop-in Activity
How do we know if water in our wetlands is safe for the plants and animals that live it? By testing it, of course! Grab a water sample and get a hands-on view of just what is in our water.
|Close Encounters with Ducklings|
Nothing will put a smile on your face quicker than an adorable, downy mallard chick. Their cuteness will quack you up!
|Junior Duck Stamp Drawing
noon - 1:00 p.m.
Learn the basics of drawing ducks and geese during this instructional workshop offered by California Waterfowl staff. All ages welcome.
|Wetland Pond Exploration|
Discover the fascinating world of aquatic invertebrates. Put on some boots, step into the pond, and see what you find in your net.
noon - 3 p.m.
Mural Trailer - Drop-in Activity
Owl Pellets are the regurgitated remains of an owl's meal. In them are found the bones, feathers, fur, teeth, and other non-digestible parts of their prey. Drop by and dissect a pellet. Discover what owls eat!
|Raptors from the California Raptor Center|
Get an up-close view of some of the beautiful and powerful raptors found in the Central Valley.
|Wildlife Photography Workshop
1:00 P.M. - 2:30 P.M. - Conference Room
Avian photographer Jim Dunn will provide suggestions for improving your wildlife images in the field and during processing. This class is aimed at photographers who have some experience with DSLR cameras. An optional field trip will follow this workshop: Avian Photography with Jim Dunn - 2:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
|Trout Fishing for Youth|
Receive some training and then try your hand at catching trout stocked in the wetlands pond on site. All supplies provided. Sign up for a spot when you arrive.