Spring Break 2022: Make the most of your time off in Huntsville

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Staying home for spring break? If so, the City provides a variety of recreational offerings and natural settings to keep you and your family entertained all week long.

Whether you’re a child, teen, young adult or senior citizen, Huntsville has options for all ages, skillsets and abilities. Here are a few ideas to put on your calendar:

Spring Break Fun at Hays Nature Preserve

Spend some of your spring break enjoying nature at Hays Nature Preserve! Take part in a free nature activity while supplies last from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. March 15-17, at the pavilion on the natural playground at Hays Nature Preserve, 7161 U.S. 431, Owens Cross Roads. Kids of all ages are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult.
Tuesday, March 15
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Animal pelt station with Q&A from Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Alabama 4H
10:30 a.m. – Squirrel story time and craft
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Herp Journey with reptiles from Alabama 4H Science School

Wednesday, March 16

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Making bird feeders
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. – 4H STEM/nature scavenger hunt

Thursday, March 17

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Animal pelt station with Q&A from Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Alabama 4H
10:30 a.m.  – Raccoon story time and craft

**Self-led scavenger hunt sheets will also be available to use as you explore Hays Nature Preserve. Please email katheleen.theriault@huntsvilleal.gov for more info.

Greenways & Trails

Are hiking, biking or just enjoying the great outdoors more your style? Then don’t forget about the City’s trails and greenways. With multiple options throughout the City, you can take a solo or family stroll, meet up with friends or walk your dog along one of many river trails, pedestrian/bike complete streets, paved pathways and hiking trails in Huntsville. Click here to check out the selection.

Parks & Playgrounds

There are more than 65 parks featuring over 3,000 acres within the City. These parks range anywhere from small green space to large multi-use areas that provide a full range of activities and equipment. Most of these parks are handicap accessible.

Find a park to play, walk, enjoy a picnic, or get some exercise on our website.

Adopt a Friend

If you’ve been thinking about adding a new member to your family, now’s the perfect time to do it. Through March 19, Huntsville Animal Services (HAS) is slashing adoption fees for some dogs as part of its “Dog Gone Lucky” promotion, with some adult pooches available for $10 or $35 and puppies and kittens for $50.

Not ready to adopt? Stop by HAS to play with or walk a dog during the City shelter’s hours of operation. Sleepover and fostering programs are also available if you’re looking for a short-term commitment with a long-term impact.

Located at 4950 Triana Blvd. in Huntsville, the shelter is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 256-883-3782, visit HuntsvilleAL.gov/Animal or check them out on Facebook to learn more.

Keep Huntsville Beautiful

Contribute to a beautiful, healthier and cleaner environment by taking part in a neighborhood or park cleanup in Huntsville. The City’s Green Team Office has numerous ideas and programs to combat litter in our community. To get started, visit the City’s website, call 256-532-5326 or email green.team@huntsvilleal.gov.