Spring is in the air this week and, with it, thoughts of Easter. The egg hunt events are starting to fill calendars around the SouthCoast at local parks, farms and businesses. But one local organization is hosting an egg hunt like no other, and it's not for those who like to keep things simple.

While you usually expect to find brightly colored eggs in fairly easy hiding spots during a family Easter egg hunt, the Audubon Society of Rhode Island is doing something a little different.

Camouflaged Egg Hunts.

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Yes, instead of painting the eggs in pretty pastels, these Rhode Island Audubon egg hunts are going for realism and making kids use their eagle eyes.

Call it cool or cruel, it is definitely unique. Kids aged 3 to 10 can hunt for brown eggs hidden among the natural setting of several wildlife refuges around the state and learn just how well eggs can camouflage. A challenge for sure, but think of how proud you'd feel when you found one of those eggs.

All eggs can then be turned in for a prize and there will also be a few golden eggs hidden with special prizes for the children who find those.

I love all of this and the educational experience an Easter egg hunt can be. If you are into it, too, you can register for the April 9 hunts taking place at the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium on Hope Street in Bristol, the Powder Mill Ledges at 12 Sanderson Road in Smithfield, the Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge at 99 Pardon Joslin Road in Exeter or the Caratunk Wildlife Refuge at 301 Brown Avenue in Seekonk on the Massachusetts side of the border.

All hunts start at 10 a.m., rain or shine, so the Audubon Society suggests dressing weather-appropriate and arriving early for sign-in. Not to mention keeping your eyes peeled, of course.

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