Category Archives: Animals

Discovery Days at Pullen Park

Pullen Park and Amusements
520 Ashe Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27608
(919) 996-6468

Discovery Days
Various Dates in September and October (see schedule below)
10:30am – 11:15am
Pre-K and Elementary

Pullen Park’s Discovery Days is a new series aimed at pre-school and elementary aged children. The series will run through September and October and features a variety of performers from throughout the area.

There is no admission fee for the shows. Parent supervision is required – this is not a drop off program. All programs begin at 10:30am and last approximately 45 minutes.

Saturday, September 14
American Wildlife Refuge: Birds of Prey
Join us to hear about Eagles, Hawks and Owls in our area. Meet some live raptors in a wildlife show that gives you up close and personal look at actual birds of prey. Learn how YOU can help these magnificent birds at a show that is fun for the whole family.

Tuesday, September 17
Basic backyard birds will be the focus as we talk about their different colors and songs. In addition, kids will have the opportunity to see and touch examples of nests, eggs and feathers.

Saturday, October 12
Explore the amazing diversity of reptile lifestyles and characteristics. Discover many similarities and differences between reptiles and other animals groups including humans. Help your child overcome fears and demystify reptiles as they meet some fascinating live examples.

Tuesday, October 15
Wake Audubon: All About Hawks
Get an up close view of a stuffed adult hawk! Children will get to see the sharp beak, talons and beautiful feathers while learning how hawks live. Children will build their own hawk nest and learn how mom and dad hawks take care of their eggs and baby birds.

Saturday, October 26
Mad Science: Spooky Science
Hear the tales of Count Eggbert and Countess Eggberta as they battle the wicked witch. See things melt, foam, and bubble!

Tuesday, October 29
Seed Science
This program is a great way for your child to explore the diversity of seeds. Through discussion and games, they will learn where the seed is found on the plant, how seeds are dispersed and explore the parts of the seed.

Please confirm events with the venue before attending.

Junior Ranger Program

We went to the Sweep Netting Safari program at William B. Umstead State Park last week and had a blast catching all sorts of bugs.  We’ve been hiking, camping and fishing there many times, but it was our first experience with a class.  So glad we headed out early and did it.



Both of my little ones enjoyed it and were fully attentive the entire time – woohoo!  The perfect morning weather probably helped.  It was so great to have a ranger along to identify all of the things we were catching and tell us a little about them right then instead of me saying, “I don’t know, we’ll have to google that”.  And again, it was a free class!  I’m always amazed at the amount of quality educational programs offered in this area for free.


While we were there we found out about the Junior Ranger program offered through the state parks.  You can earn a patch at each park by completing a couple of classes, a stewardship program and doing a few written activities.  Simple, educational and fun!  This is something we will definitely be working towards.  When my little dude saw the patch, he was sold. It’s the little things, ya know.

Even if you don’t want to go for Junior Ranger status, I would recommend checking out one of the programs offered at Umstead.  We will definitely be heading back for more!

Moths at Umstead State Park

mothWilliam B. Umstead State Park
8801 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27617
(919) 571-4170

Moth Watch Program
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 and Wednesday, July 24, 2013
8:45pm – 10:00pm
All Ages

Come celebrate National Moth Week with an evening of moth watching at Umstead State Park. Join park rangers and moth experts as we observe and identify moths around the visitor center. Bring a flashlight or head lamp. Program will end no later than 10pm at which time the entire group will exit the park.

Parents must accompany children, sign up preferred at 919-841-4060 or

This can count as a ranger program or stewardship project for the Junior Ranger program.
Starts at: 8:45 p.m. – Meet at: Visitor center.

Sweep Netting Safari
Thursday, July 25, 2013
All Ages

Come celebrate National Moth Week with a sweep netting safari at Umstead State Park. Help park rangers and moth experts use nets to safely capture, observe, identify and release moths and other insects. Bring hat, sunblock, drinking water and bug spray. Be prepared to hike about one mile, with a turnaround option to hike further.

Parents must accompany children, sign up required at 919-841-4060 or

This can count as a ranger program for the Junior Ranger program.
Starts at: 9:00 a.m. Meet at: Visitor center

July 2013 Mini-Camps at Blue Jay Point

Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd
Raleigh, NC 27614

Eco-Kids Bug-A-Boos
July 8, 10 & 12, 2013
9:00am – 11:00am OR 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Ages 4 – 5
$25/Child (Preregistration Required)

Everyone loves bugs…right? If you don’t now, you will after we get up close and personal with these cool critters. We will spend the week exploring various habitats for bugs.

Critter Capers
July 15, 17 & 19, 2013
9:00am – 12:00pm
Ages 6 – 8
$36/Child (Preregistration Required)

Have a blast while exploring the fields, forests and streams at Blue Jay Point. We’ll learn about mammals, insects, reptiles and amphibians as we hike, do crafts, play games and enjoy thematic snacks.


July 2013 at Prairie Ridge Ecostation

Prairie Ridge EcostationPrairie Ridge Ecostation
1671 Gold Star Dr
Raleigh, NC 27607

Citizen Science Saturdays at Prairie Ridge
Every Saturday in July (June 6, 13, 20, and 27)
10:30am – 11:30am
All Ages Welcome (Recommended for 8+)

Citizen science is a big part of what we do at Prairie Ridge, so we welcome one and all to our weekly citizen science walks! These Saturday morning adventures will introduce you to a citizen science project and enlist your help collecting and entering data as you enjoy a walk around the grounds with one of our naturalists. Topics will vary from week to week, and may include gathering data on tree and garden budding/blooming, pond dragonflies, ladybugs, or birds. Come once or come every week, we’re happy to show you how YOU can contribute to science as a citizen scientist! For more information please contact Chris Goforth at 919.707.8882 or

Walk Through the Seasons
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
9:00am – 10:30am
All Ages (Under 15 Must be Accompanied by Registered Adult)
Free (Preregistration Required)

Discover what time it is in nature! Explore the native plant garden, prairie, and lowland arboretum as you take a leisurely 1-mile walk with a Museum naturalist through our 45-acre Prairie Ridge Ecostation. All trails are natural with some uneven surfaces and small hills. Off-road strollers should be fine on the trails. Register for one walk or more; every walk is different. For more information and to register, please contact Cathy Fergen

Moths at Night
Saturday, July 27, 2013
8:00pm – Midnight (Multiple Times)
All Ages (Under 16 Must Be Accompanied by an Adult)

Celebrate National Moth Week with the Museum at Prairie Ridge! Enjoy a brief orientation in the outdoor classroom, then head out to our blacklights and baits to see what’s out and about throughout the night. Bring a flashlight, a camera (if you have one), and your moth questions. We’ll have activities for kids and upload photos of the moths that we see to Discover Life and Butterflies and Moths of North America so that our data can help scientists learn more about the species in our area.  For more information, contact Chris Goforth at 919.707.8882 or

Please confirm events with the venue before attending.