Category Archives: Nature

October at Lake Crabtree

Lake Crabtree County ParkLake Crabtree
1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville, NC 27560
919-460-3390

 

Birding with Vernon
Saturday, October 5th, 2013
8:30am – 10:00am
Waterwise Garden
Free
Family Program

Join our bird enthusiast, Vernon, for an easy walk while looking and listening for our feathered friends. Discover different types of birds and their habitats. Free, no preregistration required.

Big Sweep
Saturday, October 5th, 2013
9:00am – 12:00pm
Free (Preregistration Required)
Ages 5+ (With Adult Participant)

Join volunteers around the globe and help clean the world’s waterways. Teams will pick up trash along the shore of Lake Crabtree and its connecting creeks. Gloves, bags and other supplies are provided by the park. We’ll raffle off prizes and learn why it’s important to educate others about litter. Individuals and groups are welcome. Make a difference in your community!  Preregistration is required.  Call 919-460-2723 to sign up.

Homeschool / Track-Out Series:  Autumn Leaves
October 15th, 2013
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Beech Shelter
$8/Child (Preregistration Required)
Ages 5- 12 

…and in comes winter. Autumn, also known as fall, is the season of the harvest and when trees famously drop their leaves. We’ll answer your questions about fall and talk about the different ways that plants get ready for winter.  Preregistration required, mail in the registration form with payment or drop it off at the park office. Call 919-460-3355 for more information.

Creepy Crabtree
Saturday, October 26th, 2013
3:00pm – 7:00pm
Free (Preregistration Required for Night Hikes)
Family Program

This free, park-wide event will investigate the darker side of nature. Learn about bats, snakes, spiders and other ‘creepy-crawlies’ with unfortunate and undeserved reputations. You can make dreadful decorations or creepy crafts, go on a scary scavenger hunt, listen to spooky stories and tour our park in the dark during a haunted hike. Join us in celebrating the night and come in costume if you like. Come anytime for some family fun; no registration or sign up necessary for the main event, but please preregister for one of our night hikes (7:15–8:45 p.m.). Please specify which hike you prefer when you register.

Historic Oak View County Park Events

Historic Oak View County ParkOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
4028 Carya Drive
Raleigh, NC
919-250-1013

Storytelling Festival
Saturday, September 28th, 2013
11:00am – 4:00pm

Enjoy a day at the park and listen to stories from professional storytellers.

Heritage Day
Saturday, October 5th, 2013
10:00am – 4:00pm

Visit this old time county fair, featuring live music, animals, agricultural displays, heritage craft displays, re-enactors, quilt auction, and much more!

Please confirm all events with the venue before attending.

September Events at Historic Yates Mill County Park

Historic Yates Mill County ParkHistoric Yates Mill
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC 27603
919-856-6675

 

8th Annual Fall Harvest Celebration
Saturday, September 21, 2013
11:00am – 3:00pm
All Ages
Free

This family-oriented event includes costumed corn-grinding tours of Yates Mill, a fun children’s scavenger hunt activity, live music and dance, story-tellers, community displays, hand-craft demonstrations and sales, antique vehicles, farm tool displays, food vendors, and much more!

Yates By Night
Friday, September 27, 2013
7:30pm – 8:30pm
All Ages
Free (Preregistration Required)

Discover the night world with your family and take a guided walk outdoors with a park naturalist. Walking after dark with children is a whole different experience that stimulates all our senses when everything is quiet and goes to sleep-or wakes up.

Please confirm all events with venue before attending.

Naturalist Center for Homeschoolers

researchNature Research Center
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
11 West Jones St
Raleigh, NC
919-707-8115

Naturalist Center - New Opportunity for Homeschoolers
Mondays at 9:00am, 10:00am and 11:00am
Thursdays at 6:00pm and 7:00pm
3rd Grade – 12th Grade
$35 Hour (2 Hour Maximum)

 

Teachers can conduct their own lessons while using the Naturalist Center’s collections and equipment. Museum staff provides room supervision. We recommend that teachers visit the Center before bringing their class. This program is ideal for “Envirothon” teams, scout troops, homeschool groups and science clubs.

The Naturalist Center provides visitors access to an extensive collection of specimens for individual or class research or for general interest. Collections include birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, insects, plants, fossils, rocks, minerals and more. Reference books, computers, CD-ROMs, microscopes and other lab equipment are available. Staff can provide assistance with self-directed exploration in the Naturalist Center.

Scheduling information: You must register for programs at least six weeks in advance of your group’s visit. To schedule this program, contact Cindy Lincoln, Coordinator of the Naturalist Center, at 919.707.9269, or submit an online Scheduling Request Form

New Nature PlaySpace at Prairie Ridge Ecostation

treePrairie Ridge Ecostation
1671 Gold Star Drive
Raleigh, NC 27607
919.707.8888

Saturday, September 28th, 2013
10:00am – 1:00pm
All Ages
Free

In celebration of the seventh annual Take a Child Outside week, Prairie Ridge Ecostation will highlight the importance of outdoor play for children of all ages by unveiling the Museum’s new Nature PlaySpace, a learning environment designed for younger children to explore the outdoors using natural materials. Our Take a Child Outside activities begin at 10:00 a.m. with nature crafts and story time, and continue with a 10:30 ladybug hunt. At 11:00, we will unveil our new Nature PlaySpace with a vine-cutting ceremony and refreshments. After the vine cutting, the fun continues with exciting nature activities throughout the grounds until 1:00pm!

Dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes. For more information contact Cathy Fergen at cathy.fergen@naturalsciences.org or 919.707.8878.

The Nature PlaySpace is made possible, in part, by the PNC Foundation Grow Up Great, an early childhood initiative.