Category Archives: Science

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.

Wake County Solid Waste Facility Tours

trashWake County Environmental Services
337 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC United States 27601
919-856-2602

Saturday, September 28th, 2013
Tour Times:
9:30am – 10:30am
10:30am – 11:30am
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Ages 5+
Free (Preregistration Required)

Land-fill or Land-hill? A look at trash (and recycling!)
Take a tour of the Wake County South Wake Municipal Solid Waste Facility and learn about how landfills are built and designed to protect human health and minimize environmental impacts on soil, water, and air.

This is a family-friendly public tour for any adult and children age 5 and up. Tours will last approximately 1-hour.
All Participants will will ride in a 14-passenger van and view the many facilities and services on the site:
- Citizen Recycling Convenience Center
- Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Site
- Multi-Material Recycling Facility (MMRF)
- The active, working section of the South Wake Landfill
- The new landfill gas-to-energy facility

Please pre-register online here and reserve your seat for the tour time of your choice or call (919)856 – 2602.  (Note that tour reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis)

This event is sponsored by the Wake County Solid Waste Management Division and Waste Industries.

Take a Child Outside Week at William B Umstead State Park

William B. Umstead State ParkSAMSUNG DIGIMAX D530
8801 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27617
919-571-4170

Animals of Umstead
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
4:00pm
All Ages
Free (Preregistration Required)

Join a Park Ranger to learn general information about the animals that call William B. Umstead State Park home. All ages welcome!  Reservations required.  Please call 919-571-4170 or stop in at the Visitor Center for more information and reservations.
Meet at: Crabtee Creek Large Shelter #1 located off Hwy 70 (Glenwood Avenue)

Wildlife Hike For Children
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
4:30pm
Free (Preregistration Required)

Join a park ranger on a half-mile hike on Oak Rock Trail and see if you can spot wildlife in the woods along the trail.  (No Strollers Please)  Attendees may want to bring hiking shoes/boots, insect repellent, and binoculars.  Reservations required.  Please call 919-571-4170 or stop in at the Visitor Center for more information and reservations.  Limit 10
Meet at: Crabtree Creek Small Parking Lot/Oak Rock Trail located off Hwy 70 (Glenwood Avenue)

Big Lake Boat-A-Bout
Thursday, September 26, 2013
4:00pm
Free (Preregistration Required)

Join a Park Ranger for a guided canoe trip around Big Lake. Canoes paddles and life jackets are provided.  Wear appropriate clothing, bring insect repellent, and your binoculars.  Basic canoe skills are recommended.  Reservations required.  Please call 919-571-4170 or stop in at the Visitor Center for more information and reservations.  Limit 15
Meet at: Big Lake Boathouse located off Hwy 70 (Glenwood Avenue)

Caterpillar Hunt
Sunday, September 29, 2013
2:00pm
Free (Preregistration Required)

Join a Park Ranger for a brief talk and a walk around the area. We will talk about basic life cycles of butterflies and moths and concentrate on the larval life stage of the caterpillar. These insects come in bright colors some have horns some mimic other animals and some can sting you. Come see these fascinating creatures.  Reservations required.  Please call 919-571-4170 or stop in at the Visitor Center for more information and reservations.  Limit 15
Meet at: Visitor Center located off Hwy 70 (Glenwood Avenue)

From Farm to Park
Monday, September 30, 2013
5:00pm
Free (Preregistration Required)

The land that is now the park has transitioned from forest to farm to park. Join a park ranger for a hike along Oak Rock Trail to see and discuss signs of past land use. The hike will be a half mile long and begin from the Oak Rock Trailhead.  Reservations required.  Please call 919-571-4170 or stop in at the Visitor Center for more information and reservations.  Limit 30
Meet at: Crabtree Creek Small Parking Lot/Oak Rock Trail located off Hwy 70 (Glenwood Avenue)

Fall Homeschool Programs at Piedmont Wildlife Center

Piedmont Wildlife Center866282_40123651
364 Leigh Farm Road
Durham, NC 27707

Homeschool Family Day
Thursday, September 19, 2013
10:00am – 2:00pm
Free (Preregistration Required)
All Ages

We are offering community conversations and activities for the adults, and will have separate children’s activities. Our goal is to share with you some of the best parts of our approach to nature mentoring. There will be a break for a potluck lunch, and we will close the day all together – kids and adults. This a free opportunity for anyone in the homeschool community. Please sign up via our website so we know how many are coming and can prepare accordingly. Also, we invite you to help us spread the word about this free community day with other homeschool families you know.

Fall 2013 Earth Mentors Homeschool Session

Tuesdays, October 15 – November 19
10:00am – 12:00pm
Ages 5 – 8
$70 ($60 for PWC Members)

Thursdays, October 17 – November 21
10:00am – 3:00pm
Ages 7 – 16 (divided into separate age groups)
$130 ($120 for PWC Members)

Our homeschool programs offer a selection of earth-focused experiences that allow students to engage in hands-on, experiential learning led by skilled naturalist mentors. There are two programs described below, one for an older age range and one for a younger age range. These programs overlap in ages (5-8 and 7-16), so students may choose the program that best suits their needs.  Registration deadline is two weeks prior to the start date.

Take a Child Outside Week at JC Raulston Arboretum

JC Raulston ArboretumJC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Road
Raleigh, NC
(919) 513-7011

Take Your Child Outside week runs annually from September 24 to September 30. The week is an initiative of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences with the goal of “helping children across the country develop a better understanding and appreciation of the environment in which they live.”  Each day will bring a new activity for all ages at the Arboretum. Come for one day or every day of the week!  

To register, contact Elizabeth Overcash, children’s program coordinator at elizabeth_overcash@ncsu.edu or 919-513-7011.  Cancellation: Although we understand that unexpected things happen, cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to event will not receive a refund.

Leaf Rubbings
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
10:30am – 11:30am
All Ages
$3/Child for Friends of the Arboretum, $5/Child for all others (Preregistration Required)

Stop by the Visitor Center to look through all the leaves we collect and choose the perfect ones for making leaf rubbings. All materials needed will be provided to make this great fall craft.

Name that Tree!
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
10:00am – 2:00pm
All Ages
Free

Name that Tree! Stop by the Visitor Center and pick up your guide to some of our favorite trees in the Arboretum. Then take a stroll out into the gardens to see how many you can find. Just make sure to return the guide to the Visitor Center when you are done!

Garden Bingo
Thursday, September 26, 2013
10:00am – 2:00pm
All Ages
Free

Garden Bingo. Stop by the Visitor Center and pick up your bingo card. Grab your eagle eyes and your card and search the gardens for as many things as you can to get 5 in a row. Then shout Bingo! as loud as you can to celebrate!

Get Moving
Friday, September 27, 2013
2:00pm – 4:00pm
All Ages
$1/Per Person Participating in the Hunt

Explore the gardens while you search for five scavenger hunt questions. Try to guess the answers before you reach the end of the trail. You’ll be amazed at how much exercise you can get in a garden! Start your quest by picking up a map (if you need one) at the Visitor Center.

Cloud Watching
Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday, September 29, 2013 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm
All Ages
Free

Spread out a blanket on our grassy lawns in the gardens and enjoy watching the passing clouds. Pick up some drawing paper and a pencil in the Visitor Center to capture some of your favorites.

Seed Balls
Monday, September 30, 2013
10:30am – 11:30am
All Ages
$5/Child (Preregistration Required)

Spend the morning making seed balls. Seed balls are a great way to add color from wildflowers to a bare spot in your yard. All materials needed will be provided, and participants will take home seed balls.

Please confirm all events with the venue before attending.