Category Archives: July 2013

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!

Homeschool Football League Fall 2013

Homeschool Football Leaguefootball
569 Timberknoll Lane
Wake Forest, NC 27587

Fall 2013 Contact Football
Ages 7 – 18

The Homeschool Football League will kick off its 2013 season of contact football on Tuesday, July 16th with a two-week conditioning program. The program is designed to help condition the young men participating in the fall contact program and allow coaches to assess the skill level of each player. We will meet on Tuesdays (July 16,23) and Thursdays (July 18,25) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. This conditioning program should provide a great foundation for the fall season of contact football, which officially starts on Tuesday, July 30th. The conditioning program is included in the cost of contact football registration and is strongly recommended for players of all ages. While participation is encouraged, players are not required to participate as a prerequisite to joining us for contact football.

Football practices will begin on Tuesday, July 30th for all age groups in all locations. Each location will hold practices on Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the season. Saturday, August 24th has been reserved for our HFL Preseason Jamboree and Saturday, August 31st will be the date for our annual Father and Son Flag Football Games. We will play our first regular season game on Saturday, September 7th and conclude our fall activities with championship games on Saturday, November 9th.

For more details and registration info visit the Homeschool Football League  online.

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

Rain Play at JC Raulston Arboretum

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

Thursday Summer “Tree-ats” Series
“Rain Play”
Thursday, July 18, 2013
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ages 6+ Suggesged (Younger Ages Welcome)
$10 for Members/$12 for Nonmembers

Cool off at the Arboretum while learning about the water cycle!

Transform yourself into a water droplet and then travel through the water cycle while visiting stations placed around the grassy lawn Ellipse. You’re likely to get wet during your travels, so wear clothes you don’t mind getting wet!

It’ll be a fun but educational morning, so make plans to be here. Participants that register will receive a special plant from the Arboretum to take home.

This program is designed as a drop-in at anytime during the hours listed. Parents/caregivers are expected to stay with children as they participate in the activities.

Registration: Advance registration is requested, but not required. To register in advance, contact Elizabeth Overcash, children’s program coordinator at or 919-513-7011.

Questions: Please contact Elizabeth Overcash, children’s program coordinator, at or (919) 513-7011.

Tastes of NC at Duke Homestead

1169378_49769565 (1)Duke Homestead
2828 Duke Homestead Road
Durham, North Carolina 27705
(919) 477-5498

Pork, Pickles & Peanuts:  Tastes of NC
Sunday, July 13th, 2013
10:00am – 4:00pm

Each year we celebrate North Carolina food culture and history with our Pork, Pickles and Peanuts: Tastes of NC Festival. This extremely tasty event includes a BBQ and Pie contest. New this year, guests can taste the BBQ and pick a People’s Choice winner of their own.

Down at the Historic Home of the Duke family food continues to be the theme with historic cooking demonstrations. Beyond the kitchen, you can visit the rest of the Duke family’s 1852 home and outside enjoy 19th century games and toys.

Food definitely is the focus of the day, but make sure you don’t leave without visiting our many talented local arts and crafts vendors. Pork, Pickles and Peanuts allows you to fill your stomach and support North Carolina artists at the same time!
The Malpass Brothers will be playing two sets live on stage during the festival, in the morning from 11 am – 12 pm and in the afternoon from 1 pm – 2 pm.
Don’t forget to check out or even participate in our 1940’s mock Tobacco Queen Pageant! Tobacco Queens are a Harvest Festival tradition and each year our Tobacco Queen, picked at this event, debuts at our fall Harvest and Hornworm Festival.

Please confirm all events with the venue before attending.