Category Archives: Gardens/Nature Centers

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.

 

 

 

New Nature Stories at Prairie Ridge Ecostation

Prairie Ridge EcostationPrairie Ridge Ecostation
1671 Gold Star Dr
Raleigh, NC 27607
919-707-8888

Nature Stories
Thursdays in August and September
10:00am – 11:00am
Free
All Ages

Prairie Ridge is proud to announce a new, free, program for young children.

Starting August 22nd, you and your young children are invited to participate in a nature-themed story and activity!  Meet other families in your community and enjoy the outdoors during these fun-filled programs at the Prairie Ridge amphitheater.

No registration required, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

Meet at the outdoor amphitheater at Prairie Ridge; follow “Nature Stories” signs from front entrance.  Be sure to dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes for this program. The program is conducted on natural surface trails, rugged strollers or packs are recommended for younger children.

For more information or questions contact Cathy Fergen at cathy.fergen@naturalsciences.org or 919.707.8878. In case of inclement weather call the weather line at 919.707.8888, and press 5.

Please confirm events with the venue before attending.

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 elizabeth_overcash@ncsu.edu or 919-513-7011.

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