Category Archives: Prairie Ridge Ecostation

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.

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.

July 2013 at Prairie Ridge Ecostation

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

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+)
Free

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 chris.goforth@naturalsciences.org.

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 atcathy.fergen@naturalsciences.org.

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

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 chris.goforth@naturalsciences.org.

Please confirm events with the venue before attending.

June 2013 Programs at Prairie Ridge Ecostation

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

Citizen Science Saturdays at Prairie Ridge
Every Saturday in June (June 8, 15, 22, and 29)
10:30am – 11:30am
All Ages Welcome (Recommended for 8+)
Free

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 chris.goforth@naturalsciences.org.

Dragonfly Walk
Saturday, June 8, 2013
1:00pm – 3:00pm
All Ages (15 and Under Must be Accompanied by Registered Adult)
Free (Preregistration Required)

Join us at Prairie Ridge as we discover dragonflies!  Our naturalists will lead you on a tour of the aquatic habitats of Prairie Ridge to look for these spectacular and fascinating insects.  You will learn how to identify common dragonfly and damselfly species found in the Raleigh area, enjoy a walk around the grounds at Prairie Ridge, and learn how you can help scientists discover more about dragonflies by participating in citizen science projects.  Bring your cameras, your binoculars, and your enthusiasm for dragonflies!  For more information or to register please contact Chris Goforth at 919.707.8882 or chris.goforth@naturalsciences.org.

Firefly Watch
Saturday, June 8, 2013
8:00pm – 9:30pm
All Ages (Under 16 Must be Accompanied by Registered Adult)
Free (Preregistration Required)

Fireflies have always brightened our summer evenings, but in recent year their populations have dwindled.  You can help scientists discover why our fireflies are disappearing as a citizen scientist!  In this hands-on evening program, you will learn about fireflies, how and why they glow, and two easy projects you can get involved in to help scientists learn more about firefly populations in your area.  Come prepared to collect and observe fireflies by bringing a flashlight and wearing long pants and closed-toed shoes.   For more information or to register please contact Chris Goforth at 919.707.8882 or chris.goforth@naturalsciences.org.

Walk Through the Seasons
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Tuesday, June  25, 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 atcathy.fergen@naturalsciences.org.

National Pollinator Day
Saturday, June 29, 2013
9:00 am – 12:00pm
All Ages (Under 16 Must be Accompanied by an Adult)
Free

Celebrate National Pollinator Day at Prairie Ridge! Find out about our native pollinators and how you can help them. Learn to dance like a honeybee, have a Butterfly Adventure and explore a Pollinator Garden.  For information, contact kimberly.smart@naturalsciences.org.  This is an outdoor program so please dress for the weather and wear closed-toed shoes.

Please confirm events with the venue before attending.