Category Archives: William B. Umstead State Park

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)

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.

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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.

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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!

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
Free

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 Brian.Bockhahn@ncparks.gov.

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
9:00am
All Ages
Free

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 Brian.Bockhahn@ncparks.gov.

This can count as a ranger program for the Junior Ranger program.
Starts at: 9:00 a.m. Meet at: Visitor center