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!