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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)

September at Lake Crabtree County Park

Lake Crabtree County ParkLake Crabtree
1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville, NC 27560
919-460-3390

 

Homeschool / Trackout: Arachnophilia
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Ages 5 – 12
$8/Child (Preregistration Required)

Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders. But here at Lake Crabtree, we’ve got arachnophilia, which means we love spiders! Come learn about what spiders do to survive, how to identify them, and why there’s nothing to be afraid of unless you’re a delicious insect.

CSI:  Crabtree Spider Identification
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Family Program
Free (Preregistration Required)

The Itsy Bitsy Spider went up the waterspout…but who was he, really? What were his motivations? We’re kicking off Take A Child Outside Week with an investigation of Lake Crabtree’s eight-legged inhabitants. Take your new skills home and become a spider detective.

Here Fishy, Fishy
Thursday, September 26, 2013
9:00am – 11:00am
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Family Program
Free (Preregistration Required)

Program leaders will catch fish and other aquatic wildlife using a variety of methods. We’ll spend time observing and identifying the critters we catch, and learn basic fish anatomy and life history. If time allows, we’ll play a game to demonstrate an aquatic food web.

Name That Tree
Friday, September 27, 2013
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Ages 7+
Free (Preregistration Required)

Always wondered what the trees in your yard are, but can’t tell the difference between an oak and a pine? Then this is the program for you! We’ll learn how to use a dichotomous key then walk around the park to practice identifying some common species.

Moth-er’s Night
Saturday, September 28, 2013
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Family Program
Free (Preregistration Required)

There are more kinds of moths than there are butterflies, yet butterflies get all the attention. This night program will give moths the ‘spotlight.’ We’ll focus on identifying moths as well as ways to attract them to your backyard so you can know which ones live there.

Mysterious Mushrooms
Sunday, September 29, 2013
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Family Program
Free (Preregistration Required)

Discover the amazing world of mushrooms and learn about these organisms that are neither plant nor animal. Learn how to identify some of the more common species found in our area and discover the important role they play in our ecosystem.

Waterbirds
Sunday, September 29, 2013
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Family Program
Free (Preregistration Required)

Explore the park at sunset with us as we search for herons, cormorants and eagles, oh my! Learn the natural history of these birds and their connection to Lake Crabtree.

Discovery Days at Pullen Park

Pullen Park and Amusements
520 Ashe Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27608
(919) 996-6468

Discovery Days
Various Dates in September and October (see schedule below)
10:30am – 11:15am
Pre-K and Elementary
Free

Pullen Park’s Discovery Days is a new series aimed at pre-school and elementary aged children. The series will run through September and October and features a variety of performers from throughout the area.

There is no admission fee for the shows. Parent supervision is required – this is not a drop off program. All programs begin at 10:30am and last approximately 45 minutes.

Saturday, September 14
American Wildlife Refuge: Birds of Prey
Join us to hear about Eagles, Hawks and Owls in our area. Meet some live raptors in a wildlife show that gives you up close and personal look at actual birds of prey. Learn how YOU can help these magnificent birds at a show that is fun for the whole family.

Tuesday, September 17
Birds
Basic backyard birds will be the focus as we talk about their different colors and songs. In addition, kids will have the opportunity to see and touch examples of nests, eggs and feathers.

Saturday, October 12
Reptiles
Explore the amazing diversity of reptile lifestyles and characteristics. Discover many similarities and differences between reptiles and other animals groups including humans. Help your child overcome fears and demystify reptiles as they meet some fascinating live examples.

Tuesday, October 15
Wake Audubon: All About Hawks
Get an up close view of a stuffed adult hawk! Children will get to see the sharp beak, talons and beautiful feathers while learning how hawks live. Children will build their own hawk nest and learn how mom and dad hawks take care of their eggs and baby birds.

Saturday, October 26
Mad Science: Spooky Science
Hear the tales of Count Eggbert and Countess Eggberta as they battle the wicked witch. See things melt, foam, and bubble!

Tuesday, October 29
Seed Science
This program is a great way for your child to explore the diversity of seeds. Through discussion and games, they will learn where the seed is found on the plant, how seeds are dispersed and explore the parts of the seed.

Please confirm events with the venue before attending.

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