Tag Archives: animals

July 2013 Mini-Camps at Blue Jay Point

Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd
Raleigh, NC 27614
919-870-4330

Eco-Kids Bug-A-Boos
Mon/Wed/Fri
July 8, 10 & 12, 2013
9:00am – 11:00am OR 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Ages 4 – 5
$25/Child (Preregistration Required)

Everyone loves bugs…right? If you don’t now, you will after we get up close and personal with these cool critters. We will spend the week exploring various habitats for bugs.

Critter Capers
Mon/Wed/Fri
July 15, 17 & 19, 2013
9:00am – 12:00pm
Ages 6 – 8
$36/Child (Preregistration Required)

Have a blast while exploring the fields, forests and streams at Blue Jay Point. We’ll learn about mammals, insects, reptiles and amphibians as we hike, do crafts, play games and enjoy thematic snacks.

 

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.

July 2013 at Historic Yates Mill

Historic Yates MillHistoric Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC 27603
919-856-6675

Home-School Day:  Fantastic Foodies! Adventures at the Family Table
Monday, July 1, 2013
10:00am – 12:00pm
Ages 8 – 14
$8/Child (
Pre-registration Required)

From the Carolinas to the Ivory Coast, families all over the
world come together around the dinner table. Pull up a chair
at Yates’ and explore food traditions from around the globe.
Make a self-portrait inspired by famous Renaissance food
artist, Giuseppe Archimboldo, before taking a fantastic foodie
mill tour!  Includes mill tour.

Mill Heritage and Local History Tours
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Sundays, July 7,14 & 28
2:00pm – 3:00pm
All Ages
$3/Child (6 & Under Free), $5/Adult, $4/Senior (Pre-registration Encouraged)

Discover Historic Yates Mill – a place of business, community, and exciting local history! Explore the inner workings of the mill itself and witness the power of water as it turns the milling machinery. Most appropriate for ages 7 & older.

Little Historians:  Yankee Doodle Dandy
Friday, July 5, 2013
11:00am – 12:00pm
Ages 5 – 7
$4/Child (Pre-Registration Required)

Follow up your July 4th celebration with a fun dose of
history. Learn about the American Revolution through a
whimsical story set to the popular tune of Yankee
Doodle, where mice, rabbits, and other woodland
creatures bring to life the era’s important events.

Saturdays at the Old Mill Tours
Saturday July. 6, 13 & 27
1:00 – 3:00 pm (Tour Every 1/2 Hour)
All Ages
$3/Child (6 & Under Free), $5/Adult, $4/Senior

Join us for a half-hour guided tour to view the historic mill’s main power drive and milling machinery, and explore aspects of the mill’s history and preservation.

Summer Sightings Family Hike
Saturday, July 6, 2013
8:30am – 9:30 am
All Ages
$5/Family (Pre-Registration Required)

Head out with the whole family for a wild expedition into
the wet and wooded lands surrounding Yates Mill Pond.
Explore the park using binoculars and other field guides,
and search for summer-time wildlife with a naturalist.

Little Sprouts:  Build a Beaver
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Ages 3 – 5 with Accompanying Adult
$4/Child (Pre-Registration Required)

B is for busy beavers! Learn what beavers
look like by looking at real tracks, skulls
and a pelt! Build a dam and walk to the
boardwalk, then use our binoculars to spy
on a real beaver dam!

Corn Milling Demonstrations
Saturday, July 20, 2013 @ 10:00am – 12:00pm
Sunday, July 21, 2013 @ 1:00pm – 4:00pm
All Ages
$3/Child (6 & Under Free), $5/Adult, $4/Senior (Pre-registration Encouraged)

Yates Mill’s full corn grinding operation is demonstrated on the third
weekend of each month from March through November and can be
viewed by taking a half-hour corn grinding tour with a costumed guide.

It`s 1863 at Yates Mill, and the yard is alive with activity! Step back
in time with our 19th century costumed interpreters and watch the
millstones at work grinding corn into meal. Tours are not available between 12-1 pm
and the last tour of the day begins at 3:40 pm.

Chill Out:  The History of Ice Manufacturing
Saturday, July 20, 2013
1:00pm – 4:00 pm
All Ages
Free

Cool summer treats like ice cream, snow cones, and
popsicles all have one thing in common. Ice! Valued
around the world for its cooling purposes for thousands
of years, it was first harvested as a saleable commodity
in the United States in the early 1800s. Explore the
history of this often overlooked essential ingredient
and try your hand at ice bowling.

Summer Camp:  Young Farmers
Monday, July 22, 2013 – Thursday, July 25, 2013
9:00am – 4:00pm
Ages 7 – 9
$126/Child (Pre-Registration Required)

2 days at Historic Oak View and
2 days at Historic Yates Mill

Experience the wonders of agriculture and learn
about different aspects of the farm, from animals
to vegetables to bugs in the soil. Explore food
production and the connections between farms and
the natural environment. Participate in fun games,
songs and crafts, and spend time enjoying the
outdoors.

Paddle the Pond – Canoeing
Saturdays, July 27, 2013 @ 9:00am – 10:00am and 10:30 am – 11:30am
Sundays, July 28, 2013 @11:00am – 12:00pm
Ages 6+ with Accompanying Adult
$10/Canoe (Pre-Registration Required)

See Yates Mill Pond from the water! Canoes, paddles, life
jackets and basic instruction provided.

Family Fishing Fun
Saturdays, July 28, 2013
1:00pm -2:00 pm
Ages 5+ with Accompanying Adult
$5/Family or $3/Person (Pre-Registration Required)

Come out to the millpond and fish the old fashioned way!
Cane pole, tackle, bait and basic instruction provided. Bring your own luck and patience!

Please confirm all events with the venue before attending.

 

Dinosaurs in Motion at NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Dinos In Motion
Have you heard about Dinosaurs in Motion?  It’s the newest special exhibit at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh and it’s pretty cool!

Earlier this week, we went on a field trip with our homeschool group to the museum to check out the new dinos.  There are 14 life-sized metal sculptures created by a North Carolina sculptor and visitors can control them with remotes or lever-and-pulley systems.  My little ones find dinos fascinating so this was right up their alley and I knew they would just love the remote controls.  I was more interested in checking out the art aspect of it all and it was pretty amazing.

We purchased tickets as a group so we were able to get a discounted price, but even at regular ticket price, this exhibit is definitely worth checking out.  Everyone in our group really enjoyed it and had a fabulous time.

You can check out some cool pictures of the sculptures here.

Tickets are available online here.  Groups of 10 or more can purchase group rate tickets at the Box Office.  This exhibit will be at our museum until September, 8, 2013.

Wondering what our little ones thought about it?
Homeschool Dude Says:  “It was cool.  I loved moving them with the remotes.  My favorite was the swimming one.”
Homeschool Dudette Says:  “That was fun.  I liked the one with the horn on his head.”

 

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.