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October at Lake Crabtree

Lake Crabtree County ParkLake Crabtree
1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville, NC 27560


Birding with Vernon
Saturday, October 5th, 2013
8:30am – 10:00am
Waterwise Garden
Family Program

Join our bird enthusiast, Vernon, for an easy walk while looking and listening for our feathered friends. Discover different types of birds and their habitats. Free, no preregistration required.

Big Sweep
Saturday, October 5th, 2013
9:00am – 12:00pm
Free (Preregistration Required)
Ages 5+ (With Adult Participant)

Join volunteers around the globe and help clean the world’s waterways. Teams will pick up trash along the shore of Lake Crabtree and its connecting creeks. Gloves, bags and other supplies are provided by the park. We’ll raffle off prizes and learn why it’s important to educate others about litter. Individuals and groups are welcome. Make a difference in your community!  Preregistration is required.  Call 919-460-2723 to sign up.

Homeschool / Track-Out Series:  Autumn Leaves
October 15th, 2013
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Beech Shelter
$8/Child (Preregistration Required)
Ages 5- 12 

…and in comes winter. Autumn, also known as fall, is the season of the harvest and when trees famously drop their leaves. We’ll answer your questions about fall and talk about the different ways that plants get ready for winter.  Preregistration required, mail in the registration form with payment or drop it off at the park office. Call 919-460-3355 for more information.

Creepy Crabtree
Saturday, October 26th, 2013
3:00pm – 7:00pm
Free (Preregistration Required for Night Hikes)
Family Program

This free, park-wide event will investigate the darker side of nature. Learn about bats, snakes, spiders and other ‘creepy-crawlies’ with unfortunate and undeserved reputations. You can make dreadful decorations or creepy crafts, go on a scary scavenger hunt, listen to spooky stories and tour our park in the dark during a haunted hike. Join us in celebrating the night and come in costume if you like. Come anytime for some family fun; no registration or sign up necessary for the main event, but please preregister for one of our night hikes (7:15–8:45 p.m.). Please specify which hike you prefer when you register.

Fall Homeschool Programs at Piedmont Wildlife Center

Piedmont Wildlife Center866282_40123651
364 Leigh Farm Road
Durham, NC 27707

Homeschool Family Day
Thursday, September 19, 2013
10:00am – 2:00pm
Free (Preregistration Required)
All Ages

We are offering community conversations and activities for the adults, and will have separate children’s activities. Our goal is to share with you some of the best parts of our approach to nature mentoring. There will be a break for a potluck lunch, and we will close the day all together – kids and adults. This a free opportunity for anyone in the homeschool community. Please sign up via our website so we know how many are coming and can prepare accordingly. Also, we invite you to help us spread the word about this free community day with other homeschool families you know.

Fall 2013 Earth Mentors Homeschool Session

Tuesdays, October 15 – November 19
10:00am – 12:00pm
Ages 5 – 8
$70 ($60 for PWC Members)

Thursdays, October 17 – November 21
10:00am – 3:00pm
Ages 7 – 16 (divided into separate age groups)
$130 ($120 for PWC Members)

Our homeschool programs offer a selection of earth-focused experiences that allow students to engage in hands-on, experiential learning led by skilled naturalist mentors. There are two programs described below, one for an older age range and one for a younger age range. These programs overlap in ages (5-8 and 7-16), so students may choose the program that best suits their needs.  Registration deadline is two weeks prior to the start date.

Homeschool Art Session at Kidz Art in Apex

100 West Chatham St
Apex, NC 27502

Homeschool Session
September 11, 2013 – October 30, 2013
1:00pm – 1:45pm (ages 5 and 6) $64 for 8 weeks
2:00pm – 3:00pm (ages 7+) $80 for 8weeks

Tuition is 67% off regular KidzArt prices. All supplies are included.  Classes sizes are limited.  Register online here.

KidzArt programs put a strong emphasis on creating the right classroom environment. Individual performance is greatly enhanced by a sense of safety and well-being. When students are in a safe and nurturing environment, they will thrive and creativity will flourish. KidzArt classes provide:

– a nurturing, non competitive environment
– easy-to-learn drawing techniques that bring ideas to life
– introduction to contemporary and visual art that sets the stage for a lifelong appreciation of the visual art
– age appropriate, safe, professional-level art supplies that easily adapt to tools of self- expression
– creative activities that promote problem solving
– focusing exercises that enhance learning
– a recognition of individual style that is welcomed and celebrated

New Nature Stories at Prairie Ridge Ecostation

Prairie Ridge EcostationPrairie Ridge Ecostation
1671 Gold Star Dr
Raleigh, NC 27607

Nature Stories
Thursdays in August and September
10:00am – 11:00am
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.

NC Science Olympiad Summer Camps 2013

NC Science Olympiad Campmag
Smith Magnet Elementary School
1101 Maxwell Dr
Raleigh, NC
Session 1:  Monday, July 15, 2013 – Friday, July 19, 2103
Session 2:  Monday, July 22, 2013 – Friday, July 26, 2013
Morning Course:  9:00am – 12:00pm
Afternoon Course:  1:00pm – 4:00pm
Rising 2nd – 6th Graders
Half Day $175 / Full Day $350
Register Online
(Campers staying for the full day are eligible for a free supervised lunch period.) 

  • Blast It! Teams work their way through the physics of flight with Stomp Rockets and water powered bottle rockets.
  • Catapult It! Campers test the physics of projectile motion as they build and test catapults designed to hit targets at varying distances.
  • Engineer It! Teams learn the engineering principles behind constructing structures made from various materials as they experiment with bridges and towers.
  • Fly It! Campers explore the physics of flight as they work their way through paper or blasa planes and gliders.
  • Solve It! Campers gather evidence and learn how to process it with chemistry and sound scientific practices in order to solve a mystery.
  • Plant It! Campers learn about nature, identifying local trees and insects, and create their own living ecosystem in a bottle.
  • Proteggct It! Campers learn about the physical properties of various materials as they design and build devices to protect eggs from breaking when dropped from increasing heights.
  • Live It! Campers learn about the organ systems in their own bodies, as well as the nutrition that keeps them fueled.

The exact schedule of events offered in each session and more details are available on the Olympiad Camp page.  Contact Sam Barlow at sdbarlow@ncsu.edu with additional questions.