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July 2013 at Historic Yates Mill

Historic Yates MillHistoric Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC 27603

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

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

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.


Summer Camps 2013 at Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Sarah P Duke GardensSarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson St.
Duke University, Durham, NC 27705

Nature Adventures Camp
Monday, June 17- Friday, June 21: Nature Adventures (K-2); Become a Gardener (K-5)
Monday, June 24 – Friday, June 28: Eco Artists
Monday, July 8 – Friday, June 12: Become a Gardener
Monday, July 15 – Friday, June 19: Nature Adventures
Monday, July 22 – Friday, June 26: Eco Artists
Monday, July 29 – Friday, Aug. 2: Nature Adventures

9:00am – 1:00pm
Ages K – 5th
$175/Week; $150 Each Sibling
($100/Child/Week Deposit to Reserve Spot with Balance Due 2 Weeks Before Camp)

Nature Adventures:
Prowl your way around the Gardens to discover animal habitats, learn how clever plants can be, and become a scientist for a week of nature adventures!

Become a Gardener:
Plant and harvest fruits and vegetables in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. Learn how soil is made and play with chickens as you discover how food gets to your plate.

Eco Artists:
Get inspired by the shapes, colors, and patterns of nature! Explore the Gardens through art as you sharpen your creativity and observation skills.





Snapology Lego Classes


When we decided to begin homeschooling in January I made a few promises to my little dude.  Probably the most important one to him was that we would find some sort of Lego class.  Like a lot of little boys, he is a Lego maniac.  He really enjoyed his monthly Lego Club at school, so we wanted to somehow continue that for him.

I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to follow through on that promise, but I knew I had saved a lot of local Lego stuff from my late-night homeschool google searches.  Once I started calling around and getting into the details, I discovered that a lot of the things being offered were either for upper elementary ages or they were only week-long camps.  Uh-oh.

Long story short.  After more googling, a cancelled class that we thought would be perfect and then still more googling I discovered Snapology.   More importantly, I found this little blurb on their site, “Snapology can provide a private class for your home-schooled students”.  Really?  Sweet!

OK, so now I just had to find some other homeschoolers with young kids that wanted to get together for a weekly Lego class.  Easy, right?  Hmmm.  I was brand new at this with just a few homeschooling friends.  Lucky for us, they wanted in on the class too and had some friends to bring along!  Woohoo!  Promise kept!

A few days ago, our little homeschool dude had his final weekly Lego class that he has been doing since February.  He enjoyed this so much and always looked forward to Lego class day.  He was quite disappointed to see it come to an end.  Of course, that means I’ve now made a new promise – more Lego’s in the Fall.

If you are on the hunt for a homeschool Lego class, definitely check out Snapology.  They have  a bunch of different class options for all ages and we really enjoyed working with them.

Wondering what our homeschool dude has to say about it?
Homeschool Dude Says:  ”It was awesome.  The remote control cars were my favorite!”


June 2013 Programs at Prairie Ridge Ecostation

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

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+)

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)

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.

June 2013 Programs at JC Raulston Arboretum

JC Raulston ArboretumJC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC

Terrarium Workshop
Sunday, June 9, 2013
2:00pm – 3:30pm
Ages 6+
$20 for Arboretum members, $25 for non-members (Preregistration Required)


Back by popular demand! Our second Terrarium Workshop for children will be another chance to come to the Arboretum and create a cool miniature garden to take home.  We’ll learn the history of terrariums and use them to learn about the water cycle. Creating terrariums is a fun project that allows children to get creative and make a garden they can observe.  We provide all the materials necessary to make the terrariums. Each child registered will create a terrarium complete with plants and a few fun surprises.

Summer Solstice Family Fun Night
Friday, June 21, 2013
All Ages
$2/Person (Games & Ice Cream)
$1/Person (Movie Ticket)

Come celebrate the longest day of the year at the JCRA’s Summer Solstice Family Fun Night.  Deli.icious kicks off the night when they open the truck up at 5:30 pm in the parking circle. Order delicious gourmet paninis from their menu to fill you up.  Grab your Deli.icious food and come on into the Arboretum at 6:00 pm to enjoy some fun outdoor family games and to grab your cup of NC State’s Howling Cow ice cream.

Dr. Suess’ The Lorax at 7:00pm.
If you’re in the mood for a movie, you don’t have to wait for the sun to set. Movie night starts at 7:00 pm in the McSwain education building. Make sure to bring your picnic blanket to relax on while watching the movie. Movie admission will be limited to 175 people, so make sure to reserve your ticket early.  

The last event of the evening is at 8:34 pm, the sunset on the longest day of the year.

Kid Approved Annual Trial Day
Friday, June 28, 2013
10:30am – 12:00pm
Ages 6+
$5/Child (Preregistration Required)

It’s our first “Kid Approved Annual Trial Day.” The Annual Color Trials area is one of 21 official All-America Selections (AAS) testing sites for new cultivars of bedding plants. Each year annuals and tender perennials are planted, and the performance of each is carefully recorded and evaluated.

This year, we are asking the kids which are their favorites! While the younger children are participating in Garden Storytime, the older kids are going to talk about the annual trials programs at the Arboretum, put on their best scientist thinking caps to evaluate some plants, and find out where some of the plants call home.

At the end of the program, each child will receive 5 flags to go pick out their favorite plants. We’ll tally the results and crown the first ever “Kid Approved” gold, silver, and bronze medal winners to post on our website.

Included in the registration fee is a morning of fun learning in the garden, 5 votes, and a hot dog lunch complete with chips and a drink!

Please confirm events with venue before attending.