April Outdoor Fun in the Triangle
Family Programs: Springtime Stroll at Bond Park
April 1 – Bond Park, 801 High House Rd., Cary. 2-3:30 p.m. $16/resident, $20/nonresident. Search for early wildflowers. Meet in front of Bond Park Community Center. All ages with adult. Register online. classweb.townofcary.org
Sunset Canoe Trip
April 7 – Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. 6-8 p.m. Free. Join staff for a sunset paddle around the lake. Search for herons, beavers and other wildlife. Ages 5 and older. Advance registration required online. wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree.
Spring is in the Air Family Hike
April 9 – North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 2-4 p.m. $6/member, $8/nonmember. Discover early spring wildflowers, bursting buds, migratory birds and more. Take binoculars. Ages 8 and older with adult. Advance registration required online. ncbg.unc.edu/youth-family.
Kids Nature Night: Turtles
April 21 – Walnut Creek Wetland Center, 950 Peterson St., Raleigh. 6-8 p.m. $5/child. Kids learn about turtles and spend time in the creek while parents enjoy a night out. Dress to get wet and take a change of clothes. Ages 6-12. Register online. Choose course #199190. reclink.raleighnc.gov.
Night Out in Nature
April 21 – Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, 2616 Kildaire Farm Rd., Raleigh. 6-9 p.m. $18/resident, $23/nonresident. Kids spend a night out in nature making memories and new friends in an old-fashioned, camp-style program. Ages 8-12. Register online. classweb.townofcary.org.
Discover the Park: Walk in the Woods
April 22 – Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten-Ten Rd., Apex. 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Take a walk in the woods and discover the animals and plants that call the park home. Help collect data for the Natural Resource Inventory Database and other citizen science projects. Ages 14 and older. Register online. wakegov.com/parks/crowder.
Paddle the Pond
April 22 – Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 3-4 p.m. $10/boat. After basic instruction, explore the pond’s many features by canoe. Canoes, paddles and life jackets provided. Ages 6 and older with adult. Canoes fit 2 adults and 2 children. Advance registration required online. wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill.
Recreational Tree Climbing at the JC Raulston Arboretum
April 22 – JC Raulston Arboretum , 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. $20/member, $25/nonmember. Climb into the canopy of one of the arboretum’s majestic oak trees. Climbing slots last 50 minutes and are limited to six climbers per hour. Gear and instruction provided. Ages 6 and older. Advance registration required online. jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1396.
Tales and Trails: “The Lorax” Around the Campfire
April 22 – Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, 2616 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary. 7:30-9 p.m. $20/resident, $28/nonresident. Enjoy a night hike, listen to a reading of “The Lorax” and make s’mores. All ages with adult. Register online. classweb.townofcary.org.
Crowder by Night: Alive After Dark
April 28 – Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten-Ten Rd., Apex. 7:30-8:30 p.m. $1/person. Stroll around the pond in search of nighttime critters. Play fun games and try to catch some nocturnal animals. Take a flashlight. All ages with adult. Advance registration required online. wakegov.com/parks/crowder.
April 29 – Wilkerson Nature Preserve, 5229 Awls Haven Dr., Raleigh. 2-4 p.m. $3/person. Ages 6-8. Follow a stream channel in the park to find out how water moves and who lives there. Register online. Choose course code #198889. reclink.raleighnc.gov.
April 29 – Wilkerson Nature Preserve, 5229 Awls Haven Dr., Raleigh. 7-9 p.m. $2/person. Walk with a park naturalist to search for wildlife in the woods as day transitions to night. Ages 4 and older with adult. Register online. Choose course code #200000. reclink.raleighnc.gov.
Young Ecologists: Sunset Exploration
April 29 – Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, 2616 Kildaire Farm Rd., Raleigh. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $12/resident, $16/nonresident. Take a night hike with staff to search for nocturnal wildlife. Ages 10-13. Registration required. classweb.townofcary.org.