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The Triangle's hands-on museums, natural beauty, history and family-friendly lifestyle offer a wide variety of field trips for every age group and interest.

WCPSS Students Learn to Write Code

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Schools Donate to Local Food Bank

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Deferred? Six Tips for Deferred College Applicants

College applicants can use these tips to help move their application into the "accepted" pile.

Museum Exhibits in Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill

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Who Could Be at Your Child's IEP Meeting?

It is not widely known, but parents do have a say about who can attend their child's IEP meeting.

Vote for Your 2016 Readers' Favorites!

2016 is here and it's time to vote for your favorite places to visit, eat at, do business at and explore!

So You Want to Be a Lawyer?

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Wake Public Schools Offer Open Houses, Magnet Fairs

Wake County Public School System is offering opportunities to learn about both magnet and nonmagnet schools in the next couple of months.

Volunteers Create Playground at Red Maple Park

Davis Drive Middle School Students Go Global

Students at Davis Drive Middle School in Cary are helping the sick and wounded as part of a global health initiative.

11 Apps to Help You Feel Better and Relieve Stress

Check out these apps to help parents and kids feel better and release from the pressures of life.

LEGO® KidsFest Comes to the Charlotte Convention Center Feb. 19–21

Experience 3 acres of LEGO fun for all ages at this national tour extravaganza.

When Children Hear Horror Stories on the News

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Tips for Finding College Financial Aid

Looking for college financial aid and ways to pay for tuition and board? Learn why hunting for private scholarships may not be your best bet.

Wake School Board Approves Assignment Plan

The Wake County Schools Board of Education approved the 2016-17 Enrollment Plan on Dec. 1, and parents can check online to learn of reassignments.

IEP Accommodations: Obtaining Classroom Notes

Students who require "copies of teachers' notes" will benefit from clear communication between parents and teachers.

Study Gives Tentative Nod to Income-Based Assignment Policies

New Duke University research offers “tentative evidence that income-based assignment policies improve achievement and increase diversity.”

SAVE Receives Grant to Combat School Violence

The National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) recently received a grant to engage North Carolina youth in safety and violence prevention activities.

Carolina Ballet Offers Free Deal

High school students can gain free tickets to Carolina Ballet's performances of "Beethoven: Symphony No. 9" in November, and the Shakespeare series this winter and spring.

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Surviving — and Thriving — in Middle School

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Report: Teens Can Benefit from Heavy Use of Cellphone and Social Media

Worried that your teen is using the cell phone and social media too much? Duke University researchers find that parents’ fears may be unfounded, with some important exceptions.

Tips for the College Hunt

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Elementary School Kids Push for E-Recycling in Fuquay-Varina

A group of fourth graders at Ballentine Elementary school in Fuquay-Varina are working on solving one of the world’s problems — electronic waste, starting right here in North Carolina.

Our 2015-16 Education Guide Has Arrived

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The Price of College is Not What You Actually Pay

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Search Our Schools + Education Resources Directory

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Durham Public Schools Receive National Award

In recognition of their efforts to make the school day healthier, nine Durham public schools earned a National Healthy Schools Award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
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February 2016

Enjoy extreme thrills, exotic animals and extraordinary performers. See website for showtimes and to purchase tickets.

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Join preserve staff to search pools for salamanders. Ages 10-13. Registration required.

Cost: $12/resident, $16/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Enjoy extreme thrills, exotic animals and extraordinary performers. See website for showtimes and to purchase tickets.

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Learn how salamanders are different from lizards. Ages 1-3 with adult. Meet at the Cypress Shelter. Registration required.

Cost: $2/child

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-4342
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Learn about butterflies through a story, game and craft. Ages 3-5 with adult. Meet at the Cypress Shelter. Registration required.

Cost: $4/child

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-4342
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Enjoy songs, stories and fun in Spanish. Infants-preschoolers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Spanish for fun! Cary
100 Endeavor Way
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: Spanish for fun!
Telephone: 919-677-7114
Contact Name: Cynthia De Amat
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Children make treasured memories while increasing their knowledge of plants and animals. Ages 7-10. Registration required.

Cost: $12/resident, $16/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Enjoy songs, stories and fun in Spanish. Infants-preschoolers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Spanish for fun! Raleigh
8000 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Sponsor: Spanish for fun!
Telephone: 919-881-1160
Contact Name: Carol Marin
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Kids ages 3-5 and caregiver make a craft together. Registration required.

Cost: $2/resident, $3/nonresident

Where:
Holly Springs Cultural Center
300 W. Ballentine St.
Holly Springs, NC
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Telephone: 919-567-4000
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Enjoy songs, stories and fun in Spanish. Infants-preschoolers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Spanish for fun! Wake Forest
222 Capcom Ave
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Sponsor: Spanish for fun!
Telephone: 919-883-2061
Contact Name: Karina Martinez
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Enjoy storytime and a stuffed animal giveaway (one per child). Each family will be entered to into the weekly drawing among attendees for a gift bag. Event capped at 20 families to ensure a safe...

Cost: Free

Where:
Thrift 2 Gift
1402 E. Williams St.
Apex , NC  27502
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Scott Ellsworth discusses his book, "The Secret Game." Coach John McLendon, basketball coach for the little-known North Carolina College for Negroes, invited the all-white team of former...

Cost: Free

Where:
Jones Theater, Ravenscroft School
7409 Falls of Neuse Road
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Sponsor: Ravenscroft School
Telephone: 919-847-0900
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Take a walk to count the variety of birds in the area. All ages. Meet at the picnic table at the New Hill Parking Area. Registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
American Tobacco Trail
1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd.
Apex, NC  27502
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Telephone: 919-387-4342
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Take a walk to count the variety of birds in the area. All ages. Meet at the picnic table at the New Hill Parking Area. Registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
American Tobacco Trail
1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd.
Apex, NC  27502
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Telephone: 919-387-4342
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Go nutty for nature as children satisfy some of their curiosity about the world around them and parents share in the joy of discovery. Ages 3-5 with parent. Registration required.

Cost: $10/resident, $13/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Kids hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. Ages 5-8. Registration required.

Cost: $12/resident, $16/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Learn tips to identify birds and how to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Hike along the shoreline to practice new skills and count birds. Meet at the Longleaf Shelter. Registration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-4342
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Take a night hike to learn about owls and other birds that are active at night. Dress for the weather. Appropriate for ages 6 and older. Registration required.

Cost: $5/family

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Spend a night out in nature making memories and new friends. Ages 8-12. Registration required.

Cost: $18/resident, $23/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Enjoy an indoor presentation before going outdoors to view the moon, stars and more using the preserve's telescope. Ages 5 and older. Register online.

Cost: $2/person

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
11408 Raven Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-996-6764
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Learn about owls and take a hike to listen for them. Ages 5 and older. Registration required.

Cost: $5/family

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Telephone: 919-870-4330
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Enjoy doughnuts with a cup of hot chocolate before taking a leisurely walk with a park naturalist to identify and count birds. Take a mug for all family members. All ages. Registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Learn tricks to attract and keep feathered friends happy all year long, from planting "bird friendly" plants to making sure they have the basics for a happy life in your yard....

Cost: Free

Where:
Garden Supply Company
1421 Old Apex Road
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: Garden Supply Company
Telephone: 919-460-7747
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Drumming and stories for ages 3 and up with parent. Drums to loan.

Cost: $10/family

Where:
Music Explorium
5314 Hwy. 55, Ste. 107
Durham, NC  27713
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Telephone: 919-219-2371
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Go nutty for nature as children satisfy some of their curiosity about the world around them and parents share in the joy of discovery. Ages 3-5 with parent. Registration required.

Cost: $10/resident, $13/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Learn to identify common winter birds by sight and sound. Visit the bird-feeding station for up-close encounters and make recycled feeders to take home. Ages 6-12 with adult.

Cost: $8/member, $10/nonmember

Where:
North Carolina Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Rd
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
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Sponsor: North Carolina Botanical Garden
Telephone: 919-537-3770
Contact Name: Elisha Taylor
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Take a wagon ride through the back roads of the park to view birds and record observations. All ages. Meet at the wagon on the playground. Registration required.

Cost: $4/person

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-4342
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Read "Love Monster and the Last Chocolate" and enjoy fun activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
760 S.E Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Use natural objects to create birds found in the woods and build your own make-believe bird. Paint pictures using feathers and learn the importance of color in birds. All ages. Registration...

Cost: $4/child

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Stop by the manager's office to enjoy bird-related games, activities and crafts.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Pkwy.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Join a park naturalist on a one-mile hike around the pond and help to identify and count the birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count. Learn how to identify backyard birds by sight, sound and other...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
Website »

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Participants develop their naturalist skills and understanding of local nature. Ages 5-8 with parent. Registration required.

Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Look for tracks and signs of wolves, coyotes and foxes and make a plaster cast of a favorite wild dog's paw to take home. Ages 5-8. Register online.

Cost: $5/child

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
11408 Raven Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-996-6764
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Ages 4 and older enjoy a free art activity.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Southern Home Crafts
111 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Telephone: 919-233-1598

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Learn about owls. Hike along the trails to search for them. All ages. Meet at the Longleaf Shelter. Registration required.

Cost: $5/family

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-4342
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Girls ages 10 and older learn how to set goals and stay  on a path to achieve them. Supplies provided; bring magazines. Refreshments provided. Purchase tickets online at...

Cost: $15

Where:
Clubhouse
3001 New Haven Dr
RTP, NC  27703
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Sponsor: BOLT- Building Our Leaders Today
Telephone: 704-900-1878
Contact Name: Julese Dortch
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