Explore Nature During 'Take a Child Outside Week'
Eno River State Park
Photo courtesy of North Crolina Division of Parks and Recreation
Celebrate Take a Child Outside Week, Sept. 24-30, by registering your child for fun outdoors at area parks.
Family Disc Golf Lessons and Play Time
Sept. 24 – Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. 919-387-4342. Families learn how to play disc golf. Basic instruction provided at 9 a.m. for beginners or at 10:30 a.m. for advanced players. Take your own discs or borrow some from the park. Meet at the disc golf parking lot. Register online. wakegov.com/parks/harrislake.
Natural Explorations: Take a Child Outside Hike
Sept. 24 – Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 3-4 p.m. Free. 919-856-6675. Hear a naturalist share knowledge of nature and wildlife. Learn to move like different animals and sing nature songs. Registration required. wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill.
Sept. 24 – Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. 919-460-3355. Parent and child discover the secret art of spider sniffing on the Old Beech Nature Trail. Take a flashlight. Registration required. wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree/pages/programs.aspx.
Busy Beavers at the ATT
Sept. 25 – American Tobacco Trail, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd., Apex. 4:30-6 p.m. Free. 919-387-4342. Learn about beavers and hike to the Beaver Creek Bridge to look for signs of them. Meet at the New Hill Parking Area. Ages 6 and older. Register online. wakegov.com/parks/att.
Take a Child Outside Day
Sept. 25 – Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, 6001 Turkey Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 3-4:30 p.m. Free. 919-908-0054. Enjoy show-and-tell with turtle shells, antlers, feathers and fossils, followed by a 1.5-mile hike along the creek through the shaded woods. Johnston Mill Nature Preserve. Infant-age 5. Registration required. triangleland.org/event/take-child-outside-day?instance_id=134.
Sept. 26 – Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. 919-460-3355. Parent and child discover the world of mushrooms. Learn how to identify the different types of fungi and discover the important role they play in the ecosystem. Go on a mushroom hunt. Registration required. wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree/pages/programs.aspx.
Nature at Night
Sept. 28 – Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. 919-460-3355. Parent and child learn more about the park’s nocturnal animals and how they use night vision. Take a flashlight. Registration required. wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree/pages/programs.aspx.
Sept. 30 – Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill. 3-4 p.m. Free. 919-387-4342. Learn about coyotes. Ages 6 and older. Meet at the Cypress Shelter. Register online. wakegov.com/parks/harrislake.