Fun Things to Do in the Triangle April 23-26
Take a guided nature walk, tour the Executive Mansion and make jewelry
Meld art and nature at a program at Sarah P. Duke Gardens this week.
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Spring is in full bloom this week in the Triangle. Mesh art and nature at a fun program at Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham, go on a guided nature walk at Prairie Ridge Ecostation in Raleigh, tour the home and grounds at the North Carolina Executive Mansion in Raleigh and make a chainmaille bracelet and earring set at the Durham Arts Center.
Children ages 9-12 can use art to hone their observation skills. Explore habitats, uncover wildlife, and identify plants while learning about art and making your own. This workshop at the Doris Duke Center of Sarah P. Duke Gardens will use photography, drawing, painting and collage to meld art and nature. Bring your own digital camera — anything from a phone to an single lens reflex camera will do, and all other materials will be provided. This activity is scheduled for April 23, 10 a.m.-noon. The cost is $16 for members and $20 for nonmembers. A parking pass is included when you preregister.
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Discover what time it is in nature in this program at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Prairie Ridge Ecostation. Participants will explore the native plant garden, prairie and lowland arboretum during a leisurely mile walk with a naturalist through the property. All trails will be natural with some uneven surfaces and small hills, so if you have a little one, bring a stroller that can handle that kind of terrain. The walk is scheduled for April 24, 9-10:30 a.m. Preregister by following the instructions here.
North Carolina’s Victorian-style Executive Mansion and surrounding gardens is open to the public for free tours every Wednesday and Thursday through June 21. Tours begin several times a day for both the building and gardens. Tours must be booked in advance, and you should plan on arriving early, as the tours begin on time. This activity falls under federal Homeland Security guidelines (which require completing this form) so be sure to review security procedures in advance.
Photo of the executive mansion courtesy of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Craft a snazzy bracelet and pair of earrings at this Durham Arts Council workshop April 26, 6:30-9 p.m. Work with two pairs of pliers to create intricate patterns out of your choice of 25 colors of aluminum rings. This activity is best for ages 12 and older, and the fee is $22.50, plus a $7 materials fee. Preregister here while space remains. Meet in the Qualex Photo Studio at the Durham Arts Council.
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