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Garden Storytime

June 16 – JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 10:30-11:30 a.m. $5/nonmembers. Free for members. Parent and child explore the gardens together and enjoy stories and crafts. Ages 3-5. Register online. jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1457.

Discover the Park: Walk in the Woods

June 17 – 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.

Geocaching 101 on the American Tobacco Trail

June 17 – American Tobacco Trail, New Hill Parking Area, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd., Apex. 2-3:30 p.m. $1/person. Learn the basics of the high-tech treasure hunt and search for caches along the trail. GPS units and instruction provided or take your own unit or smartphone with a geocache app. Ages 6 and older. Advance registration required online. wakegov.com/parks/att.

Nature’s Architects

June 17 – Durant Nature Preserve, 8305 Camp Durant Rd., Raleigh. 2-4 p.m. $5/person. Learn fascinating facts about some of nature’s finest architects, including beavers and spiders, and search for examples of their handiwork. Families join teams to build the best beaver dam and put it to the test. Ages 5 and older with adult. Register online. Choose course #206467. reclink.raleighnc.gov.

Family Programs: Family Creek Adventure

June 18 – Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, 2616 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary. 3-4:30 p.m. $12/resident, $16/nonresident. 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. Register online. classweb.townofcary.org.

Nature Scavenger Hunt

June 18 – Durant Nature Preserve, 8305 Camp Durant Rd., Raleigh. 1-2 p.m. $1/person. Search for nature-themed treasures. Take a picnic lunch. Ages 4 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register online. Choose course #206471. reclink.raleighnc.gov.

People and the Land: A History Walk

June 18 – Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr., Apex. 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Take a walk through time to learn how people historically used and shaped the land in the park. Ages 8 and older. Advance registration required online. wakegov.com/parks/harrislake.

Crowder by Night: Amazing Amphibians

June 23 – Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten Ten Rd., Apex. 7:30-8:30 p.m. $1/person. Catch and release lightning bugs. Learn why they glow through hands-on discovery, games and more. All ages with adult. Advance registration required online. wakegov.com/parks/crowder.

Paddle the Pond

June 24 – Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 3-4 p.m. $10/boat. Learn basic canoeing skills and explore the pond’s features as only seen from the water. Ages 5 and older with adult. Advance registration required online. wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill.

Tales and Trails: Celebrate the Summer Solstice

June 24 – Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, 2616 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary. 7-8:30 p.m. $18/resident, $24/nonresident. Discover what’s happening in the forest as the sun sets and listen to stories around a campfire. All ages with adult. Register online. classweb.townofcary.org.

Playing With the Elements: Bubble Wands

June 25 – Walnut Creek Wetland Park, 950 Peterson St., Raleigh. 2-3 p.m. Free. Mix up a wheelbarrow full of giant bubble-making liquid and create wands from natural materials. Register online. Choose course #203571. reclink.raleighnc.gov.

Birding With Vernon

July 1 – Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. 8:30-10 a.m. Free. Join bird enthusiast Vernon for an easy walk while looking and listening for feathered friends. Meet at the Waterwise Garden. wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree.

Garden Storytime

July 7 – JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. See June 16. Register online. jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1458.

Nature Play Day

July 7 – Wilkerson Nature Preserve, 5229 Awls Haven Dr., Raleigh. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Children of all ages enjoy imaginative play in a natural setting. Dig for gemstones, make a fort out of natural materials, fly a kite, make mud pies and more. All ages with adult. Drop-in program. reclink.raleighnc.gov.

Twilight Walk

July 8 – Wilkerson Nature Preserve, 5229 Awls Haven Dr., Raleigh. 8-9:30 p.m. $2. Take a walk with a park naturalist to explore the woods and fields as the sun sets. Search for deer, coyotes and owls. All ages. Register online. Choose course code #205496. reclink.raleighnc.gov.

Fishing 101

July 9 – Durant Nature Preserve, 8305 Camp Durant Rd., Raleigh. 3-4:30 p.m. $2/participant. Learn to fish. Poles and bait provided. Ages 5 and older with adult. Register online. Choose course #206615. reclink.raleighnc.gov.

Playing With the Elements: Forts

July 9 – Walnut Creek Wetland Park, 950 Peterson St., Raleigh. 2-3 p.m. Free. Kids work together using bamboo poles, tarps, stakes and ropes to create forts. Ages 8-12. Registration required online. Choose course #203572. reclink.raleighnc.gov.

Scaly Predators

July 13 – Wilkerson Nature Preserve, 5229 Awls Haven Dr., Raleigh. 10:15 a.m.-noon. $5. Ages 6-8 investigate the habitats and behaviors of the preserve’s reptiles. Dress for outdoor fun. Register online. Choose course code #205521. reclink.raleighnc.gov.

Turtle Hunt

July 20 – Wilkerson Nature Preserve, 5229 Awls Haven Dr., Raleigh. 10:15 a.m-noon. $5. Ages 6-8 investigate the habitats and behaviors of the preserve’s turtles. Dress for outdoor fun. Register online. Choose course code #205522. reclink.raleighnc.gov.

Stream Stomp

July 22 – Durant Nature Preserve, 8305 Camp Durant Rd., Raleigh. 2-3:30 p.m. $1/person. Spend an afternoon exploring what lives in the creek. Wear closed-toe shoes and be prepared to get wet. Ages 5 and older with adult. Register online. Choose course #206619. reclink.raleighnc.gov.

Flying Dragons

July 26 – Wilkerson Nature Preserve, 5229 Awls Haven Dr., Raleigh. 10:15-11:45 a.m. $5. Hear a story about dragonflies, meet baby dragonflies and take a walk to see them over the pasture and pond. Wear closed-toe shoes that can get wet. Ages 3-5 with adult. Register online. Choose course code #205516. reclink.raleighnc.gov.

Water Critters

July 27 – Wilkerson Nature Preserve, 5229 Awls Haven Dr., Raleigh. 10:15 a.m.-noon. $5. Ages 6-8 years investigate the life cycles of water creatures. Dress for outdoor fun. Register online. Choose course code #205523. reclink.raleighnc.gov.

Garden Storytime

July 28 – JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. See June 16. Register online. jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1459.

 

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June 2019

Every year on June 21, we enjoy the most hours of sunlight during the whole year. Discover the science and cultural celebrations behind this special summer day. Make a pretty sun catcher to hang in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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This celebration of toys features interactive attractions, vendors, toy experiences and more. Purchase tickets online. 

Cost: $12/person. Free for ages 2 and younger.

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy stories with Amy Godfrey.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.
Durham, NC  27705
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Join Mindful Families of Durham, a Buddhist-inspired spiritual community that supports area parents, caregivers, and their children in the practice of mindfulness and the understanding of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Erwin Road
Durham, NC  27705
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Sponsor: Mindful Families of Durham
Contact Name: Adam, Laura, Josh, Sumi
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Enjoy food, activities, music, and water sprayer fun for kids. Sixteen vendors will offer African clothing, jewelry, beauty products, voter registration, HIV/AIDS education and testing,...

Cost: Free

Where:
East End Community
Wake Forest, NC  27587


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Learn more about our amazing star, the Sun. Safely view the Sun through a solar telescope, hear about how the Sun and other stars affect life on planets, and about current solar science...

Cost: Free

Where:
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
121 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Cost: Free

Where:
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
11 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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Discover Historic Yates Mill - a place of business, community, and exciting local history! Watch a brief slideshow, then explore the inner workings of the mill itself and witness the power of water...

Cost: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (ages 60+), $3/Child (ages 7-16), Free/Child (6 - under)

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Enjoy ice cream made by the Children's House program and splash in the water table and kiddie pool.

Cost: Free

Where:
Nido: Coworking & Childcare
902 Broad St.
Durham, NC  27705
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Durham Refugee Day celebrates the contributions and cultures of our refugee and immigrant communities and provides an opportunity to stand in solidarity with these neighbors. This is a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Durham Central Park
501 Foster St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Make colorful jellyfish with wiggly tentacles. Age 2-6 with caregiver. Register online. Choose course #125005.

Cost: $10/resident, $13/nonresident

Where:
Bond Park Community Center
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Enjoy stories with Amy Godfrey.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.
Durham, NC  27705
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Drop by the cybrary for storytime with a librarian. Activity Room 4. Preschool and kindergarten ages. No registration necessary. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Carrboro Cybrary
100 N Greensboro St
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Sponsor: Orange County Public Library
Telephone: 919-918-7387
Contact Name: Cybrary
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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Enjoy stories with Amy Godfrey.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.
Durham, NC  27705
View map »


Website »

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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Court
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Ages 11 and older with special needs sing favorite songs, karaoke-style. Register online. Choose course #125030.

Cost: $3/resident, $3/nonresident

Where:
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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Enjoy stories with Amy Godfrey.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.
Durham, NC  27705
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See a fun mashup of classic fairytales. 

Cost: $3/person

Where:
Carrboro Century Center
100 N. Greensboro St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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Sally Ride will take audiences on the ride of their life in this dynamic performance about space exploration. Through music, audience participation, and narrative, kids will see just how far...

Cost: Free

Where:
Orange County Main Library
137 W Margaret Ln
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Orange County Public Library
Telephone: 919-245-2539
Contact Name: Orange County Main Library
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Enjoy tea time for the whole family. Samples of hot tea, cold tea, and kombucha will be provided, along with games and family fun.

Cost: Free

Where:
IngenuiTea Kombucha Coffee & Tea
514 E Williams St
APEX, NC  27502
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Sponsor: IngenuiTea Brews
Telephone: 919-438-3684
Contact Name: Mark Poole
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Sally Ride will take audiences on the ride of their life in this dynamic performance about space exploration. Through music, audience participation, and narrative, kids will see just how far...

Cost: Free

Where:
Orange County Main Library
137 W Margaret Ln
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Orange County Public Library
Telephone: 919-245-2539
Contact Name: Orange County Main Library
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Meet a staff member at the information desk and follow your guide outside to the garden exhibit or into one of the museum galleries. Look around and listen to a history-related story. Ages 3...

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Kids ages 6-9 discover the different types of turtles that live at the Preserve.  The focus will be hands-on outdoor investigation and the study of living things in their habitat.  In...

Cost: $5

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Drive
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Marti Kane
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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Explore the ocean through books and trivia. Make your own travel-sized magnetic fishing game. Grades 3-5.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Court
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Ages 11 and older with special needs play bocce, cornhole, croquet and more on the lawn. Register online. Choose course #125353.

Cost: $2/resident, $3/nonresident

Where:
Page-Walker Arts & History Center
119 Ambassador Loop
Cary, NC  27511
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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Walk through the Cretaceous period, the Jurassic Period and the Triassic period and experience what it was like to be among living dinosaurs. See life-size replicas of adult and baby dinosaurs, dig...

Cost: $22-$36

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Meet live owls and other raptors, learn the secrets about their lives in the wild. Grades K-5.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Court
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Join the TreeRunner staff at Raleigh for a magical night in the park. Dress as your favorite prince, princess, wizard or another fairy tale character and come climb in the trees. Take pictures with...

Cost: General Admission

Where:
TreeRunner Raleigh
12804 Norwood Rd
Raleigh, NC  27613
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Sponsor: N/A
Telephone: 919-410-7347

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Ages 4-10 enjoy an evening with hiking, crafts, music, games and s'mores. Register online. Choose course #124331.

Cost: $23/parent and child pair; $12 additional child

Where:
Bond Park, Kiwanis Shelter
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC  27513
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Walk through the Cretaceous period, the Jurassic Period and the Triassic period and experience what it was like to be among living dinosaurs. See life-size replicas of adult and baby dinosaurs, dig...

Cost: $22-$36

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Ages 1-5 and caregiver delight in the discoveries of nature. Register online. Choose course #124952.

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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Take your family for a fun day of making slime, playing with slime, watching live demos on how to make slime, buying slime from Instagram slime stars, and much more! Kids under 3 admitted free....

Cost: $20-$70

Where:
Kerr Scott Building of NC State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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Please join us for the SouthEast Crab Feast event this summer in Raleigh, NC.  This event offers the Low Country Coastal Heritage of outdoor cooking of fresh seafood.  This highly...

Cost: $10-$30

Where:
Lake Wheeler Park
6404 Lake Wheeler Rd
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: SouthEast Crab Feast Inc.
Telephone: 980-202-1142
Contact Name: Jamell Hamilton
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Want to get inside Historic Yates Mill? Join us for a half-hour tour (starting at 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30 or 3 p.m.) to view the main power drive and milling machinery while exploring the mill's...

Cost: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (ages 60+), $3/Child (ages 7-16), Free/Child (ages 6-under)

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Search wetlands and forests for birds. Ages 13-15. Register online. Choose course #124934.

Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Hemlock Bluffs/Stevens Nature Center
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC  27518
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