Sept. 24-27: Take a Child Outside Week Activities Galore
Take a sunset walk, investigate trees, hear a nature-inspired story and explore a garden
Take a sunset walk around Prairie Ridge Ecostation this week and learn about the animals you see.
Photo courtesy of Prairie Ridge Ecostation
It’s Take a Child Outside Week this week, so head outside and appreciate the nature around you. Take a sunset walk and have a picnic at Prairie Ridge Ecostation, learn about “hoppers” at a fun program at Blue Jay Point County Park, investigate trees at Lake Johnson Park and hear a nature-inspired story and explore the gardens at Sarah P. Duke Gardens.
Sunset Walk FREE
Celebrate Take a Child Outside Week at Prairie Ridge Ecostation in Raleigh Sept. 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Join a naturalist on a stroll through the prairie as the sun sets and learn about animals out at that time of day — and nocturnal animals, too. Feel free to bring a picnic and blanket for a fun family dinner beforehand. Preregister by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
photo courtesy of prairie ridge ecostation
Hopper Herding FREE
Don’t know a grasshopper from a katydid, or a cicada from a cricket? Find out Sept. 25, 2-3 p.m., at Blue Jay Point County Park in Raleigh. Join staff in some sweep netting of the meadow in search of these and other incredible insects that make up approximately 80 percent of the world’s species of animals. This program is free in honor of “Take a Child Outside Week” and preregistration is required.
photo courtesy of sonya terjanian
Tree-mendous Trees FREE
Join staff at Lake Johnson Nature Park’s Thomas G Crowder Woodland Center in Raleigh for this tree-mendous program, during which attendees will learn all about what makes trees unique, how they’re used in our everyday lives and how to identify the common trees we find in our own backyards. This program takes place Sept. 26, 10-11 a.m., and registration is required. Go to RecLink and search for barcode number 228256 to register.
photo courtesy beth oxentine
On Sept. 27, bring children ages 3-5 to Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham for nature-themed stories and a related activity or garden walk. This activity starts at 10:30 a.m. and is free. Parking fees are $2 per hour and can be paid with the Pay by Phone app or with cash or card onsite. Meet in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. No preregistration is required.
photo courtesy of sarah p. duke gardens