Weekday Events for Families in the Triangle
Sept. 23-26: Discovery Table, Animal Detectives, Dandelion Adventures and Nature Storytime
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This week is Take a Child Outside week, so each activity featured here takes place at a park or garden. Learn about the autumnal equinox at an experience at Historic Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh, learn to be an animal detective while you explore Lake Crabtree County Park in Raleigh, find out how nature distributes seeds to keep plants growing year after year at Blue Jay Point County Park in Raleigh and hear a story and explore the gardens at Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham.
The autumnal equinox signals the beginning of fall. It is the point when there are exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness at the equator. Mark the change of seasons by heading to Historic Yates Mill County Park’s Finley Center Exhibit Hall to explore fun facts about this special time of year. Find out about how and why the equinox occurs, and also learn about seasonal folklore and related historical traditions. This activity is suitable for all ages and no preregistration is required. Stop by the park anytime Sept. 23-25, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
photo courtesy of historic yates mill county park
Animal Detectives FREE
Grab your magnifying glass and help staff at Lake Crabtree County Park solve some mysteries along the Old Beech Nature Trail. Who left that pile of acorns by the rotten log? Whose scat is that? Kids ages 6 and up and a caregiver will use detective skills to answer these questions and more on a leisurely walk. This investigation is on Sept. 24, 10-11:30 a.m. Preregister here.
photo courtesy of lake crabtree county park
Kids ages 3-6 and an adult caregiver can learn how Mother Nature distributes seeds by investigating fall seeds at a program at Blue Jay Point County Park in Raleigh. This activity takes place on Sept. 25, 1-2 p.m., and will be a combination of indoor and outdoor nature exploration. Preregister here.
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Nature Storytime FREE
Kids ages 3-6 and a caregiver can enjoy the outdoors together with a story read aloud Sept. 26, 10:30 a.m., at Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham. A nature-themed story will be followed by a related activity or garden walk. Meet in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden Story Circle. No preregistration is required.
photo courtesy of sarah p. duke gardens