Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Weekend, March 9-11

Discover wood ducks, geocaching, the vernal equinox and more
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Photo courtesy of Casa Wilson
Find out what the vernal equinox is (Hint: it happens this month!) at the Prairie Ridge Ecostation in Raleigh this week.

This weekend, learn about wood ducks in Raleigh, get a geocaching primer in New Hill, make chainmaille jewelry in Durham and find out what a vernal equinox is in Raleigh.


Park Tales: The Little Wood Duck FREE

The Wood Ducks of North Carolina are nesting, and hatchlings are on the way. Join staff at Historic Yates Mill County Park for an endearing story about a little duck born slightly different from his siblings. Learn about wood ducks and take a short hike at the park to look at their habitats, then make a fun duck craft to take home. This FREE activity takes place on March 9, 11 a.m.-noon, and is appropriate for all ages. Preregister here.

photo courtesy of gina harmeyer


Geocaching 101

Geocaching is like a treasure hunt where participants use GPS coordinates to track down hidden “caches.” On March 10, 2-3:30 p.m., at Harris Lake County Park in New Hill, you and your child ages 6 and older can learn what geocaching is all about and take off to find a geocache in the park. Park staff will provide a GPS unit per family and instruction on how to use them. Feel free to bring your own unit or smartphone with a geocache app. Register early as class size is limited. The fee is $1 per participant and advance online registration is required. Meet at the Cypress Shelter.

photo courtesy of sonya terjanian


Chainmaille Jewelry Workshop

Children ages 12 and older can create a double spiral chainmaille bracelet and earrings at this fun workshop at the Durham Arts Council’s Prince Graphic Arts Studio. Set for March 10, 3-5:30 p.m., choose from 25 colors of material to make your own special creation as subtle or as bold as you’d like. The fee is $22.50 with a $7 materials fee and no prior experience is necessary. Preregister here.

photo courtesy of the durham arts council


Vernal Equinox: What’s Going On? FREE

The vernal equinox is approaching … Will you understand what’s happening in our solar system? Play an interactive game explaining what happens to our planet during the vernal equinox. Then hear a story about spring and an exploration of the signs of springtime. This activity is appropriate for all ages and takes place 1:30-2:30 p.m., March 11 at the Prairie Ridge Ecostation's Nature PlaySpace. Be sure to dress for the weather. No registration is required.

photo courtesy of casa wilson


 

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