Have Fun with Nature May 22-25

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Enjoy the low-sensory 3D film “Flight of the Butterflies” during the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science’s Sensory-Friendly Night, May 25.

This week is all about nature! Make a flower craft, learn about squirrels, or dig around in the garden. Children with special needs can explore the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences during a special after-hours sensory-friendly session.

Kids Get Crafty: Spring Flowers at Harris Lake Park in New Hill FREE

Spring is here, and flowers are everywhere! Kids and their caregivers make a colorful craft inspired by nature. This event takes place 11 a.m.-noon, Monday, May 22, at Harris Lake County Park in New Hill. Free for children of all ages with accompanying adult; no registration is required. Materials are provided.

Nature Peekers: “Nuts to You!” at Raleigh’s Blue Jay Park

Children ages 18 months to 3 years will enjoy the story “Nuts to You!” by Lois Ehlert, about a rascally squirrel in the city, and then explore the world of squirrels together. This class runs 10:30-11 a.m., Tuesday, May 23, at Blue Jay Point County Park in Raleigh. Register ($2/child) online.


Junior Gardeners at Kidzu Children’s Museum in Chapel Hill

Get your hands dirty playing, exploring and caring for the Kidzu garden. Children, caregivers and community members are invited to help maintain this beautiful outdoor space. This program takes place 10:15-11 a.m., Thursday, May 25 (and weekly thereafter), at Kidzu Children’s Museum in Chapel Hill. The activity is included with museum admission ($7.50; free for children under 12 months) and is geared toward ages 3-9 years.

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Sensory-Friendly Night at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh FREE

Families and visitors with special needs will enjoy a quieter evening at the museum’s Nature Exploration Center when it stays open late for Sensory-Friendly Night. Meet scientists and live animals, view a low-sensory 3-D movie, “Flight of the Butterflies,” and tour the featured exhibition, “RACE: Are We So Different?” This event takes place 5:30-8 p.m., Thursday, May 25, at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. Admission is free; movie tickets are $3. Register in advance (optional) to receive a schedule of activities and other preparatory materials.

Heron Rookery Nature Walk at Glennstone Nature Preserve in Durham FREE

A complete Memorial Day weekend round-up is coming soon, but this annual nature walk along Ellerbe Creek is so popular you’ll need to sign up in advance! Explore the preserve and its flora and fauna, including other birds, on the way to one of the Piedmont region’s largest great blue heron rookeries, or nesting grounds. Two hikes, at 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., will take place Monday, May 29, at the Glennstone Nature Preserve, located 15 minutes east of downtown Durham. The hike is free but spaces go quickly; online registration is recommended.

image courtesy of Larry Brockman/Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association


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