Register Your Kids for August Outdoor Fun
Take your kids for outdoor adventures. Go camping, join in a night hike, climb treehouses, wade through creeks to study nature, learn how to fish and paddle. For more kids programs, browse our nature and arts and crafts programs roundups.
Aug. 4 – Durant Nature Preserve, 8305 Camp Durant Rd., Raleigh. 10-11 a.m. Free. Parent and child join others on an easy-paced hike around the park to explore what’s happening in nature. Registration encouraged. Choose course #188994. reclink.raleighnc.gov.
Family Camping Adventure
Aug. 5-6 – Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill. Event begins at 5 p.m. on Aug. 5 and ends at 11 a.m. on Aug. 6. $8/person. Relax around the fire with s’mores, take a night hike and enjoy activities. Take your own equipment. Suitable for ages 4 and older. Registration required. Meet at the group campsite at the disc golf gravel parking area. wakegov.com/parks/harrislake.
Natural Explorations: Hot Weather Hiking
Aug. 6 – Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 8:30-10 a.m. Free. 919-856-6675. Spend time hiking and learn about heat-related illnesses. Ages 7 and older with adult. Registration required. wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill.
Crowder by Night: Unhuggables
Aug. 12 – Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten-Ten Rd., Apex. 7:30-8:30 p.m. $1/person. 919-662-2850. Explore the world of squirmy animals and their important roles through activities, games and crafts. All ages. Registration required. wakegov.com/parks/crowder.
Nature and Sensory Play Day
Aug. 12 – Durant Nature Preserve, 8305 Camp Durant Rd., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Enjoy the new Sensory and Nature Play Garden with guided activities to delight the senses and encourage nature play. Registration requested. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Course #188997. reclink.raleighnc.gov.
Science at Sunset: A 70th Birthday Celebration
Aug. 12 – Museum of Life and Science, 433 W. Murray Ave., Durham. 5-8 p.m. $7/person. Free for ages 2 and younger. Celebrate the museum’s birthday with a special after-hours party. Dig for fossils, climb treehouses, cool down at the “Into the Mist” exhibit and more. Enjoy live music, food trucks and a water blaster challenge. Tickets will be available for purchase on August 12 at the museum’s admission desk. lifeandscience.org.
Aug. 13 – Wilkerson Nature Preserve, 11408 Raven Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 7-8:30 p.m. $2/person. 919-996-6764. Take a twilight walk to look for deer, owls, foxes, lightning bugs, toads and bats. All ages. Register online. reclink.raleighnc.gov.
Creatures of the Night
Aug. 19 – American Tobacco Trail, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd., Apex. 7:30-9 p.m. $1/person. 919-387-4342. Learn about the animals that come out after the sun goes down. Hike along the trail to look and listen for coyotes, owls and more. Take a water bottle and flashlight. All ages. Meet at the New Hill Parking Area. Registration required. wakegov.com/parks/att.
S’more Fun with Mom
Aug. 19 – Bond Park Boathouse, 801 High House Rd., Cary. 7-8:30 p.m. $23/mother and child pair, $12 additional child. Mothers and sons enjoy a scavenger hunt, storytelling and s’mores. Register online. townofcary.org.
Aug. 26 – Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill. 8-9:30 p.m. $1/person. 919-387-4342. Roast marshmallows over the fire and go on a short night hike to see who is out and about. Marshmallows and roasting sticks provided. Take a camp chair and water bottle. All ages. Meet at the Cypress Shelter. Registration required. wakegov.com/parks/harrislake.
Cane Pole Fishing
Aug. 27 – Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 11 a.m.-noon. $1/person. 919-856-6675. Fish with a cane pole. Equipment, instruction and assistance with identifying fish species provided. Ages 5 and older with adult. Registration required. wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill.
Aug. 27 – American Tobacco Trail, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd., Apex. 4:30-6 p.m. $1/person. 919-387-4342. Discover the trail’s new GeoArt project and learn the basics of the high-tech treasure hunt. Learn what geocaching is and search for some newly placed geocaches along the trail. GPS units and instruction provided or take your own unit or smartphone with a geocache app. Meet at the New Hill Parking Area. Registration required. wakegov.com/parks/att.
Paddle the Pond
Aug. 27 – Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 9-10 a.m. or 1-2 p.m. $10/boat. 919-856-6675. After basic instruction, explore the pond’s features by canoe. Canoes, paddles and life jackets provided. Ages 6 and older with adult. Canoes fit 2 adults and 2 children. Registration required. wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill.
Young Ecologists: Swift Creek Stroll
Aug. 27 – Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, 2616 Kildaire Farm Rd., Raleigh. 1-3 p.m. $12/resident, $16/nonresident. 919-387-5980. Take a stroll in the creek to search for frogs, fish and more. Ages 10-13. Registration required. townofcary.org.