Register Your Kids for August Outdoor Fun

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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.

Wee Walkers

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.

Twilight Walk

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.

Evening Campfire

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.

Geocaching 101

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.

 

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