September 2014: Take a Child Outside Week Events

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Help kids develop appreciation and enthusiasm for the natural world during Take a Child Outside Week Sept. 24-30. Take A Child Outside Week is a national program that provides parents, teachers and caregivers local resources and outdoor activities to help children connect to the environment, stay focused in school and reduce obesity. Harris Lake County Park, American Tobacco Trail, Historic Yates Mill County Park and J.C. Raulston Arboretum are just some of the Triangle locations offering fun activities to celebrate Take a Child Outside Week. These activities, some of which are free, are listed below and in our Daily Calendar.

Take a Child Outside Week: Leaf Rubbings
Sept. 24 – Create a leaf rubbing in the garden. $3. 10 a.m.-noon. J.C. Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-513-7011. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Take a Child Outside Week: Build Your Own “TACO” Event
Sept. 25 – Enjoy bird watching, fishing, insect collecting, a scavenger hunt, nature crafts and more. Equipment provided. Bring a picnic lunch. Registration encouraged. All ages. Meet at the Longleaf Shelter. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill. 919-387-4342. wakegov.com/parks/harrislake.

Take a Child Outside Week: Garden Bingo
Sept. 26 – Play a game of bingo in the garden. Free. 1-3 p.m. J.C. Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-513-7011. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Take a Child Outside Week: Park After Dark
Sept. 26 – Enjoy fishing, a night hike, stargazing, flashlight games, roasting marshmallows and more. See website for activity times. Bring a fishing pole/bait, flashlight and camp chair. All ages. Meet at the Longleaf Shelter. Registration required. Free. 7-9 p.m. Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill. 919-387-4342. wakegov.com/parks/harrislake.

Take a Child Outside Week: Your Family Trees
Sept. 27 – Explore how trees can tell us their history and how you can tell yours. All ages. Meet at the Loblolly Shelter. Registration required. Free. 3-4 p.m. Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill. 919-387-4342. wakegov.com/parks/harrislake.

Take a Child Outside Week: Biking with Bats
Sept. 28 – Load up your bike and enjoy a 3-mile twilight ride to see what animals come up as the sun goes down. Ages 6 and older. Meet at the New Hill Parking Area. Registration required. Free. 6-8 p.m. American Tobacco Trail, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd., Apex. 919-387-4342. wakegov.com/parks/att.

Take a Child Outside Week: Cloud Watching
Sept. 28 – Watch clouds in the garden. Free. 1-3 p.m. J.C. Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-513-7011. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Take a Child Outside Week: Flower and Leaf Pressing
Sept. 29 – Enjoy flower and leaf pressing in the garden. $3. 10 a.m.-noon. J.C. Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-513-7011. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Take a Child Outside Week: Natural Explorations Hike
Sept. 29 – Spend some quality time enjoying the great outdoors with your family while getting some fresh air and exercise with a park naturalist. Registration required. Free. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 919-856-6675. wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill.

Take a Child Outside Week: Garden Storytime
Sept. 30 – Enjoy stories, songs, crafts and more. Ages 3-5. Register by emailing elizabeth_overcash@ncsu.edu. $5/child. 10:30-11:30 a.m. J.C. Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-513-7011. jcra.ncsu.edu.


More Family Fun Around the Triangle . . .

Visit our Things to do and Family Fun pages to discover more fun events and festivals coming in September.

 

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