Leisure Ledger January - April 2018

Nature 60 Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources questions, call Lake Wheeler Park at 919- 662-5704. Lake Wheeler #214821 Mar 13 T 1:30-2:30pm #214822 Apr 10 T 1:30-2:30pm #214823 Apr 24 T 1:30-2:30pm Story and a Craft: Fawns Age: 3-5yrs. Spring is upon us, and fawns will soon be born. We’ll read a story about a fawn in the woods and then go on a hike to look for signs of spring. After the hike, we’ll make a fawn craft to take home. Advance registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults attend free. Durant Nature Preserve – Course Fee: $2 #215908 Apr 17 T 10:00-11:00am Story and a Craft: Salamanders Age: 3-5yrs. It’s salamander season! We’ll read a salamander story and then head out into the preserve to try and find some of these secretive amphibians. After our walk we’ll make a fun salamander craft. Advance registration is required for this program. Adults must accompany children, adults attend free. Durant Nature Preserve – Course Fee: $2 #215895 Mar 6 T 10:00-11:00am Tell A Fairytale Day Age: 3-5yrs. February 26th is Tell a Fairytale Day! Celebrate with us as we read a nature themed fairytale or two. Afterwards you and your little one can build your very own fairy home to take home or leave in our sensory and nature play garden’s fairy village. Advance registration is required for this program. Adults must accompany children, adults attend free. Durant Nature Preserve – Course Fee: $4 #215891 Feb 26 M 10:00-11:00am The Wiggles Age: 3-5yrs. Wiggly worms are not only fun to observe but they are great for the soil! In this hands-on program, your child will get to examine some worms up close to learn about their body parts and why these wiggly little invertebrates are so important for plant growth. Each child will decorate a pot and plant a pretty flower in soil the worms have prepared especially for this occasion! Advance registration is required for this program. Adults must accompany children, adults attend free. Durant Nature Preserve – Course Fee: $4 #215896 Mar 13 T 10:00-11:00am Wee Walker Egg Hunt Age: 1-5yrs. Join an egg hunt just for our Wee Walkers! Have your little one bring a basket to find the hidden eggs and the surprises that are inside. After the hunt, we’ll have spring-inspired activity stations in the field for your Wee Walkers to enjoy! Preregistration is required at least four days in advance. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults attend free. Durant Nature Preserve – Course Fee: $2 #215902 Mar 29 Th 10:00-11:00am Love Bugs Age: 2-6yrs. Children will enjoy games, stories and songs all featuring those six- legged creatures we call bugs! Children will see and touch live bugs and create a buggy valentine craft to take home. Advance registration is required for this program. Children must be accompanied by adults. Adults attend free. For more information, call Nature Programs at 919-996-6856. Laurel Hills Community Center – Course Fee: $2 #214638 Feb 13 T 10:30-11:30am Sertoma Arts Center – Course Fee: $2 #214637 Feb 8 Th 10:30-11:30am Meadow Wee Walkers Age: Up to 5yrs. Join us for a special Wee Walkers at Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve. This is a great opportunity for adults and little ones to meet each other and explore what’s happening in nature as we take an easy-paced hike around the preserve. Advance registration is not required but is helpful for planning purposes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve #215911 Apr 26 Th 10:00-11:00am Nature – Wonder Explorers Age: 3-6yrs. Exploring nature around Optimist Community Center, we will learn what is around us on different parts of the greenway, inside the park and more. We will have a nature story and craft to go with the theme of each lesson. Examples include changing seasons, leaves changing, weather, insects, birds and plant life! Please make sure your child has on bug spray. Instructor: Jessica Marshall. Optimist Community Center – Course Fee: $45 #217129 Jan 11-Feb 15 Th 11:30am-12:30pm #217130 Mar 1-Apr 12 Th 11:30am-12:15pm Preschool Swamp Romp Age: 2-6yrs. Bring your budding naturalist to the Walnut Creek Wetland Center for an exciting learning experience. A craft, engaging activity and guided walk through the wetland will awaken your preschooler’s sense of wonder. Each month will feature a different nature-inspired theme. Please register at least four days prior to the program. Walnut Creek Wetland Center – Course Fee: $2 Owls #213431 Jan 17 W 11:00am-12:00pm Beavers #213432 Feb 21 W 11:00am-12:00pm Frogs #213433 Mar 21 W 11:00am-12:00pm Seeds #213434 Apr 18 W 11:00am-12:00pm Reading in the Wild Age: Up to 5yrs. Join us for an outdoor reading series where we listen to stories focused on the critters that inhabit our outdoor world. Take a seat under a tree, listen to the story and then explore! A parent or guardian must accompany children for the duration of the event. If you have any track to take home! Advance registration is required for this program. Adults must accompany children; adults attend free. This program may take place on trails that are not accessible by strollers. Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve Course Fee: $3 #215505 Feb 14 W 12:45-2:15pm #215506 Feb 17 Sa 10:30am-12:00pm Hiding in Everyday Life Age: 4yrs and up. Have you ever wondered what hides in the world around you? Come learn how animals use camouflage to blend into the world around them. A parent or guardian must accompany children for the duration of the event. If you have any questions, call Lake Wheeler Park at 919-662-5704. Lake Wheeler – Course Fee: $2 #214824 Mar 14 W 1:30-3:00pm #214825 Apr 4 W 1:30-3:00pm #214826 Apr 18 W 1:30-3:00pm Kritter Kids Age: 3-6yrs. Hop, skip and slither your way to Lake Johnson Park. Together, we will learn about the wondrous wildlife that we find right here in the park. We will play hands-on games, complete a take-home craft and perhaps even see one of our wild friends close up! With a different theme each time, there is something here for everyone. Adults must accompany children. Adults attend free. Thomas G Crowder Woodland Center Course Fee: $2 Ducks and Geese #214159 Jan 11 Th 2:00-3:00pm Vertebrates #214158 Jan 25 Th 2:00-3:00pm Spiders #214160 Feb 8 Th 2:00-3:00pm Adaptations #214161 Feb 22 Th 2:00-3:00pm Decomposers #214162 Mar 8 Th 2:00-3:00pm Camouflage #214163 Mar 22 Th 2:00-3:00pm Seeds #214164 Apr 5 Th 2:00-3:00pm Lizards #214165 Apr 19 Th 2:00-3:00pm Lady Bugs and Butterflies Age: 3-5yrs. Preschool participants will listen to stories about ladybugs and butterflies and learn about their habitats. Enjoy art activities and games. Participants must be accompanied by an adult. Must preregister. Worthdale Community Center – Course Fee: $5 #216001 Apr 25 W 10:30-11:30am continued from page 59 —

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