Leisure Ledger January - April 2018

Nature 63 Leisure Ledger January-April 2018 I parks.raleighnc.gov Seasonal Tree ID Age: 18yrs and up. What kind of tree is that? In this program, you will learn to identify local trees based on bark, limb, buds and branching patterns as well as leaves, seeds and habitat. Participants will receive field guides for local trees to keep and take home. This is an outdoor event, and you should dress for weather conditions. Participants are eligible to receive three hours of Criteria II (outdoor) or Criteria III credit toward N.C. Environmental Educator Certification. Sign up today and answer the question, ‘What kind of tree is that?’ Forest Ridge Park – Course Fee: $10 #214749 Feb 18 Su 2:00-5:00pm Spring Has Sprung Wild Flower Walk Age: 16yrs and up. Let’s go hiking to see what’s up and blooming in the park! Bloodroots, spring beauties ... who knows? This adult- oriented walk meets at the north entrance of the Durant Nature Preserve Office. Advance registration is required. Durant Nature Preserve #215903 Mar 31 Sa 10:00-11:30am Wildlife Camera 101 Age: 12yrs and up. Take your best shot! This program introduces the use of wildlife cameras for viewing animals in their natural environment. In this two-session course, you will get tips on use and etiquette, location identification and setting up a camera trap. The course will start indoors and then move outdoors to set up cameras in the park. In the second session we will retrieve the cameras to see what we have captured. Dress for the weather in comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes that can get messy. Advance registration is not required but is helpful for planning purposes. Thomas G Crowder Woodland Center Course Fee: $15 #214170 Mar 17-24 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm #214171 Apr 8-15 Su 1:30-3:30pm Winter Bird Walk Age: 12yrs and up. Enjoy a beautiful morning on this easy-paced bird walk at Horseshoe Farm. We’ll likely see birds that frequent meadows and forests as we make our way around the unique habitats at Horseshoe Farm. Advance registration is required. Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve #215917 Feb 24 Sa 9:00-11:00am Winter Tree ID Age: 16yrs and up. Did you know you can figure out what species a tree is without using the leaves? Discover how to identify trees using bark and buds and a dichotomous key. You’ll spend time with an experienced naturalist specializing in forestry and learn skills that you can use in any formal or informal education setting. Class includes the book Winter Tree Finder old clothes is recommended as we will be doing some painting and spending time in the creek. Walnut Creek Wetland Center – Course Fee: $15 #214619 Apr 8 Su 10:00am-4:00pm Nature Sketching Age: 16yrs and up. Spend a relaxing afternoon building your nature journaling skills by sketching at the farmhouse. Staff will provide a variety of natural items for study, or you can observe nature in action through the farmhouse windows. Light refreshments will be provided. Basic nature journaling instruction and supplies will be provided. Advance registration is required. Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve – Course Fee: $4 #215885 Jan 28 Su 2:00-4:00pm Outdoor Cooking Age: 16yrs and up. Spend a relaxing afternoon around a campfire learning new recipes and cooking techniques that can be done over a fire. Bring a chair and your appetite for this unique and informative program that is sure to inspire you to use these fun outdoor cooking methods at your next campout! Advance registration is required Durant Nature Preserve – Course Fee: $8 #215904 Apr 7 Sa 12:00-2:00pm Project Learning Tree PreK-8 Age: 18yrs and up. This course is designed for both formal and informal educators who teach or incorporate environmental education in their lessons. This workshop is fun, hands-on, action-packed and informational. The workshop offers educators exciting new activities to use in teaching science, math, language arts, social studies and environmental studies. This course is a Criteria I workshop for N.C. Environmental Educator certification. There is a $20 fee payable to N.C. State University to help cover the PLT Activity Guide. You will receive information on how to pay. Come dressed for the weather and bring a lunch. Walnut Creek Wetland Center #214457 Feb 5 M 9:00am-3:30pm Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Age: 18yrs and up. In the age of designed obsolescence, knowing how, when, and where to reduce consumption, reuse items, and recycle materials is more important than ever. Learn how to reduce, reuse, and recycle. This is a great way to help you, your community, and the environment by saving money, energy, and natural resources. Advance registration is required for this program. Thomas G Crowder Woodland Center Course Fee: $15 #214761 Apr 22 Su 10:00-11:30am our more about our upcoming speakers and topics. Advance registration is not required but is helpful for planning purposes. Thomas G Crowder Woodland Center #214166 Jan 8 M 6:00-7:00pm #214169 Feb 5 M 6:00-7:00pm #214168 Mar 5 M 7:00-8:00pm #214167 Apr 9 M 7:00-8:00pm Gardening for Pollinators Age: 18yrs and up. Prepare your garden for spring by planting for pollinators. Learn how pollinators play an essential role in every ecosystem and what to plant to provide food and habitat for them. Participants will go home with a plant of their own and knowledge of how to start their own pollinator garden. Advance registration is required for this program. Lake Johnson – Course Fee: $6 #214268 Mar 18 Su 1:00-2:30pm Introduction to Birding Age: 13yrs and up. What kind of bird is that? In this program, participants will learn bird identification techniques. This program will start inside and then venture through the park to spot our feathered friends. Participants will receive field guides for local birds to take home. This is an outdoor event, and participants should dress for weather conditions. We will provide some binoculars, but you are encouraged to bring your own if you have them. Forest Ridge Park – Course Fee: $10 #214762 Mar 8 Th 9:00-11:00am #214765 Mar 17 Sa 9:00-11:00am #214763 Apr 5 Th 9:00-11:00am #214766 Apr 21 Sa 9:00-11:00am Invasive Plants Age: 16yrs and up. What does an invasive plant look like? How can they harm an ecosystem? Learn this and more, along with a chance to practice a little invasive plant removal in an urban wetland. Come dressed for a natural encounter! Environmental education or continuing education credit is available for this course. Advance registration is required. Walnut Creek Wetland Center #214598 Apr 21 Sa 2:00-4:00pm Nature Play Spring 2018 Age: 18yrs and up. No matter where you live, you can incorporate nature into a child’s life. We will explore why exposure to nature is vitally important to a child’s development and learn simple and inexpensive ways to add nature play to a child’s daily life. This program is eligible for Criteria II or III credit toward N.C. Environmental Educator certification. This course is appropriate for formal and informal educators, parents, grandparents and childcare workers. Preregistration is required at least four days in advance. Please bring a bag lunch, water bottle, rain boots (or borrow a pair of ours) and a change of clothes. Wearing continued on page 65 —

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