Leisure Ledger January - April 2018

Nature 65 Leisure Ledger January-April 2018 I parks.raleighnc.gov Earth Day Hike Age: 5yrs and up. Join us on Earth Day for an easy-paced nature hike through the woods. We will walk for about a mile and a half, stopping occasionally to point out interesting things along the trail. Advance registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Durant Nature Preserve #215910 Apr 22 Su 2:00-3:30pm Family Conservation Day Age: All ages. Do you know your carbon footprint? Or how much water you use during your shower? If you are interested in learning how to make the world a better place, this is the class for you! Bring the whole family out for a day of learning and fun! If you have any questions, call Lake Wheeler Park at 919-662-5704. Lake Wheeler – Course Fee: $2 #214827 Feb 17 Sa 1:30-3:30pm #214828 Mar 10 Sa 1:30-3:30pm #214829 Apr 21 Sa 1:30-3:30pm Family Nature Night at Laurel Hills Park Age: 3yrs and up. Join us for Family Nature Night as we explore, create, touch and learn about our natural world. These programs are designed for families to participate together, have fun, play games and spend time in nature. Adults must accompany children. Advance registration is required. Adults and children must register and pay the program fee. For more information, call Nature Programs at 919-996-6856. Laurel Hills Community Center – Course Fee: $2 For Goodness Snakes #214627 Jan 4 Th 6:30-7:30pm Animals Underground #214628 Feb 1 Th 6:30-7:30pm Nature's Night Life #214629 Mar 1 Th 6:30-7:30pm The Call of the Wild #214630 Apr 5 Th 6:30-7:30pm Family Nature Night at Sertoma Age: 3yrs and up. Join us for Family Nature Night as we explore, create, touch and learn as family units about our natural world. These programs are designed for families to participate together, have fun, play games and spend time in nature. Advanced registration is required for these programs. Adults must accompany children. Adults and children must register and pay the program fee. For more information, contact Nature Programs at 919-996-6856. Sertoma Arts Center – Course Fee: $2 Winter in the Wild #214631 Jan 18 Th 6:30-7:30pm Critters Up Close #214632 Feb 15 Th 6:30-7:30pm EGGcellent Adventures #214633 Mar 15 Th 6:30-7:30pm Frog Fun #214634 Apr 19 Th 6:30-7:30pm you are done! Registration is not required but appreciated for planning purposes. All volunteers will be required to sign a liability waiver, and children under 18 will need a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Walnut Creek Wetland Center #214618 Apr 14 Sa 9:00am-12:00pm Campfire Story and Marshmallow Roast Age: 6yrs and up. Gather ‘round the campfire while we read a nature story perfect for just this occasion. Share some quality time with your family and the good company of others while roasting marshmallows. Advance registration is required for this program. Children must be accompanied by adults. Adults and children must register and pay the program fee. Durant Nature Preserve – Course Fee: $2 #215887 Feb 10 Sa 6:00-7:00pm Celebrate Seuss! Age: 3yrs and up. On the 114th anniversary of the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel we will celebrate Read Across America Day! We will enjoy one of Dr. Seuss’ many creative stories, make a related craft, have a Seussical snack and learn some interesting facts about this revered hero of the printed word! Come dressed for the weather as we will take a walk as well! Adults must accompany children; adults attend free. Walnut Creek Wetland Center – Course Fee: $3 #214573 Mar 2 F 1:00-2:30pm Citizen Science – Great Backyard Bird Count Age: 5yrs and up. Every February backyard birders across the globe submit their bird counts for the Great Backyard Bird Count. This awesome event gives scientists a snapshot of where birds are. Join us to learn how you can get involved, and we’ll practice by taking a walk to count birds here in the preserve. We’ll warm up after our walk with some hot chocolate and make a birdfeeder to attract birds to your backyard. Advance registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults and children must register and pay the program fee. Durant Nature Preserve – Course Fee: $3 #215889 Feb 17 Sa 2:00-3:30pm Citizen Science – NestWatch Age: 5yrs and up. Become a scientist for a day with us at Horseshoe Farm. We’ll collect data from our bluebird boxes for NestWatch, investigate the different species of birds that use our nest boxes and see nests and eggs up close! We’ll send you home with all the information you need to start your own NestWatch in your backyard. Advance registration is required. Children must be accompanied by adults. Adults and children must register and pay the program fee. Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve – Course Fee: $2 #215914 Apr 28 Sa 2:00-3:00pm (Watts) to take home. This course is eligible for Criteria II or III credit toward N.C. Environmental Educator Certification. Please dress for the outdoors. Walnut Creek Wetland Center – Course Fee: $10 #213484 Jan 21 Su 2:00-5:00pm Senior Wise Walkers Age: 18yrs and up. Enjoy the beauty of nature in the company of friends on this easy paced guided nature walk. A staff member will walk with you to point out interesting natural phenomenon along the path. Advance registration is required for this program. Durant Nature Preserve #215897 Mar 15 Th 10:00-11:00am #215898 Apr 19 Th 10:00-11:00am Family Animal Survivors Age: 6yrs and up. Squirrels hide nuts, birds migrate and box turtles burrow but what would you do to survive winter in the woods? Join us as we learn some outdoor survival skills like building an emergency shelter, fire-starting techniques and finding your way in the woods. We’ll celebrate our survival success by roasting marshmallows over the fire. Advance registration is required for this program. Adults must accompany children. Adults and children must register and pay the program fee. Durant Nature Preserve – Course Fee: $6 #215900 Mar 24 Sa 1:00-4:00pm Astronomy Nights Age: All ages. What’s up in space this month? Find out the answer in our monthly astronomy program. Each program begins with an indoor presentation and (weather permitting) moves outside after sunset to view the moon, stars and planets with the preserve’s telescope. Advance registration is required for this program. Adults must accompany children. Adults and children (5 years and up) must register and pay the program fee. Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve Course Fee: $3 #215411 Jan 30 T 5:30-7:00pm #215412 Feb 23 F 6:00-7:30pm #215413 Mar 16 F 7:00-8:30pm Big Sweep Spring 2018 Age: 5yrs and up. The Walnut Creek Wetland Center was founded by dedicated community volunteers who came together to clean up a neglected area and establish a nature park for southeast Raleigh. Be a part of the legacy of this gem by helping us with our biannual cleanup of the wetland. Please bring your own water bottle, and we will fill it with ice water. Coffee, hot chocolate and snacks will be available to refresh you when continued from page 63 — continued on page 66 —

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