City Offers Variety of Workshops to Celebrate NC Science Festival

News posted Apr. 06, 2017 - 4:00 pm

The City is offering numerous workshops and activities to help celebrate the 7th Annual NC Science Festival. The festival is a 2-week long celebration of the educational, cultural, and financial impact of science in North Carolina.

Technology of Trash

  • Location: Wilder’s Grove Facility, 630 Beacon Lake Dr.
    Date: Wednesday, April 12, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    Free and open to the public
    For more information call 919-996-6872 or 919-996-6860

The Solid Waste Services Department will host the Technology of Trash. Attendees can track a trash truck as it moves through the city, read an email sent by a garbage can, and touch a recycling cart that is so smart it knows if it has been emptied.

Talking Trash Book Club

  • Location 1: Sola Coffee Café
    Date: Tuesday, April 18, 6-7:30 p.m
    Free and open to the public
    For more information call 919-996-6872 or 919-996-6860
  • Location 2: Cameron Village Library
    Date: Friday, April 21, 6-7:30 p.m.
    Free and open to the public
    For more information call 919-996-6872 or 919-996-6860

The Solid Waste Services Department will host the Talking Trash Book Club meetings. Attendees will discuss Gretchen Egan’s book “Wear No Evil: How to Change the World with Your Wardrobe.” The author will host a virtual Q&A segment.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department invites residents to explore nature and science through a variety of workshops and activities. Below is a sampling of programs in celebration of the NC Science Festival. Register for Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources programs and events online at RecLink.

Wildside Walk

  • Location: Anderson Point Park
    Date: Thursday April 13, 10:30-11:30am
    Cost: $2/person
    Ages: all
    Barcode: 197872

Join us on the wild side! Enjoy a guided hike with a Wildlife Educator. Meet other families in your community and learn about nature. We’ll see birds, insects and maybe even a few mammals and reptiles. Pre-registration is required four days prior to the program. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Children and adults must register. For more information, contact the Nature Program at 919-996-6856.

Family Nature Night – Busy Beavers

  • Location: Sertoma Arts Center
    Date: Thursday April 20, 7-8pm
    Cost: $3/person
    Ages: 3 years and up
    Barcode: 197875

Join us for a special Family Nature Night focusing on beavers as part of the North Carolina Science Festival! Discover the amazing adaptations of beavers. We’ll search the area’s habitats for signs of these amazing animals, including tracks, dams, lodges and felled trees. We will even enjoy a few cultural stories relating to beavers. Pre-registration is required four days prior to the program. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Children and adults must register. For more information, contact the Nature Program at 919-996-6856.

State-wide Star Party

  • Location: Annie Louise Wilkerson, MD Nature Preserve Park
    Date: Friday, April 21, 8:00-10:30pm.
    This is a free, no registration required, all ages event we host together with the Raleigh Astronomy Club. We will have multiple telescopes set up for observing the moon and planets, as well as interactive Astronomy activities for children of all ages. The public is welcome to drop-in anytime during the event and stay for as long as they like. It’s a fun night.

Citizen Science – NestWatch

  • Location: Durant Nature Preserve
    Date: Saturday, April 8, 2-3pm
    Cost: $1/person
    Ages: 5 years and up
    Barcode: Pre-registration is required at least four days in advance, please use course #200157 to pre-register.

Become a scientist for a day! We'll collect data from our bluebird boxes for the citizen science project NestWatch. We’ll investigate the different species of birds that use our nest boxes and see different nests and eggs up close. Then, we'll give you all the information you need to start collecting NestWatch data in your own backyard! Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Durant Family Campout

  • Location: Durant Nature Preserve
    Date: Friday, April 21 to Saturday, April 22. 6PM-11AM
    Cost: $20 for adults, $15 for youth
    Ages: 6 yrs. and up.
    Barcode: Pre-registration is required at least four days prior to the program, please use course #200161 to pre-register.

Families gather for an overnight experience complete with a naturalist-led night hike to talk about the animals that call Durant their home and their adaptations. We'll eat a light Dutch oven dinner, have s'mores for the kids, breakfast for the family, plus time for fishing and boating in the morning. This is a great event for getting immersed in nature and learning about the ecosystem at Durant. Your gear will be hauled by vehicle to the primitive, lakeside campsite that we will call home for the night! The campout will end the next day, Saturday, April 22 at 11AM.

Family Scavenger Hunt

  • Location: Durant Nature Preserve
    Date: Sunday, April 23. 1-2:30PM
    Cost: Free
    Ages: 5 yrs. and up.
    Barcode: Spaces are limited, pre-registration is recommended, use course #200199 to pre-register.

Gather the family and get to know Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve while figuring out the clues and looking for the fun nature-themed items we've hidden. While you have fun cracking the clues, you'll learn about the relationships between native plants and animals that call the Preserve home. Make an outing of it and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy before or after the hunt!

For a complete listing of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources' NC Science Festival programs or additional information:

  • Annie Louise Wilkerson, MD Nature Preserve: 919-996-6764
  • Durant Nature Preserve: 919-870-2871
  • Nature Program: 919-996-6856
  • Walnut Creek Wetland Center: 919-996-2760

For more information, contact

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