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ROCKtober Nature Programs

News posted Sep. 27, 2019 - 6:00 am
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Celebrate geology in October at your local park! Raleigh Parks has special programs all month long about rocks, minerals, sand, mud, and the plants and critters that live in them. Discover your perfect rock, test minerals like a scientist, grow a crystal, and hunt for signs of ancient life in fossils. Ready to be a real rockhound? Try them all!

Register for any program online via RecLink using the barcode listed below.

Explore a Rock Outcrop
Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve
Friday, October 4, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Learn all about rocks and take home a few for your collection! We'll also hike to a rock outcrop to explore how rocks are changed by rain, ice, plants and people. Wear sturdy shoes and clothes you don't mind getting dirty.

Fee: $5

Ages: 7-12 years

Barcode: #244777

Everybody Needs a Rock
Durant Nature Preserve
Saturday, October 5, 2 to 3 p.m.

Yes, we mean you! This afternoon, we’ll go on a quest using the ten rules for finding the perfect rock. Will yours be smooth or spiky? Colorful or plain? Where does your rock live, and how did it get there? Learn about rocks in our region as you explore and find your perfect personal stone. Preregistration is required for children and adults. Children must be accompanied by adults.

Ages: 4 years and up

Barcode: #245816

Everyone Needs a Rock
Walnut Creek Wetland Park
Sunday, October 6, 2 to 3 p.m.

Do you know all ten rules for finding the perfect rock? Come and learn just how special finding that perfect rock can be, and then take a walk in Little Rock Creek to find YOUR perfect rock! Bring your own set of rain boots or borrow a pair of ours, and wear clothes that can get wet or messy.

Ages: 3 years and up

Barcode: #243267

Sandsational!
Durant Nature Preserve
Wednesday, October 9, 2 to 3 p.m.

Join us as we explore sand in nature and in play. Where does sand come from, and who lives in it? Examine teeny specks of sand through a microscope to see their colorful, spiky surprises. Try out the meditative practice of sand gardening, and make a colorful sand painting to take home. Preregistration is required for children and adults. Children must be accompanied by adults.

Fee: $2

Ages: 6 years and up

Barcode: #245817

Diggin' the Dirt!
Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve
Wed. Oct 9, 12:45 to 2:15 p.m. and Sat. Oct. 12, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Learn about rocks and soil by digging in the dirt. Find hidden rock treasures, make a mud painting, and plant a seed to take home and grow. You'll get dirty for sure, so wear old clothes. Advance registration is required for this program. Adults must accompany their children; adults attend free. This program may take place on trails that are not accessible by strollers.

Fee: $4

Age: 3-5 years

Barcodes: Oct. 9, #244779 / Oct. 12, #244778

Crystal Craze
Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve
Sunday, October 13, 3 to 4 p.m.

We’re crazy for crystals! Learn about these special stones and explore them up close. Inspect precious gems, and touch and see the geometry that makes a crystal. Learn how humans use these prized rocks (hint: sometimes we eat them!). Mix up a crystal-growing solution to take home and grow your own crystals in a rainbow of colors and shapes. Spend the afternoon at play with the fanciest of gems! Preregistration is required for children and adults. Children must be accompanied by adults.

Ages: 6 years and up

Fee: $3

Barcode: #245818

Rock and Roll
Lake Johnson Park – Thomas G. Crowder Woodland Center
Saturday, Oct. 19, 1 to 2 p.m.

Explore the differences and similarities between rocks and minerals and discover how rocks are formed and changed. Adult(s) must accompany child(ren), adult(s) attend free and do not need to register. Advance registration is required for this program.

Fee: $2

Ages: 6-9 years

Barcode: #243001

Likin’ Lichens
Durant Nature Preserve
Sunday, Oct. 20, 2 to 4 p.m.

Zoom in on lichens to learn about these ancient, symbiotic organisms living on rocks and trees. Discover how they grow and disperse, how animals use them for nests and food, and how humans use them for medicine and science. Get up close with a microscope, and even learn to make lichen dye. Children must be accompanied by adults. Children and adults must register and pay the program fee.

Fee: $4

Ages: 8 years and up

Barcode: #245822

Dinosaurs Rock!

Little learners are invited to share in 'ROCKtober' fun with this engaging preschool program. Junior paleontologists will learn all about fossils and discover how they tell the story of creatures that roamed the Earth long ago! Preschoolers will even use special tools to break open 'dinosaur rocks' and delight in prehistoric treasures found within. Preregistration is required. Children must be accompanied by adults. Adults attend free.

Ages 2-6 yrs.

Fee: $3

Laurel Hills Community Center

  • Tuesday, Oct. 22, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    • Barcode: #243485
  • Tuesday, Oct. 22, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
    • Barcode: #243486

Carolina Pines Community Center

  • Wednesday, Oct 23, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    • Barcode: #243487

Sertoma Arts Center

  • Thursday, Oct 24, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    • Barcode: #243488

What is a Fossil?
Forest Ridge Park
Wednesday, October 23, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

What is a fossil? Where do you find fossils? What types of rock hide fossils? Let's search for fossils from North Carolina and learn about the different types of fossils and how they formed. Children will leave with the fossils they found, mold, cast, and track fossils they created. They will learn how each of these fossils formed long ago.

Ages: 3 to 6 years

Fee: $3

Barcode: #244415

All About Fossils
Forest Ridge Park
Saturday, October 26, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

What is a fossil? Where do you find fossils? What types of rock hide fossils? Let's search for fossils from North Carolina and learn about the different types of fossils and how they formed. Children will leave with the fossils they found, mold, cast, and track fossils they created. They will learn how each of these fossils formed long ago.

Ages: 7 to 10 years

Fee: $3

Barcode: #244416

For more information, contact

  • Nature Program, 919-870-2871
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