Take A Child Outside Week September 24-30

News posted Aug. 16, 2017 - 3:41 pm

Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources is participating in Take A Child Outside (TACO) Week by offering special programs in our nature preserves and lake facilities. TACO week is designed to help children across the country develop a better understanding and appreciation of the environment in which they live, and to promote exploration of the outdoors. The following programs are being offered to encourage natural discovery:

Sunday, September 24, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m
Family Naturalists: Pollinators
Walnut Creek Wetland Center
Ages give years and up. September is the best time to observe the life cycles of butterflies and moths. We'll learn about pollination and its importance to ecosystems, observe caterpillars of different species, and try our hand at catching some! This is a family-friendly program and fee applies to all participants. Please register at least 4 days in advance. Course Fee: $2. #209315

Monday, September 25, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Family Fishing
Lake Johnson
All Ages. Enjoy 'Take A Child Outdoors' Week by participating in Lake Johnson's 'Family Fishing' Night activities. Lake Johnson provides all programs, equipment, bait, and experienced instructors. Learn about different types of fish found throughout North Carolina's lakes and streams. This free program is open to youth and families of all ages. Share your passion for the outdoors with your child with us, here at Lake Johnson. Course fee: $1. #208448

Tuesday, September 26, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Junior Kids' Fishing
Lake Johnson
Ages four to six years. This program is for younger children who have never fished before but would like to try. We will practice with some casting games and spend some time fishing in the lake. Your child will leave with stickers and fishing themed coloring pages. We will teach them fishing is fun, join us today. Course fee: $1. #208387

Tuesday, September 26, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Magical Monarchs
Durant Nature Preserve
Ages three to five years. Monarchs are getting ready to fly south to spend the winter months in Mexico. Before they leave, come join a nature instructor to learn about these magical creatures. Learn what they like to eat, how we can help them, and ways we can attract them to our backyards. Each participant will make a butterfly craft to take home. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults attend free. Preregistration is required at least four days in advance of the program. Course fee: $3. #210358

Tuesday-Thursday, September 26 – 28, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Terrific Turtles
Ages two to six years. Preschoolers will learn all about turtles through stories, songs, and games. Live turtles will delight the children. This program will conclude with a turtle craft to take home. Preregistration is required four days prior to the event. Adult must accompany child. Adults attend free. For more information, call the Nature Program at 919-996-6856. Course fee: $1
Sertoma Arts Center - #209780
Lake Wheeler - #209781

Wednesday and Saturday, September 27 and 30
Beaver Pond Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve
Ages three to five years. Discover how beavers live, eat, and play in their watery world. Weather permitting, we will search for beaver signs in and around the farm pond at the preserve. Story and craft are included. This program is designed for a parent or other adult to attend with their preschooler. No charge for adult. Note: Some activities will take place on a trail that is not stroller accessible. Course fee: $3
Wednesday, September 27 - 12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. - #210656
Saturday, September 30 - 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. - #210657

Wednesday, September 27, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Kids Fishing
Lake Johnson
Ages seven to 12 years. Hook, line and sinker! This class is great for youth new to fishing. We will go over casting techniques and setting up your rod and reel, and what fish are found in the lake. Of course, we will spend time fishing in the lake. Come see if your child can hook one and reel it in. Course fee: $1. #208388

Wednesday, September 27, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Chimney Swifts
Walnut Creek Wetland Center
Ages eight years and up. Join us as we celebrate the migratory chimney swifts and learn why their future is threatened. After a short education session, we'll walk across the street to watch them as they come together in a magical aeronautical show before roosting for the night in the chimney at Carnage Magnet Middle School. Times are approximate and may be adjusted as the date approaches. There is no rain date for this event. Course fee: Free. #209304

Thursday, September 28, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Kritter Kids
Thomas G Crowder Woodland Center
Ages three to six years. Hop, skip, and slither your way to Lake Johnson during 'Take a Child Outside' week. Together, we will learn about the incredible insects 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! Course fee: $1. #208449

Friday, September 29, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Nature Play Days
Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve
All Ages. Join us anytime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to enjoy our latest ideas for playing in nature. Children of all ages, as well as the young at heart, are welcome to join us for imaginative play in a natural setting. Dig for gemstones, make a fort out of natural materials, fly a kite, make mud pies and more. We'll provide the materials and guidance to get you started on a playful adventure – free of charge! Children must be accompanied by an adult. If you can't make this play day, you can check out Nature Play kits free of charge whenever the park office is open. Course fee: Free. #210655

Friday-Saturday, September 29-30, 6 p.m. 11 a.m.
Durant Family Campout
Durant Nature Preserve
Ages six years and up. Families gather to form a group and enjoy an overnight experience, which includes a Dutch oven dinner, a naturalist-led night hike, s'mores, a light breakfast and time for fishing. Bring a tent if you have one or borrow one of ours. Your gear will be hauled by vehicle down to the primitive, lakeside campsite that we will call home for the night! Course fee: Youth $15, Adult $20. #210419

Saturday, September 30, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Twilight Walk
Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve
Ages four years and up. Many animals are active around sunset or shortly after. Take a walk with a park naturalist to explore the woods and fields at this special time. Look for deer, coyotes and owls. The program is designed for families with young children. All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fee applies to all participants ages 4 through adult. Children under four do not need to register. Course fee: $2. #211964

Pre-registration is required for all programs unless otherwise specified. Register online using RecLink.

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