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Upcoming Programs at Walnut Creek Wetland Center

News posted Feb. 13, 2018 - 11:00 am

Family Swamp Romp this Saturday, April 7!
From 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., families with kids ages 3-8 can join Caroline in learning all about turtles and spending some quality time with Mr. T, our box turtle ambassador. Just $2 per child; adults attend and participate with their kids. Barcode #213448

Nature Play Workshop, April 8
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday, parents and educators can learn how to incorporate nature into children’s play, and why being outdoors is critical to children’s physical, mental and emotional health. Participants will take home information and tools to get started! Participants should dress for the weather because we will be doing some exploring outside. Snacks and hot beverages will be provided, but participants should bring a lunch (microwave and refrigerator are available). Cost is $15. Barcode#214619.

Specialized Recreation: Birds
On Tuesday, April 17 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., adults with developmental and physical disabilities are invited to come and take a walk with us. We’ll learn about birds, learn how to use binoculars, and take a walk along the greenway, which is wheelchair-accessible. This is a FREE program, but registration is appreciated. Barcode#214582.

Swamp Romp: Seeds
For preschoolers ages 2-6, on Wednesday, April 18 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Frances will be facilitating children’s learning about seeds. The program will include a story, a craft and a walk looking for seeds. Cost is $2 per child. Barcode#213434.

Wee Wetland Walkers
From 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, we invite “The stroller set” (infants and older) to join us for a leisurely stroll along the greenway to enjoy the sights and sounds of the wetland. This is a FREE program, but registration is appreciated for planning purposes. Barcode#214473.

Intro to Invasive Plants
Have you ever wondered why in the world this tiny bamboo-like grass keeps taking over your lawn? How about that shrub at the edge of your property that you KNOW you didn’t plant? In this class, you’ll learn to identify some of the most common invasives, why they are such a problem in our wetland, and maybe even remove a few! Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This is a FREE program. Participants should dress to spend some time outside. Barcode#214598.

Intro to Birding for Families
Sunday, April 29 from 3pm-5pm, we will have our first Intro to Birding for Families. Birding (or bird watching) is a great way to spend time outdoors together as a family. Participants will learn all about birds, how to use binoculars, and the resources available to make you a better “birder.” This class is recommended for ages 5 and older. Cost is $3 per participant (all family members pay). Barcode#221070.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES*

Big Sweep
On Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., we will continue the legacy of the grass roots organization (Partners for Environmental Justice) that founded our center through regular neighborhood cleanups. Registration is appreciated. Barcode#214618

Serve the EARTH DAY
Earth Day is Sunday, April 22, and we will celebrate by giving the wetland a little TLC. We will be moving cut Chinese privet (a horrific invasive in our park!), pulling young Chinese privet and other invasives. Ages 10 and older. Bring your own gloves or borrow a pair of ours. Snacks provided! Registration is appreciated to keep the numbers manageable. Barcode#214611.

MUD DAY, May 19!
Volunteers are especially needed for our signature event, MUD DAY, a celebration of wetlands, mud, and childhood! Volunteers may help with the obstacle course, mud kitchen, soil painting, fort building, helping people plant milkweed seeds, or making a craft. Or if you don’t like outdoors, you can volunteer in the hospitality room to help feed the volunteers! Sign up to volunteer.

*All volunteers must sign a waiver of liability, and all children under age 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent.

Where

  • Walnut Creek Wetland Center
  • 950 Peterson Street
  • Raleigh, NC 27610

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