Fall Activities From Wake County Parks & Recreation

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Fall Harvest: Pumpkins
We carve them and set them on our porch during the fall season, but have you ever wondered where pumpkins come from? We get them from a grocery store but they are plants we can grow in our yards. We will learn about seeds, decorate a pot, plant a seed and take it home to watch it grow. Seeds will be provided or you can bring your own if you prefer. Program held at Lake Johnson Tuesday October 15 from 9:30-10:15am and at Lake Wheeler Wednesday October 30 from 9:30-10:15am.Program is for ages 3-5 years and the fee is $5 per participant. Pre-registration is required four days prior to program.

Fall Harvest: Apples
Have you ever wondered where apples come from? We get them from a grocery store but they are plants we can grow in our yards. We will learn about seeds, decorate a pot, plant a seed and take it home to watch it grow. Seeds will be provided or you can bring your own if you prefer. Program held at Lake Johnson Thursday October 24 from 9:30-10:15am. Program is for ages 3-5 years and the fee is $5 per participant. Pre-registration is required four days prior to program.

Little Nature Hikers
Join a nature instructor and other families for a guided walk around the park with your child. Meet other families in your community and learn about nature. We’ll see birds, insects, and maybe even a few mammals and reptiles basking. Strollers are welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Program held at Carolina Pines Community Center Tuesday October 15 from 11-11:45am. Program is for ages 3-5 years and the fee is $1 per participant. Pre-registration is required four days prior to program.

Campfire Story and Marshmallow Roast
Gather ’round the campfire while we read a nature story perfect for just this occasion. Share some quality time with your children and the good company of others while roasting a marshmallow. Parent must accompany child. Event held Friday, October 4 from 7-8 pm. Program is for ages 5 and up, fee is $2 each participant. Please pre-register four days prior to the event. Class meets at the park office which is located at the north entrance to the park off of Durant Rd.

Migration Mania
It’s fall and that means animals are on the move. Learn why some animals leave their summer homes in search of new ones as we explore animal migration through active games and a hike to look for signs of animals migrating in the Park. Meet us Saturday, October 5 from 2-4 pm at Durant Nature Park. Program is for ages 6-12 and the fee is $3. Please pre-register four days prior to the event. Class meets at the park office which is located at the north entrance to the park off of Durant Rd.

Big Sweep!
Help keep Durant Nature Park clean by coming out to the annual Big Sweep! Trash bags, gloves and water will be provided. This is a great opportunity for organizations looking for a service project. Event held Saturday, October 5 from 9am – 12 pm. Event is free and for ages 8 years and up. Please pre-register four days prior to the event. Please meet at the park office which is located at the north entrance to the park off of Durant Rd.

Miss Spider’s Tea Party by David Kirk–Story and Craft
This classic story about a spider and the guests she invites to her tea party will be our focus during this cute program for little ones, complete with a real tea party and lots of hands-on activities involving spiders. Program is held Tuesday, October 8 from 10-11 am. Program is for ages 3-5 years and the fee is $2. Please pre-register four days prior to the event. Class meets at the Training Lodge which is located at the north entrance to the park off of Durant Rd.

Family Tree Day
Just like a family, trees provide us with shelter, food, and some of our favorite memories. Bring the whole family out for a fun-filled program celebrating trees and all the good things they do for us. We’ll take a hike to learn more about trees, make a tree inspired craft, and best of all, help plant a new tree in the Park that will provide years of enjoyment for everyone! Join us at Durant Nature Park Saturday, October 12 from 2-4 pm, program is for ages 5 years and up, fee is $2. Please pre-register four days prior to the event. Class meets at the park office which is located at the north entrance to the park off of Durant Rd.

Fall Foray
Fall is upon us and we’ve set aside an afternoon for reveling in this spectacular time of the year. Make a fall inspired craft, soak up the fall colors as we lead you on a nature hike, and enjoy carving a pumpkin (one pumpkin per family). Program is held Saturday, October 19 from 2-4 pm. Program is for all ages and the fee is $5. Please pre-register four days prior to the event. Class meets at the park office which is located at the north entrance to the park off of Durant Rd.

Whoo’s Awake?
The owls are awake! In the fall, owls are actively calling to claim their territory. We’ll set out at dusk to listen for these calls plus learn why these creatures of the night are so well adapted to living in darkness. After our hike, we’ll enjoy s’mores around the campfire while practicing our newly learned owl calls! Parent must register and accompany children. Program held Saturday, October 26 from 6:30-8 pm at Durant Nature Park. Program is for ages 5 years and up, fee is $3. Please pre-register four days prior to the event. Class meets at the park office which is located at the north entrance to the park off of Durant Rd.

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