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Your weekend: Frogs, flowers, fleet feet

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park celebrates the frog, Haw River State Park celebrates wild flowers, and Asheville celebrates the fleet of foot with a trail run. It all happens Saturday, your last chance to celebrate April. By Emily Reeves, intern Coast: Save the Frogs April 30 — Saturday — is International Save the Frogs Day; Cliffs of The Neuse State Park near Goldsboro promises a hopping good celebration in…

Your Weekend: Stalk a plant, learn the burn, eye the sky

It’s a good weekend to stalk carnivorous plants in a coastal forest, to learn what we’re doing — and what more we can do — to save our animal friends, or, cloud cover permitting, to check out the night sky. Coast: Carnivorous Plant Hike Carolina Beach State Park offers its Carnivorous Plant Hike frequently, but when are you going to find a better weekend to finally take it? Forecast: High…

Your Weekend: Learn your snakes, spot eagles, whitewater

You have no excuse not to learn about snakes the next couple of months, thanks to Lake Waccamaw State Park. Meanwhile, on Sunday morning there’s a good chance to spot eagles at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, for enthusiasts of wicked whitewater, there’s a release this weekend on the Cheoah River. Coast: The Snakes of North Carolina Lake Waccamaw State Park hosts this series daily through June 18. Learn about…

Your weekend: Hike the coast, clean a lake, ride the mountains

Looking for motivation to get your youngsters outside? How about a meat-eating plant! Meanwhile, there’s a lake in the Triangle that could use your TLC, and a ride in the mountains that promises to be just plain fun. Also: Next Wednesday, April 6, is National Walking Day, sponsored by the American Heart Association. Learn more here. Coast What motivates us to be active is an individual thing. Some folks are…

Your Weekend: Celebrate, take a dive, forage

It’s Cliffs of the Neuse State Park’s turn to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the North Carolina State Parks system this weekend, with everything from a paddle to a fun run to an interpretive hike. Or, you can forage in a forest or take a dive. Coast: Centennial on the Neuse Cliffs of the Neuse State Park is holding a centennial celebration, in honor of the 100th anniversary of North…

Your weekend: A bi, a hike, a rare learning opportunity

There’s a standup paddleboard/beach run at the coast, a dog-and-kid-friendly hike in the Piedmont, and the opportunity to learn key backcountry skills — from axe-slinging to tree felling — in May by spending a few minutes in front of your keyboard between now and Sunday. Coast: Wrightsville Beach Biathlon The Wrightsville Beach Biathlon: get ready for the only race of its kind on the East Coast. A typical biathlon includes…

Your Weekend: Love frogs, Love running, Love a deal

Happy Valentine’s weekend! Whether you are married to a human or the outdoors, this weekend is full of festivities surrounding the holiday of love. Coast: ‘We LOVE Frogs!!!’ For everyone who is either boycotting the spirit of this weekend’s holiday, or who is single and ready to mingle, hop on over to Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve, and take part in the kick-off event of the Disappearing Frogs Project. This…

Weekend Plans: Spend time with a critter

Celebrate MLK weekend with a trip to Bald Head Island, Apex, or Asheville to learn about saltwater creatures, take an educational hike on the American Tobacco Trail, or hike with a rescue dog. This is a great weekend to spend with the entire family, or perhaps a canine that you might even get to take home! Coast: Critters and Cocoa Looking for an excuse to travel to Bald Head Island,?…

This weekend: Journaling, birding, skiing

A variety of options await the weekend explorer in North Carolina this weekend. Take note of seasonal changes in a nature journaling class at Weymouth Woods, check out the overwintering bird population on Greensboro’s Lake Townsend, or take advantage of the recent cold snap and Ski North Carolina! Coast The natural world is ever-changing. While we may notice the more substantial changes from month to month, the more subtle shifts,…

This weekend: Hot Yuletide Fun

In recognition of the fact many of you have a good deal of flexibility through year’s end (no school, no work), we expand the definition of “weekend” to include the rest of the year. And, in accordance with Mother Nature of late, we expand the definition of winter adventure to include polar plunges where you’re more likely to need suntan lotion and a cold drink than a fleece blanket to…