Archive for the ‘Nature programs’ category

This weekend: Welcome, winter

Don’t let a lack of daylight (Sunday is the winter solstice, fyi) keep you from venturing out. In fact, a lack of daylight is the reason for getting out Sunday at DuPont State Recreational Forest. Coast Sometimes we head into the wild to free our minds, sometimes our goal is to fill it. Sometimes, you end up doing both. Saturday sounds like a prime opportunity for the latter at Dismal…

This weekend: Trees, stars, rocks

A learning experience at the coast, stargazing in the Piedmont, and in the mountains, drawing inspiration from some true rock stars. Coast Can you tell an oak from a hickory, a beech from a boxelder? Maybe in summer, when a full canopy displays each tree’s distinctively shaped, tell-tale leaves. But in winter, when the leaves have vacated, identifying the dendrologic denizens of the forest can be more challenging. All the…

This weekend: a bi at the coast, an eyeful elsewhere

If your competitive urges are coloring your outdoor urges, head to the coast. But if you’ve got an urge for more color, you can find it in the Piedmont and even in the mountains. Coast You love to run, you love to bike — alas, you’re a sinker. No triathlon for you. But you can participate in a duathlon, which taps into your two loves. And you can tap into…

This weekend: Take a Hike

On trail or off, it’s a good weekend to take a hike in North Carolina. Coast One of our favorite hikes in North Carolina is the Neusiok Trail in the Croatan National Forest. Just not at certain times. Like when the temperature is much above 60. The Neusiok runs for 20 miles, from the Pine Cliff Picnic Area on the south bank of the Neuse River not long before the…

This weekend: On the trail of fun

A “brawl” at the coast, IDing trees in the Piedmont, checking out new trail in the mountains: it’s another active weekend in North Carolina. Coast You wouldn’t think that a nature preserve would be a suitable venue for a “brawl.” But when that   preserve is the Brunswick Nature Park in Winnabow, with nine miles of singletrack mountain bike trail, then the venue does indeed seem appropriate for Saturday’s Brunswick Brawl…

This weekend: Check the change

Fall has arrived, and you know what that means. Actually, it means two things (probably more, but for our purposes here we’ll stick with two): the hardwoods are starting to change color and the snow birds are changing locals as they relocate south. Both activities you won’t want to miss — and won’t have to thanks to various North Carolina State Parks programs this weekend. Coast You know fall has…

This weekend: A tri, a TACO, a wildlife education

Cross “sprint triathlon” off your 2014 list in Wilmington, Take a Child Outside at a state park, celebrate hunting and fishing with the family in the mountains: it’s another diverse weekend outdoors in North Carolina. Coast A triathlon isn’t something you’d ordinarily do on a lark, certainly not an Olympic length (0.9-mile swim, 25-mile bike and 6.2-mile run) or longer. A sprint tri, on the other hand … . Face…

This weekend: A learning experience

A good time for adventure planning at the coast, a great time to get to know a creek in the Piedmont, and a hike that proves you don’t have to go that extra mile for great scenery in the mountains. Coast If you live in the Greenville area and bemoan the lack of organized outings in the region, take note of a new Meetup in the region: GetExploring! Greenville. Just…

This weekend: A Labor of Fun

Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer (technically, summer ends at 10:29 p.m. on Sept. 22). Either way, you don’t want to miss out on a weekend of fun, be it paddling after ‘gators at the coast or exploring the highest land east of South Dakota’s Black Hills. Coast It’s Labor Day weekend, so you’re probably kicking out a little early, right? Early enough to make it to…

This weekend: Horses, hikes, pickleballs

Are the horses on the Outer Banks on your list of mysteries of the universe? Are you perplexed by pickelball? And what’s the deal with the Graveyard Fields Overlook, anyway? Answers to these and other questions on how to spend your weekend follow. Coast We have questions when we venture into the wild. What kind of tree is that? Why is there poison ivy? Why is there a horse standing…