Archive for the ‘Nature programs’ category

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…

Solace in the Solstice

Today is the first full day of winter (it officially kicked in last night at 11 minutes before midnight). Ironically, for those of us who live to be outside, the winter solstice sets off a round of brooding over short days and long, long nights. In fact, the winter solstice marks a turning point that should have the sun worshipers among us rejoicing. Starting today, we start to gain back…

This weekend: Warm days, streaking nights

About the only thing this weekend won’t be good for: skiing. Temperatures could hit the mid-70s across much of the state, weather suitable for, say, a 5K at Wrightsville Beach. Or a plant ID hike in the mountains. Or maybe hanging out after dark and watching the sky spark with the Geminids meteor shower. Coast Need to squeeze in one more 5K for the year (even if you aren’t currently…

This weekend: Trick or treat? Pedal or paddle?

There are lots of ways to celebrate Halloween this Saturday. You can go the traditional route by dressing as your favorite explorer (Alferd Packer?) and shaking down the neighbors. Or, you can dress up for a paddle race at the coast or a bike ride (or two) in the mountains. Coast Have you been wondering how to combine your love of music, your paddling and Halloween? Probably not. But if…

This weekend: Wing It

Wings Over Water dominates the statewide outdoors scene with a bevy of events running through Sunday. Meanwhile, the fall migrants are on the move at Lake James while fall color enjoys one last big weekend in the mountains before focusing on the Piedmont. Coast As far is Wings Over Water is concerned, your weekend started Tuesday. Now in its 19th year, Wings Over Water is the coast’s premier celebration of…

This weekend: Tick, Tick, Tick

Hey, not to put any pressure on you but it’s August and summer won’t be around forever. Our way of saying you should look hard at this weekend’s tempting options: a hike at the coast, a view that informs in the Piedmont and one exhausting three-day weekend in the mountains. Coast Within just 58 acres, Halyburton Memorial Park is representative of the wide-ranging ecology in the Wilmington area. It’s this…

This weekend: Short hikes, long views

You don’t always have to hike for half the day to score a great view. Options at the coast and in the mountains this week underscore that point — and offer great incentive for beginning hikers! Speaking of great views, you’ll find them Saturday when the sun sets at three state parks. Coast Sunday morning, Fort Fisher State Recreation Area in Kure Beach will conduct its periodic Basin Trail Hike….

This weekend: Paddle a swamp or run through one, but be sure to Get Outdoors!

We have a swamp theme at the coast and (near) Piedmont this week: paddle one (and perhaps see a ‘gator) at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge near Manteo, or run through one on the Wilson Swamp Stomp. Meanwhile, Saturday is National Get Outdoors Day, and while its website lists only four locations in North Carolina with events scheduled (see below), truth be told there are several North Carolina State…