This weekend: Frog love and other things in the air


In addition to this weekend being the Great Backyard Bird Count, there are other reasons to look up.


Winter is an especially good time to check out the night sky. Skies tend to be clearer (the cold zaps the moisture from the air) and when the clouds have scattered there’s so much to see. Even more so if you happen to be stargazing at the coast, where interference from light pollution is less of an issue.

Take advantage of both factors — dry winter air and the coast’s minimal light pollution — at the Native American Astronomy program Friday evening at Goose Creek State Park east of Washington. You bring the chairs, blankets and flashlights, the scopes and expertise will be provided. Not only will the program leaders point out key constellations, they’ll also share Native American stories associated with them.

Logistics: Friday, Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m., Goose Creek State Park. Meet at Visitor Center. Free. More info here.

Friday evening forecast: Partly cloudy with slight chance of rain after midnight, low of 37.

Who doesn't love contemplating the universe?


Did you get excited about the aforementioned Goose Creek astronomy program, but driving to the coast Friday evening won’t work? How about driving to the Triangle? Saturday evening you’ll find a similar program conducted by the staff of UNC’s Morehead Planetarium at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area. The UNC astro nerds will set up their telescopes on the beach at the Ebenezer Point Recreation Area for a couple hours of viewing fun.

Logistics: Saturday, Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m., Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, Apex. More info here.

Saturday evening forecast: Overcast, low of 28. (Note: the program is canceled in the event of inclement weather. Check the aforementioned Web site if in question.)


“Frog Love in the Pink Beds” — rrrrr. Or, rather, rrrrrribit! It may sound like lascivious V-Day pandering by the Cradle of Forestry, but in fact it’s a great chance to explore and learn about a rare highland  bog, located in the Pisgah National Forest above Brevard. Enjoy a presentation, then enjoy a hike to the adjoining Pink Beds and learn about how warm, rainy, winter weather puts our amphibious friends in an amorous mood.

Logistics: Saturday, 1-4 p.m., Cradle of Forestry near Brevard. Free. (828)-877-3130 for more info, or go here.

Saturday forecast: Overcast, high of 41.

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Those are GGNC’s thoughts for an active weekend. Find out other ways you can get out this weekend by browsing our super calendar, a collection of events calendars from throughout the state, below.


Comprehensive calendar for the Cape Fear/Wilmington/southern N.C. coast searchable by date and event name.

Coastal Guide
Comprehensive calendar including nature programs from a variety of costal conservation and research agencies that offer nature programs. Covers the entire coast.

Crystal Cost Tourism Authority
Comprehensive calendar focusing on the Crystal Coast. Good source for programs offered by N.C. Coastal Federation, Cape Lookout National Park, N.C. National Estuarine Research Reserve and other costal conservation and research agencies that offer nature programs.
Comprehensive calendar including programs for the Outer Banks and Crystal Coast.

North Carolina Coast Host
Comprehensive calendar for the entire coast that lets you search for events by day, by region, by county, by city or by event (based on key word).

This Week Magazine
Primary focus is the Crystal Coast (North Carolina’s coastal midsection).


Asheville Citizen-Times
From the main page, click on “Outdoors,” then WNC Outdoors calendar.

Blue Ridge Outdoors
Searchable calendar lets you extend your reach to events throughout the mid-Atlantic and Southeast (or you can just limit it to North Carolina). Also lets you search a boatload of categories, ranging from Hiking, Mountain Biking and Climbing to Trail Running, Triathlon and Road Walking.

The Mountain Times
From the main page, click on “Calendars,” then Main Events.

Todd’s Calendar



Charlotte Observer events calendar
Comprehensive calendar searchable by category, including Nature, Recreation, Recreation & Wellness, Running

Charlotte Parent
Comprehensive calendar concentrating on things the family can do together.

Comprehensive calendar includes a Sports & Recreation category.

Piedmont Parent
Comprehensive calendar concentrating on things the family can do together.

Comprehensive calendar searchable by category, including: Birding, Boating, Cycling, Nature, Rec & Wellness, Recreation, Running, Swimming, Tennis, Yoga.

Carolina Parent
Comprehensive calendar concentrating on things the family can do together.


Office of Environmental Education
One calendar for the numerous Environmental Education Centers statewide.

North Carolina State Parks
Lets you search for programs at the state’s parks, recreation areas and natural areas by location, by month, by topic. To reach the calendar from the home page, click on “Education,” then “Fun & Free Programs at Parks.”

National Forests in North Carolina
From the home page, click on Carolina Connections for news updates on the state’s four national forests as well as hints on recreational opportunities and a detailed rundown of recreation areas and the amenities at each.

U.S. National Wildlife Refuges
Rundown, by month, of regular activities at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service refuges in North Carolina.

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