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April 2019

ecoEXPLORE Friends Program-Earth Day Festival at Kathleen Clay Edwards Library

April 6 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Kathleen Clay Edwards Library Family Branch, 1420 Price Park Dr
Greensboro, NC 27410 United States
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Free eco-fun event for all ages. Come enjoy hands-on nature/technology/STEM exhibits, alternative vehicles, eco-art, nature crafts, face painting, hay rides, live animals, scout activities, and a Tiny House exhibit.  Come see live herps on the EcoBus and visit ecoEXPLORE at the Herpetology Discover Station. Learn how to earn prizes and badges through ecoEXPLORE. All ecoEXPLORERS will receive 5 points for attending our Friends Programs. Simply email [email protected] and let us know you attended.

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Introduction to Botany

April 9 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Watuaga Public Library, 140 Queen St
Boone, 28607 United States
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Scientists need YOUR help in studying plants everywhere, including your own neighborhood! Join us for an introduction to botany, the study of plants. You’ll study plants under a microscope and go on a short walk to discover different plant species. You can also join our crew of ecoEXPLORERS — kids who submit observations of plants and animals for scientists to study and earn prizes while they do it. Find out how you can earn your Botany Field Badge and a…

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ecoEXPLORE Friends Program-Spring Hike

April 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Gorges State Park, 976 Grassy Ridge Road
Sapphire, NC 28774 United States
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Come to Gorges State Park and join a Ranger on a guided hike in the woods to enjoy the start of new blooming flowers and the regeneration of life as animals begin to move after the cold winter. Join us on a short hike to Raymond Fisher Pond 1 mile round trip. Please bring appropriate footwear and water. Find more information here. All ecoEXPLORERS will receive 5 points for attending our Friends Programs. Simply email [email protected] and let us know you attended.

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Introduction to Botany

April 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Weaverville Public Library, 41 N Main St
Weaverville, NC 28787 United States
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Scientists need YOUR help in studying plants everywhere, including your own neighborhood! Join us for an introduction to botany, the study of plants. You’ll study plants under a microscope and go on a short walk to discover different plant species. You can also join our crew of ecoEXPLORERS — kids who submit observations of plants and animals for scientists to study and earn prizes while they do it. Find out how you can earn your Botany Field Badge and a…

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ecoEXPLORE Friends Program-Earth Day Youth Service Day

April 20 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cradle of Forestry Heritage and Discovery Center, 11250 Pisgah Hwy
Pisgah Forest, 28768 United States
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Join our partner, The Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association, for Earth Day in Pisgah National Forest where you can enjoy and appreciate your public lands! Educators will be hosting service projects with local youth environmental clubs and offering a Leave No Trace informal program. Leave No Trace (LNT) activities and demonstrations will be open to the public and visitors are encouraged to walk our 3 miles of paved interpretation trails and stop by info booths to learn more about…

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Introduction to Botany

April 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Canton Public Library, 11 Pennsylvania Ave
Canton, NC 28716 United States
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Scientists need YOUR help in studying plants everywhere, including your own neighborhood! Join us for an introduction to botany, the study of plants. You’ll study plants under a microscope and go on a short walk to discover different plant species. You can also join our crew of ecoEXPLORERS — kids who submit observations of plants and animals for scientists to study and earn prizes while they do it. Find out how you can earn your Botany Field Badge and a…

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Introduction to Botany

April 30 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mars Hill Public Library, 65 Library Street
Mars Hill, NC 29854 United States
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Scientists need YOUR help in studying plants everywhere, including your own neighborhood! Join us for an introduction to botany, the study of plants. You’ll study plants under a microscope and go on a short walk to discover different plant species. You can also join our crew of ecoEXPLORERS — kids who submit observations of plants and animals for scientists to study and earn prizes while they do it. Find out how you can earn your Botany Field Badge and a…

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May 2019

Go Wild! Family fun day at Haw River State Park

May 4 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Haw River State Park, 9302, 339 Conference Center Dr
Browns Summit, ND 27214 United States
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This free event includes hands-on wildlife demonstrations, fishing, rock-skipping, pond explorations, family-friendly hiking trails and a variety of fun, wildlife-themed activities. Meet live reptiles and amphibians, collect insects from a stream, observe wildlife and report your findings to scientists. Complete activities at each station and earn a Junior Ranger Patch from Haw River State Park and join the ranks of ecoEXPLORERS. All activities are free and occur rain for shine! Contact Haw River State Park for more information at 336-342-6163

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Botany Challenge Workshop

May 4 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Beaver Lake MegaSpot, US-25
Asheville, NC 28804 United States
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Join us Saturday May 4th at 11:00 for our last Botany Skill Session. During this program we will go on a short plant walk and complete the Botany Challenge. After completing your challenge and submitting six plant photos you'll be ready to attend our Botany Season Summit on June 1st and earn your Botany Field Badge! We will be removing invasive plant species at Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary on Merrimon Ave in North Asheville. We will be working in an area…

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ecoEXPLORE Friends Program-Wings Bird Club

May 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Kathleen Clay Edwards Library Family Branch, 1420 Price Park Dr
Greensboro, NC 27410 United States
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This is the last meeting of WINGS. Enjoy our end of the year celebration and thanks to our volunteers. Discover ways that you can help birds including enhancing bird habitats, how to assist an injured or wild bird, and discover ways to keep learning about birds. Practice your birding and photography skills outdoors with Piedmont Bird Club and Audubon members. To register, e-mail [email protected] All ecoEXPLORERS will receive 5 points for attending our Friends Programs. Simply email [email protected] and let us…

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Introduction to Botany

May 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
North Asheville Public Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804, United States
Asheville, NC 28804 United States
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Scientists need YOUR help in studying plants everywhere, including your own neighborhood! Join us for an introduction to botany, the study of plants. You’ll study plants under a microscope and go on a short walk to discover different plant species. You can also join our crew of ecoEXPLORERS — kids who submit observations of plants and animals for scientists to study and earn prizes while they do it. Find out how you can earn your Botany Field Badge and a…

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ecoEXPLORE Friends Program-Spring Wildflowers

May 11 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Chimney Rock State Park, 743 Chimney Rock Park Rd
Chimney Rock, North Carolina 28720
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Join our partner, Chimney Rock State Park, and treat mom to a morning of wildflower exploration. This moderate hike will help you learn about our colorful spring flowers. You’ll be surprised to find such a variety of plants within such a small area of the Park. Along the way, we’ll also touch on other local flora and fauna. This hike is considered moderate. You will descend the Four Seasons Trail from the top lot, but you won’t have to hike…

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Introduction to Botany

May 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Skyland Public Library, 260 Overlook Rd
Asheville, NC 28802 United States
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Scientists need YOUR help in studying plants everywhere, including your own neighborhood! Join us for an introduction to botany, the study of plants. You’ll study plants under a microscope and go on a short walk to discover different plant species. You can also join our crew of ecoEXPLORERS — kids who submit observations of plants and animals for scientists to study and earn prizes while they do it. Find out how you can earn your Botany Field Badge and a…

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Introduction to Botany

May 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
City of High Point Public Library, 901 N Main St
High Point, NC 27262 United States
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Scientists need YOUR help in studying plants everywhere, including your own neighborhood! Join us for an introduction to botany, the study of plants. You’ll study plants under a microscope and go on a short walk to discover different plant species. You can also join our crew of ecoEXPLORERS — kids who submit observations of plants and animals for scientists to study and earn prizes while they do it. Find out how you can earn your Botany Field Badge and a…

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June 2019

Botany Season Summit

June 1
The North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way
Asheville, NC 28806 United States
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Mark your calendar to help us celebrate the closing of our Botany Field Season on June 1st with our Botany Season Summit. If you completed six shares and your Botany Challenge during our Botany Field Season you will earn free admission to The North Carolina Arboretum. You will meet a real Botanist, learn all about pollinator plants, and make a seed ball to take home. At the end of this event you will earn your Botany Field Badge.  

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ecoEXPLORE Friends Program-Herpetology Camp

June 13 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Piedmont Environmental Center, 1220 Penny Road
High Point, NC 27265 United States
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Join our partner, the Piedmont Environmental Center,  for two days of herpetology camp. This camp is designed for children who have a sincere interest in nature and the environment, Herpetology campers (ages 8-12) spend two days studying snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs, toads and salamanders under the supervision of PEC's professional staff Naturalists. Using a variety of survey and observation techniques, campers will explore all of the "herp" habitats at PEC and practice safe ways to study reptiles and amphibians. Contact…

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ecoEXPLORE Friends Program-Twilight Hike

June 14 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain State Park, 221 Blue Ridge Pkwy
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Join our partner, Grandfather Mountain State Park, and explore their lower Profile Trail in the twilight hours. Along the way, see and hear nocturnal wildlife and enjoy the woods in that special time of the day.  We’ll walk approximately one mile, round trip.  Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather.  Close toed shoes are highly recommended. Appropriate for ages 8 and up; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  Please no pets. Find more details here All…

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ecoEXPLORE Friends Program-Scale Back Your Fear With Year of the Snake Program

June 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Chimney Rock State Park, 743 Chimney Rock Park Rd
Chimney Rock, North Carolina 28720
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Join our partner, Chimney Rock State Park, to help celebrate NC State Park's Year of the Snake! Chimney Rock State Park will offer a variety of Snake programs throughout the summer months.  Experience a Snake program from one of our Park Rangers, and learn about snake identification, how to co-exist with snakes and fun snake craft activities. Do you know which species of snakes live in your neighborhood?  Do you know the life span of a Snake?  Do you know…

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ecoEXPLORE Friends Program-Search for Slithering Snakes

June 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Pilot Mountain State Park, 1792 Pilot Knob Park Road
Pinnacle, NC 27043
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Join our partner, Pilot Mountain State Park,  to celebrate NC State Park's Year of the Snake! Search for these amazing animals and learn more about their outstanding adaptations, their importance, and role in our environment. The program includes a hike on uneven terrain, so bring sturdy boots for walking. Find more information here. All ecoEXPLORERS will receive 5 points for attending our Friends Programs. Simply email [email protected] and let us know you attended.

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ecoEXPLORE Friends Program-SSSSnakes!

June 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Dismal Swamp State Park, 2294 U.S. 17 N.
South Mills, NC 27976
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Join our partner, Dismal Swamp State Park, to help celebrate NC State Park's Year of the Snake! Love them or not, come out and learn about what makes them interesting and vital to the ecosystem! Find more information here All ecoEXPLORERS will receive 5 points for attending our Friends Programs. Simply email [email protected] and let us know you attended.

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