Longleaf Pine Festival
I love writing this as it really helps me to pause and reflect on this event and the opportunity it gave me to spend with my daughter to really enjoy our time together. Not just that day, but for memories to keep forever so I'm thankful for that.
My daughter and I decided to attend the Longleaf Pine Festival this past weekend and it was great! She wanted to go because she already knew about Harris Lake County Park mainly because of how her Dad really loves disc golf and sometimes we go there as a family to play disc golf and then take Anna over to the playground to play when she's done so well walking through the long and beautiful course that goes through the woods. She knew she might find some animals and she also saw you would get to see some animals up close including getting to hold a snake. She told me her favorite thing was getting to hold the snake!
I wanted to go as a homeschool mom, thinking there might be resources for me to find while planning our new homeschool year for some fun and hands-on learning available to us in the area for this year! Well, we both were amazed that this event went above and beyond our expectations and we enjoyed the event so much! Everyone was so friendly and helpful.
We saw the moth above on our walk through the trail from the parking lot to the event, which was a very short walk. It was so much fun. We also learned about various plants on the walk. They also had a scavenger hunt in the natural play area where you can learn about how longleaf pine trees grow. The pinecones pictured above is one of the parts of the scavenger hunt, and these are always there as part of the natural play area. If your children love the outdoors, it's a great place to visit. I will include more pictures below.
They also had live music and a talk but wasn't able to personally get there to hear it, but I'm sure it was great!
I was able to find out about various local resources through Wake County Parks and Recreation which included the Junior Park Naturalist program which is free and a great resource and something fun to do during summer break for kids ages 5-15 with an adult for those under 14. I wasn't aware that I needed to register as well since it was for them but were so nice and flexible to work with me and get me signed up when I got there.
Other fun things they offer can be found here: Public programs
I found various resources through different booths set up at the event. Some of our favorites included:
We didn't get to make it to every booth, but there were so many with so many reasons to attend this free event for next year. This really was a very well put together event and want to attend again next year! I hope this review is helpful and you enjoyed reading it. Please let me know if you have any questions, comments or just want to say Hi!, I love hearing from you.
Save the date for Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Harris Lake County Park! Add it to your calendar so you don't miss out for next year!
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Farm Animal Days 2017
Our family loves this event. I first went when my oldest was in his last year of preschool and he is now 11, so I think this was our 7th year. We love it! I especially love this year because I could tell that the pre-registration seemed to help with crowd control and they do suggest to go either at 9 am or 1 pm. We went at 1 pm and it wasn't hard to get in or out.
It also helped that you just looked at the baby chicks this year, rather than holding them, so the lines were significantly shorter.
Now, on to the experiences of Animal Farm Days. We love the tractors, especially loved being able to pet the baby lamb, goat, and the pigs. We also saw something new this year, they had flies there with all their different stages and was neat to learn that they go through metamorphosis similar to a butterfly or moth.
We also love the pretty view while we ate our free ice cream, although you may leave a donation if you like. They educate you on the different dairy cows on how big they will get and how much milk they will produce. We missed the milk production presentation this year, but it's neat to learn the process of how we get milk from cows.
They seem to always have this event come around around March or April every year and seems like they have it fairly organized now. They also have hand washing stations for after touching the animals. I would also bring your own little bottle of hand sanitizer if you can. Hope you get to check out Animal Farm Days for next year. It is located off Lake Wheeler Road near Historic Yates Mill Pond. It is a beautiful area and I'm sure there is lots we didn't see that was also there with booths set up for more information.
*First appeared in April/May 2017 Triangle LOCAL newsletter