We have been in the woods a lot this past week! My daughter and I went to the Longleaf Pine Festival this past weekend at Harris Lake County Park. She wanted to go for the live, up close animals and saw that she would be able to go see a snake. I wanted to go as I thought I might find some resources for homeschooling this upcoming school year. Our expectations for both of us went above and beyond. If you want to read my full review about that day, be sure to sign up for my newsletter and check the option for Triangle LOCAL. It will be going out Tuesday morning. You can subscribe here.
We loved it and was so much fun, but one of the things we found out when we went is they have a free program through the Wake Country Parks and Recreation Department called the Junior Park Naturalist program and we already attended our first event at Harris Lake County Park.
The first event we attended was called Citizen Science Thursday, and I believe they have it once a month. It was so fun and they were so friendly and let me arrive a few minutes early to sign up for the Junior Park Naturalist program right before the class started. We were able to help monitor some of the nesting boxes in an area of the park at Harris Lake.
We saw four bird eggs altogether and nests in each box. We learned how to take field notes and to document what you see at each box and were able to help clean out the boxes and even clip some fishing line that one box had coming out of it. I think my daughter, who loves animals, was so excited about this and my son loved it too. And I also was able to bring my youngest along even though she wasn't old enough. Although she did get tired towards the end, but she was a trooper. And we went over to the playground afterwards for her.
It really is worth checking out if your children love nature and they're learning as well...my favorite part. We also are going to be learning about birds this year as part of our homeschool, so thought it was a great opportunity that what we were able to help with was nesting boxes. We also saw a red headed woodpecker while helping and it helped that it was a beautiful day and not too humid.