Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Want to #optOutside? Durham's Got You Covered

REI has started a movement to the outdoors and has done it in a big way with it's new Black Friday campaign #optOutside. Intended to get people outside into nature instead of inside to stores, the campaign has become a national movement that we here at DPR can fully get behind.  We hope you'll choose to get outside this Friday and visit one of the local awesome natural resources that graces Durham. Hike lovely trails by the Eno River at  Eno River State Park, visit the historical West Point on the Eno Park where you can see an old grist mill in action or walk through the photography museum.  Another great option is to take a pair of binoculars to Sandy Creek Park to spot birds and (if we get a warm spell, the turtles will be out, too!).

If you really want to get crazy with holiday buying, how about giving the gift of DPR Outdoor Recreation experiences?  Find out how here in our fun video about upcoming adventure and environmental education programs. No matter what you choose, we hope that you #optOutside this Thanksgiving!

Along the Buffalo Trail at West Point on the Eno Park

Monday, November 9, 2015

Rain Getting You Down? Put on Your Rain Boots and Come Find Frogs and Other Wildlife with Us!

Good heavens, it's another rainy Monday in Durham!  I suppose we should be grateful, given that California and the other western states would love to have our dilemma, but I have missed having the extended fall that we normally have. Bright sunny days with the blast of orange, yellow and brown of changing leaves juxtaposed against Carolina blue skies--what's better than that?

These boggy days don't make us want to venture outdoors much, but there's so much to see even in this weather.  DPR Outdoor Recreation will have two environmental education programs for young people this coming weekend that help you find the hidden-in-the-open nature around us.  On Saturday, our Urban Wild program will take you on a hunt for what's in your backyard, and there should be a TON of mushrooms, moss, frogs and possibly salamanders at Campus Hills.  On Sunday, bring your boots for our Muddy Boots pre-school program at Sandy Creek Park, one of my favorites in Durham. Our theme is "Frogs" (how appropriate is that?), so that'll be a major focus of our day. Then take a walk on the muddy side and explore the frog habitat. More information is below?

Urban Wild - What's in my Backyard? (#18545)
Saturday November 14, 2015
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Campus Hills Park

Join DPR Outdoor Recreation for a free adventure in your park! Bring weather-appropriate clothing and lots of curiosity. All ages (children must be accompanied by an adult).

No cost, no pre-registration required.

Muddy Boots - Frogs (#18624)
Sunday November, 15, 2015
 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sandy Creek Park

Adventure in nature with your preschooler at Sandy Creek Park. We'll read a nature-themed book, then take a walk on the wild side to find the nature right outside our door, then have a snack. Children must be accompanied by a parent, and of course, wear boots or sneakers that can get a little dirty!

ages 2-5 (children must be accompanied by an adult).
CR PC $1.25, CR NPC $1.50, NCR PC $5.50, NCR NPC $6.50
Pre-registration required

CR PC:City Resident, Play More Card
CR NPC: City Resident, No Play More Card
NCR PC: Non-City Resident, No Play More Card
NCR NPC: Non-City Resident, No Play More Card