Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Take a Child Outdoors (TACO) with DPR this month!

Well, we all made it through that hot, humid summer of  2016 and we're finally starting to enjoy cooler mornings, leaves changing and the thought of the outdoors as a pleasant place to be. I just spent the weekend camping with my family at Jordan Lake this past weekend, and while it was still a little breezy (or a gale force wind, depending upon your personal views), the temperatures were lovely for a weekend on the water and in tents.

September brings us Take a Child Outside (TACO) week, September 24--30. We have plenty on tap for you and your family to enjoy what Durham has to offer, featuring our annual Bull City campout at West Point on the Eno and our Dark Skies: Deep Space astronomy program.

Our fall slate of programs is full of fun ways for you to get outdoors, starting with our first campfire of the year this Friday, September 9 at 7:00 pm at Solite Park in Durham. From camping to astronomy to kid's environmental education programs, our schedule is packed with adventure for you, your friends and your family.
We hope you'll join us for these upcoming programs:


Bull City Campout
September 24, 3:00 p.m.— September 25, 7:00 a.m. (Course #23596)
Join us for this overnight camping event in Historic West Point on the Eno Park, whether you're a first-timer or an old hand, for traditional camping activities such as storytelling, s’mores, night hikes, river exploration and, of course, camping in tents.  Some tents/sleeping bags available for use free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis.
All ages (Children must be accompanied by an adult).
CR PC $8 | CR NPC $9 | NCR PC $12.50 | NCR NPC $14 | Pre-registration required


Dark Skies: Deep Space
Friday, September 30 from 8:30—10:30 p.m., (Course #23604)
There is nothing better than a dark sky for looking at deep space object such as star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. Join us at Valley Springs Park to look at the objects that one can’t see with the naked eye. We will provide the equipment, you bring weather-appropriate clothing.
All ages (Children must be accompanied by an adult).
No cost, no pre-registration required

Cloud-out date is October 1.



Hook, Line and Sinker
Saturday, September 10, 8:00—10:00 a.m. (Course #23692)
Learn about technique, fish identification, and other handy angling information at Lake Michie. There will be games and fishing related challenges with small prizes for kids. We are also happy to have experienced anglers on hand to help! We'll supply the equipment and you just need to bring weather-appropriate clothing.
All ages (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
CR PC $2 | CR NPC $3 | NCR PC $7 | NCR NPC $8
Pre-registration required.


Sunset Paddle
Friday, September 16, 6:30—8:30 p.m. (Course #23601)
Savor a fall sunset by paddling canoes and kayaks on scenic Little River Lake. We will provide the equipment, you bring weather-appropriate clothing.
Ages: 7 and up (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
CR PC $7 | CR NPC $8 | NCR PC $11.75 | NCR NPC $13
Pre-registration required

Starlight Geo Paddle
Saturday, October 15, 7:00—9:00 p.m. (Course #23600)
Join DPR Outdoor Recreation for one of our most popular programs, combining the fun of a nighttime GPS scavenger hunt with kayak paddling the glassy waters of gorgeous Little River Lake. We will provide the paddling and orientation equipment, you bring weather appropriate clothing and a flashlight.
Ages: 7 and up (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
CR PC $7 | CR NPC $8 | NCR PC $11.75 | NCR NPC $13
Pre-registration required


Dark Skies: Deep Space
Friday, September 30 from 8:30—10:30 p.m., (Course #23604)
There is nothing better than a dark sky for looking at deep space object such as star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. Join us at Valley Springs Park to look at the objects that one can’t see with the naked eye. We will provide the equipment, you bring weather-appropriate clothing.
All ages (Children must be accompanied by an adult).
No cost, no pre-registration required
Cloud-out date is October 1.

Binocular Astronomy
Friday, October 7 from 8:00—10:00 p.m., (Course #23605)
Come join us at C.M. Herndon Park as we learn how you can use binoculars to see amazing things in the night sky. We'll have binoculars on hand, as well as knowledgeable staff to create an enjoyable evening of exploring the night sky. Feel free to bring that old pair of binoculars you have laying around! We will provide the equipment, you bring weather-appropriate clothing.
All ages (Children must be accompanied by an adult).
No cost, no pre-registration required
Cloud-out date is October 8.

Community Campfire
There may be nothing better than sitting next to a warm, crackling campfire. DPR  Outdoor Recreation invites you to join us for our community campfire. We provide the fire and everything you need to make s’mores, and you get to share a campfire experience with others in your community.
September 9, 7:00—8:00  p.m. (Course #23606)  at Solite Park
December 2, 7:00—8:00  p.m.  (Course #23658) at Edgemont Park
All ages (children must be accompanied by an adult).
No cost, no pre-registration required

S’Mores and a Movie
Join DPR for a cool fall evening in the park watching a family-friendly movie on your blanket and noshing on s’mores by the campfire.
October 28, 7:00—8:00 p.m.  (Course #23603) at C.M. Herndon Park
No cost, no pre-registration required.
All ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult).




It's Fall, and Time for Outdoor Recreation in Durham!

Well, we all made it through that hot, humid summer of  2016 and we're finally starting to enjoy cooler mornings, leaves changing and the thought of outside as a pleasant place to be. I just spent the weekend camping with my family at Jordan Lake this past weekend, and while it was still a little breezy (or a gale force wind, depending upon your personal views), the temperatures were lovely for a weekend on the water and in tents.
Our fall slate of programs is full of fun ways for you to get outdoors, starting with our first campfire of the year this Friday, September 9 at Solite Park in Durham. From camping to astronomy, to kid's environmental education programs, our schedule is packed with adventure for you, your friends and your family.
Our annual campout at West Point on the Eno has moved to September to avoid those chilly 30-degree mornings we encountered last year.  We hope you'll join us for these upcoming programs:


Hook, Line and Sinker
Saturday, September 10, 8:00—10:00 a.m. (Course #23692)
Learn about technique, fish identification, and other handy angling information at Lake Michie. There will be games and fishing related challenges with small prizes for kids. We are also happy to have experienced anglers on hand to help! We'll supply the equipment and you just need to bring weather-appropriate clothing.
All ages (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
CR PC $2 | CR NPC $3 | NCR PC $7 | NCR NPC $8
Pre-registration required.



Sunset Paddle
Friday, September 16, 6:30—8:30 p.m. (Course #23601)
Savor a fall sunset by paddling canoes and kayaks on scenic Little River Lake. We will provide the equipment, you bring weather-appropriate clothing.
Ages: 7 and up (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
CR PC $7 | CR NPC $8 | NCR PC $11.75 | NCR NPC $13
Pre-registration required

Starlight Geo Paddle
Saturday, October 15, 7:00—9:00 p.m. (Course #23600)
Join DPR Outdoor Recreation for one of our most popular programs, combining the fun of a nighttime GPS scavenger hunt with kayak paddling the glassy waters of gorgeous Little River Lake. We will provide the paddling and orientation equipment, you bring weather appropriate clothing and a flashlight.
Ages: 7 and up (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
CR PC $7 | CR NPC $8 | NCR PC $11.75 | NCR NPC $13
Pre-registration required

Bull City Campout
September 24, 3:00 p.m.— September 25, 7:00 a.m. (Course #23596)
Join us for this overnight camping event in Historic West Point on the Eno Park, whether you're a first-timer or an old hand, for traditional camping activities such as storytelling, s’mores, night hikes, river exploration and, of course, camping in tents.  Some tents/sleeping bags available for use free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis.
All ages (Children must be accompanied by an adult).
CR PC $8 | CR NPC $9 | NCR PC $12.50 | NCR NPC $14 | Pre-registration required

Dark Skies: Deep Space
Friday, September 30 from 8:30—10:30 p.m., (Course #23604)
There is nothing better than a dark sky for looking at deep space object such as star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. Join us at Valley Springs Park to look at the objects that one can’t see with the naked eye. We will provide the equipment, you bring weather-appropriate clothing.
All ages (Children must be accompanied by an adult).
No cost, no pre-registration required
Cloud-out date is October 1.

Binocular Astronomy
Friday, October 7 from 8:00—10:00 p.m., (Course #23605)
Come join us at C.M. Herndon Park as we learn how you can use binoculars to see amazing things in the night sky. We'll have binoculars on hand, as well as knowledgeable staff to create an enjoyable evening of exploring the night sky. Feel free to bring that old pair of binoculars you have laying around! We will provide the equipment, you bring weather-appropriate clothing.
All ages (Children must be accompanied by an adult).
No cost, no pre-registration required
Cloud-out date is October 8.



Monday, April 4, 2016

Star Party at Old North Durham, April 9, 2016

It's our third year hosting this event at Old North Durham Park, and we've finally hit on a new moon and hopefully, cool clear skies for deep sky viewing.  This year's theme is "Find Your Way in the Night Sky", with children's activities, a planet walk and our 10-inch telescopes and high-powered binoculars to help you get the best look.  Jupiter is at an optimal position for viewing this time of year--in fact, this past Saturday night while camping I saw the moons of Jupiter and the stunning Pleiades with binoculars and the International Space Station did a fly-by at around 8pm.  The ever-interesting Orion is also prominent through late evening.  More information about the event is below these images:



Orion

Pleiades



Star Party (#20785)
Saturday, April 9 from 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Old North Durham Park
Come join DPR and NCCU as we gaze at the stars as a part of the NC Science Festival’s statewide Star Party. We'll have high-powered telescopes and knowledgeable staff to create an enjoyable evening of exploring the night sky.
All ages (children must be accompanied by an adult).
No cost, no pre-registration required

Cloud-out date 4/10

Monday, February 8, 2016

DPR Adventure Camp and Eno Discovery Camp Summer 2016

It's February, it's cold, no leaves on the trees, so it must be the perfect time to talk about summer camp, right?  It seems that we here in DPR Outdoor Recreation just finished summer camp, packed up our summer gear and headed into the cooler temps of fall. But, now we're fast into the planning and preparations for our summer operations, which includes our DPR Adventure Camp, Eno Discovery Camp and summer adventure programs that support DPR's other summer camps.

DPR summer camp registration begins Monday morning, March 14, 2016 at 8:30a.m.  Our camps typically fill up quickly, so we recommend registering as soon as possible! More information about DPR Adventure Camp and Eno Discovery Camp can be found at this link.

New to Eno Discovery Camp is West Point on the Eno Adventures for ages 9-13, which will be based at the Eno but will take campers to points throughout the area.  Camp description:

Spend a week trying out adventurous outdoor activities like rock climbing, kayaking, paddle boarding and much more. Campers meet at West Point on the Eno park in the morning and spends the day adventuring thought the natural wonders here in the Triangle. 
Space is limited, register early!

Never been to one of our camps?  Enjoy some images from past summers below!


Clean before we head into Worley's Cave...
Happy, dirty cavers afterward!

Lovely day on Lake Michie

Stand-Up paddle boarding!


Sliding at Upper Creek Falls in western NC


Climbing on the DPR Discovery Course
Camping at South Mountains State Park


Exploring the cool mountain waters

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Winter Caving with DPR Outdoor Recreation

Winter is a challenging time to plan outdoor recreation for groups, especially with this erratic weather we're having these days.  One go-to adventure for us is caving. North Carolina doesn't have much in the way of caves, but Tennessee is loaded with limestone caves.  According to the Nature Conservancy, Tennessee has over 10,000 documented caves, which means they account for over 20% of the caves in the United States.  Such is our fortune that we live close enough to day trip to one such cave, Worley's, in Bluff City Tennessee.  Our entire staff is passionate about taking care of caves and their fragile ecology. For example, we wear gloves in the gave to protect the cave formations, since our body oil will stop the growth of soda straws, stalactites and stalactmites. We go in small groups to prevent disturbing colonies of bats, and we avoid shining our lights directly on bats when we see them.
Below are some pictures from our adventure in January. We hope you'll join us on our next journey to Tennessee!