Wednesday, September 7, 2016

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.