Featured Adventures

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Welcome to our Environmental Education Featured Adventures Section.  We hope you find something you will enjoy…

Learn How to Build a Backyard Pond, Sept. 13th
(18+) Backyard ponds make attractive additions to home landscapes, increase biodiversity in your backyard, and are easy to build with the right approach. The cool weather of fall is an ideal time to plan for and start the pond construction process. Learn the basic steps toward creating a healthy, vibrant pond yourself in this hands-on workshop.

Date: Sept. 13th, 4-5:30pm
Registration Fee: $6
Last Day to Register: Sept. 5th
Register: Here

Beginner Nature Photography Workshop and Photo Exhibition, Oct. 25th
(All) Fall is an ideal time for aspiring nature photographers to create colorful photographs at Mill Mountain Park. Basic nature photography techniques and tips for capturing the ideal image will be discussed on a naturalist-led walk around the trails on Mill Mountain. Participants will have an image of their choice displayed in a photography exhibit at the Discovery Center. Note: All that is required is a simple point and shoot digital camera or smart phone to participate.TinkerCreek

Date: Oct. 25th, 4-5:30pm
Registration Fee: $6
Last Day to Register: Oct. 17th
Register: Here

Pumpkin Carving Contest, Oct. 26th
(4-15) Enter your pumpkin creation into our first Pumpkin Carving Contest. Carve or decorate your pumpkin at home and bring it to the Discovery Center starting Wednesday, October 22 but no later than 10:00 AM on Saturday, October 25. Your pumpkin will be displayed all day Saturday and Sunday for visitors to vote on, with the award ceremony taking place at 4:00 PM on Sunday, October 26. Lights to illuminate your pumpkin will be provided. Categories will be “Scariest”, “Best Nature Related”, and “Funniest” for EACH age group. Age groups are 4-7, 8-12, and 13-15 years old. Adult help is allowed for the age group 4-7 years only. For more information please call the Discovery Center at 853-1236.

Date: Oct. 26th, 4-5:30pm
Registration Fee: $6
Last Day to Register: Oct. 22nd
Register: Here

Take a Hike Day, Nov. 16th
(10+) What better place to celebrate Take a Hike Day (November 17) than on the trails of Mill Mountain Park. A Naturalist will lead a 3.5 mile hike while talking about the plants and animals that call Mill Mountain home.Hikers

Date: Nov. 16th, 2-4:30pm
Registration Fee: $6
Last Day to Register: Nov. 13th
Register: Here

Graft and Plant a Backyard Apple Tree, Nov. 23rd
(10+) Did you know that you can grow multiple types of apples on the same tree? Fall is a good time to plant apple trees in home landscapes, so come to this hands-on workshop where we will graft different types of apples and discuss the basics of apple tree planting and care.

Date: Nov. 23rd, 10-11:30am
Registration Fee: $30
Last Day to Register: Nov. 19th
Register: Here