Nature Programs at the Mill Mountain Discovery Center

Outdoor Winter Survival, January 9th

Understand the skills and techniques necessary to be comfortable and safe in the outdoors in winter.  We will discuss how to keep warm, how to choose the appropriate clothing, food and equipment, and much more.

Date: January 9th, 2-3:30pm
Price: $6
Ages: 9-13
Last Day to Register: January 6th
Register: Here

Winter Hide ‘N Seek, January 16th
Can you spot signs of wildlife in winter?  Come to this engaging class to learn how to recognize tracks and other evidence that there are active animals in our winter woods.  Participants will make a plaster cast track to take home.

Date: January 16th, 10-11:30am
Price: $6
Ages: 4-10
Last Day to Register: January 13th
Register: Here

Natural Beauty Facial, January 16th
Learn how to create your own beauty products using all natural materials.  Then have a relaxing and calming time while giving yourself a gift of a multi-step natural beauty treatment.  Join us to unwind after a busy holiday season.

Date: January 16th, 4:30-5:30pm
Price: $6
Ages: 16+
Last Day to Register: January 13th
Register: Here

Nature Lab Home-School Series – Conservation Concepts and Challenges, Jan – Feb
Nature Lab is a 6-week series of environmental science lessons for home-schooled students.  In this series, we will explore the science concepts behind conservation issues including air and water pollution, energy use and how human behaviors can impact wildlife.  Through conducting investigations and creating projects, students will learn practical and positive ways to be conservation problem-solvers in their daily lives.

Date: January 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18 & 25, 10am-12pm
Price: $30
Ages: 6-10
Last Day to Register: January 16th
Register: Here

Squirrels in Winter, January 23rd
Learn how to create your own beauty products using all natural materials.  Then have a relaxing and calming time while giving yourself a gift of a multi-step natural beauty treatment.  Join us to unwind after a busy holiday season.

Date: January 23rd, 10-11:30am
Price: $6
Ages: 5+
Last Day to Register: January 13th
Register: Here

Bird Feeding for Preschoolers, January 30th
Kids and parents will have a chance to share in a hands-on experience, learning how to make many different kinds of bird feeding options.  Learn to attract the birds you love to watch through feed selection and feeder placement.  Take home a feeder you have created together.  Bird watching is a great hobby for families to share, and a fun way to teach young people to love and respect the natural world.

Date: January 30th, 10-11:30am
Price: $6
Ages: 3-5
Last Day to Register: January 27th
Register: Here

Family Hike and Hot Cocoa, January 30th
Come join us at the Discovery Center and take in the winter scenery on a 1.5 mile hike on Mill Mountain.  Warm up afterwards as we enjoy a delicious cup of hot cocoa!

Date: January 30th, 3-4:30pm
Price: $6
Ages: 5+
Last Day to Register: January 27th
Register: Here

Muffins on the Mountain, February 6th
Join us for a simple breakfast of muffins and coffee while a naturalist leads a talk about the nature of Mill Mountain Park.  You will have the opportunity to ask questions and socialize with like-minded adults.  This program is free but still requires registration.

Date: February 6th, 9-10:30am
Price: FREE
Ages: 20+
Last Day to Register: February 3rd
Register: Here

Stupendous Skunks, February 6th
Did you know skunks are one of the few animals that eat honeybees?  Find out more about skunk habits and what to do it you see one.

Date: February 6th, 10-11:30am
Price: $6
Ages: 5+
Last Day to Register: February 3rd
Register: Here

Maple Tapping, February 13th OR 20th
Come and learn how to identify maple trees and take park in the age-old tradition of tapping trees and collecting sap.  End the program with a delicious maple syrup snack.  This program requires the ability to Maple Tapping2hike about 1 mile on and off trail.

Date: February 13th, 1-2:30pm
February 20th, 10-11:30am
Price: $6
Ages: 6+
Last Day to Register: February 10th
Register: Here

Preparing for Spring Planting, February 27th
With spring right around the corner, now is the time to start planning on getting your flowerbeds and garden areas ready for spring planting.  Join us to learn how and when to prepare your planting beds.  Learn which perennials, annuals, and vegetables to plant first after the last thaw.  Plus, we will share ideas, tricks and tonics that you can make at home.

Date: February 27th, 10-11:30am
Price: $6
Ages: 20+
Last Day to Register: February 3rd
Register: Here