March 2014: Celebrating the Year of the Salamander
Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) has named 2014 the Year of the Salamander, and Wake County Parks Recreation and Open Space (PROS) is dedicating the month of March to joining in the celebration! Sign up for one of these salamander themed programs at your favorite Wake County Park today!
Crowder District Park
Tiny Tots: Nature Time
Tuesday, March 4, 1–1:30 p.m.
Join us for our new program Tiny Tots! This free, 30-minute class is for toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years old. Practice sorting and labeling skills of plants and objects in the park. Then work on names of common animals and the sounds they make! For ages 18 months to 3 years; fee: $2/child. Preregistration is required. Crowder District Park is located at 4709 Ten-Ten Road, Apex.
Historic Yates Mill County Park
Track Out Days: Amazing Animals
Tues.–Thurs. March 11–13, 1–4 p.m.
Track out at Yates Mill! Join us for one, two or all three days of Amazing Animals! Experience hands-on, indoor and outdoor science and learn all about animal adaptations and what makes mammals, amphibians and reptiles unique! Explore the different habitats of the park, play predator-prey games and meet a real live snake! Children in Grades K–5 will participate in curriculum-correlated activities, both together and by grade level. This program is great for year-round students on Track 1 and for homeschool students who want to learn science in a hands-on setting. Historic Yates Mill County Park is located at 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh.
Lake Crabtree County Park
Homeschool/Trackout Series: Year of the Salamander
Tues., March 18, 1–3 p.m.
Conservation groups have designated 2014 as the Year of the Salamander. In this program we'll learn about the lifestyles and adaptations of salamanders, as well as what can be done to conserve them. We'll search the Old Beech Nature Trail for the hiding places of these secretive amphibians and observe them in the wild. These programs are open to students 6–12 years old, and the fee is $8 per child. Preregistration is required. Lake Crabtree is located at 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville.American Tobacco TrailSalamanders
Thursday, March 20, 2–3 p.m. OR Sunday, March 23, 1:30–3 p.m.
It is the Year of the Salamander! Celebrate these awesome critters with a hike to search the temporary wetlands along the trail to look for eggs and larvae. The program fee is $5/family or $3/individual. All ages welcome! Meet at the New Hill Parking Area (1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex
). To register call 919-387-4342 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
. American Tobacco Trail is located at 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, New Hill.Harris Lake County ParkSalamander Search
Saturday, March 22, 10–11:30 a.m. OR 1:30–3 p.m.
Join Wake County Parks as we honor this cold weather-loving amphibian. We'll learn about these important animals and then head out to search the many temporary wetlands of the park for eggs and larvae. Space is limited to minimize impacts on the habitat. The program fee is $5/family or $3/individual. All ages welcome! Meet at the Cypress Shelter. To register call 919-387-4342 or email email@example.com
. Harris Lake County Park is located at 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill.Blue Jay Point County ParkFamily Wildlife Series: Eye of Newt!
Saturday, March 29, 2–3:30 p.m.
Celebrate the NC Partnership for the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation's "Year of the Salamander"! Join Blue Jay staff as we delve into the watery world of a special kind of salamander, the Eastern Red-Spotted Newt. Join us for a story, game and dip-netting for newts in our study pond. The program fee is $5/family or $3/individual. Preregistration is required. For information, call 919-870-4330 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
. Blue Jay County Park is located at 3200 Pleasant Union Church Road, Raleigh.