Nature's April Fools
Saturday–Sunday, April 1–2; 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
When is a stick not a stick? (When it is a caterpillar that looks like a twig.) Many plants and animals play tricks on each other – they look or act like something other than what they really are. Explore the ways that nature can be tricky, and learn about ways that wildlife have evolved to increase their chances of survival and success.
A History Mystery
Sundays, April 16, May 21 and June 18, 1–4 p.m.
The Yates Mill Museum needs your help! Staff found a strange artifact that needs to be studied and identified. Use clues and your observational skills to discover for yourself what object of the past is being displayed and what the artifact must have been used for historically.
Saturday–Sunday, April 22–23; 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day this year by coming out to the park to learn fun facts about our "blue planet," tips on how to reduce your "ecological footprint," and how you can reduce waste. Take the Earth Day pledge and make a colorful Earth Bracelet to take home. Then go on a self-guided treasure hunt hike around the millpond to search for "gold coins" that contain earth-friendly helpful hints.
Friday–Sunday, April 28–30; 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
A great variety of trees grow in the forests that surround Yates Mill Pond. In celebration of Arbor Day, come to the park to learn about the important roles trees play in our environment and the kinds of wildlife that benefit from the trees' presence. Pick up a tree trail brochure, then head out onto the park trails to discover where different kinds of trees are found within the park.
Thursday, May 4, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
First observed on May 4, 1894, "Bird Day" is the oldest of the days set aside to recognize birds and build bird conservation awareness. Experience the abundance of bird life found in the park by watching a colorful slideshow in our park center auditorium, then play a fun game to explore the wide variety of bird shapes, sizes, sounds and more that are found in nature.
Eggstraordinary Egg Layers
Saturday, June 3, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
A variety of animals including birds, lizards, turtles, snakes, fish, insects, spiders and even some mammals hatch from eggs, which come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes and are sometimes laid in surprising places. On National Egg Day, explore the variety of eggs that exist in nature and help build an artistic "nest."
The Longest Summer Day
Tuesday–Wednesday, June 20–21; 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Every year on June 21, we enjoy the most hours of sunlight during the whole year. Discover the science and cultural celebrations behind this special summer day. Make a pretty sun catcher to hang in your window.