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Kid's Nature Club
The activities offered will be both fun and educational aimed to engage children between the ages of 5 and 12. The “Kids Nature Club” will be offered free and open to the public and will be held on a drop in basis, so adults should plan to accompany their children while at FENCE. Families are encouraged to bring their kids by for the “Kids Nature Club” but also spend some time during their visit exploring the trails. This month’s theme is Insects. Kids will get a chance to investigate some insects and create an insect themed craft.
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Walk on the Wild Side with Carlton Burke
Carlton Burke will be visiting FENCE and leading a nature hike on the property. Meet at the FENCE nature center at 9am on Saturday, September 9th for a guided hike with local naturalist, Carlton Burke. He brings along much expertise about the natural world! This hike will focus on all things encountered along the way and is appropriate for all ages. Thank you to the Kirby Endowment at the Polk County Community Foundation for making programs like these possible.
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Summer Bird Hike with Aaron Steed
Though August is a summer month, it is the start of the fall migration for many of our local birds. Many of our summer bird residents are still around at this time of year, perhaps still singing, while certain species such as Barn Swallow and Purple Martin have largely gone. The first of many southbound songbird migrants are just beginning to trickle through. Join international bird guide, Aaron Steed, for a walk through the woodlands around FENCE and search for a variety of warblers, tanagers, sparrows and more.
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Animal Encounter with Carlton Burke
Naturalist, Carlton Burke will visit FENCE and will bring along some of his educational animals for the program. This is sure to be a great event for all ages! “The Southern Appalachian Mountains are home to an incredible diversity of both plant and animal life. Form the high ridges to the low valleys, the varied topography of these mountains combine to create a unique blend of plant and animal communities. In this program you will meet some of the natural residents who make their home in the Appalachian Wild!” This program is made possible by the Kirby Endowment at the Polk County Community Foundation.
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Kid's Nature Club
The activities offered will be free, fun and educational aimed to engage children between the ages of 5 and 12. The “Kids Nature Club” will be held on a drop in basis, so adults should plan to stay with their children while at FENCE. Also spend some time during their visit exploring the trails. This month’s theme is Animals. Kids will get a chance to meet the FENCE educational animals and create an animal themed craft.
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Earth Day Hike
Meet at the FENCE center for a leisurely hike through the trails on FENCE property. AmeriCorps member, Michael McClure will lead this hike, focusing on different things encountered along the trails. Families with elementary aged children are encouraged to attend to get out, explore, and enjoy nature on Earth Day. We hope to see you for this great family friendly hike!
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Spring Bird Hike with Simon Thompson
FENCE welcomes everyone from first time birders to advanced birders to join Simon Thompson, local ornithologist for his walk on the FENCE property! Everyone loves birding in the spring and there are few places nicer than the Carolina Foothills in April. The flowers are opening and the birds are all singing. Brown Thrashers sing their rich songs from the treetops and Eastern Bluebirds are probably already on eggs, and the first broods of Carolina Chickadees and Tufted Titmice may have already hatched. We should enjoy warm weather and birdsong on a fine spring day. This event is made possible by the Kirby Endowment at the Polk County Community Foundation.
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Kid's Nature Club
The activities offered this month will be both fun and educational aimed to engage children between the ages of 5 and 12. The “Kids Nature Club” will be offered free and open to the public and will be held on a drop in basis, so adults should plan to stay with their children while at FENCE. Families are encouraged to bring their kids by for the “Kids Nature Club” but also spend some time during their visit exploring the trails. This month’s theme is Pollinators. Kids will learn about local pollinators, their role in the environment, and will create seed balls to take home.
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Wildflower Hike with Carlton Burke
Join naturalist Carlton Burke for a leisurely hour-long stroll on the FENCE grounds to look for early spring wildflowers in bloom. This event is free and open to the public. Thank you to the Kirby Endowment at the Polk County Community Foundation for making this event possible.
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Owl Prowl with Aaron Steed
'Owl Prowl' - Whoooo's that calling at night? Hoots, toots, whinnies and even some whistles are made by our local owl species. By late March, many owls are actively calling, and on this owl prowl, we will listen for and try to see as many different owls as possible. If we are lucky, we may get to hear/see Great Horned, Eastern Screech, Barred and Barn Owls. Of course, we will hope for calm and clear weather as windy conditions can make finding owls very difficult!
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