Public Programs & Family Programs*

*Please note that children need to be accompanied by a caregiver during family programs.




Spring Walk

Saturday, March 25th, 1:00 pm


Join an FRNC naturalist as we explore the forest, looking for the many

signs that spring has arrived. Suggested for ages 5 and up.

$5/person members, $8/person non-members.





Teas & Bees

Saturday, April 8th, 1:00 pm


Join us for an afternoon learning how bees play an important role in

pollination. Children will get a chance to make their own cup of herbal tea

in our garden, ending the afternoon with a tea party!

Suggested for ages 5 to 8 years old.

$5/person members, $8/person non-members.


Adult Only Program!

A Walk through the Woods: Birding at FRNC

Friday, April 21st, 9:45 – 10:45 am


Spring brings warm weather, flowers, and the return of migrating birds!

April provides a wonderful opportunity to see the return of our local birds

and those who are just passing through. Come out for a relaxing morning

of birding. Staff will help identify birds by eye and ear. Bring a pair of binoculars

or borrow one of ours. Registration required by Wednesday, April 19th at 12:00 pm.



Pond Examinations

Saturday, April 29th, 1:00 pm


Come to the Nature Center and learn about pond animals! We will observe frogs at every stage of their life cycle, and see what other types of pond life we can find. Suggested for ages 5 and up.

$5/person members, $8/person non-members.




Mother's Day Flower Walk

Saturday, May 13th, 1:00 pm

Join a FRNC naturalist as we take a walk through the FRNC forest in search of local wildflowers. Participants will learn to identify and preserve wildflowers for a later date.




Family Campout

Saturday, June 3rd (5:00 pm) - Sunday, June 4th (9:00 am)

Stargazing, campfire stories, roasted marshmallows and falling asleep under the stars to the calls of crickets and owls are on the agenda. This is the perfect way to introduce and children to the joys of the outdoors while still having a Starbucks within a 5-minute drive. Includes dinner, breakfast and a guided hike. Bring your own tent or borrow one of ours. Advanced registration required. This program is for members only. Limited Space. Suggested for ages 5 and up. $40/person.

Registration Form 2016-17 Program Guide Snapshot

Mommy & Me

Mondays 9:45 - 10:45 am

$10/family members, $15/family non-members


November: 7, 14, 21, 28

December: 5, 12, 19

January: 9, 23, 30

February: 6, 13, 27

March: 6, 13, 20, 27

April: 3, 24

May: 1, 8, 15, 22


Daddy & Me Animal Show

Saturdays 9:15 - 10:00 am

$10/family members, $15/family non-members


November 5, December 5, January 21

February 11, March 4, April 1, May 6


Ecology Club for Families with Special Needs

Wednesdays 3:30 - 4:30 pm


December 7, March 1, April 5, May 3


Program is free, but pre-registration is required by the Monday before class.

Email marygillick@ryenaturecenter.org.