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The Great Outdoors

Outdoor events at local state parks / Durham Parks and Recreation / skywatching sessions

ENO RIVER STATE PARK

6101 Cole Mill Rd, Durham, 919-383-1686, website:

  • Mother’s Day Hike Celebrate Eno River Valley’s Most Notable Midwife—Friday, May 6, 9–10:30am. Learn about Fanny Breeze during this 1-mile hike out to her old homestead. Call to register; everybody will meet at the Fews Ford Park Office/Piper Cox House.

  • Birding BINGO—Saturday, May 7, 8:30–10:30am. See how many birds you can identify during a walk along the Cole Mill Trail. Feel free to take your binocular, if you have some. Call to register; everybody will meet in the Cole Mill Access’s Upper Lot.

  • Tree Zines!—Sunday, May 8, 10–11am. Celebrate the Year of the Tree by making your own ’zine (magazine) with leaf rubbings, tree sketches, and commentary. Call to register; everybody will meet at the Cole Mill Picnic Shelter.

  • Tree ID Hike (Fanny’s Ford edition)—Friday, May 13, 2–4pm. Join a 2-mile hike along Fanny’s Ford Trail while trying to identify as many trees as you can. Call to register; everybody will meet in the Fews Ford Loop Parking Lot. 

  • Eno’s Owls—Saturday, May 14, 3–4pm. Examine a bit of owl waste and learn some of the strange habits that make them special. Call to register; everybody will meet at the Fews Ford Picnic Shelter.

  • Ask the Naturalist—Sunday, May 15, 10am–noon. Learn about and ask questions about the local plants and flowers in the park. Call to register; everybody will meet at the Fews Ford Picnic Shelter.

  • Talkin Turtles—Tuesday, May 17, 3–4:30pm. Learn all about turtles and join a hike along the riverbank in search of them. Call to register; everybody will meet at the Fews Ford Picnic Shelter.

  • The Periodical Cicada—Saturday, May 21, 2–2:30pm. Learn about the seemingly alien invasions that happen every 17-years. Call to register; everybody will meet at Pleasant Green.

  • Birding BINGO—Sunday, May 22, 8:30–10:30am. See how many birds you can identify during a walk along the Cole Mill Trail. Feel free to take your binocular, if you have some. Call to register; everybody will meet in the Cole Mill Access’s Upper Lot.

  • Mushroom Madness—Tuesday, May 24, 3–5pm. Join a hike while learning where mushrooms usually grow, the various types, and how people have determined which ones are edible. Call to register; everybody will meet at Pump Station Access.

These are free events! Call the Eno River Association at 919-620-9099 or click here for more info.

FALLS LAKE STATE RECREATION AREA

13304 Creedmoor Rd, Wake Forest, 919-676-1027, website:

Nothing scheduled at this time.

JORDAN LAKE STATE RECREATION AREA

280 State Park Rd, Apex, 919-362-0586, website:

Nothing scheduled at this time.

OCCONEECHEE MOUNTAIN STATE NATURAL AREA

625 Virginia Cates Rd, Hillsborough; managed by staff at the Eno River State Park Office, 6101 Cole Mill Rd, Durham, 919-383-1686, website:

  • Pine Tree More Like Dinner—Wednesday, May 18, 2–3pm. Learn about the parts of pine trees that are actually edible. Call to register; everybody will meet at the Occoneechee Mountain Picnic Tables.

  • Occoneechee History Hike—Thursday, May 19, 7–8pm. Join a 1.5-mile hike along the Chestnut Oak Trail and learn about the history and significance of Occoneechee Mountain.

  • Talkin Turtles—Tuesday, May 24, 11am–noon. Learn all about turtles and join a hike along the riverbank in search of them. Call to register; everybody will meet at the Occoneechee Mountain Picnic Tables.

These are free events!

WILLIAM B UMSTEAD STATE PARK

8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, 919-571-4170, website:

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Nothing scheduled at this time.

DURHAM PARKS AND RECREATION OUTDOOR EVENTS

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SKYWATCHING SESSIONS

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OTHER
  • The Piedmont Wildlife Center (364 Leigh Farm Rd) will host Pop-Up Birds-of-Prey Tours on Tuesday, May 17, 10–10:45am. Join a half-mile walk and get closeup views of local raptors. Tickets are $10; click here for more info and to purchase your ticket(s).

  • Backyard Butterflies will host Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark: An Intro to Moths at the Piedmont Feed & Garden Center (4805 W Hwy 54, in Chapel Hill) Friday, May 20, 5–6:30pm. Backyard Butterflies is a nonprofit that educates local gardeners about butterflies and moths, with the goal of encouraging people to incorporate butterfly gardens and habitats in their yards. Free admission; click here for more info and to register.