things-to-do-kids-summer-nature-program-outdoor-activities-pisgahJoin Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club!

Help Woodsy Owl in his conservation mission to “lend a hand, care for the land!”

What is it?

Woodsy Owl is the USDA Forest Service’s conservation symbol whose motto is, “Lend a hand, care for the land!”. These nature education programs are designed for children ages 4 to 7 with an accompanying caregiver. Programs run weekly on Wednesdays and Thursdays between June 17 and August 6. Programs are from 10:30am to 12:00pm and invite children to explore the nature world with their trusted caregiver and the guidance of a Cradle naturalist. Come to one or all eight programs, great for families vacationing in the Blue Ridge mountains this summer!

We suggest that children wear closed-toe shoes. Pre-registration is required online.

Program Info: 
  • Each Wednesday or Thursday an outdoor-oriented activity explores a different forest related theme. Designed to engage children ages 4-7 in the natural world, programs include reading a story, activities, games, and a craft. 
  • Thursdays are perfect for parents who have multiple children old enough for Woodsy and Junior Forester (for ages 8 to 12) programs. 
  • Blends investigation and creativity. The program starts in our Forest Discovery classroom and heads outside for investigation and play. 
  • Each child leaves with the colorful book, Woodsy’s ABCs and a craft they create.
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult. The program costs $5 per child and $3 for accompanying adults.
2020 Program Schedule:

June 17 & 18        Your Big Backyard

June 24 & 25        Creatures of the Night: Owls

July 1 & 2             Happy Citizen Scientists

July 8 & 9             The Ants Go Marching

July 15 & 16         Slimy & Scaly Creatures

July 22 & 23         Navigation: Get Your Bearings

July 29 & 30         Busy Squirrels!

August 5 & 6        Forest Fairy Tales