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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 Wednesday and Thursdays between June 12 and August 8. 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. All programs are fully booked.

Program Info: 
  • Each Wednesday or Thursday an outdoor-oriented activity explores a different forest related theme. Designed to engage 4-7 year olds in the natural world around them, 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, a Woodsy pin and a craft they create; repeat children receive other Woodsy giveaways. 
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult. The program costs $5 per child and $3 for accompanying adults. Accompanying adults are free with a Friends of the Cradle Season Pass, Golden Age or America the Beautiful passes.
2019 Program Schedule:

Wednesday & Thursdays from 10:30am to 12:00pm

June 12 & 13:       Camping Out (Full-registration closed)
June 19 & 20:       Busy Pollinators (Full-registration closed)
June 26 & 27:       Growing Gardens (Full-registration closed)
July 10 & 11:        The Gruffalo (Full-registration closed)
July 17 & 18:        Watery World (Full-registration closed)
July 24 & 25:        Nature’s Recyclers (Full-registration closed)
July 31 & Aug.1:  We Speak for the Trees (Full-registration closed)
August 7 & 8:       Smokey Bear’s ABCs (Full-registration closed)