Explore More at Pritchard Park is an interdepartmental collaboration to activate Pritchard Park through spaces, services, and programs related to environmental education and STEAM learning. It includes outdoor natural play areas, a collection of nature backpacks for kids and families, a series of environmental programs, and a selection of tools, equipment, and resources for citizen science. Citizen Science is the collaboration between the scientific community and the general public, who collect and share data about the natural world.

Check out the upcoming programs below! For programs geared specifically toward kids, click here.

 

  • Volunteer Day
    August 17, 2019
    9:00 am - 11:00 am
    - Meet fellow gardening and plant enthusiasts as we work in teams to eliminate invasive plants and seedlings like Japanese honeysuckle, English ivy, and microstegium (aka Japanese stiltgrass). Volunteers can enjoy free coffee, water, snacks, and the knowledge that their hard work is helping the park.

    The idea is to promote greater diversity of native plants and animals, beautify Pritchard Park, and create a healthier ecosystem for visitors to enjoy.

    Please bring sturdy shoes, long pants, cap or hat, work gloves, sunscreen, and your favorite weeding and pruning tools. We’ll have a few extra tools for use, as well. We’ll meet outside the library entrance, break into groups, and tackle different sections of the park. Come make a difference!

  • Volunteer Day
    September 21, 2019
    9:30 am - 12:00 pm
    - Meet fellow gardening and plant enthusiasts as we work in teams to eliminate invasive plants and seedlings like Japanese honeysuckle, English ivy, and microstegium (aka Japanese stiltgrass). Volunteers can enjoy free coffee, water, snacks, and the knowledge that their hard work is helping the park.

    The idea is to promote greater diversity of native plants and animals, beautify Pritchard Park, and create a healthier ecosystem for visitors to enjoy.

    Please bring sturdy shoes, long pants, cap or hat, work gloves, sunscreen, and your favorite weeding and pruning tools. We’ll have a few extra tools for use, as well. We’ll meet outside the library entrance, break into groups, and tackle different sections of the park. Come make a difference!

  • Volunteer Day
    October 19, 2019
    9:30 am - 12:00 pm
    - Meet fellow gardening and plant enthusiasts as we work in teams to eliminate invasive plants and seedlings like Japanese honeysuckle, English ivy, and microstegium (aka Japanese stiltgrass). Volunteers can enjoy free coffee, water, snacks, and the knowledge that their hard work is helping the park.

    The idea is to promote greater diversity of native plants and animals, beautify Pritchard Park, and create a healthier ecosystem for visitors to enjoy.

    Please bring sturdy shoes, long pants, cap or hat, work gloves, sunscreen, and your favorite weeding and pruning tools. We’ll have a few extra tools for use, as well. We’ll meet outside the library entrance, break into groups, and tackle different sections of the park. Come make a difference!

  • Volunteer Day
    November 3, 2019
    9:30 am - 12:00 pm
    - Meet fellow gardening and plant enthusiasts as we work in teams to eliminate invasive plants. This weekend we'll be whacking away at Wisteria in the wooded area between the two parking lots. Volunteers can enjoy free coffee, water, snacks, and the knowledge that their hard work is helping the park.

    Please bring sturdy shoes, long pants, cap or hat, work gloves, sunscreen, and your favorite weeding and pruning tools. We’ll have a few extra tools for use, as well. We’ll meet outside the library entrance, break into groups, and tackle different sections of the park. Come make a difference!

  • Geology Underfoot
    November 23, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    - Explore the History of North Carolina as recorded in the rocks and landscapes surrounding Library in Prichard Park.

    After a short classroom introduction to the amazing geology of Chapel Hill that is right beneath our feet but often overlooked we'll trek through Prichard Park to look at the rocks and landforms (landscapes) and to learn how to interpret the history that they preserve.

    We'll see all of this through the eyes of a geologist, Karl Wegmann, Ph.D. from the Dept. of Marine, Earth, & Atmospheric Sciences at North Carolina State University.

  • Volunteer Day
    November 24, 2019
    1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    - Meet fellow gardening and plant enthusiasts as we work in teams to eliminate invasive plants like wisteria, Japanese honeysuckle, English ivy, and microstegium (aka Japanese stiltgrass). Volunteers can enjoy free coffee, water, snacks, and the knowledge that their hard work is helping the park.

    The idea is to promote greater diversity of native plants and animals, beautify Pritchard Park, and create a healthier ecosystem for visitors to enjoy.

    Please bring sturdy shoes, long pants, cap or hat, work gloves, sunscreen, and your favorite weeding and pruning tools. We’ll have a few extra tools for use, as well. We’ll meet outside the library entrance, break into groups, and tackle different sections of the park. Come make a difference!

  • Volunteer Day
    November 16, 2019
    9:30 am - 12:00 pm
    - Meet fellow gardening and plant enthusiasts as we work in teams to eliminate invasive plants like wisteria, Japanese honeysuckle, English ivy, and microstegium (aka Japanese stiltgrass). Volunteers can enjoy free coffee, water, snacks, and the knowledge that their hard work is helping the park.

    The idea is to promote greater diversity of native plants and animals, beautify Pritchard Park, and create a healthier ecosystem for visitors to enjoy.

    Please bring sturdy shoes, long pants, cap or hat, work gloves, sunscreen, and your favorite weeding and pruning tools. We’ll have a few extra tools for use, as well. We’ll meet outside the library entrance, break into groups, and tackle different sections of the park. Come make a difference!

  • Volunteer Day
    December 15, 2019
    1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    - Meet fellow gardening and plant enthusiasts as we work in teams to eliminate invasive plants like wisteria, Japanese honeysuckle, English ivy, and microstegium (aka Japanese stiltgrass). Volunteers can enjoy free coffee, water, snacks, and the knowledge that their hard work is helping the park.

    The idea is to promote greater diversity of native plants and animals, beautify Pritchard Park, and create a healthier ecosystem for visitors to enjoy.

    Please bring sturdy shoes, long pants, cap or hat, work gloves, sunscreen, and your favorite weeding and pruning tools. We’ll have a few extra tools for use, as well. We’ll meet outside the library entrance, break into groups, and tackle different sections of the park. Come make a difference!

  • Earth Friendly Landscaping
    February 1, 2020
    11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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    People enjoy having a beautiful landscape, yet the traditional American lawn-dominated landscape planted with non-native plants and sprayed with chemicals isn’t healthy for people or wildlife. Learn how to create a healthy landscape while contributing to a healthy planet. We'll also cover basic design principles to make it beautiful.

    About the presenter: Janet Allen is the co-founder and president of Habitat Gardening in Central New York, a chapter of the national organization Wild Ones. She writes articles and gives presentations on habitat gardening at garden clubs, libraries, and conferences, such as Ithaca’s Native Landscape Symposium. She's taught classes for the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener classes.

    Meeting Room B
  • Volunteer Day
    February 22, 2020
    9:30 am - 12:30 pm
    - Meet fellow gardening and plant enthusiasts as we work in teams to eliminate invasive plants like wisteria, Japanese honeysuckle, English ivy, and microstegium (aka Japanese stiltgrass). Volunteers can enjoy free coffee, water, snacks, and the knowledge that their hard work is helping the park.

    The idea is to promote greater diversity of native plants and animals, beautify Pritchard Park, and create a healthier ecosystem for visitors to enjoy.

    Please bring sturdy shoes, long pants, cap or hat, work gloves, sunscreen, and your favorite weeding and pruning tools. We’ll have a few extra tools for use, as well. We’ll meet outside the library entrance, break into groups, and tackle different sections of the park. Come make a difference!

  • Bird Friendly Habitat
    February 15, 2020
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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    As the land is increasingly developed in our area, we displace much of the native habitat on which wildlife depend. Learn the benefits of using native plants, how to identify and remove invasive plants, and other steps to make your community more bird-friendly.

    About the presenter: Barbara Driscoll is currently the President of New Hope Audubon and the Co-Committee Chair for New Hope Audubon’s Bird-Friendly committee which promotes creating bird-friendly habitats. She retired in 2013 after being a Physical Scientist for 27 years with the Environmental Protection Agency. Barbara is an avid outdoor enthusiast, enjoying bird watching, plants and animals around the world. Her hobbies include photography, walking her two basset hounds and removing invasive plants.

    Meeting Room A
  • Creek Cleanup
    February 22, 2019 - February 23, 2019
    6:30 am
    - We're partnering with our pals from Stormwater Management and volunteers from from UNC to clean up the creek that flows through Pritchard Park. You're welcome to meet us in the lower parking lot or come find us.

  • Maintaining Healthy Trees
    February 29, 2020
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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    Get professional advice from a certified arborist about caring for your trees. You'll learn good maintenance practices like mulching and pruning. We'll also cover the potential problems faced by trees in our region, including disease, pests, and soil compaction.

    About the presenter: Craig Nishimoto is a local arborist, certified by the International Society of Arborists. He is also qualified by the ISA in Tree Risk Assessment. His company, The Treeist, has been in business since 2013. Craig has earned a reputation for his expertise, honesty, and integrity in advising local residents about trees on their property.

    Meeting Room B
  • Volunteer Day
    March 28, 2020
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    - Meet fellow gardening and plant enthusiasts as we work in teams to eliminate invasive plants like wisteria, Japanese honeysuckle, English ivy, and microstegium (aka Japanese stiltgrass). Volunteers can enjoy free coffee, water, snacks, and the knowledge that their hard work is helping the park.

    The idea is to promote greater diversity of native plants and animals, beautify Pritchard Park, and create a healthier ecosystem for visitors to enjoy.

    Please bring sturdy shoes, long pants, cap or hat, work gloves, sunscreen, and your favorite weeding and pruning tools. We’ll have a few extra tools for use, as well. We’ll meet at the lower parking lot, break into groups, and tackle different sections of the park. Come make a difference!

  • Volunteer Day
    May 30, 2020
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    - Meet fellow gardening and plant enthusiasts as we work in teams to eliminate invasive plants like wisteria, Japanese honeysuckle, English ivy, and microstegium (aka Japanese stiltgrass). Volunteers can enjoy free coffee, water, snacks, and the knowledge that their hard work is helping the park.

    The idea is to promote greater diversity of native plants and animals, beautify Pritchard Park, and create a healthier ecosystem for visitors to enjoy.

    Please bring sturdy shoes, long pants, cap or hat, work gloves, sunscreen, and your favorite weeding and pruning tools. We’ll have a few extra tools for use, as well. We’ll meet at the lower parking lot, break into groups, and tackle different sections of the park. Come make a difference!

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