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.

  • Invasive Plants
    May 4, 2019
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    - During May, join us for a series of speakers about how invasive species of plants often displace their native counterparts. These local experts will educate and offer resources and ways to explore solutions to this widespread ecological problem.

    On May 4: Identification and Control of Local Invasive Plants with Neville Handel in Meeting Room B
  • Invasive Plants
    May 11, 2019
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    - During May, join us for a series of speakers about how invasive species of plants often displace their native counterparts. These local experts will educate and offer resources and ways to explore solutions to this widespread ecological problem.

    May 11:Pretty is as Pretty Does: Invasive Plants and Once and Future Urban Natural Areas by Johnny Randall of the NC Botanical Garden

    Program in Library Meeting Room B
  • Volunteer Day
    May 18, 2019
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    - To promote greater diversity of native plants and animals, beautify Pritchard Park, and create a healthier ecosystem for visitors to enjoy, the Explore More Team is asking for volunteers to help uproot invasive exotic plants.

    The first volunteer day will be devoted to hand-pulling smaller plants and seedlings, such as Japanese honeysuckle, English ivy, and microstegium (aka Japanese stiltgrass). We'll also be cutting back vines. People will work in teams, with one crew leader who will help identify target species. Volunteer gardeners 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 promptly at 10am, break into groups, and tackle different sections of the park. Come join the fun!

    In the event of rain, the volunteer day will be rescheduled for May 25.

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