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.


  • Earth Friendly Landscaping
    February 1, 2020
    11:00 am - 12:30 pm
    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
  • Bird Friendly Habitat
    February 15, 2020
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    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 an amateur photographer who lives in Chapel Hill.

    Meeting Room A
  • Maintaining Healthy Trees
    February 29, 2020
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    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
  • Creek Cleanup
    February 22, 2020 - February 23, 2020
    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.

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