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 Explore More programs that are more for adults, click here.

  • Fossils!
    November 16, 2019
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    - Meet a geologist (or two) from the NC Fossil Club and sift through fossil dirt from the Aurora Fossil Museum. Family friendly event with activities for all ages. We think you'll really 'dig' our new sand table!

    Meeting Room B
  • Geology Underfoot
    November 23, 2019
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    - Explore the History of North Carolina as recorded in the rocks and landscapes surrounding Library in Pritchard 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 Pritchard 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.
  • Build a Bird
    December 1, 2019
    2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    - We're recognizing the work of Wonder Connection, a non-profit that brings science and nature-themed activities to pediatric patients at UNC Hospitals, with an afternoon of activities. Some of the activities may take place on the Terrace or in the Outdoor Classroom if weather permits. We'll have:

    • A display of gingerbread creations, inspired by birds and bird books, created by kids in the UNC hospital system

    • Build a leaf bird inside and try out binoculars for bird watching (inside/outside)

    • Build a bird nest (outside)

    • Bird/nature stories around 4pm (outside, weather permitting)

    Meeting Room B
  • All About Binoculars
    December 14, 2019
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    - Interested in binoculars, but don't know where to begin? Join our 45-min workshop to see what's new and learn everything you need to know to make an informed purchase. Stay as long as you like after the workshop to ask questions and try various models.

    The program will be led by Susan Whitney from the Wild Bird Center of Chapel Hill. Meeting Room A and then the Terrace

We frequently take photos and videos at our events. Here's what we do with them.