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 will include a new outdoor natural play area, 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!

  • Butterfly Release
    September 22, 2018
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

    Celebrate the success of our new Pollinator Garden with the release of Monarch butterflies!

    Phyllis Simon and husband Bruce Taggart, who live in northern Orange County, will describe their monarch raising operation and bring in their hatchery, which will have caterpillars, chrysalises, and--hopefully--newly hatched monarchs ready to be tagged and released.

    Dan Stern and Amanda Mixon from the UNC Botanical Garden, who designed and installed the library's pollinator garden, will offer tours of the garden and provide information and handouts on pollinator plants suitable for the piedmont.

    We'll also have activities and more details on how you can get involved in citizen science projects that report sightings of adults, eggs, captive-reared, and wild butterflies.

    Come learn the life cycle of monarchs, what they feed on, etc. and help us release some Monarchs outdoors!

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