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.

  • Monarch Madness!
    September 21, 2019
    1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    - Learn about one of the planet's coolest flying bugs - Monarch butterflies!

    From 1:30-2:00, Phyllis Simon and husband Bruce Taggart, who live in northern Orange County and have their own monarch raising operation, will lead a multi-media presentation in Meeting Room B.

    From 2:00-3:00, we've got a whole host of caterpillar and butterfly crafts and activities for kids. We'll draw, build, and learn. It'll be great.

    From3:00-3:30, Aerialist Amanda Finch will perform on the Terrace (in a butterfly outfit!).

    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.

    If we're reeeeeeealy lucky, we might also have a surprise or two.
  • Story Walk
    September 24, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
    - As part of Take A Child Outside Week, we're hosting a StoryWalk. The basic concept is simple: choose a children’s book, pull out the pages, laminate them and post them along a trail. Families follow the trail from page to page, reading the story as they go. .

    Our StoryWalk in Pritchard Park will use Señorita Mariposa, a bi-lingual picture book about monarch butterfly migration. The pages of the book will be laminated and fastened to a wooden post and placed along the trails in the park.

    The walk will start at the trail head on Library drive and end at the pollinator garden so that kids (and adults) can witness nature in action!

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