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!

  • Meet the Animals
    February 19, 2018
    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    - Join friends from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences for an interactive program about the native animals and natural objects that live outside our door. Get up close to live animals, including turtles, snakes, and amphibians! For kids in grades K-5. Sign up for the 2:30 session here!
  • Meet the Animals
    February 19, 2018
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    - Join friends from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences for an interactive program about the native animals and natural objects that live outside our door. Get up close to live animals, including turtles, snakes, and amphibians! For kids in grades K-5. This session is full.
  • Frogs & Toads
    March 22, 2018
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    - Learn about local frog calls and habitats followed by a listen outside! Starting in Meeting Room B and then moving outside to Pritchard Park. For ages 8 to adult!
  • Creating Rain Gardens
    March 24, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    - A workshop and a workday! Learn how to create a backyard rain garden and then help with a planting session to rejuvenate the large bio-retention basin outside on library grounds. Starting in Meeting Room B and then moving outside to Pritchard Park.
  • Scientific Tools - prek-2nd
    March 27, 2018
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    - Learn about and work with a variety of measuring tools used every day by scientists around the world. Meeting Room B. For prek-2nd grade. Registration required. This session is full.
  • Scientific Tools - grades 3-5
    March 27, 2018
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    - Learn about and work with a variety of measuring tools used every day by scientists around the world. Meeting Room B. For grades 3-5. Registration required. This session is full.
  • Birds of a Feather
    April 10, 2018
    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    - Discover the world of birds using replicas and study specimens to learn about their adaptations and become familiar with the songs and behaviors of common North Carolina species. Starts in Meeting Room A and, weather permitting, concludes outside as we look for some bird together. Capped at 20 participants, including adults. *Note: this program does not include live animals. For ages 4 and up. Sign up for the 2:30 session here!
  • Birds of a Feather
    April 10, 2018
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    - Discover the world of birds using replicas and study specimens to learn about their adaptations and become familiar with the songs and behaviors of common North Carolina species. Starts in Meeting Room A and, weather permitting, concludes outside as we look for some bird together. Capped at 20 participants, including adults. *Note: this program does not include live animals. For ages 4 and up. Sign up for the 4:00 session here!
  • Star Party
    April 20, 2018
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    - Join us for fun and family friendly crafts and activities, out of this world movies, stories, and skywatching as part of the NC Science Festival. We'll meet in the traffic circle near the main entrance and learn about stars, constellations, and space with our partners from the Morehead Planetarium & Science Center.

    We will provide multiple telescopes and star maps so that plenty can take a turn exploring the skies. This will be an evening activity outdoors, so dress for cooler temperatures.
  • Backyard Birds
    April 21, 2018
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    - Attracting & Supporting Backyard Birds" is an education program led by Tracy Atkins Rehberg, owner of Chapel Hill's Wild Bird Center.

    Get habitat and feeding tips for attracting the broadest variety of wild birds to your backyard. Includes seasonal best practices and will provide a practical understanding of the many types of bird feeders, foods, and baths available today.

    We'll highlight easy, low-cost options for beginning to feed birds, as well as ideas for taking your bird feeding enjoyment to the next level by learning to identify many common feeder guests and how to keep an eye out for some popular, less frequent visitors, too.

    Meeting Room B
  • Fairy Garden Workshop
    May 5, 2018
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    - Enter the world of fairies as you make a fairy house of your own. When your creation is complete we will venture into Pritchard Park to leave it for fairies (and humans) to find! Saturday, May 5 in Meeting Room B and then outside in Pritchard Park. For ages 4 and up. This program is full.
  • Fairy Garden Workshop
    May 5, 2018
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    - Enter the world of fairies as you make a fairy house of your own. When your creation is complete we will venture into Pritchard Park to leave it for fairies (and humans) to find! Saturday, May 5 in Meeting Room B and then outside in Pritchard Park. For ages 4 and up. This program is full.
  • Playwork
    June 9, 2018
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    - This 3 hour workshop examines ways children, young people and families engage in and benefit from outdoor play and how we can take advantage of the many affordances provided by the outdoors. Using approaches employed in the playwork profession, participants will explore open-ended creative ways to encourage and expand opportunities for exploration, discovery and play in nature.

    The workshop includes lots of hands on activities. Expect to have fun inside and out.

    Linda Kinney, Education Specialist and Manager of Playful Pedagogy North Carolina Zoological Park, will lead the workshop.

    This program will count for NCEE criteria II credit for those seeking hours.
  • Goats!
    June 21, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - Welcome a herd of 30 visiting goats with a special goat-themed story time, Q&A session, and crafts. The goats are here to clear overgrown vegetation in parts of Pritchard Park. See live animals in action and learn more about what they eat, how they interact with humans, and how their behavior can be beneficial.

    We livestreamed this event. Check it out here.

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