About Nature Rocks
Are you looking for a way to connect your kids back to nature? We have just the program for you. The North Carolina Zoo’s Family Nature Club, Nature Rocks, is dedicated to connecting children and their families to the natural world through play, investigation and discoveries. Meet other families who share a love for the outdoors creating a network of eco-kids.
Nature Rocks is FREE to join. Anyone can join at any time. Zoo membership is not necessary. Pre-registration is required to have appropriate number of supplies. Hikes are led by nature lovers and Zoo staff that are excited about sharing their knowledge with your young children.
Nature Rocks includes different hikes at unique sites managed by the Zoo and two campouts at the Zoo. Join us as we explore and watch nature change throughout the season.
Directions and Maps will be sent with confirmation of registration.
Upcoming Nature Rocks Activities
|Purgatory Mountain, trailhead located at NC Zoo, North America parking lot.||Saturday Oct. 19, 2019||Great view at the top! Look for signs of wildlife, try to find the geocache and hear stories about the mountain and the origin of its name. More information about Purgatory Mountain Hiking Trail|
|Ridges Mountain, Randolph County||Saturday Nov. 16, 2019||Come prepared to slosh in your mud boots as we explore upland pools in search of amphibian eggs and other aquatic life. There are some awesome monadnock rocks for the kids to climb as well. More information about Ridges Mountain Hiking Trail|
|McArthur Tract, Randolph County||Saturday Feb. 22, 2020||We will talk about how nature rocks, literally as we learn about a little geology.|
|Margaret J. Nichols Longleaf Pine Nature Preserve, Montgomery County||Saturday, Mar. 21, 2020||Learn about the importance of the Longleaf pine ecosystem, its history and impact on wildlife. More information|
|Pisgah Covered Bridge, Randolph County.||Saturday, May 16, 2020||Come prepared to get wet, try your hand at skipping rocks and learn about how the bridge was built. Kids can try to construct their own bridge and then test its strength. Historical background.|
|Camping in Africa at the NC Zoo||Saturday, Jun. 20, 2020||Well, the Africa side of the zoo at least...go to sleep listening to frog calls and wake up to lions roaring. Learn about dragonflies, go on a night hike and meet some of our Animal Ambassadors. Dinner and breakfast provided for a small fee. Camping gear available for use if needed.|
|Selma Cornelison Ward Nature Preserve, Randolph County.||Saturday, Jul. 18, 2020||We will get wet as we explore Bachelor Creek looking for bio-indicators. See if you can find some fresh water mussel shells, crayfish and maybe even a leech!|