Wilmington Parks & Recreation offers a variety of nature programs for all ages at Halyburton Park, located at 4099 S. 17th Street. There are also several kayak programs available.
"Little Explorers" pre-school nature programs
$3 per participant
Bring your "little explorers" out to the park and discover nature through stories, songs, hands-on activities, hikes and crafts. Space is limited and pre-registration is required for all of these popular programs.
- Log Life: Sept. 26-27
- Animal Moves & Sounds: Oct. 17-18
- Fall in the Forest: Oct. 24-25
- Scampering Squirrels: Nov. 14-15
- Oh, Deer!: Nov. 21-22
- Winter Sleepers: Dec. 5-6
- Animal Armor: Dec. 12-13
Free nature programs
- Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. - noon
Nature journaling program. Spend a morning learning about, connecting with and being creatively inspired by the longleaf pine forest during a free nature journaling workshop. The day will be spent in the longleaf pine forest on the park grounds learning about the history, life cycle and animals of the forest.
- Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Migratory birds workshop. Coastal NC is home to many species of birds, including many that migrate through this area on their way back to their wintering grounds further south. Mike Campbell with the NC Wildlife Resource Commission and park naturalist Andy Fairbanks will explore the various habitats in the Wilmington area to identify warblers, raptors, waders, shorebirds and many other species.
Each program $50 per participant
- Oct. 11 from 4:30 - 9 p.m
Full moon kayak - Rice Creek. Paddle the blackwater of Rice and Town Creek during the full moon, then stop for a campfire and s'mores before paddling back under the moonlit skies.
- Dec. 9 from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Mistletoe kayak trip - Holly Shelter Creek. Experience the sights and sounds of this beautiful creek in late fall. See an abundance of holly trees and mistletoe along the creek along with other wildlife and forests. This adventure is perfect for both the first-time kayak-er as well as those more experienced. Paddle with the flow of this slow moving blackwater creek, then meet up for lunch at the Holland Shelter Fish Camp.
Call 910.341.0075 or visit halyburtonpark.com for more information.