Pullen Park in Raleigh is adding a new diversion in addition to its carousel, train, boats and playground.
A new Discovery Days series features plants, animals and natural resources. The programs are free. Parent supervision is required. This isn't a drop-off program. Each program starts at 10:30 a.m. and runs about 45 minutes. Pre-registration is not required.
Here's what's scheduled (with descriptions from the park):
Sept. 14: American Wildlife Refuge: Birds of Prey. Hear about Eagles, Hawks and Owls in our area. Meet some live raptors in a wildlife show that gives you up close and personal look at actual birds of prey. Learn how you can help these magnificent birds at a show that is fun for the whole family.
Sept. 17: Birds. Basic backyard birds will be the focus as we talk about their different colors and songs. In addition, kids will have the opportunity to see and touch examples of nests, eggs and feathers.
Oct. 12: Reptiles. Explore the amazing diversity of reptile lifestyles and characteristics. Discover many similarities and differences between reptiles and other animals groups including humans. Help your child overcome fears and demystify reptiles as they meet some fascinating live examples.
Oct. 15: Wake Audubon: All About Hawks. Get an up close view of a stuffed adult hawk! Children will get to see the sharp beak, talons and beautiful feathers while learning how hawks live. Children will build their own hawk nest and learn how mom and dad hawks take care of their eggs and baby birds.
Oct. 26: Mad Science: Spooky Science. Hear the tales of Count Eggbert and Countess Eggberta as they battle the wicked witch. See things melt, foam, and bubble!
Oct. 29: Seed Science. This program is a great way for your child to explore the diversity of seeds. Through discussion and games, they will learn where the seed is found on the plant, how seeds are dispersed and explore the parts of the seed.
For more information, call 919-996-6468. Pullen Park is at 520 Ashe Ave. in Raleigh.