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Tracked Out: Prairie Ridge has some free options for you

Posted September 2, 2014 8:00 p.m. EDT

Kid-sized groundhog tunnel.

I know we've got some kids who are tracked out this month. Prairie Ridge Ecostation has some great weekday activities for kids and families this month. 

My family loves this place. The spot is an outdoor research lab for the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in west Raleigh off Reedy Creek Road with trails and a great nature playground.

Here's what's scheduled in September: 

Walk through the Seasons is 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. That  would make it Sept. 9 and Sept. 23 (and also Oct. 14 and Oct. 28). During this 90-minute program, a guide will take you on a walk through the site and share information about the seasonal changes in nature. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. To register, email Cathy Fergen at or call 919-707-8878.

If your older kids are back in school and you're looking for an activity for your toddlers and preschoolers, Nature Stories for young children meets at 10:30 a.m., every Thursday, all year, at Prairie Ridge's amphitheater in the nature playground. They are free and include stories and a walk around with a guide. It's free. No pre-registration required. Kids must be with an adult.

And, on Saturdays, Citizen Science Saturday walk are at 10:30 a.m., Saturdays. The walks are best for kid ages 8 and up. Participants learn about how they can contribute to science during regular science walks. It's free. No pre-registration required. Kids must be with an adult.