It's the time of year when everyone is talking turkey: buying them, cooking them, slicing them, eating them and then feeling like an overstuffed one.
Do you ever wonder about the turkey's point of view? Now you can learn about it.
At 10 a.m. Saturday, Cabarrus County Parks will offer a free wildlife program, "Turkey Time," at North Cabarrus Park on Orphanage Road.
Kids ages 5 to 12 are invited to learn about how turkeys live, the difference between domesticated and wild turkeys, and the many different types of turkey calls. They may be able to make their own turkey calls.
Senior Ranger Doug Buckman will lead the session.
"I hope that the children walk away with a greater respect and understanding for nature," Buckman said. "I most of all try to have fun so that the program holds their interest and creates more of an impact."
Buckman has been with Cabarrus County Parks since 2001. He puts together many different public programs.
"I often like to create programs based upon the season or perhaps a holiday in the month of the program," he said. "December's program is 'The Presents of Plants,' which is about how plants benefit our lives through food, clothing, and housing.
"January brings 'Winter Adaptations,' in which we learn about how our animal friends adapt to winter's cold temperatures."
If a group of Scouts is working on a particular merit badge, he said, the members can contact him directly, and he may be able to create a program in conjunction with their needs.
On just about any weekend, a different program is going on at a Cabarrus park: the first and third Saturdays of the month at Frank Liske Park; the second Saturday at Camp T.N. Spencer Park; and the fourth Saturday at North Cabarrus Park.
"My programs are not a gathering where I just state facts about the subject," Buckman said. "I am simply a facilitator who leads the participants in the proper direction so that they can teach themselves."
Besides the many weekend events, lots of upgrades have been happening to the parks of Cabarrus County.
For instance, Buckman told me the parks department recently opened a fitness trail at North Cabarrus Park. Last summer the pool at Camp Spencer Park opened to the public for the first time, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive, he said.
So don't forget to schedule some fun family time on Thanksgiving weekend by attending "Turkey Time" at North Cabarrus Park's Magnolia Shelter.
For more information or to register for this or any other Cabarrus County Park program, go to www.cabarrus county.us/Parks. Happy Thanksgiving!