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Mary Sonis

“Enviro Caching: Fungi and Lichens”: Aug. 8, 1:00 p.m. Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road. Use GPS technology for a nature-inspired scavenger hunt where you will track down and discover many of our environmental treasures while learning more about the biodiversity and natural resources of the Piedmont. Stop by the Trading Post today and talk “swap” with a Naturalist. Bring in a found natural object to earn points. Engage with nature and hone your observation skills with this unique offering. Admission $8 per person, members free and children younger than 2. Tickets online at www.charlottenaturemuseum.org 704-372-6261

“Kayak Water Study”: August 9, 9 - 11 a.m. McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road. Kayak and explore earth science concepts and riparian education involving hands on activities that encourage stewardship. Collect samples and conduct water quality analysis. Registration required, $15.00, ages 12 & up. “Creature Feature”: August 10, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Visit with a Nature Center Naturalist and chat about some of our favorite creatures. Stay as long as you like and get to know the featured creature of the day. Registration required. Free, all ages.

“Bugs, Slugs and Other Ughs”: August 12, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Register for classes www.parkandrec.com 704-588-5224

“Birding Walk”: August 11, 9 -10 a.m. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont. Stroll through the gardens, Meadowood Walk and Persimmon Trail to scout for seasonal birds, observe nesting patterns and establish a basis for bird counts. Bring binoculars if you have a pair. Monthly Birding Walks are led by the Garden’s birding volunteers. Members free, non-members $12.95 for adults, $11.95 for seniors 60+, and $6.95 for children 2-12. The Garden is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. www.dsbg.org/events/garden-events/calendar 704-825-4490

“Fairy Camp”: August 14, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 North Tryon Street. This is a great opportunity to explore our urban shire and hunt for fairies that hide all around. They will learn about the whimsical folklore behind some of their favorite characters, and create enchanting crafts that would impress the most finicky of fairies. Snacks and water are included. Children ages 6-11; $25, Pre-registration required. www.historicrosedale.org/events

Send your regional garden and nature calendar listings to: mecklenburgemg@gmail.com. Compiled by Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardener Volunteers

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