“Best Gardening Practices with Master Gardeners”: Davidson Farmers Market, Aug. 22, 8 a.m. – noon, 120 South Main Street, Davidson. www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org 704-336-4011
“Great Places to Paddle Carolina Thread Trail: Blueways.” One of the best ways to stay cool in over 90 degree weather is taking a cool, relaxing paddle down some of our region's beautiful waterways. The Carolina Thread Trail follows along three local rivers open to the public for recreation. Check out our 5 Favorite Local Paddling Destinations.www.catawbalands.org/our-top-5-favorite-paddling-destinations.
“Nature Walk”: Aug. 22 10:15 a.m. Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road. Join us for an educational walk around Charlotte Nature Museum’s Paw Paw Nature Trail with a Naturalist to discover the beauty and diversity of the bottomland forest habitat. “Amazing Snakes”: Aug. 22 & 23, 12:30 p.m. Why do snakes flick their tongues? Learn this and more, and then create your own snake craft to take home. All events and activities are free with Museum admission, Admission $8 per person, Members and children younger than 2 free. Advance tickets: charlottenaturemuseum.org, via phone at 704.372.6261 x300 or in person.
“Build Your Own Backyard Habitat”: August 23, 3-4 p.m. McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road. Learn how to attract native wildlife such as birds and butterflies to your backyard through the National Wildlife Federation's Backyard Habitat program. No matter how small or large your space, you can create a safe and sustainable habitat for local wildlife. Free. Registration: parkandrec.com or 704-588-5224
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“McDowell's Creature Feature”: August 24, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Drop by for a visit with a Naturalist and chat about some of their favorite creatures here at McDowell Nature Center. Each session will focus on a different animal species. Free - all ages. Registration. parkandrec.com or 704-588-5224
“Butterfly and Dragonfly Hike”: August 24, 4-5 p.m. Learn to identify several beautiful species that call McDowell prairie their home. Registration required. Free - 6 and up.
Registration: parkandrec.com or 704-588-5224
“Fall Is For Planting: Get Your Veggie Garden Growing!”: Aug. 26, 12 – 1:30 p.m. Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension Center, 1418 Armory Drive. Learn easy planting techniques and basics including garden layouts, dates, soil preparation and selections from Extension Master Gardeners. Register online, in advance $5 mecklenburg.ces.ncsu.edu/sustain/
“Garden Nights:” Aug. 27, 5 – 9 pm. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 New South Hope Road, Belmont. Take an evening stroll in the gardens to visit the Orchid Pavilion and enjoy food, beer or wine available with purchase. Admission: $12.95 adults, $11.95 seniors 60+ and $6.95 children. www.dsbg.org/events/garden-events, 704-825-4490.
Send regional garden and nature calendar listings to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Compiled by Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardener Volunteers