“Kids in Nature Day”: Oct 3, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.. Squirrel Lake Park, 1631 Pleasant Plains Road, Matthews. Sponsored by Habitat and Wildlife Keepers, Great Outdoors University and Matthews Women’s Club,” Kids In Nature Day” provides opportunities for kids and families to explore nature and enjoy the wonders of the outside world. Enjoy fishing, stream exploration, hikes and more. Free. 704-708-1260
“McDowell Nature Hike”: Oct. 9, 11:45 a.m - 12:45 p.m. Join us for a 2-3 mile steady-paced hike while enjoying nature, getting some exercise and meeting new people. Ages 16+, registration required.
“Animal Care Behind-the-Scenes”: Oct. 10, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Go behind-the-scenes to feed, water, clean and care for the snakes, turtles and other critters at the nature center. Ages 7+, registration required. parkandrec.com or 704-588-5224
“All About Vultures”: Oct. 6, 7 p.m. H.A.W.K. (Habitat and Wildlife Keepers) at the Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell Street East, Matthews. Jim Warren of the Carolina Raptor Center shares information about these highly social, intelligent creatures that are critical for a healthy ecosystem. Free. HAWKNCWF@gmail.com 704-814-0877
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“The Needs of Trees with Schneider Tree Care”: Oct. 6, 12 - 1 p.m. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 New Hope Road, Belmont. Learn how to care for trees, and prepare trees or shrubs for winter with Ryan Chipman. Members free, non-members $12.95 adults, $6.95 children. www.DSBG.org 704-829-1252
“Vermicomposting”: Oct. 8, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Gaston County Extension at Lucile Tatum Center, 959 Osceola Street, Gastonia. Learn the basics for getting started composting your food scraps utilizing earthworms. Cost: $25. Register 5 days in advance. www.gaston.ces.csu.edu 704-922-2111
“Wing Haven Fall Plant Sale”: Oct. 8, 9 & 10, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wing Haven Gardens, 248 Ridgewood Avenue. Purchase beautiful, healthy plant specimens for your garden. Free garden programs Thurs - Sat at 10:30 a.m. www.winghavengardens.com
“Arranging Roses with Pumpkins Workshop”: Oct. 10, 10 a.m. Witherspoon Rose culture, 4401 Shopton Road, Charlotte. Learn to make a beautiful Fall arrangements utilizing fall items and roses. Register: www.witherspoonrose.com/events-classes 704-366 -2566
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