Lake Norman & Mooresville

Nature and garden events

Please submit your event information online. Go to events.charlotteobserver.com and click on “Add Event.” The submission deadline for print is two weeks in advance of the event date.

Weekday Wanderers: Rocky Face Mountain Rec Area:

We will be starting our weekday hikes to immerse ourselves in the beauty of local preserved areas. This month we will visit the Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area beautiful stroll within and around a rock quarry. We will hike about 5 miles on uneven terrain looking for spring treasures along the way. Meet at Reedy Creek Nature Center and take van to location. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. $8. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 9 a.m. May 27.

Feeling Fishy:

Have you always wanted to take your child fishing, but struggle to find the time and equipment? Then this program is perfect for you. Please join our expert angler for a fun filled morning on the pond and be ready to get fishy. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 9:30 a.m. May 28.

National Hamburger Day:

National Hamburger Day is Saturday, May 28th. Vendors at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market will be passing out free hamburger recipes to celebrate. Stop by today to pick up fresh meat and vegetables to make the perfect hamburger this weekend. www.charlottefarmersmarket.com. Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte. 704-357-1269. www.ncagr.gov. 8 a.m. May 28.

Flippin’ Frogs and Polliwogs, Oh My!:

The weather is warm and the frogs and other amphibians know it. Discover the lives of these slimy creatures and see if you are quick enough to catch one yourself. Come prepared to get wet on this grand adventure. See you on the flip side. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 2 p.m. May 29.

Sand County Almanac: Book and Nature Exploration:

Each month, you will explore a section of this wonderful book and participate in a nature connecting activity. Email laura.domingo@mecklenburgcountync.gov for this month’s reading or for more info. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 6-7:30 p.m. June 2.

Butterfly and Dragonfly Stroll:

Butterflies and dragonflies are incredibly beautiful creatures if you take the time to slow down and observe them. Join others on a leisurely stroll and learn to identify several species of these beauties. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. \4-5 p.m. June 3.

Charlie the Duck:

Everyone’s favorite duck, Charlie, will be visiting Backyard Birds in Matthews. 10% of all sales will benefit Carolina Waterfowl Rescue. Free. Backyard Birds, 1819 Matthews Township Parkway, Matthews. 704-841-9453. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 4.

National Trails Day:

The Friends of Crowders Mountain State Park and REI invite you to come celebrate National Trails Day at the Boulders Access Visitor Center, Crowders Mountain State Park. You will meet at Boulders Access for Trail Maintenance. Tools, drinks and snacks are provided. At noon, REI is providing lunch, followed by a meeting of the Friends of Crowders Mountain. Anyone interested in Crowders Mountain State Park is welcome. Directions: I-85 S to Exit 5, then follow the brown signs to the park. Questions? Call the park at 704-853-5375. Free. Crowders Mountain State Park, 522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain. 704-853-5375. www.ncparks.gov. 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 4.

Iredell Master Gardener Demonstration Garden:

The Iredell Extension Master Gardener Demonstration Garden will be open to the public on the first Saturday of each month through October. Visitors are welcome to tour the garden, see what’s being grown and ask questions of Master Gardeners. The Demonstration Garden features vegetable gardens, fruit trees, plants for shade and sun, a water feature and a children’s garden. The Demo Garden is located behind the NC Agricultural Center at 444 Bristol Drive, Statesville. Free. NC Agricultural Center, 444 Bristol Drive, Statesville. 9-11 a.m. June 4.

National Trails Day Celebration:

The Carolina Thread Trail is throwing a free, family-friendly community bash for National Trails Day. Join others at South Fork Trail and Blueway in McAdenville and celebrate your love for trails. Enjoy guided hikes, free kayak rentals for paddling, lawn games, live bluegrass music, Papi Queso Food Truck, craft beer from Rivermen Brewery and more. Free; food and beverages available for purchase. South Fork Trail, 119 Willow Drive, McAdenville. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. June 4.

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