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Old Town Farmers Market:
Free. Old Town Rock Hill, East Main Street, Rock Hill. 5-8 p.m. June 2.
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. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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 percent of all sales will benefit Carolina Waterfowl Rescue. 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 a.m.-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.
Nature Story Corner:
Settle in and get comfortable and read a variety of nature based stories. Stories may be accompanied by puppets and audience participation as you learn about the wonders of nature. After the story they will hike into the forest to do a themed activity based on the story. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 10-11 a.m. June 6.
Survival: Shelter Building:
The most important thing in any survival situation is shelter. Three hours without shelter makes life rough. Learn the “quick and dirty” way to construct a shelter as well as a more advanced one. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-3 p.m. June 7.
Evening Kayak at Mountain Island Lake:
Join a naturalist for a relaxing paddle on Mountain Island Lake, taking in the natural beauty while discovering the importance of this habitat to wildlife and human life. Meet at Latta Plantation Nature Center. Time on water is about one and a half hours. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. $15 single kayak; $20 tandem kayak. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 6:30-8 p.m. June 8.