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NATURE KIDS — The Cradle of Forestry’s Woodsy Owl Curiosity Club is offering weekly nature-themed programs every Thursday.

PISGAH FOREST — Engage your little ones with nature and the outdoors during the weekly Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club at the Cradle of Forestry.

Each week features a different nature theme designed for children ages 4 to 7, including the reading of a forest-themed story, fun activities, games and a craft.

The program is held at the Cradle’s outdoor amphitheater and on and around the paved trails of the outdoor campus.

Woodsy Owl Curiosity Club motivates kids to form healthy, lasting relationships with nature. His motto “Lend a Hand – Care for the Land!” encourages everyone to make a positive difference in their world.

The programs are held from 10:30 a.m.-noon Wednesdays July 7-August 18. Cost is $5 per child and $3 for accompanying adults. Pre-registration required by clicking here and scrolling down to Woodsy Owl.

This summer’s themes are:

• July 14: Forest Birds: Learning about local birds

• July 21: The Ants Go Marching: Learning about the tiny world of ants

• July 28: Slimy & Scaly Creatures: Learning about reptiles & amphibians

• Aug. 4: Navigation: Learning about maps, directions & basic compass skills

• Aug. 11: Forest Fairy Tales: Exploring the story of Jack and the Beanstalk

• Aug. 18: Busy Squirrels!: Learning about local squirrels

The Cradle of Forestry is operated by FIND Outdoors, a nonprofit partner of the Pisgah National Forest. It’s located four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway on U.S. 276, about 40 minutes from Waynesville.

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