Environmental Education Programs
Little Explorers is a way for children ages 2-6 (and their parent/guardian) to explore a local Iredell County park. Nature educators will guide children to notice plants and animals, with a hands-on approach to teaching environmental education. Walks are child-directed and open-ended. Children learn through questions, observation, and play. Groups move slowly through the park, stopping often. In this way, children have time to notice and learn about the plants and animals around them.
Each session is $10, and includes 3 park visits. The Spring session will meet once per month, April-June.
Pre-registration required and is available online. Spaces are limited!
The Spring 2021 Session will be as follows:
April 7 (Wednesday): 9 - 10am
- Big Leaf Slopes 341 Twin Oaks Rd, Statesville, NC 28625
- Stumpy Creek 160 Stumpy Creek Rd, Mooresville, NC 28117
- Lake Norman State Park - Alder Trail 759 State Park Road Troutman, NC 28166
(Siblings under 2 also welcome at no charge. Please keep older siblings at home.)
All children and adults will need to be able to follow these guidelines to participate in a walk:
- Children ages 2-6 can participate and must register in advance (younger siblings may attend with a registered child). Children and adults must provide their name, parent email, and phone number during registration.
- Group sizes are limited.
- Only one adult per child can attend
- Physical distancing is required. Everyone must stay 6' feet apart from people not living in the same household.
- Face coverings are required for everyone age three and older (3+). If your 3-6 year old is not yet able to wear a mask, start practicing now so they are ready. If anyone ages 3+ arrives without a face covering, one will be provided.
- A waiver is required and must be completed for every participant prior to the day of the program, signed online by the parent/guardian during registration. (A waiver covers the parent and child attending)
- You will be screened for symptoms when you arrive. Our staff will be screening everyone arriving for COVID-like symptoms on the day of the walk, including a temperature check and Attestation Form. Participants are who are having symptoms of COVID-19 on the day of the program should not participate. Our staff will email everyone who is signed up the day before the walk with important reminders for the walk.
- Follow general sanitation guidelines. Please have all participants wash or sanitize hands when they arrive, after using the bathroom, and at the end of the walk. Cover your coughs and sneezes. Stay home if you are ill.
Upcoming Environmental Workshops & Classes
Ecology Workshop @ Jennings Park: April 13 from 3:30-5:30pm (Ages 7-13)
Earth Day Workshop @ Stumpy Creek Park: April 22 from 5-6pm (Ages 5-17)
Outdoor Living Skills @ Jennings Park: April 27 from 3:30-5:30pm (Ages 7-17)
Watershed Workshop @ Jennings Park: May 11 from 3:30-5:30pm (Ages 7-13)
Watershed Workshop @ Jennings Park: May 13 from 3:30-5:30pm (Ages 14-17)
NatureQuest @ Jennings Park: May 18 from 3:30-5:30pm (Ages 6-10)
- Parents will need to create a (free) user account/profile in our CivicRec system prior to being able to submit your child’s registration. Adults will be the primary account holder/creator. Once the account is created by the parent/guardian, children or other family members can be added as family members to the account (individual profiles). Emergency contact information is required for all users/family members.
- You must have your child listed as a family member in your account, in order to register them for a program. Once your child is added to your account, you may select the program or activity from the catalog, and proceed through the registration process.
Be sure to get a receipt/confirmation for your registration!
Programs may be cancelled due to weather, low enrollment, changes in safety guidelines or other unforeseen circumstances. Refunds will be given for programs cancelled by Iredell County Parks & Recreation.