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Explore the Outdoors 2018 Info Coming Soon!

Make tracks to Huguenot Park and the studios of the Community Idea Stations on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. for a FREE day of hands-on fun exploring science and nature. The educational programs of the Community Idea Stations, Science Matters and Ready to Learn, and Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation are co-hosting a special day in the park to give children and their families plenty of exciting outdoor experiences. Over fifty local community groups with expertise in outdoor adventure, healthy living, and environmental science will engage you in activities ranging from archery and fishing, paddle boarding (on dry land), gardening, camping, art making and much, much more.

Curious George, Smokey Bear and a Mermaid will be some of the characters joining in the fun. Come and check out your local PBS and NPR stations while touring the radio and television studios. You’ll even get to see yourself on TV (the green screen that is)! Snacks, drinks, and great food will be available for purchase.


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Check out some of the Activities from past events:

  • Get up close and personal with snakes, reptiles, birds and bugs
  • Hike the trails of Huguenot Park and learn about trees and animal tracks
  • Join some "Bug Walks" to uncover all kinds of creatures
  • Explore fossils, rocks and minerals of Virginia
  • Discover hidden Geocaches
  • Try your hand at archery
  • Play Fishing games
  • Enjoy Nature-based arts and crafts and a recycled art project
  • Discover square foot gardening
  • Learn all about bees and how to identify birds and their songs
  • Play lots of outdoor games in the field games area
  • Learn all about the James River, Chesapeake Bay and the Virginia Institute for Marine Science
  • Meet Smokey Bear, Curious George and a Mermaid and other characters

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Be sure to “Explore the Outdoors” by checking out these Science Matters videos:
DIY: Garden in a Glove
DIY: Toad Houses (Green Kids)
DIY: Plant Radishes
DIY: Painting with Evergreens by Project Learning Tree
Fossil Hunting at York River State Park
James River Ecology School
Pocahontas State Park
Rockwood Nature Center
Save the Wood Thrush