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Your Complete Source for Mecklenburg Parks, Programs, Greenways and Recreation Spring 2014

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In This Issue: • The 2014 Bark in the Park • The Inaugural Romare Fest! • World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

Mecklenburg County Park and Rec - 2012 NRPA Gold Medal Award Winner!

PLUS... • County-Wide Facility Listings and Contacts • Maps to all County Park and Rec Sites • Information on Special Senior Programs


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Mecklenburg County Recreation Resource and Program Guide Mecklenburg CountyPark Parkand & Recreation

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Welcome!

Summer Camps

Dates To Remember................................4 Frequently Called Numbers....................4 Letter from the Director.......................... 5 Park and Rec News............................... 6-7

Preschool................................................ 53 Elementary........................................53-55 Teens................................................. 55-57 Adults..................................................... 57

Parks, Preserves & Greenways

Therapeutic Recreation

Major Facilities Map................................9 Dog Parks...............................................10 Americans with Disabilities...................10 Charlotte B-Cycle................................... 11 Volunteering.......................................... 11 Partners for Parks/Park Road Park........ 11 Bark in the Park Festival....................... 12 Historic Sites.......................................... 13 Fishing.................................................... 13 Youth Sports Leagues.......................14-15 Adult Athletic Leagues......................... 16 Grayson Skateboarding Park................ 16 Golf Facilities......................................... 17 Disc Golf................................................. 17 Junior and Adult Golf...........................18 Senior Golf.............................................18 Cycling & Race Events...........................19 NC Sailing and Rowing.........................19 Grady Cole Center Events.....................20 Tennis Facilities and Lessons............21-22 NC Cooperative Extension...............23-24 Greenways and Map........................ 25-27

Programs and Events........................58-62

Recreation Centers Rec Centers and School Rec Site Map.....29 Rec Centers and School Rec Site Chart...30

Nature Centers McDowell Programs and Events.........32-37 Latta Plantation Programs and Events..... 38-44 Reedy Creek Programs and Events.... 45-50

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ON THE COVER: Park and Rec’s 2013 “Bark in the Park” event

Preschool Programs and Events........................ 63-67

Elementary Programs and Events........................68-72

Teens Programs and Events........................73-76

Adults Programs and Events........................77-79

Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners: George Dunlap (District 3); Bill James (District 6); Dumont Clarke (Vice Chair, District 4); Karen Bentley (District 1); Matthew Ridenhour (District 5); Trevor Fuller (Chair, At- Large); Vilma Leake (District 2). Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Commissioners Joe Pata, Kendel Bryant, Rob Brisley (Chairman) Elaine Powell, Norman Mitchell, Tistan McMannis, Charlie McRee, Ed Barnhart, Doug Burnett , Brenda McMoore, Sheryl Smith, Travis Dancy, Jude Harding, Ed Barnhart. Members are appointed by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners. They promote parks and recreation for Mecklenburg County residents and advise County Commissioners on facilities, programs and activities.

Seniors

Bill Carroll, Managing Editor BBSA Public Information Department

Programs and Events........................80-82 MeckSenior Day Trips............................ 83 Senior Nutrition Program.....................84

Leo Caplanides, Editor BBSA Public Information Department

Aquatics Programs and Events........................85-92 Starfish Aquatics Program.................... 86 Ray’s Splash Planet - Lessons................ 87 Marion Diehl Pool - Lessons................. 88 Marion Deihl Pool - Water Exercise.....89 MC-Aquatics Center - Lessons...............90 MC-Aquatics Center - Water Exercise.... 91 World’s Largest Swim Lesson!.............. 92

Copy Editor Terri Stowers Art Direction Spitfire Marketing + Creative, Inc. www.ispitfire.com Copyright ©2014 Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or reprinted without written permission. Photo of Bank of America building, Downtown Charlotte, NC By jbarreiros (Flickr [1]) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (httpcreativecommons.orglicensesby-sa2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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Dates to Remember Print out this page to put on your fridge as a reminder of key dates! Register for Youth Baseball, Softball, Track & Field and Disc Golf Month of February

Bark in the Park

April 26

Rodney’s Great Kids Triathalon

May 3

Romare Fest

May 3-4

Frequently Called Numbers City/County Information Line.................................. 311 Facility Reservations/Rentals.................................... 311 Administration ....................................... 704-336-3854 Aquatic Center........................................ 704-336-3483 Athletics................................................... 704-336-3854 Ballfield Rainout Line.............................. 704-336-5800 Dog Parks................................................. 704-336-8840 Grady Cole Center/Memorial Stadium... 704-336-2884 Greenways & Trails.................................. 704-336-3854 Natural Resources.....................................704-598-8857 Ray’s Splash Planet.................................. 704-432-4729 Therapeutic Recreation............................704-432-0237

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Dear Mecklenburg County Residents, On behalf of Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, I would like to welcome you to the Spring 2014 issue of the Get Going Guide. This issue features information on the many programs and events happening in March, April and May – many of which are FREE!

People • Pride Progress Partnerships 5841 Brookshire Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28216 704-336-3854 Fax: 704-336-5472

The Get Going Guide serves Mecklenburg County and is published on a quarterly basis. Our format now allows for fresher content and easier methods of registration since the guide is linked directly to our EParks registration area. You’ll also notice that each web address shown can be simply clicked on to obtain more information. Along the same lines, all email addresses shown can be clicked on to send inquiries quickly and easily. Our goal is to continue enhancing the guide by adding even more hyperlinks, feature stories and more to really showcase what Park and Recreation has to offer. Save this file to your desktop or laptop and refer to it often so you will always be up-to-date on all the ways you and your family can all get going this Spring! Sincerely,

® All services are available without regard to origin, sex or disability.

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Park & Rec News Mecklenburg County’s Sportsplex at Matthews Is Open! The Mecklenburg County Sportsplex at Matthews is now open! Phase I of the complex includes five multi-use, lighted synthetic turf fields now available for use. Upon completion of Phase II, the facility will have 12 multiuse fields capable of holding a variety of events such as soccer, lacrosse, football and rugby. The focus of this facility is to host a wide variety of weekend tournaments as well as weekday practices and league play for local teams and organizations. Events that will be happening in the upcoming months include:

March 7-9: NCYRU Spring Ruggerfest – NC Youth Rugby Union Rugby April 18-20: Julian Brown – Charlotte United Soccer May 9-11:

Spring Lacrosse Championships – Stick With Us Lacrosse

June 6-8:

Charlotte Summer Lacrosse and the Big South Challenge – Stick With Us Lacrosse

June 20-22: State Games – Visit Charlotte For more information on the Mecklenburg County Sportsplex at Matthews, as well as reservation policies, please visit the Mecklenburg County Sportsplex web site.

First Tee of Charlotte to Host National Drive, Chip, & Putt Competition The First Tee of Charlotte, located at the Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course at Revolution Park, has been selected as one of the qualifying sites for the National Drive, Chip, & Putt competition. This nationwide event was created in 2013 for kids ages 7-15. Qualifying will be held on June 7, 2014. Winners will compete in the national event at Augusta National during the Masters in April 2015.

The First Tee of Charlotte and Ratcliffe Golf Services have served as a partner of Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation since 2008. The organization teaches children life skills through the game of golf. The First Tee program is based on

nine core values that are taught through the character education program: responsibility, respect, honesty, judgment, courtesy, integrity, confidence, perseverance, and sportsmanship. To learn more visit www.thefirstteecharlotte.org.

First Tee Classes Spring Classes for First Tee begin March 1, 2014 and end May 22, 2014. In addition to The First Tee of Charlotte Learning Academy at Revolution Park, classes will also be held this Spring at Charles T. Myers (University Area), Sunset Hills (Northeast Charlotte) and Springfield Golf Club (Fort Mill, SC).

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The Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte opened last September, and it has been a huge success! The pristine, 5.4 acre plot serves as the symbolic focus of uptown Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, and provides an elegant entryway  to the new BB&T Charlotte Knights Ballpark, scheduled to open this Spring. The grand opening of the Park was a great success and featured special events and live music, including country music superstar Jo Dee Messina and others. Click HERE to watch the video on the grand opening of Romare Bearden Park.

Join us May 3 - 4 for the inaugural

Romare Fest

It’s a Party in the Park!

Make plans now to attend the inaugural Romare Fest! This will be an annual festival that will kick off our spring season in the park each year. A 2-day event full of musical entertainment, Romare Fest will feature bands on both Saturday and Sunday with regional talent also playing throughout the day. FREE, fun family-friendly activities will be scheduled throughout the day. Don’t miss it!

Saturday, May 3rd – Sunday, May 4th at Romare Bearden Park


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Mecklenburg County Parks, Preserves and Facilities Map Legend: Interstate Major Streets

Greenway Developed Overland Connector

Mecklenburg County has more than 18,000 acres of parkland and 210 facilities, including 26 recreation centers. This map is only a sample of what Park & Recreation offers.

Research Park Trail

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Dog Parks

Did you know that Mecklenburg County has SIX dog parks? They offer a place for dogs to run off-leash in a fenced area and frolic with other canines. Admission is free and open to all dogs of suitable disposition. Dogs must have rabies vaccinations and licenses as required by law. Owners are responsible for their pets. Dog parks are open every day, 7:30am–sunset (for more information call 311).

Swaney Point K-9 Park in Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Rd., Cornelius, four acres fenced-in. Separate sections for large dogs (more than 20 lbs) and small dogs (less than 20 lbs).

Barkingham Park at Reedy Creek Park, 2900 Rocky

River Rd., four acres inside fence.

Americans with Disabilities

Ray’s Fetching Meadow at McAlpine Creek Park, 8711 Monroe Rd., one acre, fenced-in.

Davie Dog Park in William R. Davie Park, 4635 Pineville-Matthews Rd., more than five acres with separate sections for large dogs and small dogs. Frazier Dog Park in Frazier Park, 1201 West 4th St. in uptown Charlotte, 1.3 acres inside fence. Sections for large and small dogs. Fenced enclosure is along I-77 near West Trade and Sycamore streets. Shuffletown Dog Park in Shuffletown Park, 9500 Belhaven Blvd. This new dog park is 4.6 acres with sections for large and small dogs.

Mecklenburg County will comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. Mecklenburg County will make reasonable accommodations in all programs to enable participation by an individual with a disability who meets essential eligibility requirements. Mecklenburg County programs will be available in the most integrated setting for each individual. If any accommodations are necessary for participation in any program or service, participants are encouraged to notify staff at least one week prior to program commencement. This information is available upon request, in an alternative format for persons with disabilities. For more information on these programs visit www.parkandrec.com.

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Parks, Preserves and Greenways Charlotte B-Cycle! Hello Charlotte B-Cycle! Through a partnership with Charlotte Center City Partners, NC Blue Cross Blue Shield, Carolinas HealthCare System and the City of Charlotte – there will soon be 200 blue bikes located among 20 bike share stations all over Uptown, South End and the Little Sugar Creek Greenway!

The system aims to provide access to bicycles for short-distance trips in the Center City and offer an alternative to motorized public transportation or private vehicles. The effect: cleaner air, healthier people and less congestion. Just unlock a bike from any station and return it to any station system wide.

www.charlottebikes.org/tag/charlotte-bicycle-share/

Volunteer Opportunities: Mission POSSIBLE! WHO CAN VOLUNTEER? Families, businesses, individuals, church groups, scout troops, garden clubs, ROTC groups, neighborhood groups, school/college groups, and teens needing community service for school.

Recreation Center Opportunities

Youth Sports coaches (baseball, track and field), After School Rec Buddies, program assistants, front desk assistants, Therapeutic program assistants, Therapeutic sports coaches.

Individual Opportunities

Park Ambassadors, nature preserve greeters, general gardening and landscaping help.

Interested in volunteering for one of our upcoming special events? It ís easy! Register by calling 311, visiting www.parkandrec.com or by contacting Lori Saylor at 704-353-0504 or lori.saylor@ mecklenburgcountync.gov.

Help us build a Playground Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult that is at least 21 years old. Volunteers working with the Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Division must be at least 18 years old. All potential volunteers must undergo a thorough background check before volunteering.

Opportunities For Business

Adoptions, park/greenway/recreation center periodic projects, special projects geared for your group special events, and volunteering to help with one of the departments events.

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Park and Recreation will construct a playground at Park Road Park to memorialize the students and teachers lost in the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Construction is under way.

School Age Playground

Please make a Tax Deductible Donation of any amount to help Park and Recreation and Partners for Parks build this special playground. Donate HERE! Click HERE For more information!

Tot Lot Playground

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2014 Bark in the Park

A Festival for Dogs... and the People They Own! Grab your leash and walking shoes and bring your dog to the 2014 Bark in the Park Festival!

April 26, 2014 Rural Hill, Huntersville, NC Click HERE for a Map and Directions

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Historic Sites Mecklenburg County has rich history and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation is the steward of several historic sites that host visitors. Many sites offer a hands-on opportunity to learn about life in another time. Alexandriana: Site has a monument which commemorates the signing of Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, 9921 Old Statesville Rd., Huntersville Dowd House: World War I training camp, 2216 Monument Ave., Charlotte Historic Latta Plantation: Plantation of James Latta, circa 1800, 5225 Sample Rd., Huntersville. See www.lattaplantation.org. Independence Park: Oldest park in Mecklenburg County, 300 Hawthorne Ln., Charlotte McIntyre Historic Site: Revolutionary War skirmish and gold mining site, 4125 McIntyre Ave., Charlotte Rural Hill: 265 acre plantation of Revolutionary War Maj. John Davidson and six generations of his family, 4431 Neck Rd., Huntersville. See www.ruralhill.net. St. Mary’s Chapel: Victorian chapel of Thompson Orphanage, now a popular wedding venue, 1129 East 3rd St., Charlotte Holly Bend House: Circa 1795-1800 plantation home of Robert and Margaret Davidson at 3710 Neck Rd., near Mountain Island Lake. Robinson Rockhouse Trail: At Reedy Creek Park and Nature Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Rd.

Try Your Hand at Fishing! It’s Fun... and FREE! Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation can lend you a fishing rod and tackle for a day, so you can try angling in any of our ponds and lakes. This program is a partnership with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. It is free and designed to increase fishing opportunities. Just bring a valid ID and fill out a form. A NC Fishing License is required for age 16 and older. For license information check www.ncwildlife.org or call toll free: 888-248-6834. For more information call 311 or contact the Nature Centers at:

Go Fish! Which will become your favorite fishing hole? We’ve got small ponds and big lakes! Fishing is free at: Blythe Landing 15901 NC Highway 73, Huntersville (Lake Norman) Colonel Francis Beatty Park 4330 Weddington Rd., Matthews Freedom Park 1900 East Blvd. Hornets Nest Park 6310 Beatties Ford Rd. Jetton Park 1900 Jetton Rd., Cornelius (Lake Norman) Latta Plantation Nature Preserve 5226 Sample Rd., Huntersville (Mountain Island Lake) McAlpine Creek Park 8711 Monroe Rd. McDowell Nature Preserve 15222 York Rd. (Lake Wylie) Park Road Park 6220 Park Rd. Ramsey Creek Park 18441 Nantz Rd., Cornelius (Lake Norman) Reedy Creek Park and Nature Preserve 2900 Rocky River Rd. A North Carolina Fishing License is required for ages 16 and older. For license information, check www.ncwildlife.org or call toll free: 888-248-6834. NC Wildlife Resource Officers enforce license regulations. For information on types of fish, depth of ponds and lakes, etc. check www.parkandrec. com, then click on Activities and Fishing, or call 311.

• Latta Plantation Nature Preserve 5226 Sample Rd., Huntersville, 704-875-1391 • McDowell Nature Preserve 15222 York Rd., 704-588-5224 • Reedy Creek Nature Preserve and Park 2900 Rocky River Rd., 704-432-6459

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Youth Sports Youth Sports Philosophy The Youth Sports Philosophy in Mecklenburg County is based on three main goals:

1. Safety 2. Fun 3. Participation development based on the following: Everyone Plays - Providing opportunities to learn skills and improve conditioning by minimizing roster sizes and ensuring that players play at least half of every game. Balanced Teams - Building teams that are evenly balanced with regard to skill level and ability. Positive Coaching - Providing training and education for coaches to assist in the development of the player’s self-worth and confidence. See our Youth Sports League programs on the following page.

Sportsmanship - Creating a positive environment that fosters mutual respect.

VOLUNTEER TO BE A YOUTH SPORTS COACH!

The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department Youth Sports Leagues rely heavily on the support of volunteer coaches. Anyone who may be interested in volunteering as a head or assistant coach should contact their preferred recreation center to begin the application process. Volunteer sports coaches will receive extensive training in their respective sport. Any parent choosing to be a volunteer coach will receive a fee waiver for their child.

Visit www.parkandrec.com Or call the Athletics Division: 704-432-4963 Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department encourages and promotes inclusive leisure experiences in all of our programs, activities and sports. Inclusive leisure experiences enhance opportunities for people of varying abilities to participate and interact in life’s activities together with dignity. It also provides an environment that promotes and fosters physical, social and psychological inclusion of people with diverse experiences and skill levels. Inclusion enhances individuals’ potential for full and active participation in leisure activities and experiences.

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Youth Sports Join a Youth Sports League... and Join the Fun!

For more specific information about our leagues visit the Youth Athletics Web Page at www.parkandrec.com Youth Soccer

Youth Golf

Age Divisions: 3 to 5, 5 to 6, 7 to 8, 9 to 10 & 11 to 12 Girls, Boys and Co-ed leagues are available Registration Period: Jul 1-31 Practices begin Aug., Season begins in Sept. $45.00 Ages 3 to 5 (Start Smart) $55.00 Ages 5 to 6 $65.00 Ages 7 and up

Ages 5 to 18 The First Tee of Charlotte partners with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation to bring golf instruction programs to youth, ages 5 to 18. Click HERE to learn more about The First Tee.

Winter Season Sports Leagues Youth Basketball

Spring Season Sports Leagues Youth Disc Golf Ages 7 to 18 Co-ed Registration Period: Feb 1-28 Practices begin in Mar., Season begins in Apr. $30.00 Standard Equipment $45.00 Extra Equipment

Youth Baseball and Softball Ages 3 to 12 Girls, Boys and Co-ed leagues are available Registration Period: Feb 1-28 Practices begin in Mar., Season begins in Apr. $45.00 Ages 3 to 5 (Start Smart) $55.00 Ages 5 to 6 (Tee Ball) $65.00 Ages 7 and up (Coach and Player Pitch)

Youth Track and Field Ages 4 to 18 Co-ed Registration Period: Feb 1-28 Practices begin in Mar., Season begins in Apr. The “Win with Integrity” Track and Field program is a partnership between Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, USA Track & Field and The Charlotte Flights. $65.00 Ages 4 to 18

Fall Season Sports Leagues Youth Flag Football Age Divisions: 3 to 5, 5 to 6, 7 to 8, 9 to 10 Girls, Boys and Co-ed leagues are available Registration Period: Jul 1-31 Practices begin Aug., Season begins in Sept. $45.00 Ages 3 to 5 (Start Smart) $55.00 Ages 5 to 6 $65.00 Ages 7 and up

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Age Divisions: 3 to 18 Girls, Boys and Co-ed leagues are available Registration Period: Oct 1-31 $45.00 Ages 3 to 5 (Start Smart) $55.00 Ages 5 to 6 $65.00 Ages 7 and up

Individual Sports Opportunities Youth Cross Country Age Divisions: 9 to 14 This program is a partnership between Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation and Cross-Country for Youth (CCFY). Registration Opens August 1 To register, please visit the website www.crosscountryforyouth.org and select the “Register” tab or email crosscountryforyouth@ gmail.com.

Youth Tennis Park and Recreation works with local tennis professionals to provide lessons and clinics at eight facilities county-wide. Current program sites are: Veterans Park, Freedom Park, Park Road Park, Jeff Adams Tennis Center, Colonel Francis Beatty Park, Elon Recreation Center, Tom Sykes Recreation Center and Berewick Recreation Center. Program schedules vary per facility. For more information and a detailed schedule per facility, visit the Youth Tennis Web page or contact Preston.Buckman@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or call 704-529-3273.

Youth Boxing Age Divisions: 9 to 14 The boxing program at Revolution Park Sports Academy is a joint venture between the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department and the Charlotte Boxing Academy, a private club funded by donations. Participants focus on learning techniques to improve fitness, mental focus and fun. Call 704-432-4963 for more information.

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Wins National Excellence In Youth Sports Award! Congrats to Mecklenburg County for winning the 2013 Excellence in Youth Sports Award! For more than a decade, the Excellence in Youth Sports Awards have recognized programs doing superior jobs of conducting diverse activities with a focus on providing a safe and positive experiences for all participants, including children, parents and coaches. Each year hundreds of youth sports programs across the country and military bases worldwide strive to be an award winner. Developed by the National Alliance for Youth Sports and Athletic Business magazine, the first awards were presented in 2000. Mecklenburg County was proud to accept the award this past November at the 2013 Athletic Business Conference and Expo in San Diego, California.

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Adult Athletic Leagues Have Fun... and Stay In Shape! Adult Volleyball Leagues Divisions: Co-Rec B (Recreation) Mon - Wallace Pruitt Co-Rec BB Doubles Grass (Intermediate- Spring-Summer only) Tue - Nevin Park Co-Rec BB (Intermediate) Wed - Tom Sykes (Dilworth) Co-Rec AA (Fall-Winter only) Tue - Bette Rae Thomas Rec Center Women’s A (Advanced) Thurs – West Charlotte Rec Costs: $225.00 / TEAM For more information contact Aaron. Cheeks@mecklenburgcountync.gov.

Adult Basketball Leagues Divisions: Men’s A - (very competitive) 18 and up Grady Cole Recreation Center Men’s B - Tue, Thur 30 and up (competitive) - Sun Bette Rae Thomas Rec Center 40 and up - Mon, Wed Women - Sun Tuckaseegee Recreation Center Costs: $450.00 MEN’S TEAM $400.00 WOMEN’S TEAM For more information contact Aaron. Cheeks@mecklenburgcountync.gov.

Adult 7v7 Flag Football Leagues Costs:

$400.00 CO-REC TEAM $425.00 MEN’S TEAM

For more information contact Aaron. Cheeks@mecklenburgcountync.gov.

Adult Softball Leagues

Nevin and Renaissance Parks Costs: $475.00 / TEAM For more information contact Aaron. Cheeks@mecklenburgcountync.gov.

Adult Tennis

Park and Recreation works with local tennis professionals to provide lessons and clinics at six facilities county-wide. Current program sites are: Veterans Park, Freedom Park, Park Road Park, Jeff Adams Tennis Center and Colonel Francis Beatty Park. Program schedules vary per facility. For more information and a detailed schedule per facility visit the Adult Tennis Web page or contact Preston.Buckman@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or call 704-529-3273.

Grayson SkatePark Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation offers a skate park for in-line skaters and skateboarders, plus BMX bikers at specified times. Admission charge, helmets and pads required. Skate parks require signed waiver of liability, with waiver signed by parents and notarized for ages 17 or younger. For waiver forms, hours and more info, go to www.parkandrec.com, click on Facilities, then Skate Parks, or call 311 or 704-432-5231. Grayson SkatePark: 750 Beal St. at the Naomi Drenan Recreation Center. 13,000 square feet of concrete skating surface. Suitable for novices to professionals. Features a street course with banks, transitions, corners, rails, ledges and two bowls with depths of five feet and 10 feet.

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Golf Facilities Cadillac Golf Ranch: The Cadillac Golf Ranch is a state-of-the-art golf learning and practice facility that opened in August 2010 in Pineville. The Cadillac Golf Ranch was conceived to be a “club” without a golf course. Our vision is for a place where golfers can meet, socialize, practice, learn and discuss the game of golf in a clean and pleasant atmosphere. We hope to create a place where golfers of all skill levels will find “their” place to fulfill their practice, learning, equipment and recreational needs. Charles T. Myers Golf Course: 18-hole course (Ladies-2761, Blue-3315, Gold-6334), driving range, chipping/putting green, bent-grass greens. Renaissance Park: 18-hole course (Ladies-5315, Mens- 6270, Championship-7465), driving range, chipping/putting green, bent-grass greens. Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course at Revolution Park: 9-hole regulation course (Red-2211, White-2825, Blue-2976), chipping/putting green, driving range, Bermuda greens. Sunset Hills: 18-hole course (Red-5185, White-5810, Blue-6146), driving range, putting green, practice sand trap, Bermuda greens. The Tradition: 18-hole (Forward-5498, Middle-6201, Back-6561, Championship-7054), two putting greens, driving range, chipping green, bent-grass greens.

The Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department owns five public golf courses and a learning and practice facility, including a driving range in Pineville. Each course has its own distinctive charm. Don’t waste all day trying to get tee time somewhere else! Play our courses and spend your time playing. Reserving tee time is fast and easy and can be done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Click HERE to Reserve Tee Times

Disc Golf - Never any Cart or Green Fees! Discover the great fun of playing disc golf! It’s inexpensive and courses are located throughout the county. There is no charge to play. Five new courses have been recently added: Eastway Park, Winget Park, R.L. Smith Park, Idlewild Park and Bradford Park. This now gives Mecklenburg County more quality disc golf courses than any other county in the United States! The courses listed offer 18 holes except for Matthews Squirrel Lake Park (12 holes) and Mint Hill Park (9 holes). For more information check www.parkandrec.com, or visit the Charlotte Disc Golf Club at www.charlottedgc.com for more information about local events.

Professional Disc Golf Championships In July 2012, more than 1,000 players from around the world competed in the Professional Disc Golf World Championships at Mecklenburg County Parks! Click HERE to watch the video.

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Location: 11536 Bailey Rd. 17005 Davidson-Concord Rd. 423 Eastway Dr. 11401 Ardrey Kell Rd. 6301 Beatties Ford Rd. 10512 Idelwild Rd. 2600 Kilborne Dr. 8850 Fairview Rd./Mint Hill 6000 Statesville Rd. 2900 Rocky River Rd. 1525 Tyvola Rd. 1604 Little Rock Rd. 939 W. Sugar Creek Rd. 1631 Pleasant Plains Rd. 12235 Winget Rd.

Skill Level: beginner/intermediate intermediate/advanced intermediate/advanced beginner/intermediate/advanced advanced/professional intermediate/advanced beginner/intermediate beginner/intermediate intermediate/advanced beginner/intermediate advanced/professional intermediate/advanced intermediate/advanced intermediate/advanced beginner/intermediate

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Junior Golf Juniors

PGA Junior League Golf

SNAG GOLF SNAG golf (Starting New At Golf) is all about having FUN while learning the basics of golf. This program builds strong fundamentals of different swings and develops playing ability quickly and effectively. Juniors can have fun while learning all the beginning techniques of the full swing, chipping, and putting with a great success rate. Slightly larger clubheads and SNAG balls make it easier for kids to hit the ball solid and develop the confidence they need to advance in the game.

PGA Junior League Golf is designed to better socialize the game for boys and girls, ages 13 and under.* PGA Junior League Golf features team vs. team competitions in structured leagues that provide a popular, less stressful scramble format as opposed to strokeplay competition. This is a great way to get kids involved in the game! *While a minimum age of 9 is suggested, younger players may participate if the Team Captain and the player’s parents agree that the player’s skill level is suitable for “playing up”.

The PGA Junior League Training Camp allows your child to get some practice before the PGA Junior League starts for the season. PGA Professionals and Apprentices will help give your child the best tools to succeed in the game of golf. This camp will begin in April and continue for three weeks leading up to the start of the PGA Junior League. These sessions will consist of learning the format and rules of the PGA Junior League, expectations, and get your child positioned on one of the teams. In addition, there will be golf instruction for all participants, allowing the players to start the league out with a few weeks of practice prior to competition.

Pee Wee Tee (Parents must attend with child) Ages 3 to 8 $50.00 for 5 weeks Mar 18-Apr 15 Tue 6:00pm to 7:30pm Apr 22-May 20 Tue 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Transition Golf Ages 7 to 12 $60.00 for 5 weeks Mar 17-Apr 14 Mon 6:00pm to 7:30pm Apr 21-May 19 Mon 6:00pm to 7:30pm Contact Jason Rockhold, MBA, PGA, at jrockhold@ratcliffegolfservices.com or call 704-900-9459 for registration information.

PGA Jr. Training Camp

Please contact Jason Rockhold, MBA, PGA at jrockhold@ratcliffegolfservices.com for more information on the PGA Junior League Program, fees, and dates.

Adult Golf (Ages 18-55) Get Golf Ready

Adult League

Beginner Golf Classes can not only get you out and active, it can also provide a great way to connect with family and friends in an outdoor environment. Learn basic golf techniques and skills to get you out there and playing quickly. Private lessons also available, starting at $50.00. (Men/Women/Co-ed - 6 person minimum) $79.99 for 5 sessions

Get out of the house and onto the course! Enjoy the sunshine with many others while you strengthen your golf game and friendships in this great evening league. Includes green fee, cart, range balls and prizes. Last round is an 18-hole tournament, lunch and awards. (40 player max)

Get Golf Ready I (Brand New Golfers) Session dates: Mar 15-Apr 12 or Apr 26-May 24 Men Women Co-ed Co-ed

10:30am to 11:30am 12:30pm to 1:30pm 2:00pm to 3:00pm 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Sat Sat Sat Sat

Get Golf Ready II (Golfers with some experience) Session dates: Mar 16-Apr 13 or Apr 27-May 25 Men Women Co-ed

10:30am to 11:30am 12:30pm to 1:30pm 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Sat Sat Sat

Renaissance Park Golf Course: 9 holes per week.

$220.00 for 10 week schedule (Fridays) $280.00 for 10 week schedule (Mon or Wed) Men 5:00pm to 6:00pm start Fri Mar 21-May 23 Women 5:00pm to 6:00pm start Mon Mar 17-May 19 Co-ed 5:00pm to 6:00pm start Wed Mar 19-May 21

Contact Brian Lermack at blermack@ratcliffegolfservices.com or call 704-357-3373 for registration information.

Contact Jason Rockhold, MBA, PGA, at jrockhold@ratcliffegolfservices.com or call 704-900-9459 for registration information.

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Senior Golf (Ages 56 and up) Seniors - Get Golf Ready

Back Into Golf - Senior League

Beginner golf classes can not only get you out and active, it can also provide a great way to connect with family and friends in an outdoor environment. Learn basic golf techniques and skills to get you out there and playing quickly. Private lessons also available, starting at $50.00. (Men/Women/Co-ed - 6 person minimum)

Get out of the house and on the course! Enjoy the sunshine with many others while you strengthen your golf game and friendships out on the course. Includes green fee, cart, range balls and prizes. Last round is an 18-hole tournament, lunch and awards. (40 player max)

$79.99 for 5 sessions Get Golf Ready I (Brand New Golfers) Session dates: Mar 19-Apr 16 Men

10:30am to 11:30am

Wed

Women

12:30pm to 1:30pm

Wed

Co-ed

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Wed

Get Golf Ready II (Golfers with some experience) Session dates: Mar 20-Apr 17 Men

10:30am to 11:30am

Thu

Women

12:30pm to 1:30pm

Thu

Co-ed

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Thu

Contact Jason Rockhold, MBA, PGA, at jrockhold@ratcliffegolfservices.com or call 704-900-9459 for registration information.

9 holes per week

$150.00 for 10 week schedule Men 10:00am start Women 10:00am start

Mon Thu

Mar 17-May 19 Mar 20-May 22

Senior 4-Week Golf Refresher Been a while since you played? This four week program allows you to slowly immerse yourself back into the game. 3-nine hole rounds finishing with an 18 hole round with carts, a hot dog and fountain drink. $80.00 per player for a 4 week program Co-ed Co-ed Co-ed

9:30am start 9:30am start 9:30am start

Wed Mon Thu

Mar 5-Mar 26 Apr 7-28 May 1-22

Contact Brian Lermack at blermack@ratcliffegolfservices.com or call 704-357-3373 for registration information.

Cycling and Races Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation partners with many local groups to host more than 70 races a year. Races consist of trail and road running events as well as Mountain Bike events. McAlpine Creek Park, which includes a Nationally Certified Cross Country Course, serves as the main venue for trail running events including: Wendy’s Invitational, Footlocker Regional Championships, UNCC 49er Challenge, Queens University Royal Challenge, NCAA Division II Regionals and over a dozen charity events. Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation is also involved with the Charlotte Turkey Trot held each year on Thanksgiving morning and the Charlotte RaceFest at South Park. Cycling events include a Winter Mountain Bike Short Track Series and a Summer Mountain Bike Series. Mountain Bike events are held at Renaissance Park and Colonel Francis Beatty Park. For more information on all race events visit www.parkandrec.com, or contact Preston.Buckman@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-529-3273.

NC Community Sailing and Rowing NC Community Sailing and Rowing operates in partnership with Park and Recreation on Lake Norman. Their mission is to provide an opportunity for residents of all ages to learn the fundamentals of sailing or rowing at an affordable cost. Visit www.nccsailrowing.org.

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Grady Cole Center & Memorial Stadium - Spring Events The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department operates two major special event facilities, the Grady Cole Center and American Legion Memorial Stadium which are located adjacent to each other at 310 N. Kings Dr., Charlotte, NC 28204. The Grady Cole Center is a 3,000 maximum capacity civic center that can accommodate multiple sport and leisure activities such as concerts, festivals, trade shows, basketball games (youth, high school, college and professional) and community meetings. The facility has great sight lines from any seat to the permanent stage and arena floor. Annual events include Step Shows, Roller Derby bouts, MMA events, Career Fairs and Charitable Fundraisers.

Grady Cole Center/Memorial Stadium Upcoming Events - March through May 2014 Saturday

3/1/14

CIAA Step Show

5:30pm to 9:30pm

Wednesday 3/6/14

CPCC Career Fair

10:00am to 2:30pm

Saturday

3/22/14 Roller Derby

Saturday

3/29/14 WPEG Step Show 3:00pm to 9:00pm

Saturday

4/12/14 Roller Derby

Saturday

4/26/14 Hounds Lax Game 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Saturday

5/3/14

Saturday

5/10/14 Hounds Lax Game 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Saturday

5/17/14 Roller Derby

Roller Derby

6:00pm to 9:30pm

6:00pm to 9:30pm

6:00pm to 9:30pm

6:30pm to 9:30pm

For additional information on upcoming events or to reserve the facility, please contact facility management staff at 704-336-2884 or check www.parkandrec.com for updates and/or to download a rental application.

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Tennis Instruction Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation is proud to partner with contracted tennis professionals to offer youth and adult programming at locations throughout the county. Locations and contracted professional information is listed below. For more information on a specific program contact the tennis professional directly using the contact information listed below. Colonel Francis Beatty Park

Park Road Park

Tennis Academy of North Carolina (TANC) TANC offers great, quality year round programs for adults & juniors. For more information on lessons & clinics please visit www.tanctennis.com. PHONE: 704-340-0013 EMAIL: p laytennischarlotte@gmail.com

Tennis Education and Endowment (TEE) TEE offers high level training for individuals who focus on tournament play as well as school teams. For more information contact Preston Buckman. PHONE: 704-529-3273 EMAIL: Preston.Buckman@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov

Freedom Park

Tom Sykes/Latta Park

Charlotte City Tennis (CCT) CCT’s programs are designed to provide a fun, social, exercise-based structure with a goal of improving your tennis game. For more information on Clinics and 1-on-1 instruction please visit www.charlottecitytennis.com. PHONE: 704-284-9844 EMAIL: allen@charlottecitytennis.com

Midwood Tennis Academy (MTA) MTA has been providing high quality tennis instruction in Charlotte since 2008. For more information on clinics, private lessons and summer camps please visit www.midwoodtennisacademy.com. PHONE: 704-491-1846 EMAIL: info@midwoodtennisacademy. com

Jeff Adams Tennis Center

Veterans Park

Charlotte City Tennis (CCT) CCT’s programs are designed to provide a fun, social, exercise-based structure with a goal of improving your tennis game. For more information on Clinics and 1-on-1 instruction please visit www.charlottecitytennis.com. PHONE: 704-284-9844 EMAIL: allen@charlottecitytennis.com

Midwood Tennis Academy (MTA) MTA has been providing high quality tennis instruction in Charlotte since 2008. For information on clinics, private lessons and summer camps please visit www.midwoodtennisacademy.com. PHONE: 704-491-1846 EMAIL: info@midwoodtennisacademy. com

Jetton Park Lake Norman Tennis Academy (LNTA)LNTA offers a variety of tennis training to all levels and ages. Instruction includes technical, tactical, mental and physical training. For more information on LNTA please visit www.lnta. wordpress.com. PHONE: 864-934-5069 EMAIL: scotttuckertennis@gmail.com

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Tennis Complexes MAJOR COMPLEXES Jeff Adams Tennis Center 13 Courts Lit

Latta Park 6 Courts Unlit

Frazier Park 2 Courts Unlit

601 East Park Avenue, Charlotte, NC

1201 West 4th Street Ext., Charlotte, NC

1200 West Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC

Mason Wallace Park 8 Courts (4 Lit)

Hornet’s Nest 12 Courts Lit

7301 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC

6301 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC

Park Road Park 12 Courts Lit

Sugaw Creek Park 6 Courts Lit 943 West Sugar Creek Road, Charlotte, NC

Fred Alexander Park 1 Court Unlit 1832 Griers Grove Road, Charlotte, NC

Grayson Park 2 Courts Unlit 750 Beal Street, Charlotte, NC

6220 Park Road, Charlotte, NC

Alexander Street Park 6 Courts Unlit

Freedom Park 12 Courts Lit

739 E. 12th Street, Charlotte, NC

Independence Park 2 Courts Unlit

NEIGHBORHOOD COMPLEXES

300 Hawthrone Lane, Charlotte, NC

Abbott Park 2 Courts Unlit

Kilborne Park 2 Courts Unlit

1900 East Boulevard, Charlotte, NC

Jetton Park 8 Courts Lit 19000 Jetton Road, Cornelius, NC

1300 Spruce Street, Charlotte, NC

Carmel Road Park 2 Courts Unlit

Veterans Park 6 Courts lit 2136 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC

Cololnel Francis Beattey 6 Courts lit 4330 Weddington Road, Matthews, NC

2365 Carmel Road, Charlotte, NC

Collins Park 1 Court Unlit 4500 Applegate Road,Charlotte, NC

Colonial Park 2 Courts Unlit 219 Providence Road,Charlotte, NC

2300 Kilborne Drive, Charlotte, NC

L.C. Coleman Park 1 Court Unlit 1501 McDonald Street, Charlotte, NC

Martin Luther King Park 2 Courts Unlit 2600 Ravencroft Drive, Charlotte, NC

Midwood Park 1 Court Unlit

Coulwood Park 4 Courts Unlit

2100 Wilhelmina Avenue, Charlotte, NC

100 Coulwood Park Drive

Shamrock Park 1 Court Unlit

E.B. Moore Park 2 Courts Unlit 901 Marsh Road, Charlotte, NC

Edgehill Park 1 Court Unlit

2545 Jeff Street, Charlotte, NC

Sheffield Park 1 Court Unlit 1300 Tarrington Avenue, Charlotte, NC

975 South Edgehill Road, Charlotte, NC

Enderley Park 2 Courts Unlit 1501 Enderley Road, Charlotte, NC

Tuckaseegee Park 6 Courts Lit 4820 Tuckaseegee Road, Charlotte, NC

Five Points Park 2 Courts Unlit

Unity Park 2 Courts Unlit

200 French Street, Charlotte, NC

6401 Kelsey Drive, Charlotte, NC

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NC Cooperative Extension The NC Cooperative Extension provides educational programs, resources and technical assistance in the areas of consumer/commercial horticulture, 4-H youth development, food and nutrition, food safety and preservation and local foods.

Family and Consumer Sciences Family and Consumer Sciences views the family, in all its diverse forms, as the cornerstone of a healthy society. Our mission is to improve the well-being of the family through programs that educate, influence public policy and help families put research-based knowledge to work in their lives. In Mecklenburg County, the Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent provides education regarding nutrition, food safety and food preservation with a focus on local foods. Educational opportunities include: • Home Food Preservation Classes and Advice • Nutrition Classes and Cooking Demonstrations • Collaborative Partnerships with Local Agencies For more information call Kristin Davis, FCS Extension Agent, at 704-336-4006, or email Kristin_Davis@ncsu.edu.

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) and North Carolina Cooperative Extension is committed to building North Carolina’s sustainable local food economy. North Carolinians spend about $35 billion a year on food. If individuals spent 10 percent—$1.05 per day—locally, about $3.5 billion would be available in the local economy. To further our commitment, we are encouraging consumers to commit 10 percent of their existing food dollars to support local food producers and related businesses. For more information about how you, your business or organization can become involved in Mecklenburg County 10% Campaign contact Kristin Davis at 704-336-4006 or visit www.nc10percent.com.

Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program EFNEP helps limited resource families with children learn how to eat healthier meals and snacks, stretch their food dollars and reduce the risk of food-borne illnesses. Additionally, in collaboration with many organizations through the Eat Smart and Move More initiative, NC EFNEP aims to reduce the rising tide of obesity by teaching youth and families practical skills resulting in changed behaviors that help them to eat smart, move more and achieve a healthy weight. For more information about EFNEP in Mecklenburg County, contact Cynthia_McQueen@ncsu.edu or call 704-336-4016.

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NC Cooperative Extension Horticulture

Cooperative Extension horticulture assistance is available in the areas of: • Fruit and vegetable production • Landscape and turf grass management • Community gardens • Gardener training • Commercial pesticide training, licensing and recertification • H ome horticulture questions

Master Gardener Hotline

Extension Master Gardener volunteers are available to answer your home gardening questions weekdays from 9:00 am until noon beginning March 1, 2014. You can also reach your local Extension Master Gardener by calling 704-336-4011.

4-H Curriculum Trainings

Mecklenburg County 4-H offers monthly curriculum trainings open to 4-H volunteers, school-age professionals and other youth workers. These sessions are five hours long and provide .5 CEU’s (Continuing Education Units). All sessions include hands-on experiences with curriculum lessons, practical experience working with youth and opportunity to share and evaluate what you have learned. For information on curriculum training sessions available in the coming months, visit our website: www.mecklenburgcounty4h.org or call 704-336-2082.

Community Gardens

Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension manages the community gardens program offered through Park and Recreation. There are gardens set up in the following Park and Recreation locations: • • • • • • •

Frazier Park, 4th St. and Sycamore St. Little Sugar Creek, Alexander and 17th St. Hoskins Park, 3801 Gossett Ave. Huntingtowne Farms Park, 2400 Ramblewood Ln. McAlpine Creek Community Park, Holly Lane, off of Sardis Rd. Reedy Creek Park, 2900 Rocky River Rd. Winget Park, 12025 Winget Rd.; across from tennis courts

All gardens were filled in 2013. To check on availability of plots or to be added to the waiting list, contact nelson_mccaskilll@ncsu.edu or call 704-336-4015.

Mecklenburg County 4-H

Mecklenburg County has a large and diverse 4-H program. About 65 4-H clubs operate in our recreation centers and other sites all over Charlotte-Mecklenburg. The 4-H program is open to youth ages 5 to 18 interested in learning about subjects such as photography, visual arts, health and fitness, and entrepreneurship. Through 4-H, they also have the opportunity to participate in summer camps, leadership retreats, competitive events and district and state conferences. Our 4-H is oriented to urban and suburban activities. Parents are encouraged to participate as volunteers. For more information on 4-H, visit www.mecklenburgcounty4h.org.

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Mecklenburg County Greenways Map Legend:

Greenways

Interstate

Click on a number below for a printable map of that Greenway.

Major Streets

Greenway

Briar Creek Greenway 1 Arnold Dr. to Masonic Dr.

Developed Overland Connector Future Trail Design/Construction Research Park Trail

Briar Creek Greenway 2 Myers Park High School Four Mile Creek Greenway 3 E. John St. to Trade St. Irwin Creek & Stewart 4 Creek Greenways Irwin Creek Greenway 5 Clanton Park Little Sugar Creek Greenway 6 Cordelia Park to Alexander St. Park Little Sugar Creek Greenway 7 E. 7th St. to Morehead St. Little Sugar Creek Greenway 8 Morehead St. to Brandywine Rd.

9 Little Sugar Creek Greenway Huntingtowne Farms Park

10 Lower McAlpine Creek, McMullen

Creek & Four Mile Creek Greenways

Mallard Creek & Clark’s 11 Creek Greenways McAlpine Creek & Campbell 12 Creek Greenways McDowell Creek Greenway 13 Westmoreland Rd. to Birkdale Village

14 Six Mile Creek Greenway Prong & West Branch Rocky 15 South River Greenway - Town of Davidson Creek Greenway 16 Toby Hwy 49 to Mallard Creek Greenway

17 Torrence Creek Greenway 18 Walker Branch Greenway

Greenways are linear parks that connect people and places by linking neighborhoods, offices, parks, schools and shopping areas. They also protect water quality and wildlife habitat while providing alternative ways to move through our city, suburbs and small towns. Currently there are more than 38 miles of greenway trails in the Mecklenburg County system, with more being built every year. See the following pages for more details, or visit

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Mecklenburg County Greenways Whether you are biking, running, strolling or walking, discover the 35 miles of greenways throughout Mecklenburg County. Fascinating views of birds, flora and fauna abound. For downloads of specific greenways, visit parkandrec.com/greenways or click on the number. Greenways are linear parks that connect people and places. They act as buffers that filter out pollutants from storm water before it enters our creeks. They also preserve natural areas for wildlife and native plant communities. In Mecklenburg County, greenways offer visitors opportunities to enjoy nature and provide alternate ways to move through our city, suburbs and towns. Mecklenburg County operates 35 miles of trails. The greenway master plan envisions a system that will eventually stretch throughout the county and connect neighborhoods within Charlotte, the six surrounding towns and surrounding counties. To learn more about greenways and to download trail maps, please visit www.parkandrec.com/greenways.

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2 Briar Creek Greenway

There are two developed sections of this greenway. One 0.4 mile paved section includes a bridge over Briar Creek and provides an important connection between the Merry Oaks and Plaza-Midwood neighborhoods. On street parking is available along Masonic Drive. Another 0.9 mile gravel trail follows Briar Creek behind Myers Park High School between Colony Road and Runnymeade Lane.

3 Four Mile Creek Greenway

This 2 mile criss-cross greenway is nested in the center of the town of Matthews, allowing residential areas direct access to the Matthews Community Center and downtown area.

4 Irwin Creek & Stewart Creek Greenway

These trails comprise a continuous 2.1 mile creek side walk in the center city area of Charlotte. The trail takes visitors through the historic Wesley Heights neighborhood and connects Ray’s Splash Planet, Frazier Park and Phillip O. Berry Center. The trail is only a few minutes walk from Johnson & Wales University, Gateway Center and uptown condos and offers a quiet place to relax during a busy day. Parking is available at Ray’s Splash Planet, Frazier Park and Bruns Avenue.

5 Irwin Creek Greenway Clanton Park

This 0.8 mile paved greenway crosses Clanton Park in the Revolution Park neighborhood and connects the new Clanton Indoor Pavilion and soccer fields with Arbor Glen Outreach Center. Parking is available at either end of this greenway at Colony Road and Runnymeade Lane.

6 7 8 9 Little Sugar

Creek Greenway

There are four developed sections totaling 5.91 miles of trail. Almost a mile of trail is located in the Belmont neighborhood northeast of uptown Charlotte, including a railroad underpass connecting to Alexander St. Park. The longest developed stretch of trail is 4.70 miles beginning at East 7th street though Freedom Park and ending at Brandywine Road. Urban Little Sugar Creek runs from East 7th Street to Morehead. Liz Hair Nature Walk runs from Morehead Street to East Boulevard and is dedicated to the first woman to chair the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners. Almost a mile of paved trail is developed through Huntingtowne Farms Park in south Charlotte. Parking is available at YWCA on Parkwood Ave., Freedom Park, Park Road Shopping Center and Huntingtowne Farms Park.

10 Lower McAlpine,

McMullen & Four Mile Creek Greenways

This horseshoe shaped greenway runs 5.8 miles through south Charlotte and passes under Interstate 485. The trail is composed of a variety of surfaces, including asphalt, gravel and boardwalk. Parking is available off of Hwy 51 across from McMullen Creek Market. The most recently developed Four Mile Creek Greenway section features significant boardwalk through scenic wetlands with abundant wildlife. A parking lot and restrooms are available off Johnston Road and Bevington Place.

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Growing Greenways: Over the next year, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation will add additional mileage to the greenway system. Look for greenway trail construction along the following: Four Mile Creek, Irwin Creek, Little Sugar Creek, McDowell Creek, Toby Creek and Torrence Creek.

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Mecklenburg County Greenways 11 Mallard Creek and Clark’s Creek Greenways

Located in the University area, the trail is 7.1 miles long and is currently the longest trail in the county. While much of the greenway is paved, a 1.2 mile gravel trail through University Research Park connects to the newly constructed section from David Taylor Drive to Kirk Farm Fields off of Mallard Creek Church Road, Colony Road and Runnymeade Lane.

12 McAlpine Creek & Campbell Creek Greenways

This greenway stretches for 4.1 miles in east Charlotte and is a favorite of runners. McAlpine Creek Greenway is composed primarily of gravel trail and boardwalk. It connects with Cottonwood Nature Trail and the 3.1 mile McAlpine Creek Cross Country course. Surrounded by urban development, the greenway is home to 188 different documented species of birds, as well as beavers and river otters. Parking is available at Margaret Wallace Road, McAlpine Creek Park and Old Bell Road.

13 McDowell Creek Greenway

Linking the Towns of Cornelius and Huntersville, this 1.5 mile paved greenway is the first developed section of McDowell Creek. The greenway links several new and existing neighborhoods to great destinations like Birkdale Village and the future Robbins Park location in Cornelius.

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14 Six Mile Creek Greenway

This 0.9 mile paved greenway runs along the county’s southern border. It will eventually link neighborhoods within Mecklenburg and Union counties. The trail was developed through a partnership with LUESA (Land Use & Environmental Services Agency). Parking is available off of Marvin Road.

16 Toby Creek Greenway

15 South Prong Rocky River & West Branch Rocky River Greenways

This 2.9 mile greenway connects downtown Davidson with neighborhoods to the southeast along the South Prong of the Rocky River. Parking is available at South Street near Davidson Elementary School, on-street at the Hudson Place trailhead and at River Run Athletic Field. Although part of the Mecklenburg County Greenway system, this greenway is operated by the Town of Davidson. Please visit http://www.ci.davidson.nc.us/ for more information. Continuing approximately 3.2 miles long, the sidewalk and bike lanes begin on Robert Walker Drive and continue on roads into River Run including River Ford Drive. This overland connector leads to the entrance plaza for West Branch Rocky River Greenway. The greenway opened in 2011 and provides 1 mile of restful travel and natural areas. This greenway feels far from urban areas. Parking is available off of Marvin Road.

Toby Creek Greenway opened in 2011 and adds 2 miles of trails to the system and a significant connection to the UNC Charlotte Campus. Parking is available at Mallard Creek Elementary School and Kirk Farm Fields.

17 Torrence Creek Greenway

Located in Huntersville, the 1.4 mile trail is composed of asphalt and boardwalk, meandering through woods and wetlands. This greenway features large rock formations along the eastern end and meadows of wildflowers along the western end. On-street parking is available on Bradford Hill Lane.

18 Walker Branch Greenway

The first greenway in southwest Mecklenburg County, this half-mile paved trail runs southeast from South Tryon Street along Rivergate Parkway. Parking is located adjacent to the Home Depot on Rivergate Parkway.

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Recreation Centers Mecklenburg County Recreation Centers & School Recreation Sites Nature Center Recreation Center Recreation Center w/ Fitness Center School Rec. Site

Recreation and School Rec. Sites offer a variety of programs and services for groups and individuals of all ages. Join us for fitness, sports, cultural arts, youth development and most of all, FUN! Come play with us today!

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Nature Centers offer many nature-based programs for all ages. Come see educational exhibits and live animals on display. Experience the natural side of Mecklenburg! FREE admission. Open 7 days a week.

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Dance Studio

Stage

Performing Arts Room

Lockers/Showers

Ray’s Playhouse

Youth Activity Room

Computer Lab

Pool/ Water park

Fitness Center

Kitchen

Hours vary at each recreation center. Some offer room rentals for birthday parties and events. Call the recreation center for rates, or visit www.parkandrec.com

Gymnasium

RECREATION CENTERS AND SCHOOL RECREATION SITES

Multi-purpose Room

Recreation Centers

Methodist Home Recreation Center 3200 Shamrock Dr.

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Naomi Drenan Recreation Center/ Grayson SkatePark 750 Beal Str.

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Ray’s Splash Planet 215 N Sycamore St.

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Revolution Park Sports Academy 1225 Remount Rd.

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Albemarle Road Recreation Center 5027 Idlewild Rd. North Arbor Glen Outreach Center 1520 Clanton Rd. Berewick Recreation Center 5910 Dixie River Rd. Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center 2921 Tuckaseegee Rd. Elon Recreation Center 11401 Ardrey Kell Rd. Hickory Grove Recreation Center 6709 Pence Rd. Ivory/Baker Recreation Center 1920 Stroud Park Ct. Mallard Creek Recreation Center 2530 Johnston-Oehler Rd. Marion Diehl Recreation Center 2219 Tyvola Rd. Martin Luther King Jr. School Recreation Site 500 Bilmark Ave.

Southview Recreation Center 1720 Vilma St. Sugaw Creek Recreation Center 943 W. Sugar Creek Rd. Tom Sykes Recreation Center 1501 Euvlid Ave. Tuckaseegee Recreation Center 4820 Tuckaseegee Rd. Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center 440 Tuckaseegee Rd. West Charlotte Recreation Center 2401 Kendall Dr. Winget School Recreation Site 12235 Winget Rd.

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Nature McDowell Nature Center 15222 York Road • Charlotte • 704-588-5224 • Open Mon-Sat, 9:00am to 5:00pm and Sun 1:00pm to 5:00pm

The McDowell Nature Center serves as the gateway to the 1,107 acre McDowell Nature Preserve and is the source for educational programs and information on the preserve’s natural communities, flora and fauna. The preserve, the oldest in Mecklenburg County, has been left 90% undeveloped and protects mostly forested, rolling terrain along the banks of Lake Wylie. • Covers 1,107 Acres • Indoor Nature Center • 56-Site Campground • Copperhead Island - Fishing and Boating Access, Primitive Group Camping • 7 Miles of Hiking Trails • Playgrounds • Picnic Areas • Wildlife Viewing Opportunities

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The McDowell Nature Center is a proud (Click Star for Directions) member of the North Carolina Association of Environmental Education Centers and supports Environmental Educators of North Carolina. The Nature Center is recognized as a WNCW Oasis and accepts the Oasis member discount card for gift shop purchases. The Nature Center is also a member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Water Quality Coalition, is a certified National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat, participates in the Groundwater Guardian program and serves as an ambassador for Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s Project FeederWatch.

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McDowell Nature Center Nature’s Artists

Nature Center

Do you like nature? Do you like art? Join us to combine the two and make our very own nature-inspired masterpieces. Who knows, we may even have a special animal guest join us! Registration required. Ages 5 and up FREE

Mother Nature’s Story Corner Join us in the children’s play area every Wednesday morning for a special nature-based story. All Ages FREE

McDowell Nature Center

McDowell Nature Center Every Wed

10:30am to 11:00am

Animal Encounters Did you know a soft-shell turtle’s neck is as long as its body? Or that a king snake is immune to a copperhead’s venom? Learn these and other surprising facts about the animals in your backyard! All Ages FREE

McDowell Nature Center Every Saturday Every Sunday

10:00am and 2:00pm 2:00pm

Babes in the Woods Tuck your little one in a stroller and join one of our educators the first Monday of each month for an easy walk along our paved nature trail. Registration required. Ages 6 mo. to 3 yr. FREE

McDowell Nature Preserve -Four Seasons Trail #54438 #54439 #54440

Mar 3 Apr 7 May 5

Mon 10:30am to 11:30am Mon 10:30am to 11:30am Mon 10:30am to 11:30am

Stream Search Wear your water shoes and prepare to get (a little) wet as we search for aquatic critters in the stream. See what new animals emerge as the weather gets warmer. Dip nets and all equipment provided. Registration and parent supervision required. Ages 2 to 8 $3.00

McDowell Nature Preserve -Four Seasons Trail #54441 #54442 #54443

Mar 6 Apr 10 May 8

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Thu 10:30am to 11:30am Thu 10:30am to 11:30am Thu 10:30am to 11:30am

Spring 2014

Preschool Explorer Series Little ones and adults will discover nature together through crafts, games, songs, animal encounters, and outdoor exploration. Each week features a different theme – try one to start or sign up for them all! Registration required. Ages 2 to 5 $3.00

McDowell Nature Center Signs of Spring #54444 Mar 10 Mon 10:00am to 10:45am #54445 Mar 10 Mon 11:00am to 11:45am #54446 Mar 14 Fri 10:00am to 10:45am #54447 Mar 14 Fri 11:00am to 11:45am St. Patty’s Day (Sham)rocks! #54448 Mar 17 Mon 10:00am to 10:45am #54449 Mar 17 Mon 11:00am to 11:45am #54450 Mar 21 Fri 10:00am to 10:45am #54451 Mar 21 Fri 11:00am to 11:45am Outside ABC’s #54452 Mar 24 Mon 10:00am to 10:45am #54453 Mar 24 Mon 11:00am to 11:45am #54454 Mar 28 Fri 10:00am to 10:45am #54455 Mar 28 Fri 11:00am to 11:45am Nifty Nests #54456 Mar 31 Mon 10:00am to 10:45am #54457 Mar 31 Mon 11:00am to 11:45am #54458 Apr 4 Fri 10:00am to 10:45am #54459 Apr 4 Fri 11:00am to 11:45am Weather Watchers #54460 Apr 25 Fri 10:00am to 10:45am #54461 Apr 25 Fri 11:00am to 11:45am Baby Animals #54462 Apr 28 Mon 10:00am to 10:45am #54463 Apr 28 Mon 11:00am to 11:45am #54464 May 2 Fri 10:00am to 10:45am #54465 May 2 Fri 11:00am to 11:45am Fabulous Frogs #54466 May 12 Mon 10:00am to 10:45am #54467 May 12 Mon 11:00am to 11:45am #54468 May 16 Fri 10:00am to 10:45am #54469 May 16 Fri 11:00am to 11:45am Animal Teeth #54470 May 19 Mon 10:00am to 10:45am #54471 May 19 Mon 11:00am to 11:45am Fun with Flowers #54472 May 30 Fri 10:00am to 10:45am #54473 May 30 Fri 11:00am to 11:45am

#54483 #54484 #54485 #54667

Mar 8 Mar 16 Apr 27 May 11

Sat Sun Sun Sun

1:30pm to 2:15pm 1:30pm to 2:15pm 1:30pm to 2:15pm 1:30pm to 2:15pm

Nature Creations Join us on select Saturdays to embellish nature! We will create whimsical boats, faces, flowers, collages, forts and many other wonderful creations out and about the preserve. Registration required. Ages 4 and up FREE

McDowell Nature Center Fairy Houses #54647 Mar 15 Up Cycling #54648 Mar 29

Sat

1:30pm to 2:30pm

Sat

1:30pm to 2:30pm

Register 1 of 3 Ways: Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select an option: 1. CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. 2. CALL 311 (704-336-7600) or the number listed for that program. 3. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs. 32, 38 and 45. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

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McDowell Nature Center Nature Scavenger Hunt

Homeschool Game Time!

MeckTeen Greenforce

Scavenger hunts are a great way to take in nature and see things that you may not have noticed before. Each month will be a different collection of items to locate. Prizes awarded! Come and join us! Registration required. Ages 4 and up FREE

Join us for some board game fun! We have several games with nature themes at various levels of difficulty. Games challenge kids to think strategically and cooperate with others while having fun doing it. Ages 4 to 14 $3.00

McDowell Nature Center

#54654 Mar 14 #54655 Apr 4 #54656 May 16

Help improve the local environment and earn your way to some great adventures. We will be working in McDowell’s Greenhouse to grow native plants for the preserve and a variety of vegetables to sell at our fundraiser plant sale. Each day worked will earn you discounts on adventure trip fees. Registration required. (Locations vary) Ages 11 to 17 FREE

#54649 #54650

Mar 1 Apr 5

Sat Sat

2:30pm to 3:30pm 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Fort Building Bring your family and friends to build forts in the woods. Fun for all ages, even adults! All Ages FREE

McDowell Nature Center #54639 #54640

Mar 22 Apr 19

Sat Sat

1:00pm to 2:00pm 1:00pm to 2:00pm

No School? Cool! Attention school parents! Wonder what to do with your kids when school is closed but work is not? Bring them to McDowell Nature Center for a day of natural fun and learning. Each program features unique themes plus hikes, games, live animals, crafts, and so much more. Sign up for one program or the entire series. Registration required. Grades 3-5 $75.00/Child

McDowell Nature Center Fri Fri Fri

1:30pm to 2:30pm 1:30pm to 2:30pm 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Homeschool Woodland Story Walk The trails at McDowell are full of inspiration for aspiring storytellers. We’ll provide the pencil and journal then venture on a hike to collect ideas and props for imaginative stories. Registration required. Ages 7 to 12 $3.00

McDowell Nature Center #54643 Mar 14 #54644 Apr 11 #54645 May 9

Fri 10:00am to 11:00am Fri 10:00am to 11:00am Fri 10:00am to 11:00am

McDowell Nature Center #48863

Apr 14-18

Mon-Fri

Bird Study #54491 Apr 5 Sat Nature Study #55439 Apr 5 Sat Reptile and Amphibian Study #55440 Apr 6 Sun

9:30am to 4:30pm 9:30am to 4:30pm 9:30am to 4:30pm

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Sat Sat

9:30am to 12:30pm 9:30am to 12:30pm

McDowell Nature Center Volunteer Corps Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work at a nature center? Do you enjoy doing service for your community? Are you interested in learning about animal husbandry? Are you a new volunteer needing to attend an orientation? If you can answer yes to one or more of these questions, then sign-up to learn more at the McDowell Nature Center. We have lots of opportunities including animal care, docent, greenhouse care, and administrative services. Registration required. Ages 16 and up FREE Apr 12

Sat 11:00am to 12:00pm

Put your natural knowledge to the test as you follow the Leprechaun’s clues through the woods to find the hidden treasure. Meet at the Nature Center for your first clue and may the luck of the Irish be with you! All Ages FREE

McDowell Nature Center #54474 Mar 15 Sat Ongoing; 10:00am to 4:00pm

To Catch a Leprechaun Homeschool Field Trip! “Throw that away. No, wait, recycle it!” Where do our recyclables go and what do they turn into? How does all that junk get sorted so it can be used again? What can we recycle? Join us for an exciting behind the scenes tour of our local recycling center and get all your questions answered. Parents are welcome, but not required to attend. Registration required. Ages 8 and up $5.00 #54603 Mar 24

Spring 2014

Apr 26 May 3

St. Patrick’s Day Treasure Hunt

McDowell Nature Center

9:30am to 12:30pm 9:30am to 12:30pm

Farmer’s Market (Plant Sale) #54431 #54432

#54486

BSA Badge Weekend

Copperhead Island

Sat Sat

McDowell Nature Center

9:00am to 4:00pm

A weekend filled with different badges led by certified merit badge counselors. Some badges will require pre/post work to complete all merit badge requirements. Choose from Reptiles and Amphibians, Nature, and/or Bird Study. Take just one course or sign-up for the full weekend. If you would like to stay overnight with your troop or family, call the campground at 704-583-1284 to reserve a site. Please bring a bag lunch each day. Registration required. Call 704-588-5224 for times. Ages 12 to 17 $15.00 per badge

McDowell Greenhouse (Vegetable Planting) #54429 Mar 1 #54430 Apr 5

Mon

1:00pm to 3:00pm

Don’t fall victim to Leprechaun mischief this St. Patty’s Day - catch them and earn their pot of gold! With the help of McDowell staff, kids will create a state-of-the-art leprechaun trap, sure to lure even the wiliest little green men. All materials provided; successful trapping of leprechaun not guaranteed. Ages 8 and up $3.00

McDowell Nature Center #54475

Mar 17

Mon

3:30pm to 4:30pm

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McDowell Nature Center The World of Plants: Friends or Foes

Play in the Dirt

Listen to our guest speakers Lisa Tompkins and Geoff Huntley on how to use native plants in the home and yard as decoration or as companion plants. More importantly, learn methods of reducing or potentially eliminating the need for synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. This hands-on class is held outdoors, so please dress appropriately for the weather and plan to get dirty. Bring garden gloves and wear sturdy soled shoes that cover the entire foot. Register at www. wipeoutwaste.com. Ages 14 and up FREE

McDowell Nature Center Mar 22

Sat

9:00am to 11:00am

It’s planting season! Get your hands dirty as we get things growing in the greenhouse. Learn where your food comes from and what it takes to get it to your table. You’ll even get to make your own herb garden pot to take home! Registration required. Ages 7 and up $5.00

McDowell Nature Center #54490

Mar 30

Sun

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Nature Egg Hunt Children of all ages are invited to join us for an egg hunt in the preserve. Be sure to dress for the weather (i.e. don’t wear your Sunday best). Participants will get their very own ‘recycled’ basket to keep as well as compete for finding the golden egg. The hunt will start promptly at 1:30pm. Registration required; space limited. All Ages $3.00

McDowell Nature Center #54487

Apr 12

Sat

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Family Earth Day Celebration Drop in for our Earth Day open house celebration! Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature on a guided hike through one of McDowell’s many trails. Participate in our Recycle Relay Race and build your own recycled bird feeder to bring the birds to your backdoor. Refreshments provided. Ages 5 and up FREE

McDowell Nature Center

Peeper Prowl

#54664

Jeepers, Peepers! This evening, we’ll listen for the thumbnail-sized frog that can be heard a quarter mile away. We will use dip nets to try to catch these tiny heralds of spring so boots or old shoes are recommended. Miles: ½ mile, moderate terrain. Ages 6 and up FREE

In a Drop of Water

McDowell Nature Center #54476

Mar 23

Sun

7:00pm to 8:00pm

Family Fun Challenge Enter your family for a chance to win in our McDowell challenge. Find clues, test your nature knowledge, use your senses, have an up-close animal experience, get some exercise, and more. Registration required. Families, ages 7 and up $5.00 per family

McDowell Nature Center #54489

Mar 29

Sat 10:00am to 11:30am

Apr 22

Tue

3:00pm to 6:00pm

McDowell Nature Center May 17

Sat

Night Insects Have you ever noticed that insects like to fly around lights? Come and join us as we intentionally lure in insects at night with light and also with a method called “sugaring”. Registration required. Ages 4 and up FREE

McDowell Nature Center #54646

1:00pm to 4:00pm

May 23

Fri

8:00pm to 9:00pm

Butterfly and Dragonfly Hike The prairie at McDowell is a great place to find butterflies and dragonflies. Join us and learn to identify several of the beautiful species that call McDowell their home. Registration required. Ages 6 and up FREE

McDowell Nature Center #54651

It is incredible to discover how much life can live in a drop of water! Join us as we examine pond and stream water under the microscope. Ages 6 and up FREE #54653

Register 1 of 3 Ways: Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select an option: 1. CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. 2. CALL 311 (704-336-7600) or the number listed for that program. 3. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs. 32, 38 and 45. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

May 24

Sat

10:00am to11:00am

A Closer Look at Insects Join us as we look at insects under the microscope! We will learn about the different ways that insects have evolved to eat. Registration required. Ages 6 and up FREE

McDowell Nature Center #54652

May 24

Sat

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Phenomenal Fireflies The weather is warming up and these bioluminescent beauties are beginning to light up the night sky. Come find out why and how these magnificent insects blink and make a craft to take home. Registration required. All Ages FREE

McDowell Nature Center #54492

May 25

Sun

2:00pm to 2:45pm

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McDowell Nature Center Homeschool Map and Compass Has a GPS ever led you astray? Join us to improve your navigation skills the old fashioned dependable way! In this class you will learn how to use a compass, read a map, and test your new found skills in a trekking challenge. Registration required. Ages 8 to 12 $3.00

Large Pavilion #54609

Apr 8

Tue

1:30pm to 3:30pm

Lake Wylie Family Kayak Tour Paddle the border of the Carolinas with views of the Buster Boyd Bridge, Copperhead Island, and more. All equipment and instruction provided. Children ages 5-9 are required to share a tandem kayak with an adult. Call McDowell Nature Center at 704-588-5224 to register. Registration required. Ages 5 and up $15.00 (single) or $20.00 (tandem)

ACA Intro to Kayaking Skills Course Join our ACA certified kayak instructors and learn all the basics of flat water kayaking. Learn how to be properly prepared, equipment you will need to stay safe, and how to do in-water rescues, maneuvers and strokes. Bring a brown bag lunch. Registration required. Ages 16 and up $45.00

Meet at Latta Plantation Horse Trailer Overflow Parking Lot #54493

May 31

Sat

9:00am to 3:00pm

Waterfront Deck

Woodland Nature Hike Experience the wonders of the forest as we hike 1 to 2 miles through our nature preserve at a comfortable pace. Learn about plants and animals as you become submerged in the environment around you. Get some exercise while you enjoy the fresh air! Registration required. Ages 7 and up FREE

McDowell Nature Center #54488

Mar 9

Sun

1:30pm to 2:30pm

Mother’s Day Nature Hike What better way to celebrate mom than a nature hike amongst wildflowers and birds? Join us as we set off at a comfortable, yet steady pace throughout the McDowell Nature Preserve. Total hike distance is 2-3 miles. Registration required. Ages 8 and up FREE

McDowell Nature Center #54482

May 11

Sun

3:00pm to 4:30pm

Outdoor Recreation Homeschool Teambuilding Meet other homeschoolers and learn new ways to work together to conquer different challenges. Deflate the helium stick, rescue Mr. Fuzzy from his evil lair, traverse the hot chocolate river, and more. Registration required. Ages 8 to 12 $3.00

Large Pavilion #54611

May 27

Get Going Guide

Tue

1:30pm to 3:00pm

Spring 2014

#54627 #54628 #54629 #54630

(single) May 24 (tandum) May 24 (single) May 24 (tandum) May 24

Sat Sat Sat Sat

9:30am to 11:30am 9:30am to 11:30am 1:00pm to 3:00pm 1:00pm to 3:00pm

#54631 #54632 #54633 #54634

(single) May 31 (tandum) May 31 (single) May 31 (tandum) May 31

Sat Sat Sat Sat

9:30am to 11:30am 9:30am to 11:30am 1:00pm to 3:00pm 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Lake Wylie Evening Kayak Tour Join us for a relaxing kayak tour. During this class we will learn some of the history of the lake and highlights of the Lake Wylie area. If we’re lucky we will get to see the sunset over Lake Wylie. Call McDowell Nature Center at 704-588-5224 to register. Registration required. Ages 16 and up $15.00

Waterfront Deck #54635 #54636 #54668 #54670 #54669 #54637 #54638

May 7 May 9 May14 May 16 May 21 May 28 May 30

Wed Fri Wed Fri Wed Wed Fri

6:30pm to 8:30pm 6:30pm to 8:30pm 6:30pm to 8:30pm 6:30pm to 8:30pm 6:30pm to 8:30pm 6:30pm to 8:30pm 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Kayak and Campout on Mountain Island Lake Leave from the shores of Latta Plantation Nature Preserve and paddle with your guide to our private camping area on Mountain Island Lake. Tents and food will be provided. Call McDowell Nature Center at 704-588-5224 to register. Registration required. Ages 18 and up $25.00

Meet at Latta Plantation Horse Trailer Overflow Parking Lot #54617

May 3- 4 Sat-Sun 1:00pm to 12:00pm

Wilderness First Responder The WFR course is designed to provide you with the tools to make critical medical and evacuation decisions in remote locations. Classroom lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios where mock patients will challenge you to integrate your learning. Learning takes place both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather conditions. Come prepared for wet, muddy, cold or hot environments. No previous first aid training is required. You must be 16 years old to attend this course. This class will take place at Hornet’s Nest Park and students will have the option to camp in Latta Plantation Nature Preserve at no extra cost. Ages 16 and up $650.00

Hornet’s Nest Park #52794

Mar 1-9 Daily, 8:30am to 5:00pm

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McDowell Nature Center Fitness Hikes

Yoga in the Preserve Embrace the tranquility of nature by taking your practice outside and do something good for your body, mind, and soul. This vinyasa style class will be held at the waterfront pavilion to get a gorgeous view of Lake Wylie. Prior yoga experience is helpful, but not completely necessary. Please bring exact change. Registration preferred but not required. (*Location is subject to change due to inclement weather. Please call the Nature Center for details.) Ages 16 and up $5.00

Outdoor Adventure Travel Series: Carolina Beach State Park Join our outdoor adventure staff for a weekend getaway to Carolina Beach State Park, known for its longleaf pine, excellent fishing, and refreshing coastal setting. Purchase a Coastal Recreation Fishing License from NC Wildlife and bring your rod or just relax by the Cape Fear River. All meals and tents provided. Registration required. Ages 18 and up $155.00

Waterfront Deck* #54497 #54498 #54499

Mar 31 Apr 28 May 12

Mon 11:00am to 12:00pm Mon 11:00am to 12:00pm Mon 11:00am to 12:00pm

Meet at McDowell Nature Center

MeckTeen Ventures

Hiker’s Palate

Register 1 of 3 Ways:

Get Going Guide

Spring 2014

3:00pm to 4:00pm 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Sun Sun

3:00pm to 4:00pm 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Ready for a challenge? Earn prizes by accumulating credit mileage through our guided hikes. Below are a few 2-3 mile steady paced hikes to get you going, but remember any naturalist led hike counts towards your credit miles. A staff signature is required for credit. Get out, see nature, get fit, and meet new people! What do you have to lose (other than your “couch potato” nickname)? Registration required. Ages 16 and up FREE Mar 31 Apr 28 May 12

Mon Mon Mon

9:30am to 10:30am 9:30am to 10:30am 9:30am to 10:30am

Capture the Flag

Copperhead Island

Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select an option: 1. CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. 2. CALL 311 (704-336-7600) or the number listed for that program. 3. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs. 32, 38 and 45. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

Sat Sat

This program is a twist on an old classic. Teams hide their flag in the woods and try to keep the other team from capturing their flag while also trying to capture the other team’s flag. If you are a fan of this game then you will absolutely love it in the context of the woods! If you have never played before then you are in for a treat. Registration required. Ages 7 to 12 FREE

Glowstick - Capture the Flag - $3.00 #54433 Mar 22 Sat 6:00pm to 9:00pm

9:30am to 7:00pm

FREE

100 Mile Hiking Club

#54494 #54495 #54496

Register for one or both of our epic adventures that will engage teens in outdoor sports and activities. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and each activity. Water bottles and snacks will be provided. For the daytrip, please bring a packed lunch. Registration required. Ages 11 to 17 $3.00 / $25.00

McDowell Nature Center

McDowell Nature Center Ages 8 and up #54477 Mar 8 #54479 Apr 12 Ages 18 and up #54478 Mar 16 #54480 Apr 27

McDowell Nature Center

#54428 Mar 21-23 Fri-Sun Fri 8:00am to Sun 6:00pm

River Canoe Trip - $25.00 #54434 May 24 Sat

Get fit while enjoying the wildflowers and birds of spring as we set off at a comfortable, yet steady pace throughout the McDowell Nature Preserve. Registration required.

Each month’s activities are designed to provide an inexpensive night enjoying the outdoors. Activities and theme will range from natural and cultural history to outdoor adventure. We will feature hors d’oeuvres to incorporate the evening’s theme. Registration required. Ages 18 and up $10.00 / 20.00

McDowell Nature Center Prairie hike and picnic - $10.00 #54435 Mar 21 Fri 7:00pm to 10:00pm

McDowell Nature Center #54641 #54642

Apr 4 May 16

Fri Fri

4:00pm to 5:30pm 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Evening Campfire Enjoy stories, eat s’mores, and sing songs around a campfire with family and friends. Groups are welcome to attend. Registration is not required. All Ages FREE

McDowell Nature Center May 2

Fri

7:00pm to 8:00pm

Freedom Shelter #3 Open fire cooking - $10.00 #54436 Apr 25 Fri

7:00pm to 10:00pm

McDowell Waterfront Sandbar paddle - $20.00 #54437 May 23 Fri

For More Information or to Register Visit

www.parkandrec.com 7:00pm to 10:00pm

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Nature Latta Plantation Nature Center 6211 Sample Road • Huntersville • 704-875-1391

Latta Plantation Nature Center serves as the gateway to the 1,351 acres of Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. It is the source for many educational programs and information on the preserve’s natural communities, flora and fauna. Mecklenburg County’s largest preserve, it forms a green peninsula extending into Mountain Island Lake and protects a natural heritage site and several endangered plants.

Open Mon-Sat, 9:00am to 5:00pm and Sun 1:00pm to 5:00pm Latta Plantation Nature Center (Click Star for Directions)

• Covers over 1,350 Acres • 16 miles of Hiking Trails • Nature Center & Gift Shop • Carolina Raptor Center • Latta Plantation Equestrian Center • Historic Latta Plantation • Lakeview Picnicking • Canoe and Kayak Landing Areas VISIT US ON

Latta Plantation Nature Center features live native animals, a discovery hall, an outdoor amphitheater and a gift shop. Latta Plantation Nature Preserve also has the Carolina Raptor Center, an education and rehabilitation facility dedicated to the conservation of birds of prey and home to the Southeast’s largest eagle aviary. In addition, the park is also home to the Latta Plantation Equestrian Center, a facility providing guided horseback rides, pony rides, horse shows, lessons and a tack store; and the Historic Latta Plantation, a restored 19th century federal-style home and living history farm of James Latta, open to public tours and interpretive programs.

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Latta Plantation Nature Center Nature Center Series Woodland Sprites Preschool Modeled on the forest schools of Europe, this unique, child-led preschool class is held ENTIRELY outdoors! Children will be allowed to learn and grow at their own pace as they explore, experience, and come to appreciate the natural world and all it has to offer. On any given day, children may choose to investigate a stream, make a mud pie buffet, follow deer tracks through the woods, and much more - all under the guidance of experienced environmental educators. Research has shown that time spent in nature, especially engaged in play, is critical to a child’s development. Not only does it lead to increased physical activity but it can alleviate the symptoms of ADHD and asthma and promote creativity, self-discipline, problemsolving skills, cooperation, and confidence. Please call Anne-Marie Stevenson, 704-9473099, with any questions or to register. Ages 3.5 to 6

Nature Detectives Series Discovering nature helps spark curiosity and creativity. During these spring programs, participants will become nature detectives as they learn about pollination, flowers, and other spring topics. Each session will feature stories, games, and activities. $3.00

Ages 4 to 6

Latta Plantation Nature Center Adaptation Discovery #54530 Mar 12 Invasive Species #54531 Mar 26 Polination Ecology #54532 Apr 9 Flower Power #54533 Apr 23 Tree-mendous Trees #54534 May 14 Edible Plants #54535 May 28

Latta Plantation Nature Center Wed

1:30pm to 3:00pm

Wed

1:30pm to 3:00pm

Wed

1:30pm to 3:00pm

Wed

1:30pm to 3:00pm

Wed

1:30pm to 3:00pm

Wed

1:30pm to 3:00pm

G.O. Play!

$35.00/4-week session

Latta Plantation Nature Center #54501 Mar 7, 14, 21, 28 #54502 Apr 4, 11, 18, 25 #54503 May 2, 9, 16, 23

Fri 9:00am to 12:00pm Fri 9:00am to 12:00pm Fri 9:00am to 12:00pm

Discover nature with your little one through stories, crafts and activities. During the spring season our focus will be on animals! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Wed 10:15am to 11:00am Wed 10:15am to 11:00am Wed 10:15am to 11:00am Wed 10:15am to 11:00am

Get Outdoors and Play Festival Nature makes the best playground! After all, where else can you catch a fish, bake a mud pie, and build an awesome stick fort? Families and kids of all ages will have a blast at this first annual festival that’s all about getting outside, being active, and having fun in nature. Activities will include canoeing, hunting for bugs, building sand castles, making mud art, and much more messy fun. The only limit is your imagination! So, dress for mess and join us as we get outdoors and play at Latta! GO PLAY! No registration necessary.

#54623

Spring 2014

1:00pm to 3:00pm 1:00pm to 3:00pm 1:00pm to 3:00pm 1:00pm to 3:00pm

$2.00 Sat

11:00am to 12:00pm

Family Nature Crafts

FREE

Latta Plantation Nature Center

Ages 10 to 12 #54512 Mar 13 Thu #54513 Mar 27 Thu #54514 Apr 10 Thu #54515 Apr 24 Thu

#54517 Mar 1

All Ages

Get Going Guide

1:00pm to 3:00pm 1:00pm to 3:00pm 1:00pm to 3:00pm 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Latta Plantation Nature Center

Latta Plantation Nature Center

Wed 10:15am to 11:00am

Ages 7 to 9 #54508 Mar 13 Thu #54509 Mar 27 Thu #54510 Apr 10 Thu #54511 Apr 24 Thu

Ages 3 to 6

$3.00

Wed 10:15am to 11:00am

1:00pm to 3:00pm 1:00pm to 3:00pm 1:00pm to 3:00pm 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Land of the Lorax

Young Explorer Series

Snakes #54523 Mar 12 Turtles #54524 Mar 26 Frogs #54525 Apr 9 Hummingbirds #54526 Apr 23 Busy Bees #54527 May 14 Ladybugs #54528 May 28

$3.00

Ages 4 to 6 #54504 Mar 13 Thu #54505 Mar 27 Thu #54506 Apr 10 Thu #54507 Apr 24 Thu

Join us for an interactive reading of Dr. Seuss’ timeless classic, The Lorax. After the story, children will discover some of the strange and wonderful trees that grow in Mecklenburg County and plant a tree seed to take home!

Nature Center Programs

Ages 2 to 3

Muddy Boots Club This hiking club for kids is about getting outside, exploring nature, and having fun! Our muddy boots will take us on-trail, off-trail, through streams, and all around Latta. On the way we may stop to identify trees, build a fort, and whatever else strikes our fancy! Each participant will receive a special patch to put on their backpack or water bottle.

May 17

Sat

10:00am to 4:00pm

Did you know that March is National Craft Month? We did! And we’re celebrating by making crafts from the beautiful natural items found in our forest. Bring the whole family out and make your own crafty creations to take home! All Ages

$4.00

Latta Plantation Nature Center #54536

Mar 2

Sun

2:00pm to 3:30pm

Full Moon Hike Are you afraid of the dark? Test your trail skills (and your night sight!) as we hike around the nature preserve by the light of the stars and the full moon. Meet at the Horse Trailer Parking Lot. Terrain: Easy, 1.0 – 2.0 miles. Ages 7 and up

FREE

Horse Trailer Parking Lot #54518

Mar 15 Sat

8:30pm to 10:00pm

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Latta Plantation Nature Center Fantastic Fish

Spring Wildflower Hike

This is a chance for you to learn more about fish and go fishing all in the same day. First we will talk about why fish are unique and then we will go fishing at Mountain Island Lake.

The forests of the Piedmont come alive with an abundance of colorful woodland wildflowers throughout spring. Some of them can be found right here in our nature preserve…if you know where to look! Join one of our environmental educators and discover these hidden beauties yourself. Moderate, 1.0 mile.

Ages 5 to 12

$3.00

Shelter #2 #54539 #54543

Mar 30 May 4

Sun Sun

2:00pm to 4:00pm 2:00pm to 4:00pm

FREE

Ages 15 and up

Horse Trailer Parking Lot #54540

Where’s my Egg?! Scavenger Hunt

Cub Scouts Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop and Pin Calling all Cub Scouts! Come to Latta Plantation Nature Center and complete the requirements to earn your Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop and Pin under the instruction of one of our environmental educators. Ages 7 to 10

Oh no! Three birds have lost their eggs. Can you solve the riddles to find them? Stop by the nature center to pick up a riddle sheet. Solve the riddles to find the trail the eggs are hiding on. Find all three eggs and receive a special thank you gift from the birds. No registration necessary. All Ages

FREE

Latta Plantation Nature Center #54520

Apr 5

Sat

9:00am to 4:00pm

$5.00

Mar 16 Sun

Sun

2:00pm to 3:30pm

Webelos Forester and Naturalist Activity Badges Calling all Webelos! Come to Latta Plantation Nature Center and complete the requirements to earn BOTH your Forester and Naturalist Activity Badges. Ages 9 to 11

$5.00

Latta Plantation Nature Center #54541

Apr 13

Sun

1:30pm to 4:00pm

Stream Science Hike Come out for a hike through the northern part of Latta Plantation Nature Preserve to find a stream teeming with life. Once we arrive at the stream, we will hunt for critters and test the water to see how clean our environment is. Moderate, 4.0-5.0 miles.

Latta Plantation Nature Center #54537

Apr 6

1:30pm to 4:00pm

Signs of Spring Family Hike

Ages 7 and up

Leaves are budding, birds are singing – the woods are waking up! Join us for a familyfriendly walk on the Cattail Trail and enjoy the early signs of spring that are all around. Easy, 1.0-1.5 miles. Meet at the Waterfront Parking Lot. Terrain: Easy, 1.0 – 1.5 miles.

Latta Plantation Nature Center

All Ages

#54542

$4.00

Apr 27 Sun

1:00pm to 4:00pm

FREE

Waterfront Parking Lot #54538

Mar 23

Sun

2:00pm to 3:30pm

Recycled Light Bring your candle and wax scraps out (even crayons will work!) and melt them down into brand-new candles. If you don’t have any scraps, we have plenty you can use! Kids will learn about fire safety and the three essential elements fire needs while we wait for our candles to form. Don’t forget to use your new candle tonight during Earth Hour, an event raising conservation awareness where participants around the world turn off their lights for one hour. Registration is by family group. Please do not register each individual. All Ages

$2.00/family

Let’s GO! Spring Break Camp Is your child tired of being cooped up in the classroom? Are they bouncing off the walls at home? Then send them to our spring break camp and let them get outside and play! Featuring all the fun of summer camp with half the heat, we’ll explore wetlands, go fishing, and much more. Ages 7 to 9

$150.00

Latta Plantation Nature Center #54500 Apr 14-18 Mon-Fri 9:00am to 4:00pm

Latta Plantation Nature Center #54519

Mar 29

Sat

Get Going Guide

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Spring 2014

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Latta Plantation Nature Center Muddy Boots Field Trip: Stone Mountain State Park Pack a picnic lunch and join us on an excursion to Stone Mountain State Park. We’ll hike to the top of a 600-foot granite dome where we’ll eat lunch in the beautiful sunshine before descending into a meadow with an old homestead. On the way out we’ll pass by a stream and waterfalls where we may just stop to wet our feet! Participants should bring a backpack with a lunch, water bottle, and change of clothes. Terrain: Strenuous, 4.5 miles, 600-foot elevation gain. Ages 7 to 12

$15.00

Latta Plantation Nature Center #54515

May 15

Thu

9:00am to 5:00pm

Mushroom Mania April showers bring May…mushrooms? Of course! These strange decomposers thrive on the damp forest floor. Come find out all about the fungus among us as we go on a hike in search of them. Easy, 1.5-2.0 miles. Ages 10 and up

FREE

Latta Plantation Nature Center #54545

May 18

Sun

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Wetland Walk Explore the amazing wetland at Cowan’s Ford Wildlife Refuge. Catch newts and tadpoles, search for frogs, and more! Wear your water shoes and prepare to get wet! All Ages FREE

Cowan’s Ford Wildlife Refuge #54521

May 24

Sat

1:00pm to 3:00pm

NC Tree ID Become a tree detective! Learn some of North Carolina’s most common trees and how to identify them using simple techniques. Easy, 1.5-2.0 miles. FREE

Ages 12 and up

Latta Plantation Nature Center #54546

May 25

Sun

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Segway Adventure Tour Explore the trails of Latta Plantation Nature Preserve on an all-terrain Segway! Learn to ride these self-balancing machines and see nature like never before. Highlights include Shady and Catawba Trails, the Buzzard Rock Overlook and beautiful views of Mountain Island Lake. Call for details and rider restrictions. Ages 18 and up

$35.00

Segway Building at Waterfront Parking Lot

Muddy Boots Exploration Day Come spend part of the afternoon exploring nature. Listen to a story, take a nature hike and make a craft or two while we explore the waterfront area of the nature preserve. Ages 4 to 6

May 15

Mar 1 Mar 2 Mar 8 Mar 9 Apr 5 Apr 6 Apr 12 Apr 13 May 3 May 4 May 10 May 10 May 11

Sat Sun Sat Sun Sat Sun Sat Sun Sat Sun Sat Sat Sun

9:00am to 12:00pm 1:00pm to 4:00pm 9:00am to 12:00pm 1:00pm to 4:00pm 9:00am to 12:00pm 1:00pm to 4:00pm 9:00am to 12:00pm 1:00pm to 4:00pm 9:00am to 12:00pm 1:00pm to 4:00pm 9:00am to 12:00pm 2:00pm to 5:00pm 1:00pm to 4:00pm

For More Information or to Register Visit

$4.00

Shelter #2 #54544

#54547 #54548 #54549 #54550 #54551 #54552 #54553 #54554 #54555 #54556 #54557 #54558 #54559

Thu

Get Going Guide

1:00pm to 3:00pm

Spring 2014

www.parkandrec.com

Rural Hill Segway Adventure Tour Explore the trails of Rural Hill Nature Preserve on an all-terrain Segway! Learn to ride these self-balancing machines and see nature like never before. Call for details and rider restrictions. Ages 18 and up

$35.00

Rural Hill Picnic Shelter at end of Neck Road #54560 #54561 #54562 #54563

Mar 1 Mar 8 Apr 5 May 3

Sat Sat Sat Sat

2:00pm to 5:00pm 2:00pm to 5:00pm 2:00pm to 5:00pm 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Sunset Segway Adventure Tour Explore the trails of Latta Plantation Nature Preserve at sunset! Learn to ride these self-balancing all-terrain Segways and see nature like never before. Highlights include Shady and Catawba Trails, the Buzzard Rock Overlook and beautiful views of Mountain Island Lake. Call for details and rider restrictions. Ages 18 and up

$35.00

Segway Building at Waterfront Parking Lot #54565 #54566 #54567 #54568 #54569 #54570

Mar 5 Mar 19 Apr 9 Apr 23 May 7 May 21

Wed Wed Wed Wed Wed Wed

3:30pm to 6:30pm 5:00pm to 8:00pm 5:00pm to 8:00pm 5:30pm to 8:30pm 5:30pm to 8:30pm 5:30pm to 8:30pm

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Latta Plantation Nature Center Sunset Kayak Tour on Mountain Island Lake

Mountain Island Lake Kayak Tour (Gar Creek Access) Join us as we paddle on Mountain Island Lake, the oldest lake in the Charlotte area. Discover its history, significance, and what you can do to help protect it. Learn the basics of flatwater kayaking and then enjoy a guided tour of the lake. Children between the ages of 5 and 11 can accompany an adult in a tandem kayak. All equipment provided. Please wear appropriate clothing and bring water and snacks. Ages 12 and up $15.00/Single $20.00/Tandem

Gar Creek Access Parking Lot #54571 May 3 #54572 May 3 #54573 May 4 #54574 May 4 #54575 May 10 #54576 May 10 #54577 May 11 #54578 May 11 #54579 May 18 #54580 May 18 #54581 May 24 #54582 May 24 #54583 May 25 #54584 May 25

Sat Sat Sun Sun Sat Sat Sun Sun Sun Sun Sat Sat Sun Sun

10:00am to 12:00pm 1:00pm to 3:00pm 12:00pm to 2:00pm 3:00pm to 5:00pm 10:00am to 12:00pm 1:00pm to 3:00pm 12:00pm to 2:00pm 3:00pm to 5:00pm 12:00pm to 2:00pm 3:00pm to 5:00pm 10:00am to 12:00pm 1:00pm to 3:00pm 12:00pm to 2:00pm 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Mountain Island Lake Canoe Tour (Gar Creek Access) Join us as we paddle by canoe around Mountain Island Lake, the oldest lake in the Charlotte area. Discover its history, significance and what you can do to help protect it. Learn the basics of canoeing and then enjoy a guided tour of the lake. All equipment provided. Please wear appropriate clothing and bring water and snacks. Children under 12 must be accompanied in the canoe with an adult. Each canoe can hold up to 3 adults or 5 people. Ages 5 and up $15.00/Boat

Gar Creek Access Parking Lot #54585 May 31 #54586 May 31

Get Going Guide

Sat Sat

10:00am to 12:00pm 1:00pm to 3:00pm

•

Spring 2014

Join us for an evening adventure as we paddle on Mountain Island Lake, the oldest lake in the Charlotte area. Discover its history, significance and what you can do to help protect it. Learn the basics of flat water kayaking and then enjoy a guided tour of the lake. All equipment provided. Children, ages 5 to 11, can accompany an adult in a tandem kayak. Please wear appropriate clothing and bring water and snacks. Ages 12 and up $15.00/Single $20.00/Tandem

Gar Creek Access Parking Lot #54587 May 14 #54588 May 28

Wed Wed

6:30pm to 8:30pm 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Friday Morning Hikes If you enjoy hiking and want to learn more about the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve and its unique history, then join us each Friday as we explore a section of our 18 miles of trails. Please bring water and snacks and be prepared to hike up to two miles on each hike. All Ages

FREE

Latta Plantation Nature Center #54594 Apr 4 #54595 Apr 11 #54596 Apr 18 #54597 Apr 25 #54598 May 2 #54599 May 9 #54600 May 16 #54601 May 23 #54602 May 30

Fri Fri Fri Fri Fri Fri Fri Fri Fri

9:00am to 11:00am 9:00am to 11:00am 9:00am to 11:00am 9:00am to 11:00am 9:00am to 11:00am 9:00am to 11:00am 9:00am to 11:00am 9:00am to 11:00am 9:00am to 11:00am

Latta Homeschoolers: Make Your Own Hiking Stick Come and customize your very own hiking stick using your imagination and a variety of supplies. You will be able to add your choice of many useful items such as duct tape, paracord, and a compass. After personalizing your hiking stick, we will hit the trail for a 1.5-2.0 mile hike. Ages 9 to 12

$3.00

Latta Plantation Nature Center #54604 Mar 6

Thu

1:00pm to 3:00pm

Register 1 of 3 Ways: Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select an option: 1. CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. 2. CALL 311 (704-336-7600) or the number listed for that program. 3. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs. 32, 38 and 45. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

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Latta Plantation Nature Center Latta Homeschoolers: Gone Fishing

BSA: Geocaching Merit Badge Want to go on a high-tech treasure hunt and earn a merit badge at the same time? Join us for the Geocaching Merit Badge! We will complete many of the badge requirements and hit the trail to find some actual caches placed in the nature preserve. Some requirements will need to be completed individually after the class. Lunch and all equipment provided. Ages 10 to 17

Has your youngster been begging to go fishing, but you don’t have the equipment or know-how? Bring your beginning angler and learn the basics of fishing. All equipment and bait provided.

Shelter #2 #54613

$15.00

Latta Plantation Nature Center #54605 Mar 8

Sat

Latta Homeschoolers: Geocaching

Latta Plantation Nature Center #54606 #54607

Mar 4 Mar 18

Outdoor Recreation

$6.00

Ages 6 to 8

Tue Tue

10:00am to 12:00pm 10:00am to 12:00pm

Apr 17

Thu 10:00am to 12:00pm

Latta Homeschoolers: Geocaching Behind the Scenes (Jetton Park)

9:00am to 4:00pm

Seeking adventure? Join us for a hightech treasure hunt at Jetton Park. You will learn the functions of a basic GPS unit, the different types of caches, and how to locate caches throughout the park. GPS units will be provided or you can bring your own. Please bring plenty of water and a snack.

$3.00

Ages 6 to 8

Latta Homeschoolers: Orienteering Series Have you ever been lost in the woods? Join us as we learn the basics of using a map and compass to navigate. All equipment provided. Participants get to keep their compass at the end of the series. Ages 6 to 8

Have you ever wanted hide your own geocache, but did not know how? Join us as we take a look behind the scenes and hide geocaches for a future program. We will discuss the process from start to finish and submit our caches for publication. GPS units will be provided or you can bring your own. Please bring plenty of water and a snack. Transportation provided from the nature center to Jetton Park. $6.00

Ages 9 to 12

Latta Plantation Nature Center #54612

Apr 16

Wed 1:00pm to 4:00pm

$12.00

Latta Plantation Nature Center #54608 Mar 11, 25 Tue

10:00am to 12:00pm

Make Your Own Multi-Function Hiking Stick Trying to find a place to rest on the trail can be a challenge, especially when the woods are wet. Carrying a camp chair in your pack seems like an unnecessary luxury, but what if the hiking stick you were planning on carrying anyway could serve as a lounge chair? Come and make your own multi-function hiking stick. Be prepared to hike up to two miles. Ages 10 and up

$10.00

Latta Plantation Nature Center #54657 Mar 29

Sat

10:00am to 12:30pm

Latta Homeschoolers: Fishing Come and learn the basics of fishing including baiting the hook, casting, and removing the fish from the hook. All equipment and bait provided. Ages 9 to 12

$3.00

Get Going Guide

•

Spring 2014

Spend the day with us as we explore the nature preserve trails on all-terrain Segways and enjoy the beauty of Mountain Island Lake by kayak. Your adventure starts with a Segway tour in the morning, followed by a catered lunch and a kayak tour of the lake in the afternoon. All equipment provided and lunch provided. Ages 18 and up

$55.00

Segway Building at Waterfront Parking Lot

Shelter #2 #54610 Apr 4 Fri

Kayaking and Segway Adventure Day

10:00am to 12:00pm

#54658

Apr 26

Sat

9:00am to 3:00pm

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Latta Plantation Nature Center Latta Homeschoolers: Fishing at Hornet’s Nest Park

Latta Homeschoolers: Family Paddle and Picnic

Join us as we head a few miles down the road for an exciting fishing adventure at Hornet’s Nest Park. All equipment, bait, and transportation provided.

Pack a picnic lunch and join us as we tour Mountain Island Lake. We will paddle by canoe around the lake and take a break for a picnic lunch. No experience required. All equipment provided. Parents are required to stay with their children. Each canoe can hold up to 3 adults or 5 people.

Ages 9 to 12

$6.00

Latta Plantation Nature Center #54618

Apr 25

Fri

9:00am to 12:00pm

Waterfront Parking Lot

Latta Homeschoolers: Jetton Park Geocaching Seeking adventure? Join us for a hightech treasure hunt at Jetton Park. You will learn the functions of a basic GPS unit, the different types of caches, and how to locate caches throughout the park. GPS units will be provided or you can bring your own. Please bring plenty of water and a snack. Transportation provided from the nature center to Jetton Park. Ages 6 to 8

$6.00

Latta Plantation Nature Center #54659

Apr 30

Wed

1:00pm to 4:00pm

#54662

Latta Homeschoolers: Gone Fishing at Hornet’s Nest Park

Latta Homeschoolers: Bradford Park Geocaching Adventure

#54620

Ages 9 to 12

$3.00

Ages 6 to 8

May 1

Ages 9 to 12

Thu

10:00am to 12:00pm

$15.00

Horse Trailer Parking Lot #54660

May 8

Thu

10:00am to 12:00pm

Latta Homeschoolers: Hornet’s Nest Geocaching Adventure Seeking adventure? Join us for a high-tech treasure hunt at Hornet’s Nest Park. You will learn the functions of a basic GPS unit, the different types of caches, and how to locate caches throughout the park. GPS units will be provided or you can bring your own. Please bring plenty of water and a snack. Transportation provided from the nature center to Hornet’s Nest. Ages 9 to 12

$6.00

Latta Plantation Nature Center #54661

May 9

Fri

1:00pm to 4:00pm

For More Information or to Register Visit

www.parkandrec.com

Spring 2014

Thu 11:00am to 2:00pm

Hornet’s Nest Park - Concession Stand

Has your youngster been begging to go fishing, but you don’t have the equipment or knowhow? Bring your young angler to Hornet’s Nest Park and learn the basics of fishing. All equipment and bait provided.

Want to learn more about flatwater kayaking? Join us as we start with the basics including details of the equipment, safety, and proper technique and maneuvering. All equipment provided.

May 22

Seeking adventure? Join us for a high-tech treasure hunt at Bradford Park. You will learn the functions of a basic GPS unit, the different types of caches, and how to locate caches throughout the park. GPS units will be provided or you can bring your own. Please bring plenty of water and a snack. Transportation from nature center to Bradford Park provided.

Latta Homeschoolers: Kayak Tour

Get Going Guide

$15.00/Canoe

Ages 5 and up

$6.00

Latta Plantation Nature Center #54663

May 23

Fri

9:00am to 12:00pm

ACA Intro to Kayaking Skills Course Join our ACA certified kayak instructors and learn all the basics of flatwater kayaking. Learn how to be properly prepared, equipment you will need to stay safe, and how to do rescues, maneuvers, and strokes. Please bring your lunch, water, towel, and a change of clothes. Ages 16 and up

$45.00

Horse Trailer Parking Lot - Boat Harbor #54493

May 31

Sat

9:00am to 3:00pm

Register 1 of 3 Ways: Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select an option: 1. CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. 2. CALL 311 (704-336-7600) or the number listed for that program. 3. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs. 32, 38 and 45. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

www.parkandrec.com

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Nature Reedy Creek Nature Center 2900 Rocky River Road • 704-432-6459 • Open Mon-Sat, 9:00am to 5:00pm and Sun 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Reedy Creek Nature Preserve protects 737 acres of natural, forested habitat within Reedy Creek Park. There are over 10 miles of hiking trails in the nature preserve for the outdoor enthusiast, giving visitors the opportunity to explore a variety of terrains while enjoying scenic views of small lakes, forests, fields, streams and wildlife. Reedy Creek Nature Center is also home to the Dr. James F. Matthews Center for Biodiversity Studies.

VISIT US ON

• Covers over 737 Acres • 10 Miles of Hiking Trails • Nature Center & Gift Shop • Historic Robinson Rock House • 18-hole Disc Golf Course • 10 Reservable Picnic Shelters • Fishing at Dragonfly or Slider Ponds • Barkingham Park Dog Park

Outside, visitors can stop and observe nature in action at the National Wildlife Federation certified Backyard Habitat Garden, which includes bird feeding stations and a demonstration compost area. Self-interpretive trail guides are available for several nature preserve trails.

Reedy Creek Nature Center (Click Star for Directions)

2014 Spring Programs & Activities Get Going Guide

Spring 2014

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Reedy Creek Nature Center Nature Story Corner

Nature Preserves

Settle in and get comfortable as we read a variety of nature based stories. Stories may be accompanied by puppets and audience participation as we learn about the wonders of nature! After the story we will hike into the forest to do a themed activity based on the story.

Hike for Your Health Get outside, get moving and get healthy! Enjoy fresh air, sunshine and beautiful surroundings with like-minded people. Must be able to hike 4 -5 miles at a moderate pace on uneven terrain.

Reedy Creek Nature Center

Reedy Creek Nature Center Ongoing Tue 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Yoga at the Nature Center Slow down and connect with your breath in this gentle yoga class. No experience needed. $5.00 per class

Ages 16 and up

Reedy Creek Nature Center Ongoing Tue 6:15pm to 7:15pm

RibbonWalk Volunteer Day with Charlotte Sierra Club Join Park and Rec and the Sierra Club as we fight invasive species at the beautiful RibbonWalk Preserve. Other duties may include light trail work and trash clean-up. Come out and take ownership of your preserve! Ages 8 and up

FREE

RibbonWalk Nature Preserve Every 2nd Sat of the month

9:00am to 12:00pm

Young Naturalist Club of Mecklenburg County Youth interested in exploring the natural world, this club is for you! We will meet on the first Saturday of every month for hikes, presentations and fun! We will partner with local environmental groups to explore the world of birding, herpetology, native plants and more! FREE

Ages 12 to 18

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53672 #53673 #53674

Mar 1 Apr 5 May 3

Sat Sat Sat

9:00am to 1:00pm 9:00am to 1:00pm 9:00am to 1:00pm

Creating a Backyard Habitat Join a naturalist and see how easy it is to create your own wildlife friendly area. Discover how and why these critical areas are so beneficial to wildlife and to you! Ages 14 and up

FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53675

Mar 1

Sat

10:00am to 11:00am

Amped Up For Amphibians Discover the wonderful world of amphibians! We will explore the natural history of our local frogs, toads and salamanders. Find out which species call Reedy Creek their home and how you can help them. FREE

Ages 6 and up

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53676

100-mile Hike Club Ready for a challenge? Come hike a hundred miles. Register for our hikes throughout the year and earn credit miles to earn a t-shirt, patch, and more. Membership to the club is free but each hike may have a small fee. Any naturalist led hike counts towards your credit miles. A staff signature is required for credit. Ages 8 and up

FREE

#53950

Ongoing

Get Going Guide

Spring 2014

Sat

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Fishing with Dr. Seuss Hear Dr. Seuss’ classic story, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, and learn about the fish in our lakes and ponds. Kids will also learn how to cast with a fun fishing game! Parent participation is needed for the casting game.

#53678 #53679 #53680 #53681 #53682 #53683 #53684

Mar 3 Mar 17 Mar 31 Apr 14 Apr 28 May 12 May 26

Mon Mon Mon Mon Mon Mon Mon

10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am

Lil’ Sprouts Nature Preschool At Lil’ Sprouts Nature Preschool, we believe in teaching the “whole child”; physical, cognitive, social and emotional domains. The curriculum is built upon authentic experiences that foster your child’s excitement in the natural world. The program balances structure and choice play and offers developmentally appropriate activities in science, the creative arts, writing, reading, math, fine and gross motor skills and more. Come experience “The Natural Way of Learning!” Ages 4 to 5

$35.00 per month

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53685 #53686 #53687

Mar 6 Apr 3 May 1

Thu Thu Thu

9:00am to 12:00pm 9:00am to 12:00pm 9:00am to 12:00pm

Register 1 of 3 Ways: Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select an option: 1. CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. 2. CALL 311 (704-336-7600) or the number listed for that program. 3. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs. 32, 38 and 45. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53677

Mar 1

Ages 4 to 8

Reedy Creek Nature Center

FREE

Ages 3 and up

FREE

Ages 12 and up

Mar 2

Sun

2:00pm to 3:00pm

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Reedy Creek Nature Center Weekday Wanderers

Krafty Kidz

Join a naturalist as we explore natural areas in and around Mecklenburg County. These casual hikes will take us to a variety of preserved habitats, each with their own story to tell. Take time out to enjoy the beauty found in these special places. Must be able to walk 5 - 6 miles on uneven terrain.

Have fun learning while making nature themed related crafts with your child. Each day will be a new set of crafts based on a different theme. Parent participation is required.

$8.00

Ages 18 and up

Start at Reedy Creek Nature Center Pee Dee Wildlife Refuge #53688 Mar 6 Thu 9:00am to 4:00pm The Fork Farm #53689 Apr 3 Thu 9:00am to 4:00pm Riverbend Park #53690 May 1 Thu 9:00am to 4:00pm

Parent and Me Tot Trots Experience nature together with your child. Hikes will be sensory based surrounding your child in nature’s beauty. It will also give you, the parent, the experience of how to use nature as a learning platform. Ages 1 to 2

FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53691 #53692

Mar 8 Apr 12

Sat Sat

9:30am to 10:15am 9:30am to 10:15am

The Nature of Greenways See the Greenways through different eyes as a naturalist guides you on a walk along this wildlife corridor. This will be a casual, family friendly hike with stops along the way to explore the important roles these spaces hold in our natural community. All Ages

FREE

Mallard Creek Greenway (Kirk Farms parking area) #53694

Mar 8

Sat

2:30pm to 4:00pm

$2.00

Ages 2 to 7

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53695 #53696

Mar 8 Apr 12

Sat Sat

11:00am to 12:00pm 11:00am to 12:00pm

Budding Adventures Calling all kids and parents! Discover the awakening of the spring plants and animals. Through various hands-on activities such as crafts, games, stories, puppets, hikes and more we will learn about plant-life, animals and their homes, weather, and more. Come and explore with us. Parent participation encouraged. FREE

Ages 3 to 6

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53697 #53698 #53699 #53700 #53701 #53702

Mar 10 Mon Mar 24 Mon Apr 7 Mon Apr 21 Mon May 5 Mon May 19 Mon

10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am

CSI: Citizen Science Investigations Discover what citizen science is and how to get yourself and your family involved in some of these local and national efforts. This is a great and simple way to contribute to the science world and immerse yourself in nature. Ages 12 and up

FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53706

Mar 12

Wed

6:30pm to 7:30pm

Animal Evidence ID Have you ever found an animal track in the mud? Or a bird nest in a tree? Learn how to be a nature detective to identify clues left by different kinds of animals. We will hike for about 30 minutes on some uneven terrain. All Ages

FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53707

Mar 15

Sat

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Geocaching Join us for an introduction to this wonderful pastime that blends nature and technology, and is fun for the whole family! No experience needed, but must be able to walk 1-2 miles on uneven terrain. Ages 8 and up

FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53708

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Mar 16

Sun

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Homeschool: Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century In this invigorating series students will first understand the basic concepts of plant growth and interaction with the environment, then engage in an inquiry based study to find out more about the natural world. Lastly, they will put their newly found knowledge and skills to the test in a culminating project.

Reedy Creek Nature Center $3.00 Ages 5 to 7 Plants Around You #53955 Mar 11 Tue 1:30pm to 3:00pm Properties of Soil #53956 Mar 25 Tue 1:30pm to 3:00pm Plant-Soil Interactions #53957 Apr 8 Tue 1:30pm to 3:00pm Plant Growth Affects the Soil #53958 Apr 22 Tue 1:30pm to 3:00pm How Does Your Garden Grow Soil #53959 May 13 Tue 1:30pm to 3:00pm Conservation and Human Roles #53960 May 27 Tue 1:30pm to 3:00pm Ages 8 to 12 Plants Around You #53966 Mar 11 Tue 1:30pm to 3:00pm Properties of Soil #53967 Mar 25 Tue 1:30pm to 3:00pm Plant-Soil Interactions #53968 Apr 8 Tue 1:30pm to 3:00pm Plant Growth Affects the Soil #53969 Apr 22 Tue 1:30pm to 3:00pm How Does Your Garden Grow Soil #53970 May 13 Tue 1:30pm to 3:00pm Conservation and Human Roles #53971 May 27 Tue 1:30pm to 3:00pm

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Reedy Creek Nature Center Spring Equinox Hike and Fire

Signs of Spring Hike

Help us celebrate the Spring Equinox with an evening hike followed by marshmallows around the fire!

Let a naturalist lead you through the trails of Reedy Creek looking for signs of spring. Must be able to hike 1 - 2 miles on uneven terrain.

All Ages

FREE

Ages 5 and up

FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center

Reedy Creek Nature Center

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#53719

Mar 20

Thu

6:00pm to 8:30pm

Apr 5

Sat

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Biodiversity Hike

Backyard Birding 101

Discover the natural areas of North Carolina with a naturalist. Each month we will journey to a different destination in search of all that is wild and beautiful! Must be able to hike 6 8 miles on uneven terrain.

Birds migrate hundreds of miles to call Charlotte their summer home. Learn how to create a bird feeding station and improve your backyard habitat to attract and observe these great travelers.

Ages 18 and up

$12.00

Ages 12 and up

FREE

Start at Reedy Creek Nature Center

Reedy Creek Nature Center

Pilot Mountain State Park #53711 Mar 22 Sat 8:00am to 6:00pm Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge #53712 Apr 19 Sat 8:00am to 6:00pm Jones Gap State Park #53713 May 17 Sat 8:00am to 8:00pm

#53727

Apr 6

Sun

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Flippin’ Frogs and Slinky Salamanders Come test your hopping skills against frogs from around the world, try to count all the spots on the Spotted Salamanders, and help the Fowler’s Toad catch his lunch! This program is all about amphibians and is guaranteed to get slimy! All Ages

Spring Scavenger Hunt Come to the preserve to look for signs of spring. We will take a nature walk to look for items on the scavenger hunt list. Be prepared to walk 1-2 miles on uneven terrain. Ages 6 and up

FREE

FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center

Reedy Creek Nature Center

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#53716

Mar 22

Sat

11:00am to 12:00pm

Mar 29

Sat

10:00am to 11:00am

Specimen of the Day: Skins, Skulls and More A naturalist is one who keenly observes natural objects to uncover mysteries and learn about their surroundings. Join one of our naturalists as we delve into the animal kingdom and identify different specimens using clues and field guides. A short hike will follow the program. Ages 7 and up

FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53717

Feed The Birds Winter is over and the birds are getting hungry! Come learn all about what birds need to survive and what you can do to help them out. Build your very own bird feeder or bird house from recycled materials! Builders are encouraged to bring their own recyclables to use. All Ages

FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53715

Mar 23

Sun

Get Going Guide

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Spring 2014

Mar 30

Sun

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Upcycle Bird Feeder Give that trash a second chance, repurpose some “stuff” and upcycle! We will turn throw aways into neat bird feeders. All Ages

FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53718

Apr 5

Sat

Visit Us On

10:00am to 11:00pm

Evening Kayak at Mountain Island Lake Enjoy a naturalist led kayak on Mountain Island Lake. This will be a relaxing paddle weaving in and out through the coves of the lake. All levels welcome. Ages 12 and up $15.00 (single) or $20.00 (tandem)

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53730 #53731 #53733

Apr 9 Wed May 7 Wed May 28 Wed

6:00pm to 9:00pm 6:00pm to 9:00pm 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Register 1 of 3 Ways: Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select an option: 1. CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. 2. CALL 311 (704-336-7600) or the number listed for that program. 3. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs. 32, 38 and 45. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

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Reedy Creek Nature Center Green Fire Movie See the first documentary film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold and his environmental legacy! Green Fire shares highlights from his extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement. It also illustrates how Leopold’s vision of a community that cares about both people and land continues to inform and inspire people across the country and around the world. Leopold’s ideas remain relevant today, continuing to inspire projects nationwide that connect people and land.

NC Science Festival Nature Experiments

Ages 10 and up

At the end of the NC Science Festival, we will experiment with nature and be amazed by its powers! Join us for a series of nature-based experiments that will make your jaw drop.

#53745

Ages 6 and up

FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center Apr 23

Wed

6:00pm to 8:00pm

For beginners or kayakers that need a refresher, join a ACA certified instructor and learn the proper skills and techniques to maneuver around in North Carolina waterways. All equipment is included. Limited to five participants.

FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53737

Apr 13

Sun

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Ages 12 and up

Hiking 101

#53758 #53800

Apr 19

All Ages

11:00am to 12:00pm

Ages 3 and up

FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53741

Apr 20

Sun

2:00pm to 3:00pm

#53762

Discover the Natural History of our coast on this naturalist led adventure. Highlight activities include hiking, birding, shelling, kayaking and searching for wild horses! Price includes most meals. Ages 18 and up

$150.00/person

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53753 Apr 25-27 Fri-Sun Fri 8:00pm-Sun 8:00pm

Come and learn how to make your own paper! We will recycle old paper into brand new paper that can be used for note cards and letters. You can bring paper from your own recycling bin to use! Ages 6 and up

Spring 2014

Apr 26

Sat

May 3

Sat

11:00am to 12:00pm

Take a journey on our trails and discover how useful our native plants can be. Explore how native peoples used some of these plants in their everyday life. Ages 10 and up

2:00pm to 3:00pm

FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53768

May 3

Sat

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Natural Beauty Nature can inspire all sorts of creativity! Explore your artistic side and create some amazing art using natural materials. Paint with twigs, make stamps with leaves, and create some all natural art right here in the preserve. All Ages

FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53756

FREE

Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants

Coastal Adventure

The Art of Papermaking

Get Going Guide

2:30pm to 3:30pm 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Reedy Creek Nature Center

Turtles, Tortoises, and Terrapins – Oh My! What is the difference between turtles and tortoises? How fast can a turtle really go? What do turtles like to eat? And what exactly is a terrapin? Come visit with Reedy Creek’s very own Peter the Box Turtle and his friends to learn everything you ever wanted to know about these terrific creatures.

Sun Sun

Ssssssssensational Snakes

FREE Sat

Apr 27 May 18

Are all snakes venomous? What do they like to eat? Why do snakes shed their skin? Get up close and personal with a snake at Reedy Creek to answer these questions and more!

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53739

$10.00

Reedy Creek Nature Center

Hiking is a fun activity that can be shared by the whole family. But what should you bring with you? Where should you go? And what should you put in the trail mix? Join a naturalist to learn all about how to plan and enjoy the perfect hike! Must be able to hike 1 mile on uneven terrain. Ages 6 and up

Intro to Kayaking

FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53769

May 4

Sun

2:00pm to 3:00pm

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Reedy Creek Nature Center Recycled Flower Bouquet Spring is here and flowers are in bloom. Come make your own bouquet of flowers out of recycled materials. This bouquet will last a lifetime! Ages 8 and up

FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53802

May 25

Sun

2:00pm to 3:00pm

MothShop - Second Shift Pollinators Daytime pollinators are the reason why we have fresh food. Moths are the “second shift” pollinators who go to work when the sun goes down, join us to learn more about this beautiful creatures who live in Charlotte and look like pieces of art. We will have a moth expert to help us identify them in the field. Ages 12 and up

Screen Free Week: Fun By The Fireside

Full Moon Hike

Learn how to safely build a campfire, roast a few marshmallows, and chow down on some s’mores! This nighttime program is all about relaxing and having fun by the campfire. Come prepared with some fun ghost stories or even your own marshmallow roasting stick! Registration is required. FREE

Ages 3 and up

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53777

May 8

Thu

6:30pm to 7:30pm

Screen Free Week: Stars and Dough Boys Start the night off with a delicious treat around the campfire. Dough Boys hot and fresh! When the stars finally come out, get to see them up close with our powerful telescopes. Parent participation required. $2.00

Ages 6 and up

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53783

May 9

Fri

6:30pm to 7:30pm

Screen Free Week: Everything Hike This is the end of “Screen-free” week. Join us to celebrate nature and enjoy the outdoors. This is an “all out” hike to look at all the plants and animals who call Reedy Creek their home. Ages 7 and up

FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53788

May 11

Sun

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Celebrate the energy of a full moon with a hike through the preserve after hours. We will hike 3 miles on uneven terrain at a moderate pace.

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53792

Wed

6:30pm to 8:00pm

Ages 6 and up

Spring 2014

May 30

Fri

8:30pm to 10:00pm

Breakfast with the Birds Join us for a gentle stroll through Reedy Creek Nature Preserve looking for birds. Before we venture out we will have coffee, hot chocolate and pastries. $4.00

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53977

May 31

Sat

8:30am to 10:00am

FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53799

May 17

Sat

10:30am to 12:00pm

Camping Basics If you have always wanted to go camping but don’t know where to start planning, this is the perfect program for you; from packing lists, organizing your supplies and what you may need. Great tips will be provided for your next adventure outdoors. Ages 12 and up

FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53974

May 24

Sat

10:00am to 11:00am

Specimen of the Day: Snakes and Turtles Reptiles play an important role in nature; without them, Reedy Creek would not look the same. Meet our resident animals and go for a hike to see their habitat. FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center

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Ages 12 and up

Ahoy! Come design and build your own miniature boat out of recycled materials. We will take the boats to Dragonfly Pond and set sail. Which boat design will work best? Parent participation required.

#53975

Get Going Guide

May 14

Boating Fun!

All Ages

Visit Us On

FREE

Ages 18 and up

FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center

May 24

Sat

Register 1 of 3 Ways: Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select an option: 1. CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. 2. CALL 311 (704-336-7600) or the number listed for that program. 3. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs. 32, 38 and 45. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

2:00pm to 3:00pm

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Summer Camps

Registration for Summer Camps begins at 9:00am on February 1.

VISIT US ON

2014 Summer Camp Programs & Activities Get Going Guide

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Summer Camps Preschool Shorty Sporty Camp Participants will learn basic motor skills and sports skills in this half-day camp. For more information, contact ElonRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC or 704-540-2426. Ages 3 to 5 $50.00

Elon Recreation Center #53168 #53169 #53170 #53171

Jun 23-27 Jul 7-11 Jul 14-18 Jul 28-Aug 1

M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm

Insect Mania! What has six legs, three body parts and can be found just about everywhere you look? Insects! Campers will explore a world so tiny that they will need a magnifying glass to see it. Each day, we investigate the world of insects through games, hands-on activities, crafts, and more. Ages 4 to 6 $75.00

Latta Plantation Nature Center #53269 Jun 16-20 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm #53270 Jun 23-27 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm #53271 Jul 14-18 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm

#53471 Jun 23-27 M-F #53472 Jul 21-25 M-F

McDowell Nature Center M-F M-F M-F M-F

9:00am to 12:00pm 1:00pm to 4:00pm 9:00am to 12:00pm 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Mini Naturalists Come learn and play with us! Children will be engaged in the exploration of the natural world around them through hands-on activities, sensory based authentic experiences and games. From exploring a stream to chasing butterflies to resting under a tree listening to nature, we will have a grand old time while deepening our connection with nature. Each camp will have different activities, but the structure will be the same. Ages 4 to 6 $75.00

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53354 Jun 16-20 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm #53355 Jul 7-11 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm #53356 Jul 21-25 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm

Nutty Professor Why is the sky blue? How do birds fly? Curious children are scientists in the making! We will encourage your child’s inner scientist with fun experiments like making slime and sprouting seeds. Each day will be hands-on and minds-on with experiments, crafts, stories and more. No camp July 4 – that week is pro-rated. Ages 4 to 6 $75.00

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Spring 2014

Elon Recreation Center

Tom Sykes Recreation Center

Summer + Kids = FUN + Learning! Our youngest explorers discover the animals and habitats at the Preserve while building confidence in the outdoors. Crafts, games, songs and activities based on a weekly theme keep the youth engaged and entertained. Pre-registration required; June Theme: Animal a Day; August Theme: Insects. Ages 4 to 6 $70.00 Jun 23-27 Jun 23-27 Aug 4-8 Aug 4-8

4-H: Motorsports Camp Participants in this one-week day camp will experience the life of a pit crew as they design, update and race radio-controlled cars. Using specific math, engineering and technology skills, the campers will solve real-life racing problems. We will also visit local racing shops and the NASCAR® Hall of Fame. Ages 9 to 12 $80.00 #53173 Jul 21-25 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm #53174 Aug 4-8 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm

F.U.N. (Fabulous Understanding of Nature!) Camp

#53738 #53742 #53750 #53752

Elementary School

#53230 Jun 30-Jul 3 M-Th 9:00am to 12:00pm #53231 Jul 21-25 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm #53232 Aug 4-8 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm

9:00am to 5:00pm 9:00am to 5:00pm

4-H Motorsports II: Quest for Speed Using the 4-H curriculum developed through Duke University, participants will use math and engineering principles to design and test several different model cars that use various propulsion systems. For more information, contact TomSykesRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4803. Ages 8 to 12 $80.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center

#53473 Jul 7-11 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm #53474 Jul 28-Aug 1 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm

4-H: Residential Summer Camp Overnight residential camp located in the Piedmont area near Reidsville, North Carolina, open to any Mecklenburg County youth. Campers will enjoy swimming, archery, crafts, canoeing, outdoor activities, team building, and much more. Cost includes t-shirt, meals, lodging and all camping activities. Transportation to and from camp provided. For more information and to register, contact Racquel McNeil at 704-336-2082 or visit: www. mecklenburgcounty4h.org. Limited scholarships. Ages 8 to 14 $500.00

Off Site Location: Betsy Jeff Penn 4-H Camp Center in Reidsville, NC #54084 Jul 13-18 Su-F 8:00am to 5:00pm

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Summer Camps Camp Neptune

Adventure Camp

Charlotte’s original swim camp! Activities include wakeboarding, water polo, snorkeling and field trips to water parks. Swim tests are available. Must be able to swim 200 yards in deep water independently. For more information, contact Matthew.Jakubowski@MecklenburgCountyNC. gov or call 704-336-3483. Ages 8 to 13 $175.00

Let nature guide you on a fun-filled week of adventure and discovery in the great outdoors! You can look forward to kayaking, hiking, geocaching and more. Ages 10 to 12 $150.00

Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center Camp Neptune I #53151 Jun 16-20

M-F

7:30am to 6:00pm

Camp Neptune II #53152 Jul 21-25

M-F

7:30am to 6:00pm

Camp Neptune III #53153 Aug 4-8

M-F

7:30am to 6:00pm

Camp Neptune IV #53154 Aug 18-22

M-F

7:30am to 6:00pm

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53360 Jul 28-Aug 1 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm #53361 Aug 4-8 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

Eco Odyssey Camp Put on your explorer’s cap and get ready for some adventure. We will spend our time discovering the many adventures that nature has to offer. Wading through creeks and geocaching are a few examples of the fun that awaits you! Ages 7 to 9 $150.00

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53357 Jun 23-27

M-F

9:00am to 4:00pm

Ecowonders Come explore the wonders of the Nature Preserve! We will go hiking, letter boxing, fishing and canoeing while experiencing all that is wild and wonderful. Ages 7 to 9 $150.00

Outdoor Explorers Camp

Adventurous and curious campers venture far and wide to discover the wonders of nature. Each week includes nature camp favorites like Reedy Creek Nature Center stream walks, fishing, and kayaking at the #53359 Jul 14-18 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm Preserve. Activities and field trips are focused N.S.I. (Nature Science Investigators) on the weekly theme. Pre-registration required; choose 1 week per theme. Who left that track in the mud? Who made that Ages 7 to 9 $160.00 nest? Who lives in that burrow? Campers will McDowell Nature Center investigate clues in nature during this week of Theme: Naturally Artful exploration and sleuthing. Come be a Nature #53759 Jun 16-20 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm Investigator! #53761 Jul 7-11 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm Ages 10 to 12 $120.00 Theme: Water Wonders Reedy Creek Nature Center #53759 Jul 14-18 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm #53358 Jun 30-Jul 3 M-Th 9:00am to 4:00pm #53761 Jul 21-25 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

Outdoor Adventure Camp Camp Cannonball Beat the heat and make a splash with any session of Camp Cannonball! Fun includes water games, crafts, field trips and loads of swimming! For more information email Calvin.Covington@ MecklenburgCountyNCgov or call 704-432-1140. Ages 6 to 12 $175.00

Ray’s Splash Planet #53155 #53156 #53157 #53158

Jun 23-27 Jul 14-18 Jul 28-Aug 1 Aug 11-15

M-F M-F M-F M-F

7:30am to 6:00pm 7:30am to 6:00pm 7:30am to 6:00pm 7:30am to 6:00pm

For More Information or to Register Visit

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Spring 2014

Campers will explore Latta Plantation Nature Preserve as they have never done before! Canoeing, fishing, geocaching and hiking are some of the fun activities we will enjoy during this camp. This camp will culminate with a field trip adventure to South Mountain State Park. No camp July 4 – week is pro-rated. Ages 7 to 9 $150.00

Latta Plantation Nature Center #53304 #53306 #53308 #53310 #53312

Jun 30-Jul 3 Jul 7-11 Jul 21-25 Aug 4-8 Aug 11-15

M-Th 9:00am to 4:00pm M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

Register 1 of 3 Ways: Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select an option: 1. CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. 2. CALL 311 (704-336-7600) or the number listed for that program. 3. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers are listed within the guide. Phone and web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

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Summer Camps Urban Outdoor Connection Camp

Young Explorers Camp

Wet & Wacky Camp

Kayaking, fishing, hiking and fire building are just a few of the outdoor adventures that campers will have while discovering the great outdoors. Campers develop confidence in nature as green spaces and travel to local nature preserves. Weekly themes keep repeat campers engaged! Pre-registration required. For more information, contact 704-588-5224.

This half-day version of our ever-popular Outdoor Adventure Camp will focus on a different outdoor recreation activity. Campers will explore the nature preserve by going canoeing, using a compass, hunting for hidden treasure, and more. Ages 6 to 7 $75.00

Campers get ready to dive in for a fun filled week of water activities and trips. Children will learn how to fish and about water safety, make water related crafts and go on a field trip daily. For more information, contact Mallard Creek Recreation Center at 704-548-8234. Ages 6 to 11 $120.00

Sugaw Creek Recreation Center Ages 7 to 9 $65.00 Theme: Water #53793 Jul 14-18 M-F Theme: Survival #53801 Jul 21-25 M-F Theme: Forests #53805 Aug 4-8 M-F Ages 10 to 12 $65.00 Theme: Extreme #53798 Jul 14-18 M-F Theme: Survival #53803 Jul 21-25 M-F Theme: Water #53804 Jul 28-Aug 1 M-F

Latta Plantation Nature Center #53275 #53279 #53281 #53282

Jul 7-11 Jul 28-Aug 1 Aug 11-15 Aug 18-22

M-F M-F M-F M-F

9:00am to 12:00pm 9:00am to 12:00pm 9:00am to 12:00pm 9:00am to 12:00pm

8:00am to 5:00pm 8:00am to 5:00pm 8:00am to 5:00pm

8:00am to 5:00pm 8:00am to 5:00pm

Ages 10 to 12 $65.00 Theme: Survival #53776 Jun 16-20 M-F Theme: Extreme #53781 Jun 23-27 M-F

Grayson Skate Camp

8:00am to 5:00pm 8:00am to 5:00pm

8:00am to 5:00pm

Campers will have scheduled time each day for instruction, learning new tricks and hanging out with fellow skaters. Participants will test out their new skills at other local skate parks. For more information, contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or call 704-432-5231. Ages 6 to 11 $165.00

Grayson SkatePark

8:00am to 5:00pm #53131 #53133 #53134 Wilderness Living Camp Get in sync with nature and learn wilderness living #53135 #53136 skills. We will tune ourselves into the natural

world and learn how to track wild animals, learn their calls, and know their life. We will learn the art of shelter building and how to make ourselves warm and comfortable, wild crafting, orienteering, and so much more. Start your journey into how to thrive in the wilderness, not just survive. A one-night camping trip (Thursday to Friday) will conclude the week’s journey. Ages 10 to 12 $150.00

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53362 Aug 11-15 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

7:30am to 5:30pm

360 Degrees of PLAY

Berewick Recreation Center

8:00am to 5:00pm

8:00am to 5:00pm

M-F

A traditional day camp for children in elementary school (Participants should have completed Kindergarten). Weekly themes are designed around outdoor play, fitness, arts and crafts, nature activities, field trips, swimming, and guest speakers. Camps will be closed on Friday, July 4. For more information, contact the Recreation Center listed. Ages 6 to 11 $70.00

Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center Ages 7 to 9 $65.00 Theme: Water #53774 Jun 16-19 M-F Theme: Forests #53779 Jun 23-27 M-F Theme: Survival #53786 Jul 7-11 M-F

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #53353 Aug 18-22

Jul 7-11 Jul 14-18 Jul 21-25 Jul 28-Aug 1 Aug 4-8

M-F M-F M-F M-F M-F

8:30am to 5:30pm 8:30am to 5:30pm 8:30am to 5:30pm 8:30am to 5:30pm 8:30am to 5:30pm

Inventive Builders Camp Your creative builder will have a chance to test their best building techniques. We will work on LEGO projects and use our imaginations to build our own projects. Campers will learn hands on techniques that will allow them to become creative thinkers, problem solvers and effectively work in organized team activities. For more information, contact TomSykesRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4803. Ages 9 to 14 $80.00

#53460 Jun 23-27 M-F #53461 Jun 30-Jul 3 M-Th #53462 Jul 7-11 M-F #53463 Jul 14-18 M-F #53464 Jul 21-25 M-F #53465 Jul 28-Aug 1 M-F #53466 Aug 4-8 M-F #53467 Aug 11-15 M-F

7:30am to 5:30pm 7:30am to 5:30pm 7:30am to 5:30pm 7:30am to 5:30pm 7:30am to 5:30pm 7:30am to 5:30pm 7:30am to 5:30pm 7:30am to 5:30pm

Hickory Grove Recreation Center #53452 Jun 23-27 M-F #53453 Jun 30-Jul 3 M-Th #53454 Jul 7-11 M-F #53455 Jul 14-18 M-F #53456 Jul 21-25 M-F #53457 Jul 28-Aug 1 M-F #53458 Aug 4-8 M-F #53459 Aug 11-15 M-F

7:30am to 5:30pm 7:30am to 5:30pm 7:30am to 5:30pm 7:30am to 5:30pm 7:30am to 5:30pm 7:30am to 5:30pm 7:30am to 5:30pm 7:30am to 5:30pm

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #53444 Jun 23-27 M-F #53445 Jun 30-Jul 3 M-Th #53446 Jul 7-11 M-F #53447 Jul 14-18 M-F #53448 Jul 21-25 M-F #53449 Jul 28-Aug 1 M-F #53450 Aug 4-8 M-F #53451 Aug 11-15 M-F

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Summer Camps Adventures in Play

Sports Camp

A traditional outdoor day camp in keeping with the ‘No Child Left Inside’ initiative. Enrichment using the 4-H curriculum, active games and sports, art projects, swimming, social and self-directed opportunities, nature and environmental activities and lots of time to play outside. For more information, contact the Recreation Center listed. No camp July 4. Ages 6 to 12 $50.00

Sports Camp will offer a variety of nontraditional and traditional sports. Discipline, Sportsmanship, and Integrity are some character development traits that will be presented in this fun environment. Learn new skills as you choose a specialty sport each week. Camps are designed for all ability levels (no experience necessary). No Camp July 4. For more information, contact Revolution Park Sports Academy at 704-432-4963. Ages 8 to 9 $70.00

Methodist Home Recreation Center #53188 #53189 #53190 #53191 #53192 #53193 #53194 #53195

Jun 23-27 Jun 30-Jul 3 Jul 7-11 Jul 14-18 Jul 21-25 Jul 28-Aug 1 Aug 4-8 Aug 11-15

Revolution Park Sports Academy

M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm M-Th 8:30am to 5:30pm M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm

Tuckaseegee Recreation Center #53172 Jul 7-11 #53182 Jun 30-Jul 3 #53183 Jul 14-18 #53184 Jul 21-25 #53185 Jul 28-Aug 1 #53186 Aug 4-8 #53187 Aug 11-15 #53196 Jun 23-27

M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm M-Th 8:30am to 5:30pm M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm

This camp is a complete basketball-training program for athletes who are serious about improving their basketball skills. Each athlete will participate in intense, comprehensive, and challenging workouts consisting of individual skill development, small group instruction, and game simulation sessions. Participants will train like the pros and the program is for the serious, dedicated athlete ONLY. For more information contact 704-336-7655 or Clarence.Johnson@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or Alvis.James@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Ages 12 to 16 $25.00

Teens

Martin Luther King School Recreation Site

Jr. Lifeguarding Camp An educational program that provides a foundation of aquatic and leadership knowledge, attitudes and skills, preparing them for future and successful completion of Starguard Lifeguarding. Must be able to swim 25 yards continuous / freestyle or breaststroke. For more information, contact Jody.Corum@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-1141. Ages 11 to 14 $150.00

Ray’s Splash Planet #53159 Jul 7-11

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Elite Skills & Drills Basketball Camp

7:30am to 6:00pm

Spring 2014

(Girls Only) #53740 Jun 16-20 #53743 Jun 23-27 #53744 Jul 7-11 (Boys Only) #53749 Jul 14-18 #53775 Jul 21-25

M-F 9:00am to 1:00pm M-F 9:00am to 1:00pm M-F 9:00am to 1:00pm

Soccer & Frisbee Sports (Disc Golf-Ultimate Frisbee) #53314 Jun 23-27 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Lacrosse & Adventure Sports #53319 Jun 30-Jul 3 M-Th 7:30am to 5:30pm Baseball & Fitness #53323 Jul 7-11 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Football & Track #53325 Jul 14-18 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Boxing & Martial Arts #53331 Jul 21-25 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Golf & Tennis #53338 Jul 28-Aug 1 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Wrestling & Field Sports #53335 Aug 4-8 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Volleyball & Various Ball Games #53337 Aug 11-15 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Ages 10 to 12 $70.00 Soccer & Frisbee Sports (Disc Golf-Ultimate Frisbee) #53316 Jun 23-27 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Lacrosse & Adventure Sports #53322 Jun 30-Jul 3 M-Th 7:30am to 5:30pm Baseball & Fitness #53324 Jul 7-11 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Football & Track #53327 Jul 14-18 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Boxing & Martial Arts #53332 Jul 21-25 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Golf & Tennis #53333 Jul 28-Aug 1 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Wrestling & Field Sports #53334 Aug 4-8 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Volleyball & Various Ball games (10-12) #53336 Aug 11-15 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm

M-F 9:00am to 1:00pm M-F 9:00am to 1:00pm

Winget School Recreation Site (Co-Ed) #53784 Jul 28-Aug 1

M-F 9:00am to 1:00pm

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Summer Camps BSA Merit Badge Workshop Week

McDowell Survival Camp

Each day this week different merit badge workshops will be offered at beautiful McDowell Nature Preserve. Choose from nine different badges. Scouts will work toward badges with certified counselors. Some badges will require pre/post work to complete all merit badge requirements. All badge materials will be provided. Please bring a bag lunch. Ages 11 to 17 $15.00

Pre-teens who are ready for bigger adventures can expect to climb mountains, paddle lakes, cook their own food and discover new places. There will be a survival challenge and as always, animal encounters, games, and creative play time are part of the camp experience. Pre-registration required; choose 1 week. Ages 10 to 12 $160.00

McDowell Large Pavilion Nature Merit Badge #54001 Jul 28 Cooking Merit Badge #54005 Jul 29

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McDowell Medium Shelter Fishing Merit Badge #54008 Jul 28 M 9:00am to 4:00pm Bird Study Merit Badge #54007 Jul 29 Tu 9:00am to 4:00pm Mammals Merit Badge #54009 Jul 30 W 9:00am to 4:00pm Reptile and Amphibian Merit Badge #54011 Aug 1 F 9:00am to 4:00pm Ages 12 to 17

$15.00 / $35.00

McDowell Large Pavilion First Aid Merit Badge ($15.00) #54013 Jul 30 W 9:00am to 4:00pm Wilderness Survival Merit Badge ($35.00) (includes overnight) #54012 Jul 31-Aug 1 Th-F 9:00am to 12:00pm Ages 12 to 17

Green Crusaders Will you complete the quest towards sustainability? Can you harness the energy of the sun and wind? Will you stay afloat in your recycled boat? Witness cutting-edge sustainable solutions, take field trips to local businesses, and use your ingenuity and creativity to invent new ways to go green. No Camp on July 4. Pre-registration required. Ages 13 to 18 $120.00

McDowell Nature Center #53374 Aug 11-15 #53375 Aug 18-22

M-F M-F

9:00am to 4:00pm 9:00am to 4:00pm

McDowell Nature Center #53376 Jun 30-Jul 3 M-Th 9:00am to 4:00pm

Camp H2O Kids will have a splash at our water-themed camp! We will investigate everything from aquatic animals to water quality with cool, water-based activities and games. Some highlights are canoeing, stream explorations, Ray’s Splash Planet, and rafting at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Ages 9 to 11 $150.00

Latta Plantation Nature Center

$15.00

McDowell Medium Shelter Environmental Science Merit Badge #54010 Jul 31 Th 9:00am to 4:00pm

#53315 Jun 23-27 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm #53317 Jul 14-18 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm #53318 Jul 28-Aug 1 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

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Outdoor Survival Camp Our environment provides everything we need to survive, as long as we have the skills to use it! Through fun, engaging activities and challenges, campers will learn how to work as a team outdoors. They will learn how to right an overturned canoe, navigate with a map and compass, build shelters, cook over a fire, and much more. This exciting week will be topped off with a camping experience! Ages 10 to 12 $150.00

Latta Plantation Nature Center #53320 Jun 16-20 #53321 Aug 18-22

M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

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Grayson Skate Camp

A traditional day camp for youth in middle/high school. (Participants should have completed 6th grade) Travel with us as we participant in games, 4-H enrichment activities, outdoor play activities, fitness, field trips, swimming, arts and crafts and guest speakers. For more information, contact West Charlotte or Naomi Drenan Recreation Centers. No camp on July 4. Ages 12 to 15 $65.00

Campers will have scheduled time each day for instruction, learning new tricks and hanging out with fellow skaters. Participants will test out their new skills at other local skate parks. For more information contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-5231. Ages 12 to 14 $165.00

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center

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#53105 Jun 23-27 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm #53106 Jun 30-Jul 3 M-Th 7:30am to 5:30pm #53107 Jul 7-11 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm #53108 Jul 14-18 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm #53109 Jul 21-25 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm #53110 Jul 28-Aug 1 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm #53111 Aug 4-8 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm #53112 Aug 11-15 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm

Grayson SkatePark 8:30am to 5:30pm 8:30am to 5:30pm 8:30am to 5:30pm 8:30am to 5:30pm 8:30am to 5:30pm

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West Charlotte Recreation Center #54391 Jun 23-27 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm #54392 Jun 30-Jul 3 M-Th 7:30am to 5:30pm #54393 Jul 7-11 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm #54394 Jul 14-18 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm #54395 Jul 21-25 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm #54396 Jul 28-Aug 1 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm #54397 Aug 4-8 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm #54398 Aug 11-15 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm

Wild Adventures in Nature Discover the wild side of nature during this adventure camp focused on the wildlife of North Carolina. Highlights include kayaking and an overnight camping experience at Rock State Park Wed/Thu night. Ages 13 to 17 $165.00

Reedy Creek Nature Center #53671 Jul 28-Aug 1 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

Register 1 of 3 Ways: Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select an option: 1. CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. 2. CALL 311 (704-336-7600) or the number listed for that program. 3. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers are listed within this guide. Phone and web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

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Family Adventure Camp Explore the great outdoors and the skills you need to do so...fire building, fishing, kayaking, and campfire cooking. Then cap it off with a camp out where we will sing songs, roast s’mores and take a Nature at Night Hayride before falling asleep in a private tent with your family. All gear and meals are provided (lunch: Thurs – Fri., dinner: Fri. night, and breakfast: Sat. morning). Additional family members are welcome to join us for the Friday evening campfire cookout and hayride for an additional fee. Registration required. Ages 5 and up $65.00

McDowell Nature Center #53720 Jun 12-13 #53725 Aug 7-8

Th-F 9:00am to 4:00pm Th-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

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Therapeutic Recreation Therapeutic Recreation Spring 2014 Programs 12 and Under

Pee Wee Tee Ball Children ages 3 to 6 with disabilities

Young Athletes Preschool aged children, ages 2 to 4 with disabilities

Marion Diehl Adaptive Feld, 2219 Tyvola Road $35.00

Various Locations FREE

Sat, March 22, 29, April 5, 12, 26 9:00am to 9:45am Spend an energizing morning with your child learning the basic skills needed to play tee ball! During the 5 sessions, children will have fun with their friends and work with their parents to develop skills as well as have fun with basic social games and activities! This is a great opportunity for parents to interact with their children in a fun environment and to learn techniques for teaching their children sports. Adult participation is required. For more information, please contact Abigail. Wilkerson@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.

The Young Athletes Program was developed to teach students basic fine and gross motor activities, positive social interaction, and group play skills used in playing organized sports. If you would like more information about Young Athletes, please contact Abigail.Wilkerson@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or Ariel. Kliem@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.

ACEing Autism - Tennis Children ages 4 to 10 with Autism Alexander Street Park Tennis Courts, 739 East 12th Street, Charlotte $60.00 Session 1: Saturdays, March 1-22 9:00am to 10:00am Session 2: Saturdays, Apr 12, 26, May 3, 10 9:00am to 10:00am Are you interested in being the next Tennis Professional? Grab your racquet and head to the courts! This introductory tennis program is for individuals, ages 4 to 10, with Autism.  This 4-week program is a sneak peak of tennis and focuses on the basics of tennis. To register, please contact Shannon Maxwell at 704 -4324331 or by e-mail at Shannon.Maxwell@ mecklenburgcountync.gov.

Pee Wee Soccer Children ages 2 to 6 with disabilities Marion Diehl Adaptive Feld, 2219 Tyvola Road $35.00 Mon, Mar 24, 31, Apr 14, 21 5:30pm to 6:30pm Spend the evening with your child learning the basic skills needed to play soccer. Children will have fun with their friends and work with their parents to develop soccer skills! This is a great opportunity for parents to interact with their children in a fun environment and to learn techniques for teaching their children sports. Adult participation is required. For more information, please contact Abigail.Wilkerson@MecklenburgCountyNC. gov.

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25 and Under Pep Squad Teens and young adults ages 13 to 25 with disabilities Marion Diehl Adaptive Feld, 2219 Tyvola Road $50.00 Wed, Mar 19-May 7, Sat, Mar 22-May 10 The Pep Squad provides an opportunity for teens and young adults to participate in cheerleading and be a part of a team, all while having fun with friends! For more information, contact Ariel.Kliem@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.

Adaptive Baseball Youth and teens ages 6 to 21 with disabilities

Thu, Mar 20-May 1 , 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Marion Diehl Adaptive Feld, 2219 Tyvola Road $50.00

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Mon, Mar 10- Apr 28, 5:30pm to 6:30pm CALLING ALL LITTLE SCIENTISTS TO THE LAB!! Join in the thrill of scientific discovery and all the fun experiments we can do. Learn how to make dry ice bubbles, rock candy, snowflakes, and more. For more information contact Tari.Turner@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.

Marion Diehl Recreation Center 2219 Tyvola Road $60.00

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Children ages 5 to 12 with disabilities

Grab your chef’s gear and get ready to make some fabulous meals. Youth will learn the basics of kitchen safety, skills and recipes from around the world. For more information contact Tari.Turner@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.

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Little Scientist Children ages 5 to 12 with disabilities

Wed, Mar 19-May 7, 6:00pm to 7:00pm, Sat, Mar 22-May 10 , 10:00am to 12:00pm Be a part of Adaptive Baseball, a league for youth, teens and young adults ages 6 to 21 with disabilities. Participants will learn to hit from a tee or a pitched ball, run bases, field balls, and good sportsmanship. For more information, contact Stacey Thomas at 704-432-4326 or Stacey.Thomas@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.

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Therapeutic Recreation Therapeutic Recreation Spring 2014 Programs Just Dance

Adult Weekday Programs

Individuals ages 13 to 35 with disabilities

Adults, ages 18 and up with disabilities

Location and Time TBD $50.00 Just Dance is a program for individuals ages 13 to 35 with disabilities. Just Dance will provide individuals the opportunity to learn the basic foundational moves of hip hop dancing along with plenty of free style and fun! Over a six-week session, we will learn a group routine and complete a final performance at the end of the program. For more information, contact Ariel.Kliem@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.

Marion Diehl Recreation Center 2219 Tyvola Road $50.00

Fuel for Life Young men with disabilities, ages 18 to 35. McAlisters Deli, 4805 Park Road, Charlotte $10.00 (not including the price of the food) Mon, Jan 21, Feb 24, Mar 17 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Challenger Soccer Youth and teens ages 6 to 21 with disabilities Marion Diehl Adaptive Field, 2219 Tyvola Road $40.00 Tue, Mar 18-Apr 29, 6:00pm to 7:00pm This program is geared to introduce soccer to youth and teens with disabilities, ages 6 to 21. With the help of soccer buddies, participants will work on ball control, dribbling, and shooting. For more information, contact Stacey Thomas at 704-432-4326 or Stacey.Thomas@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.

35 and Under

Adults with developmental disabilities can spend weekday mornings, or some weekday afternoons, enjoying a variety of instructional classes…from cooking to creative arts, gardening to sports and fitness, there’s a weekday class for you! Five-week spring classes begin in April. Contact Karen.Howard@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-4324325 for more information - ask about discounts for multiple class registrations.

Come hang out with the guys, fuel your body with a good dinner, and fuel your life with good conversation. Fuel for Life provides the opportunity for young men to talk about and gain support for issues they’re facing in their lives. Each month we will discuss different topics, such as employment and job skills, relationships, life goals and values, and other topics that are important to you; occasionally we will have guest speakers. For more information, please contact Abigail. Wilkerson@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.

40 and Under VIP Travel Club Adults and seniors, ages 35 and up, with visual impairments Departs from Marion Diehl Recreation Center or Metrolina Association for the Blind $15.00

Wilderness Bunch

Wed, Mar 26 Wed, Apr 16, Tue, May 13

Individuals ages 16 to 35 with disabilities

9:00am to 4:00pm

Various Locations

Mon, Apr 21-May 19, Tue, Apr 22-May 20 Wed, Apr 23-May 21, Fri, Apr 25-May 23 10:00am to 12:00pm, or 2:00pm to 4:00pm (Mon & Wed only)

$150.00

Adults and seniors with visual impairments enjoy a social day with friends, while building independence in the community. Learn about historical, educational and Wilderness Bunch is designed to teach recreational attractions in Charlotte and basic skills needed for tent camping and surrounding areas. Please bring money for participating in outdoor recreation. Trips meals. Departs from Marion Diehl Recreation include activities such as hiking, kayaking, Center, 2219 Tyvola Road OR Metrolina nature outdoor games, and nature lessons. Assoc for the Blind, 704 Louise Ave. For For more information about Wilderness more information, contact Karen.Howard@ Bunch, please contact Abigail.Wilkerson@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4325. MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Fri, Mar 14-Sun, Mar 16 4:00pm (Fri) to 4:00pm (Sun)

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Therapeutic Recreation Therapeutic Recreation Spring 2014 Programs Spill Your Beans Individuals ages 16 and up with disabilities Off Site Location $10.00 Jan 27, Feb 24,. Mar 17, 5:30pm to 7:00pm Spill Your Beans is a social support group for women ages 16 and up with disabilities. The program provides the opportunity for young women to talk about and gain support for issues they are facing in their lives, such as health and safety, independent living, relationships, friendships, and self esteem. Participants will have the opportunity to choose the topics to discuss each month. For more information, contact Ariel.Kliem@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.

Paralympic Gateway to Gold Children and adults under 40 years of age with physical or visual disabilities Marion Diehl Recreation Center Sat, May 10 FREE

Spring Sampler Adults, ages 18 and up with disabilities Marion Diehl Recreation Center

$60.00

Tue-Thu, Apr 1-3, 10:00am to 2:00pm Springtime fun for adults with developmental disabilities! Join your friends for a 3-day session of daily programs…try something new, or practice favorite skills! This series of half-day programs will allow participants to try out a variety of cooking, gardening, creative arts, dance, fitness and sport skill activities. Contact Karen.Howard@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4325 for more information.

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Zumba Gold Individuals ages 15 and up with disabilities Marion Diehl Recreation Center

$25.00

The Zumba Gold Program is an inclusive workout designed to teach students who are new to a fit and healthy style, students with disabilities and active older adults. The Zumba Gold Program addresses the anatomical, physiological and psychological needs specific to the population. Every class feels like a party! Join us to get fit and have a great time! For more information, contact Ariel.Kliem@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. For More Information or to Register Visit

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The Gateway to Gold talent identification event will introduce individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments, including youth, adults and military veterans, to the Paralympic sports of track and field with hopes of identifying hopefuls for future U.S. Paralympic Teams. As a part of the clinic, prospective athletes will be tested on a variety of skills that can help determine their aptitude for Paralympic sport. This determination may lead to additional opportunities and event invitations for athletes who are ready for the next level in their athletic pursuits. For more information, contact Jana.McMullen@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.

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Ages 16 and up, with visual impairments Tuckaseegee Recreation Center, 4820 Tuckaseegee Road, Charlotte $75.00 Mondays, March 17 - June 9, 5:30pm to 7:30pm (No classes Apr 7 or May 26)

Are you interested in beep baseball? Join us for an exciting season of practice and round-robin game days for beep baseball.  This program is for teens and adults, ages 16 and up, with visual impairments. To register, contact Shannon Maxwell at 704432-4331 or by e-mail at Shannon.Maxwell@ mecklenburgcountync.gov. VISIT US ON

Paralympic Sports Club ~ Metrolina ~ Paralympic Sport Metrolina offers community-based programs developed to involve youth and adults with physical and visual disabilities in sports and physical activity, regardless of skill level. Being involved in sports raises self-esteem, increases peer relationships, enhances overall health and improves quality of life.

Get involved today! For more information on Paralympic sport opportunities, contact Jana.McMullen@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.

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Therapeutic Recreation Therapeutic Recreation 2014 Summer Camp Programs - June 23 - August 15 Under 12

18 and Up VIP Summer Travels

Imagination Station For preschool aged children, ages 2 to 4 with disabilities Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center

$100.00/Week

Mon-Fri, 7:30am to 6:00pm Join us this summer on the Discovery Train! Imagination Station will allow you to explore the world around you while making new friends!  We will explore such things as: science, art, health, music and sports and games!  Each week will have a different theme such as: Oh The Places You Will Go and The Great Outdoors, which will allow your child to use their imagination and creativity! Imagination Station is a great opportunity to introduce children to a group recreation setting or allow for continued interaction with their peers during the summer months. There’s no doubt, kids will enjoy this camp that encourages non-stop fun and imagination! Contact Abby Wilkerson at 704-432-4328 for more information.

Young Explorers For youth ages 10 to 12 with disabilities Clanton Park Pavilion $100.00/Week Mon-Fri, 7:30am to 6:00pm Join us for an 8-week summer camp full of fun and exploration where youth will enjoy many different hands-on activities and group games.  Get ready to come with us on a journey into the wild. We will enjoy weekly field trips, swimming, music, pottery, sports, outdoor activities and much more.  Contact Shannon Maxwell at 704-432-4331 for more information.

Adults and seniors with visual impairments Meet at Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park $100.00/Week Mon-Fri, 8:00am to 5:00pm Week 1: June 23-27, Week 2: June 30-July 3 A NEW summer experience for adults! Each day, we will gather at Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park, and depart for a variety of recreational, historic and educational destinations. Participants will build their community mobility skills, as well as learn about leisure and recreation opportunities in and around Charlotte. Get ready for an exciting and energetic summer! Contact Karen Howard at 704-432-4325 for more information.

Adults on the Move

For adults ages 18 and up (out of high school) with developmental disabilities Meet at Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park $100.00/Week Mon-Fri, 8:00am to 5:00pm Week 1: July 7-11, Week 2: July 14-18 Week 3: July 21-25, Week 4: July 28-Aug 1 Under 21 Camp Fun Flics A NEW summer experience for adults! For children ages 5 to 6 with disabilities Each day, we will gather at Mahlon Adams Summer Quest Pavilion at Freedom Park, and depart for Tom Sykes For youth ages 13 to 16 with disabilities a variety of recreational, historic and Recreation Center $100.00/Week educational destinations. Participants will Methodist Homes Mon-Fri, 7:30am to 6:00pm build their community mobility skills, as Recreation Center $100.00/Week well as learn about leisure and recreation Join us for a wonderful camp filled with Mon-Fri, 7:30am to 6:00pm opportunities in and around Charlotte. animated fun. This camp offers an array of Get ready for an exciting and energetic Summer Quest is an eight-week summer hidden educational treasures with great camp experience where teens will participate summer! Contact Karen Howard at interactive activities, music, games, trips, in hands-on activities, crafts, music and dance, 704-432-4325 for more information. exercise, and more. Contact Tari Turner at and group games.  We will enjoy weekly 704-432-4329 for more information. Summer Voyagers field trips, swimming, sports, special events, For adults with disabilities, who are and much more! Contact Ariel Kliem at 704X-Treme Kids independent in daily living skills and 432-4327 for more information. For children ages 7 to 9 with disabilities use of public transportation Therapeutic Recreation Tom Sykes Meet at Mahlon Adams Pavilion Recreation Center $100.00/Week at Freedom Park $100.00/Week Experience Camp (TREC) For those ages 17 - 21 with disabilities AND Mon-Fri, 7:30am to 6:00pm Mon-Fri, 8:00am to 5:00pm who are still in High School Week 1: Aug 4-8, Week 2: Aug 11-15 Campers will be exposed to sports, group Marion Diehl A NEW summer experience for adults! games, playground fun, swimming, and Each day, we will gather at Mahlon Adams Recreation Center $100.00/Week other interactive activities designed to Pavilion at Freedom Park, and depart for promote friendship, fun, and social skills. We Mon-Fri, 7:30am to 6:00pm a variety of recreational, historic and will exercise our minds and bodies through This camp will feature weekly themes educational destinations. Participants will music, dance, engaging in art projects and and activities. Campers will participate in build their community mobility skills, as take weekly field trips. Each week will have sports, swimming, arts and crafts, music well as learn about leisure and recreation a different theme so kids can look forward and art therapy, cooperative games, guest opportunities in and around Charlotte. to spending time under the sea, exploring speakers and a weekly field trip. Contact Get ready for an exciting and energetic dinosaurs, getting shipwrecked and more! summer! Contact Karen Howard at Jana McMullen at 704-432-4330 for more Contact Stacey Thomas at 704-432-4326 for 704-432-4325 for more information. information. more information.

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Preschool Programs & Activities After School Programs

Cultural Arts Creative Hands

Tots Time These sessions will consist of learning the fundamentals of gymnastics and the techniques to improve fitness, mental focus and fun. Let us help lay the foundation for your child’s physical well-being and regular exercise. For more information, contact Revolution Park Sports Academy at 704-432-4963. Ages 2 to 5 $2.00

Revolution Park Sports Academy #54614 Mar 4-27 Tue & Thu 10:30am to 11:30am #54615 Apr 1-29 Tue & Thu 10:30am to 11:30am #54616 May 1-29 Tue & Thu 10:30am to 11:30am

Athletics

Have fun learning and painting while making theme related crafts. For more information, contact TuckaseegeeRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-6472. Ages 1 to 5 $1.00

Tuckaseegee Recreation Center #54730 #54731 #54732 #54733 #54734 #54735 #54736 #54737 #54738 #54739 #54740 #54741

Mar 3 Mar 10 Mar 17 Mar 24 Mar 31 Apr 7 Apr 14 Apr 21 Apr 28 May 5 May 12 May 19

Mon Mon Mon Mon Mon Mon Mon Mon Mon Mon Mon Mon

10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am

Little Tykes Painting Get messy and creative with paint. Clothing may get stained; please dress appropriately. Parent-guided class. Ages 2 to 6 $2.00

Elon Recreation Center #54189 Mar 6 #54193 Apr 3 #54194 May 1

Thu 10:00am to 11:00am Thu 10:00am to 11:00am Thu 10:00am to 11:00am

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #54144 #54145 #54146 #54147 #54148 #54149

Mar 11 Tue 10:00am to 10:50am Mar 25 Tue 10:00am to 10:50am Apr 8 (Easter) Tue 10:00am to 10:50am Apr 22 Tue 10:00am to 10:50am May 13 (Mother’s Day) Tue 10:00am to 10:50am May 27 Tue 10:00am to 10:50am

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #54944 Mar 12 #54945 Apr 9 #54946 May 14

Wed 10:00am to 11:00am Wed 10:00am to 11:00am Wed 10:00am to 11:00am

Dance: Ballet

Soccer: Little Ray Indoor Fun League Learn the basic skills of soccer while having fun. Participants will receive a uniform, shin guards, socks and a participation award. This is a six game league. For more information, contact ArborGlenOutreachCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-1531. Ages 3 to 4 $45.00

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #53944 Apr 7-May 12 Mon

6:00pm to 7:00pm

You remember their first steps, she’ll remember her first plié; your child will enjoy learning ballet. The Royal Academy of Dance syllabus is taught by a trained professional dancer. For more information or to register, contact Amanda Sheppard at ukmiz@aol.com or call 704-542-5777. Ages 3 to 5 $40.00

Elon Recreation Center #53414 Mar 4-25 Tue 10:30am to 11:30am #53415 Apr 1-29 Tue 10:30am to 11:30am #53416 May 6-27 Tue 10:30am to 11:30am

Little Tykes Art Have fun learning and creating while making theme-related crafts. Ages 2 to 5 $2.00

Elon Recreation Center

Track & Field: Tots Olympics Sprints, obstacle course, relays, baseball throws and long jump are just a few of the activities your tot will participate in on this date. For more information, contact ArborGlenOutreachCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-1531. Ages 3 to 6 $4.00

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #54425 May 10 Sat

Get Going Guide

10:00am to 12:00pm

Spring 2014

#54153 Mar 10 Mon #54157 Apr 14 (holiday) Mon #54158 Apr 28 Mon #54159 May 12 Mon Ages 2 to 6 $2.00

9:30am to 10:30am 9:30am to 10:30am 9:30am to 10:30am 9:30am to 10:30am

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #54138 #54139 #54140 #54141 #54142 #54143

Mar 3 Mon 10:00am to 10:50am Mar 17 (St. Pat’s.) Mon 10:00am to 10:50am Apr 7 (Easter) Mon 10:00am to 10:50am Apr 21 Mon 10:00am to 10:50am May 5 Mon 10:00am to 10:50am May 19 Mon 10:00am to 10:50am

Register 1 of 3 Ways: Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select an option: 1. CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. 2. CALL 311 (704-336-7600) or the number listed for that program. 3. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs. 32, 38 and 45. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

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Preschool Programs & Activities Mini Chefs

Tiny Tots Story Time

Children will have fun getting messy while following recipes and creating healthy foods. Parent participation required. Note that meat and dairy products are sometimes used in the class. For more information, contact the Recreation Center listed. Ages 3 to 6 $4.00

Enjoy an hour of interactive story time followed by an arts and craft activity. Creativity will come alive as social skills are developed. Ages 2 to 5 #54955 Mar 14 #54956 Apr 11 #51957 May 9

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #53806 Mar 6 #53807 Mar 13 #53808 Mar 20 #53809 Mar 27

Thu Thu Thu Thu

FREE

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center

6:30pm to 7:30pm 6:30pm to 7:30pm 6:30pm to 7:30pm 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Fri Fri Fri

11:30am to 12:30pm 11:30am to 12:30pm 11:30am to 12:30pm

Educational Programs

Elon Recreation Center #54186 Mar 13 #54187 Apr 10 #54188 May 8

Thu Thu Thu

10:30am to 11:30am 10:30am to 11:30am 10:30am to 11:30am

Mallard Creek Recreation Center Ages 2 to 6 #54196 Mar 13 #54198 Mar 13 #54202 Apr 10 #54203 Apr 10 #54204 May 8 #54206 May 8

Thu Thu Thu Thu Thu Thu

10:00am to 11:00am 11:15am to 12:15pm 10:00am to 11:00am 11:15am to 12:15pm 10:00am to 11:00am 11:15am to 12:15am

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center Ages 4 to 6 #54968 Mar 19 #54969 Apr 23 #54970 May 21

Wed Wed Wed

6:15pm to 7:30pm 6:15pm to 7:30pm 6:15pm to 7:30pm

Music Together of Charlotte Ongoing Program: Experience the joy of sharing music with your child as you both learn to sing, dance and play instruments together. For more information, contact contact musictogetherofcharlotte@gmail.com or 704-449-6761. Ages 5 mo to 6 yrs $190.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #52884 Mar 1-31 Mon, Sat 9:00am to 1:00pm #52885 Apr 1-30 Tue-Mon, Sat 9:00am to 6:00pm #52886 May 3-31 Thu-Mon, Sat-Thu 9:00am to 6:00pm

NCDT School of Dance: Creative Movement In a fun and encouraging environment, students explore musicality, rhythm, creativity and movement through space. This class introduces age appropriate stretching, basic strengthening, balance, motor skill development and coordination. For more information or to register, visit: www. ncdance.org/earlydivision. Ages 3 to 4

$65.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #52887 Mar 1-29 #52888 Apr 5-26 #52889 May 3-31

Get Going Guide

Sat Sat Sat

9:30am to 10:15am 9:30am to 10:15am 9:30am to 10:15am

Spring 2014

RAY’s Junior Explorers Calling all kids! Join Ray’s Jr. Explorers for a learning adventure. Join us on the first Friday of each month for Ray’s Jr. Explorers education series and the third Friday of the month for the story time series. New to this program is our Nature Series! For more information contact MallardCreekRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Ages 2 to 6 $2.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center

RAY’s Jr. Explorers - Education #54211 Mar 7 Fri 10:00am to 10:50am #54212 Apr 4 Fri 10:00am to 10:50am #54213 May 2 Fri 10:00am to 10:50am RAY’s Jr. Explorers - Nature #54214 Mar 14 Fri 10:00am to 10:50am #54215 Apr 11 Fri 10:00am to 10:50am #54217 May 9 Fri 10:00am to 10:50am RAY’s Jr. Explorers - Story Time #54219 Mar 21 Fri 10:00am to 10:50am #54220 Apr 25 Fri 10:00am to 10:50am #54222 May 16 Fri 10:00am to 10:50am

RAY’s Story Time Participants will engage in many creative activities such as music time and story time, and show off their creative skills. Parents will also be encouraged to engage in their child’s activities. Pre-registration required. For more information, please contact ElonRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC. gov or 704-540-2426. Ages 3 to 5 $2.00

Elon Recreation Center #54205 Mar 4 #54207 Mar 18 #54208 Apr 1 #54209 Apr 15 #54210 May 6

Tue Tue Tue Tue Tue

10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am

For More Information or to Register Visit

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Apriendiendo Español (Learning Spanish)

Learn a new language through interactive games and songs. Let’s have fun with the basics of Spanish, including colors, numbers and shapes. This class is an introductory class to the Spanish language and will transition to understanding and speaking Spanish. Not intended for fluency of language. For more information, contact TuckaseegeeRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-6472. Ages 1 to 5 FREE

Tuckaseegee Recreation Center #54721 Mar 7-28 #54722 Apr 4-25 #54723 May 2-23

Fri Fri Fri

10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am

SV Young Energetic Scholars Join other preschoolers as we explore games, fun and arts and crafts together. For more information, contact SouthviewRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-392-7452. Ages 3 to 5 FREE

Southview Recreation Center #54115 Mar 4-25 #54116 Apr 1-29 #54117 May 6-27

Tue Tue Tue

10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am

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Preschool Programs & Activities Foreign Language Experience for Toddlers This program introduces toddlers to learn words of colors, shapes, body parts and other daily used words of English, Spanish, French and Sign Language through interactive and creative activities and by listening and speaking the languages. Pre-registration and parent/guardian attendance is required. Ages 3 to 5 $2.00

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #54964 #54965 #54966 #54967

Mar 3 Mar 10 Mar 17 Mar 24

Mon Mon Mon Mon

6:00pm to 7:00pm 6:00pm to 7:00pm 6:00pm to 7:00pm 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Fitness & Wellness

Ray Play II This ongoing program is designed to keep children active as they develop cognitive, social, physical and emotional skills. Preschoolers and parents will learn, explore and interact with age appropriate equipment. Ages 2 to 5 $10.00

Holiday Activities

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center #53035 #53037 #53038

Mar 6-27 Apr 3-24 May 1-29

Thu 10:30am to 11:30am Thu 10:30am to 11:30am Thu 10:30am to 11:30am

Tots on the Move Ongoing program focuses on helping young children enhance their gross and fine motor skills and use all senses in learning. This is done with projects, sports, group play activities, and free play. Children will also learn to make decisions, cooperate, take turns with others, practice listening, explore their environment, express themselves, and understand and handle their feelings. For more information, contact SouthviewRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-392-7452. Ages 3 to 5 FREE

Southview Recreation Center #54118 Mar 6-27 #54119 Apr 3-24 #54120 May 8-29

Thu Thu Thu

10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am

Easter in the Woods Children, bring your baskets for a hopping good time in the woods looking for Easter eggs. We will read a book, learn about different bird eggs, find eggs in the woods and make crafts. This program is the second in the ‘In the Woods’ series. Ages 2 to 6 $3.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #54228

Apr 9

Wed

10:00am to 11:00am

Easter Egg Scrambler

Ray Fit Play Tots will use their endless energy to engage in structured activities designed to enhance motor skills, balance, hand-eye coordination and overall fitness. Parent participation is required. For more information, contact the Recreation Center listed. Ages 2 to 5 $2.00

Participants will search for eggs filled with fun goodies, play games and make a craft to take home. Program starts promptly and goes until all eggs are found. Prizes given to those who find the most eggs. Ages 2 to 6 $2.00

Elon Recreation Center

#54626 Apr 12

#54216 #54218 #54221

Mar 24 Mon Apr 21 Mon May 19 Mon

Ages 2 to 5

10:00am to 10:30am 10:00am to 10:30am 10:00am to 10:30am

$1.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #54152 #54154 #54155 #54156

Mar 4 Mar 18 Apr 1 May 20

Tue Tue Tue Tue

9:00am to 9:30am 9:00am to 9:30am 9:00am to 9:30am 9:00am to 9:30am

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #54952 #54953 #54954

Mar 5 Apr 2 May 7

Get Going Guide

Wed 10:00am to 10:45am Wed 10:00am to 10:45am Wed 10:00am to 10:45am

Spring 2014

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center Sat

10:00am to 11:30am

Preschool Easter Egg Hunt Kids will make crafts, play games, see the Easter Bunny and have fun hunting for eggs. Don’t forget your basket for hunting eggs and your camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny. For more information, contact Stephanie.Frisbee@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-548-8234. Ages 2 to 6 $3.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #54224 Apr 15

Tue

10:00am to 11:30am

For More Information or to Register Visit

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Preschool Programs & Activities Easter Bunny Brunch Make a craft and meet the Easter Bunny while enjoying brunch. Then we will head outside for an Easter Egg Hunt. Preregistration is required. For more information, contact TomSykesRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4803. Ages 2 to 6 $6.00

Social Activities Crazy Play Days Children, come out for fun crazy play days where we will celebrate special days by reading books, playing games and making crafts. Ages 2 to 5 $2.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center

#52874 Apr 18

Spring Fairy Fun Day Children will make a spring fairy craft, hear a story, and play a game as they celebrate the first day of spring. #54624 Mar 20 Thu 10:30am to 11:30am Mother Goose Day Children will hear Mother Goose poems, play a game and make a craft as they celebrate Mother Goose Day. #54625 May 1 Thu 10:30am to 11:30am

Fri

10:00am to 11:00am

Preschool Open Gym A time for preschoolers and their parents to come out and enjoy playing with assorted equipment during open gym time. Parent participation is required. Ages 2 to 6 FREE

Easter Egg Mania Come out to celebrate with us during our annual Easter Egg Hunt! We are excited to announce that we will have a special guest in attendance this year, Mr. Eddie the Easter Bunny! There will be crafts to enjoy, games to be played, and an Easter Egg Hunt you won’t forget. The Egg Hunt will be broken down by times and age groups. Rain or Shine! Ages 2 to 10 $1.00

Elon Recreation Center #54056 Apr 19

Sat

10:00am to 12:00pm

Ray’s Holiday Join us for a monthly holiday party. Some holidays may be well known, others may be a wacky holiday. We will have arts and crafts, and snacks. For more information please contact, ElonRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-540-2426. Ages 2 to 5 $2.00

Elon Recreation Center St. Patrick’s Day #54226 Mar 17 Earth Day #54227 Apr 22 Meck Dec Day #54229 May 20

Mon

10:00am to 11:00am

Tue

10:00am to 11:00am

Tue

10:00am to 11:00am

Get Going Guide

Spring 2014

Ray’s Playhouse Ongoing class. Families are encouraged to interact and have fun in our Youth Activity Room. Enjoy age appropriate toys and get your child ready for school through play. Parent involvement required. For more information, contact Alison.Gitt@MecklenburgCountyNC. gov or call 704-432-4811. Schedule is subject to change based on events and programs scheduled. Ages 6 and Under $1.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center

Hickory Grove Recreation Center

#54294 #54295 #54296 #54297 #54298 #54299 #54300 #54301 #54302 #54303 #54304 #54305

Mar 3 Mon Mar 10 Mon Mar 17 Mon Mar 24 Mon Mar 31 Mon Apr 7 Mon Apr 14 Mon Apr 21 Mon Apr 28 Mon May 5 Mon May 12 Mon May 19 Mon

1:30pm to 3:30pm 1:30pm to 3:30pm 1:30pm to 3:30pm 1:30pm to 3:30pm 1:30pm to 3:30pm 1:30pm to 3:30pm 1:30pm to 3:30pm 1:30pm to 3:30pm 1:30pm to 3:30pm 1:30pm to 3:30pm 1:30pm to 3:30pm 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Ray Play Ongoing class. Your tot can make new friends and play with a variety of interactive, age-appropriate toys and games. Parent participation is required. For more information contact the Recreation Center listed below. Ages 2 to 5 $2.00

Elon Recreation Center

#54176 Mar 3 #54179 Apr 7 #54180 May 5 #54181 Mar 20 #54182 Apr 17 #54183 May 15 Ages 2 to 6

Mon 9:30am to 10:30am Mon 9:30am to 10:30am Mon 9:30am to 10:30am Thu 9:30am to 10:30am Thu 9:30am to 10:30am Thu 9:30am to 10:30am $2.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #54164 #54165 #54166 #54167 #54168 #54169

Mar 6 Mar 20 Apr 3 Apr 24 May 1 May 15

Thu Thu Thu Thu Thu Thu

10:30am to 11:30am 10:30am to 11:30am 10:30am to 11:30am 10:30am to 11:30am 10:30am to 11:30am 10:30am to 11:30am

Ongoing Mon-Fri

12:00pm to 5:30pm

Tuck’s Tots Join other preschoolers as we explore games, arts and crafts, and other fun activities together. For more information, contact TuckaseegeeRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-6472. All Ages FREE

Tuckaseegee Recreation Center #54764 #54765 #54766

Mar 4-25 Tue 10:00am to 11:00am Apr 1-29 Tue 10:00am to 11:00am May 6-27 Tue 10:00am to 11:00am

Register 1 of 3 Ways: Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select an option: 1. CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. 2. CALL 311 (704-336-7600) or the number listed for that program. 3. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs. 32, 38 and 45. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

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Elementary Programs & Activities Arts & Crafts 101

Athletics Drills and Skills Baseball Pre-Season Clinic Children will learn the basic skills of baseball and work on hitting and catching. Staff will go over the basic rules of the game. For more information, contact WingetRecreationSite@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Ages 6 to 10 FREE

Winget School Recreation Site #54016

Mar 8-15

Sat 11:00am to 12:00pm

Cultural Arts Art Adventures Build the fundamentals of art awareness and learn the ‘language’ of art. Explore drawing, painting, collage and construction, designed around themes to develop your imagination and observation skills. Art Adventures meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month and pre-registration is required. For more information, contact TomSykesRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4803. Ages 5 to 10 $4.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #52847 #52848 #52849 #52850 #52851 #52852

Mar 4 Mar 18 Apr 1 May 6 May 20 Jun 3

Tue Tue Tue Tue Tue Tue

2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm

This program helps children develop their creativity in a nurturing, non-competitive environment. These classes encourage children to develop new talents, confidence, and selfesteem, while exploring a broad spectrum of the arts and humanities. Ages 8 to 10 $3.00

Winget School Recreation Site Private: Holiday Craft #54051 May 14

Wed

4:30pm to 5:30pm

Ballet Dance Ongoing: Come mesmerize yourself and get fit through the art of dance! For more information, contact TuckaseegeeRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-6472. Ages 4 to 12 FREE

Tuckaseegee Recreation Center #54724 #54725 #54726

Mar 5-26 Apr 2-30 May 7-28

Wed Wed Wed

6:00pm to 8:00pm 6:00pm to 8:00pm 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Cheer: Young Champions Ongoing: Students learn arm motions, hand, leg and feet formations and voice projection. Cheers, chants and dance movements are taught with flair and enthusiasm by our experienced instructors. Returning students learn advanced techniques. Students are prepared for school team tryouts, looking sharp and jazzy! For more information, contact Young Champions at 1-877-313-6893. Ages 4 and up $8.00

Hickory Grove Recreation Center #54709 #54710 #54711

Mar 5-26 Apr 2-30 May 7-28

Wed Wed Wed

5:30pm to 8:30pm 5:30pm to 8:30pm 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #54375 Mar 4-25 #54376 Apr 1-29 #54377 May 13-27

Tue Tue Tue

5:30pm to 8:30pm 5:30pm to 8:30pm 5:30pm to 8:30pm

YCOA Hip Hop Dance Ongoing: This class is designed to promote coordination, confidence, artistic expression and physical fitness through the development of rhythmical awareness and dance education. For more information, contact Young Champions of America at 1-888-6559404 or 919-535-8304. Ages 4 to 18 $7.00/$8.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #54372 #54373 #54374

Mar 5-26 Apr 2-30 May 7-28

Wed Wed Wed

6:00pm to 9:00pm 6:00pm to 9:00pm 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Educational Programs Homeschool Robotics Homeschool students learn how to build robots and Lego® engineering. Ages 7 to 12 FREE

Tuckaseegee Recreation Center

Dance: Praise Dance Ongoing: Learn the basics of praise dance and participate in a recital at the end of this fun program. Separate classes for children, adults and seniors are offered at the recreation center. For more information, contact TuckaseegeeRecreationCenter@ MecklengCountyNC.gov or 704-432-6472. All Ages FREE

For More Information or to Register Visit

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Get Going Guide

Spring 2014

#54770 #54771 #54772

Mar 7-28 Apr 4-25 May 2-23

Fri Fri Fri

10:00am to 1:00pm 10:00am to 1:00pm 10:00am to 1:00pm

SV Academy of Achievers

Tuckaseegee Recreation Center

Join us for activities that will encourage academic growth and achievement. For more information, contact Kiana.Brooks@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-392-7452. Ages 6 and up FREE

#54742 #54743 #54744

SV Achiever’s Party #54114 Apr 24

Mar 6-27 Apr 3-24 May 1-29

Thu Thu Thu

6:00pm to 8:00pm 6:00pm to 8:00pm 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Southview Recreation Center Thu

4:30pm to 5:30pm

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Elementary Programs & Activities Holiday Activities

Fitness & Wellness

Homeschool: Map and Compass

Homeschool P.E.

Has a GPS ever led you astray? Join us to improve your navigation skills the old fashioned dependable way! Learn how to use a compass, read a map, and test your newfound skills in a trekking challenge. Registration required. Ages 8 to 12 $3.00

Kids learn about healthy lifestyle choices in a classroom setting, as well as play gym games. For more information contact Antonio Murphy at 704-432-6472 or Antonio. Murphy@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Ages 5 to 17 $2.00 ($1.00 per extra sibling)

Tuckaseegee Recreation Center #54745 #54746 #54747 #54748 #54749 #54750 #54751 #54752 #54753 #54754 #54755 #54756 #54757

Mar 4 Mar 11 Mar 18 Mar 25 Apr 1 Apr 8 Apr 15 Apr 22 Apr 29 May 6 May 13 May 20 May 27

Tue Tue Tue Tue Tue Tue Tue Tue Tue Tue Tue Tue Tue

Homeschool: Physical Education Students will be exposed to a variety of physical fitness activities as they develop motor skills and learn the basic lead up skills to different sports such as baseball, tennis, and basketball. You must pre-register for this course. For more information, contact ElonRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-540-2426. Ages 7 to 12 $2.00

Elon Recreation Center #54230 #54231 #54232 #54233 #54234 #54235

Mar 11 Mar 25 Apr 8 Apr 22 May 13 May 27

Tue Tue Tue Tue Tue Tue

10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am

Karate Kidz2 Ongoing: Learn discipline, karate techniques, and form from a certified karate instructor. For more information, contact Johnny Wilson at 704-605-4628 or the recreation center at ArborGlenOutreachCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNc.gov or 704-432-1531. Ages 7 to 17 FREE

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #53722 #53723 #53724 #53726

Mar 4 Mar 11 Mar 18 Mar 25

Tue Tue Tue Tue

6:30pm to 8:30pm 6:30pm to 8:30pm 6:30pm to 8:30pm 6:30pm to 8:30pm

For More Information or to Register Visit

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Get Going Guide

McDowell Nature Center

1:00pm to 2:00pm 1:00pm to 2:00pm 1:00pm to 2:00pm 1:00pm to 2:00pm 1:00pm to 2:00pm 1:00pm to 2:00pm 1:00pm to 2:00pm 1:00pm to 2:00pm 1:00pm to 2:00pm 1:00pm to 2:00pm 1:00pm to 2:00pm 1:00pm to 2:00pm 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Spring 2014

#54609

Apr 8

Tue

1:30pm to 3:30pm

Underwater Egg Hunt Join Ray’s Splash Planet for their annual Easter Egg Hunt in the water! Kids can jump in and hunt as many eggs as possible in the shallow water. Admission includes swimming, egg hunt and meeting the Easter Bunny. Children are separated into age groups (1-12 yrs) and need to bring their own baskets. For more information, contact Jody.Corum@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-1141. Ages 1 to 14 $6.00/$8.00

Martial Arts: Young Champions Students are invited to learn martial arts and self-defense with Young Champions. For more information, contact Young Champions at 1-877-313-6893. All Ages $8.00

Hickory Grove Recreation Center #54706 #54707 #54708

Mar 3-31 Apr 7-28 May 5-26

Mon Mon Mon

5:00pm to 8:30pm 5:00pm to 8:30pm 5:00pm to 8:30pm

Martial Arts: Young Champions Ongoing: Students are invited to learn martial arts and self-defense. For information contact Young Champions at 1-877-313-6893. Ages 5 to 11 $7.00/$8.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #54378 #54379 #54380

Mar 6-27 Apr 3-24 May 1-29

Thu Thu Thu

6:00pm to 8:30pm 6:00pm to 8:30pm 6:00pm to 8:30pm

T.E.A.M.-Trusting Each Other Actively Motivating A non-competitive sports program that focuses on the teamwork, and social and cognitive aspects of various sports. For more info contact SouthviewRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Ages 8 to 11 FREE

Ray’s Splash Planet #53667

Apr 11

Fri

5:30pm to 8:00pm

School Day Out (CMS) CMS Out of School Days This out of school series offers a variety of activities on CMS out of school days to keep participants moving and engaged. Activities include games, exercise, social time, sports, arts, crafts, and field trips. Please bring lunch and snacks. For more information please contact ElonRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-540-2426. Ages 7 to 12 $20.00

Elon Recreation Center #54237

Mar 31

Mon

9:00am to 5:00pm

MACK Prep Basketball Camp A skills and drills camp lead by coaches and players of MACK Prep Academy. Participants must bring their own lunch. For more information contact ArborGlenOutreachCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-1531. Ages 6 to 15 $40.00

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #53791

Apr 14-17 Mon-Thu 9:30am to 5:00pm

Southview Recreation Center #54161 #54162 #54163

Mar 6-27 Apr 3-24 May 1-29

Thu Thu Thu

5:00pm to 5:45pm 5:00pm to 5:45pm 5:00pm to 5:45pm

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Elementary Programs & Activities Play the Day Away School’s out and all we want to do is play! We will enjoy arts and crafts, games, adventures and more. For more information, contact TomSykesRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4803. Ages 5 to 10 $25.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #52871 #52872 #52873

Apr 14 Apr 15 Apr 16

Mon Tue Wed

9:00am to 5:00pm 9:00am to 5:00pm 9:00am to 5:00pm

Spring Break Fun Camp Come join us for some fun during your spring break. Activities will include sports, arts and crafts, outdoor activities, field trips and FUN!!! Ages 6 to 11 $80.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #54223

Apr 14-17 Mon-Thu 7:30am to 5:30pm

Out-of-School PLAY Days This out of school series offers a variety of activities on CMS out of school days to keep participants moving and engaged. Activities include games, exercise, social time, sports, arts, crafts, and field trips. Please bring lunch and snacks. For more information please contact IvoryBakerRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4580. Ages 5 to 12

Skate Park Programs Private Skate Lessons Participants will receive one hour of private instruction. To schedule an appointment please contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or call 704-432-5231. All Ages $25.00

Grayson SkatePark #53272 #53273 #53274 #53276 #53277 #53278 #53280 #53283 #53284 #53285 #53286 #53288 #53289 #53292 #53293 #53295 #53297 #53299 #53301 #53302 #53303 #53305 #53307 #53309 #53311 #53313

Mar 3 Mar 5 Mar 10 Mar 12 Mar 17 Mar 19 Mar 24 Mar 26 Mar 31 Apr 2 Apr 7 Apr 9 Apr 14 Apr 16 Apr 21 Apr 23 Apr 28 Apr 30 May 5 May 7 May 12 May 14 May 19 May 21 May 26 May 28

Mon Wed Mon Wed Mon Wed Mon Wed Mon Wed Mon Wed Mon Wed Mon Wed Mon Wed Mon Wed Mon Wed Mon Wed Mon Wed

3:30pm to 4:30pm 3:30pm to 4:30pm 3:30pm to 4:30pm 3:30pm to 4:30pm 3:30pm to 4:30pm 3:30pm to 4:30pm 3:30pm to 4:30pm 3:30pm to 4:30pm 3:30pm to 4:30pm 3:30pm to 4:30pm 3:30pm to 4:30pm 3:30pm to 4:30pm 3:30pm to 4:30pm 3:30pm to 4:30pm 3:30pm to 4:30pm 3:30pm to 4:30pm 3:30pm to 4:30pm 3:30pm to 4:30pm 3:30pm to 4:30pm 3:30pm to 4:30pm 3:30pm to 4:30pm 3:30pm to 4:30pm 3:30pm to 4:30pm 3:30pm to 4:30pm 3:30pm to 4:30pm 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Specialty: Group Skate Lesson Sessions are designed to introduce participants to the basics of skateboarding. Topics covered will include safety, foot position and making transitions to build confidence. For more information, contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-5231. Ages 6 to 11 $55.00

Social Activities Fort Building Using teamwork and engineering skills, participants will design a template for their forts and build them together with materials gathered from around the facility. For more information, contact TomSykesRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4803. Ages 5 to 10 $4.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #52843 #52844 #52845 #52846

Mar 10 Mar 24 Apr 28 May 12

Mon Mon Mon Mon

2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm

Girl Scouts Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential, and relate to others with increasing understanding, skill, and respect. It develops values to guide actions and provides the foundation for sound decision making, as well as contributes to the improvement of society using their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others. For more information contact BerewickRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Ages 5 to 11 FREE

Berewick Recreation Center Girl Scouts: Contreras Juniors #307 #53746 Mar 5-19 Wed 5:00pm to 7:00pm #53747 Apr 2-16 Wed 5:00pm to 7:00pm #53748 May 7-21 Wed 5:00pm to 7:00pm Girl Scouts: Dunmire Brownies #3198 #53754 Mar 2-16 Sun 5:00pm to 7:00pm #53755 Apr 6-20 Sun 5:00pm to 7:00pm #53757 May 4-18 Sun 5:00pm to 7:00pm Girl Scouts: Cunningham Brownies #3441 #53760 Mar 2-16 Sun 5:00pm to 7:00pm #53763 Apr 6-20 Sun 5:00pm to 7:00pm #53765 May 4-18 Sun 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Grayson SkatePark #53256 #53257 #53258

Mar 1-29 Apr 5-26 May 3-31

Sat Sat Sat

9:15am to 10:15am 9:15am to 10:15am 9:15am to 10:15am

$10.00

Ivory Baker Recreation Center #54947

Mar 31

Mon

8:00am to 5:00pm

Ages 5 to 12 $45.00 full week / $15.00 drop-in rate

Ivory Baker Recreation Center #54948

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Elementary Programs & Activities Girl Scouts - Winget Recreation Site

Happy Hearts Girls

This program will operate under the guidelines of the Girl Scouts of America. For more information, contact WingetRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Ages 5 to 11 FREE

A social activities program introducing young females to a variety of activities that encourage development and growth through socialization skills. Ages 7 to 14 FREE

Winget Recreation Site

#54971 #54972 #54973

#54054 Mar 5-Apr 9 Wed

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center

4:00pm to 5:30pm

Mar 9 Apr 13 May 11

Sun Sun Sun

2:00pm to 4:00pm 2:00pm to 4:00pm 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Games Galore Lego® Engineering Learn by making and develop creative, social and expressive skills. We will work together to build cool projects. Limited spots available! Lego® Engineering meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays and the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month and requires pre-registration. For more information, contact TomSykesRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4803. Ages 5 to 10 $4.00

Interactive Gaming Sharpen your skills through latest interactive video games. Interactive Gaming meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month and requires preregistration. For more information, contact TomSykesRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4803. Ages 5 to 10 $4.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #52859 #52860 #52861 #52862 #52863 #52864

Mar 6 Mar 20 Apr 3 May 1 May 15 Jun 5

Thu Thu Thu Thu Thu Thu

2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm

Ongoing program. An opportunity to play cards, board games, and video games, and make new friends. For more information, contact IvoryBakerRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4580. Ages 8 to 12 FREE

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #54868 #54869 #54870 #54871 #54872 #54873

Mar 4 Mar 18 Apr 1 Apr 15 May 6 May 20

Tue Tue Tue Tue Tue Tue

4:00pm to 6:00pm 4:00pm to 6:00pm 4:00pm to 6:00pm 4:00pm to 6:00pm 4:00pm to 6:00pm 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #52835 #52836 #52838 #52839 #52840 #52841 #52842 #52853 #52854 #52855 #52856 #52857 #52858

Mar 3 Mar 17 Apr 7 Apr 21 May 5 May 19 Jun 2 Mar 11 Mar 25 Apr 8 Apr 22 May 13 May 27

Mon Mon Mon Mon Mon Mon Mon Tue Tue Tue Tue Tue Tue

2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm

Sizzling Sports Afternoons! Participants will have fun learning the basics of a different sport each week. Soccer, football, basketball and nontraditional sports will be explored. This program meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month and preregistration is required. For more information, contact TomSykesRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4803. Ages 5 to 10 $4.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #52865 #52866 #52867 #52868 #52869 #52870

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Mar 13 Mar 27 Apr 10 Apr 24 May 8 May 22

Thu Thu Thu Thu Thu Thu

2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm

Register 1 of 3 Ways: Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select an option: 1. CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. 2. CALL 311 (704-336-7600) or the number listed for that program. 3. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs. 32, 38 and 45. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

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Teen Programs & Activities Athletics

T.E.A.M.- Trusting Each Other Actively Motivating

Cultural Arts

A non-competitive sports program that focuses on the teamwork, social and cognitive aspects of various sports. For more info contact SouthviewRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Ages 12 to 14

FREE

Southview Recreation Center #54170 Mar 6-27 #54171 Apr 3-24 #54172 May 1-29 Ages 15 to 17

Thu Thu Thu

5:00pm to 5:45pm 5:00pm to 5:45pm 5:00pm to 5:45pm

FREE

Southview Recreation Center #54175 Mar 6-27 #54177 Apr 3-24 #54178 May 1-29

Thu Thu Thu

5:00pm to 5:45pm 5:00pm to 5:45pm 5:00pm to 5:45pm

Youth Open Gym Open gym time for youth under 18 to play basketball. Ages 18 and under FREE

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #54306 Mar 3-Apr 5 Mon-Sat 3:00pm to 5:30pm #54307 Apr 1-30 Tue-Mon-Sat 3:00pm to 5:30pm #54308 May 1-31 Tue-Mon-Sat 3:00pm to 5:30pm

Dance Academy Participants will learn various dance techniques. For more information, contact SouthviewRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Ages 12 to 14

FREE

Southview Recreation Center #54067 Mar 4-25 #54068 Apr 1-29 #54069 May 6-27

Basketball: Kings of the Court

Ages 15 to 17

Designed to give teens an opportunity to enjoy basketball in a relaxed environment. If you enjoy playing the game, this program is for you! For more information, contact ArborGlenOutreachCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-1531. All Ages FREE

Ages 12 to 14

$55.00

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center #53042 Mar 3-Apr 2 Mon & Wed 6:00pm to 8:00pm #53043 Apr 2-May 5 Mon & Wed 6:00pm to 8:00pm #53044 May 7-Jun 2 Mon & Wed 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Marion Diehl Recreation Center

Spring 2014

5:30pm to 7:00pm 5:30pm to 7:00pm 5:30pm to 7:00pm

March, dance, drum, and compete in step shows, contests, and community events with the beat of learning discipline, self-esteem and having fun. For more information, contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-5231.

Participants will gain the optimal skill set and athletic ability to be able to perform at their highest potential! For more information, contact Scotty10scott@aim.com, 704-287-2755 or www.scottyscott.net. Ages 13 to 19 $120.00

Tue Tue Tue

Sky Hy Step and Drill Team

Scott’s Creation Skills Clinics

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#54070 Mar 4-25 #54071 Apr 1-29 #54072 May 6-27

#53766 Mar 4-7 Tue,Thu,Fri 3:00pm to 5:30pm

1:30pm to 3:30pm 1:30pm to 3:30pm 1:30pm to 3:30pm

5:30pm to 7:00pm 5:30pm to 7:00pm 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Southview Recreation Center

Arbor Glen Outreach Center

Scotty Scott - Who Got Game? #53063 Mar 2-30 Sun #53064 Apr 6-27 Sun #53065 May 4-25 Sun

Tue Tue Tue

Ages 15 and up

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Naomi Drenan Recreation Center #53328 Mar 3-31 #53329 Apr 7-30 #53033 May 5-28

Mon & Wed 6:00pm to 8:00pm Mon & Wed 6:00pm to 8:00pm Mon & Wed 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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Teen Programs & Activities Stepping Up

Girl Groups

Learn basic step routines. For more info contact SouthviewRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Ages 12 to 14

Girls will participate in various activities that teach them how to be ladies. For more information, contact SouthviewRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-392-7452.

FREE

Southview Recreation Center #54127 #54128 #54129

Mar 3-31 Apr 7-28 May 5-26

Ages 15 to 17

Mon Mon Mon

5:30pm to 6:30pm 5:30pm to 6:30pm 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Ages 12 to 14

Sister’s With Amazing Gifts #54073 Mar 5-26 Wed #54074 Apr 2-30 Wed #54075 May 7-28 Wed

FREE

Southview Recreation Center #54130 #54131 #53032

Mar 3-31 Apr 7-28 May 5-26

Mon Mon Mon

FREE

Southview Recreation Center

5:30pm to 6:30pm 5:30pm to 6:30pm 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Ages 15 to 17

5:30pm to 6:30pm 5:30pm to 6:30pm 5:30pm to 6:30pm

FREE

Southview Recreation Center Sister’s With Amazing Gifts #54076 Mar 5-26 Wed #54077 Apr 2-30 Wed #54078 May 7-28 Wed

Educational Programs

5:30pm to 7:00pm 5:30pm to 7:00pm 5:30pm to 7:00pm

B.O.Y.S. (Brothers on Your Side) Young men will take part in mentoring and workshop style programming to help progress towards manhood. For more information, contact SouthviewRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-392-7452. Ages 12 to 14 FREE

Southview Recreation Center #54121 Mar 6-27 Thu #54122 Apr 3-24 Thu #54123 May 1-29 Thu Ages 15 to 17 FREE

6:30pm to 7:30pm 6:30pm to 7:30pm 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Southview Recreation Center #54124 #54125 #54126

Mar 6-27 Apr 3-24 May 1-29

Thu Thu Thu

6:30pm to 7:30pm 6:30pm to 7:30pm 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Register 1 of 3 Ways: Against All Odds In partnership with AAONC, teen moms and pregnant teens will gain assistance with their education, job readiness, preparation for motherhood and access to helpful resources to become more selfsufficient and successful. For information, contact SouthviewRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-392-7452. Ages 12 to 17 FREE

Southview Recreation Center #54061 #54062 #54063 #54064 #54065 #54066

Mar 8 Mar 22 Apr 12 Apr 26 May 10 May 24

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Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select an option: 1. CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. 2. CALL 311 (704-336-7600) or the number listed for that program. 3. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs. 32, 38 and 45. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

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Teen Programs & Activities Outdoor Programs MeckTeen Greenforce Help improve the local environment and earn your way to some great adventures. We will be working in McDowell’s Greenhouse to grow native plants for the preserve and a variety of vegetables to sell at our fundraiser plant sale. Each day worked will earn you discounts on the summer adventure trip fees. Registration required. Ages 11 to 17 FREE

McDowell Greenhouse (Vegetable Planting) #54429 Mar 1 #54430 Apr 5

Sat Sat

9:30am to 12:30pm 9:30am to 12:30pm

Yorkmont Farmer’s Market (Plant Sale) #54431 Apr 26 #54432 May 3

Skate Park Programs Group Skate Lessons @ Grayson Sessions are designed to introduce participants to the basics of skateboarding. Topics covered will include safety, foot position and making transitions to build confidence. For more information, contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-5231. Ages 12 to 14

Specialty: Grayson SkatePark Spring Break Camp Enjoy a week of skateboarding lessons; learn new tricks and competitions during your spring break. For more information, contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-5231. Ages 8 to 15

#54890 Apr 14-17 Mon-Thu 9:00am to 12:00pm

$55.00

Social Activities

Mar 1-29 Apr 5-26 May 3-31

Ages 12 to 15

Sat 9:15am to 10:15am Sat 9:15am to 10:15am Sat 9:15am to 10:15am $55.00

Grayson SkatePark #53250 #53251 #53252

Mar 1-29 Apr 5-26 May 3-31

Sat 9:15am to 10:15am Sat 9:15am to 10:15am Sat 9:15am to 10:15am

Register 1 of 3 Ways: Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select an option: 1. CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. 2. CALL 311 (704-336-7600) or the number listed for that program. 3. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs. 32, 38 and 45. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

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Club: D.I.V.A.S Step Team

9:30am to 12:30pm 9:30am to 12:30pm

MeckTeen Ventures Register for one or both of our epic adventures that will engage teens in outdoor sports and activities. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and each activity. Water bottles and snacks will be provided. For the day trip, please bring a packed lunch. Registration required. Ages 11 to 17

Copperhead Island Glowstick Capture the Flag #54433 Mar 22

Grayson SkatePark #53253 #53254 #53255

$60.00

Grayson SkatePark Spring Break Camp

Sat Sat

Sat

$3.00 6:00pm to 9:00pm

McDowell Nature Center $25.00 River Canoe Trip #54434 May 24

Sat

9:30am to 7:00pm

This female mentoring and step team will participate in fun trips and educational activities. For more information, contact TuckaseegeeRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-6472. Ages 9 to 15

FREE

Tuckaseegee Recreation Center #54727 Mar 3-31 Mon & Wed 6:00pm to 8:00pm #54728 Apr 2-30 Mon & Wed 6:00pm to 8:00pm #54729 May 5-28 Mon & Wed 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Lil Sista This program is for girls and is designed to build character and develop leadership skills. Join the fun with our girl talk sessions, field trips, special events and more. For more information, contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-6472. Ages 11 to 14

FREE

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center #53388 #53389 #53390

Mar 15 Apr 19 May 17

Sat Sat Sat

9:00am to 12:00pm 9:00am to 12:00pm 9:00am to 12:00pm

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Fitness & Wellness Action With Jackson Exercise beginners will learn how to use multiple forms of resistance training, such as functional movement and free weights, in order to achieve fitness goals. For more information, contact ArborGlenOutreachCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-1431. Ages 18 and up $5.00

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #53732

Ongoing

Wed

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Aerobics: DanceOut!

21 and Up Basketball Basketball open gym for ages 21 and up. Ages 21 and up $2.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #54311 #54324

Ongoing Ongoing

Wed 6:30pm to 8:30pm Sun 11:00am to 12:45pm

Adult Volleyball Participants will learn the basic fundamentals and current techniques of volleyball, as well as more advanced strategies to become a more successful, confident and stronger player. Ages 18 and up $2.00

Marion Diehl Recreation Center #53051

Ongoing

Mon

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Lunch Time HOOPS Come out and enjoy an organized recreational basketball game during lunch. For more information, contact SouthviewRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Ages 18 and up $5.00

DanceOut! is a dance-inspired fitness class that feels more like a party than a workout. Jam to hot tunes from many different music styles, including hip-hop, latin, pop, swing, oldies, reggae and more. The moves are simple and repetitive so everyone can do it, plus you will move your entire body and have fun while doing it. For more information, contact Angie@queencitydancingqueen.com or 704526-8845 or visit QueenCityDanceOut.com. Ages 18 and up $10.00

Berewick Recreation Center #53787

Ongoing Mon/Wed 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Dance Impact Come relieve some stress and jam to the beat while throwing some punches, blocks and kicks. Dance Impact is an exhilarating fusion of dance and martial arts set to tone the entire body. For more information, contact info@ queencitydanceout.com at 704-999-4071 or www.QueenCityDanceOut.com. Ages 18 and up $7.00

Hickory Grove Recreation Center #54703

Ongoing

Mon

7:00pm to 8:00pm

Zumba Let’s Zumba! This Latin-dance inspired fitness class uses international rhythms and dance moves for an invigorating and exciting workout! All fitness levels welcome. For more information, contact info@ queencitydanceout.com at 704-999-4071 or www.QueenCityDanceOut.com. Ages 18 and up $8.00

Hickory Grove Recreation Center #54700

Ongoing

Wed

7:00pm to 8:00pm

Marion Diehl Recreation Center #53057

Ongoing

Tue

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center #53057

Ongoing

Sat 10:00am to 11:00am

Southview Recreation Center #54135

Ongoing

Thu

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Who Still Got Game Men ages 18 and over will participate in a non-traditional league that will encourage exercise and competition. Awards will be given to the men with the best attendance. Ages 18 and up $2.00

Berewick Recreation Center #54055 Apr 13-May 18 Sun 3:00pm to 5:00pm

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Adult Programs & Activities Queen City Dancing Combining the hottest music with easy-tofollow moves, our unique routines feature a lot of hip swinging and booty shakin’, laughing and singing and a contagious energy that can’t be beat. At Queen City DanceOut, you escape the daily grind one hour at a time, losing pounds, gaining confidence and dancing your cares away! For more information, contact info@ queencitydanceout.com or 704-999-4071. Ages 18 and up $10.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #52893 #52894

Ongoing Ongoing

Mon Fri

7:00pm to 8:30pm 5:45pm to 7:30pm

Bosu Balance

Jazzercise An effective, total body conditioning program that will help you feel great, look terrific, and bring new energy to your life. Jazzercise combines the art of jazz dance with the beat of today’s hottest music. Ages 18 and up $36.00

Challenge your body by doing a total body workout using the Bosu ball. Jump, balance, and push your way to fitness with Bosu Balance. Increase strength and endurance by lifting the Bosu ball in various directions using the entire body. For more information, contact us at BetteRaeThomasRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-3048. Ages 16 and up $5.00

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center #52094

Ongoing Tue/Thu 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #54291 #54292

Ongoing Sat 8:00am to 9:30am Ongoing Mon-Thu 6:00pm to 7:15pm

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Personal Training Need that one-on-one time with a trainer? Sign up for this great program and get on the right track! Develop a personal training routine with our trainer and learn proper techniques. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! Multi-session and member discounts. For more information, contact BetteRaeThomasRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.Gov or 704-432-3048. Ages 16 and up $15.00

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center Individual by appointment

Yoga A practice of gentle flowing postures that will warm and open the body, encourage internal health and quiet the mind. Students link standing and seated postures with breath. Great for beginners and experienced students. For more information, contact ArborGlenOutreachCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-1531. Ages 7 and up $4.00

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #53943

Mar 1

Sat

9:30am to 10:30pm

Register 1 of 3 Ways: Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select an option: 1. CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. 2. CALL 311 (704-336-7600) or the number listed for that program. 3. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs. 32, 38 and 45. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

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Senior Women’s Softball Spring League

Marion Diehl Recreation Center

Spring Senior Softball League for women. Games will be played at Park Road Park on Thursdays starting in September. For more information, go to www. charlotteseniorsports.com or contact Preston Buckman at 704-529-3273 or Preston. Buckman@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. All Ages $325.00/$1,300.00

#53054 Ongoing Sat 12:00pm to 2:00pm #53055 Ongoing Wed 5:00pm to 7:00pm

#53972 Mar 6-Jun 26

Badminton Open Play Adults & Seniors Badminton is a great way to stay active and keep your competitive spirit alive for seniors. Your serve! Ages 18 and up $1.00

Park Road Park Thu 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Cultural Arts Korean Mask Dinner Theater Join us for a unique cultural experience as the members of the Korean Senior Center perform and teach a Korean Mask Dance, which features masked dancers wearing colorful costumes accompanied by Korean instrumentalist, all while enjoying an Asian inspired meal. Ages 55 and up $5.00

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #54426

May 31

Sat 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Ever wanted to learn to clog but didn’t know how to get started? Join one of the many groups in the area that offers this timeless dance style. Ages 18 and up $31.00 per year

Join this women’s league, specifically for those 55 and better, in advance of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Senior Games. Coaches and volunteers are needed. For more information, contact Betty Davis at 704588-1264 or Jean Grayson at 704-545-7880. Ages 55 and up $31.00 per year

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #52875 Ongoing

Mon

5:30pm to 7:00pm

Senior Badminton A leisurely played activity that puts opponents on opposite sides of a net as they use their racquet to volley back and forth a shuttlecock in an effort to earn more points than your adversary. For more information, contact ArborGlenOutreachCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-1531. Ages 55 and up FREE

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #54590 #54591 #54592 #54593

Mar 4 Mar 11 Mar 18 Mar 25

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Tom Sykes Recreation Center Carolina Classic Cloggers #52878 Ongoing Mon Firehouse Cloggers #52881 Ongoing Thu

Southview Recreation Center #54105 #54106 #54107

Mar 20 Apr 17 May 22

Thu 11:00am to 12:00pm Thu 11:00am to 12:00pm Thu 11:00am to 12:00pm

Fitness and Wellness

Clogging

Senior Women’s Basketball League

Senior Crafts Show your creative side as you socialize with other crafters. Ages 55 and up FREE

5:30pm to 8:30pm

Inspirational Walking Walk around the gym while listening to gospel music. For more information, contact TuckaseegeeRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-6472. Ages 55 and up FREE

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #54758 Mar 3-31 Mon & Tue 9:00am to 11:00am

5:30pm to 8:30pm

Light & Lively Designed to maintain cardiovascular fitness and improve strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, and activities of daily life. For more information, contact MallardCreekRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-548-8234. Ages 18 and up $2.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #54244 Ongoing #54249 Ongoing #54253 Ongoing

Mon Wed Fri

9:00am to 9:45am 9:00am to 9:45am 9:00am to 9:45am

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Senior Programs & Activities Senior Walking Club

Bridge

Engage in low-impact exercise and chart your progress to better physical and mental health. Ages 55 and up FREE

Social interaction over Bridge for Charlotte area seniors. All are welcome, come and enjoy yourself in a quiet, yet competitive atmosphere that promotes the card game known as Bridge. Ages 18 and up FREE

Southview Recreation Center #54111 Ongoing Mon-Fri 10:00am to 11:00am

Mallard Creek Recreation Center

Social Activities

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Berewick Bridge Seniors will have the opportunity to play Bridge once a week in a social atmosphere with all their friends. Each week participants will challenge their minds as they focus on their concentration and learning new strategies with each game. For more information, contact BerewickRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Ages 55 and up FREE

Berewick Recreation Center #53721 Ongoing

Mon

1:00pm to 4:00pm

Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing

Mon Wed Thu Fri

10:00am to 3:00pm 1:00pm to 3:00pm 10:00am to 2:00pm 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Super Senior Advocates Enjoy a morning of fun and fellowship with other seniors. Participate in educational workshops and creative activities. For more information, contact ArborGlenOutreachCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-1531. Ages 50 and up FREE

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Arbor Glen Outreach Center

Seniors, enjoy smiling faces and great places as we journey and See Charlotte! Lunch is on your own. For more information, contact the Recreation Center listed. Ages 55 and up $5.00

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Mar 5

Wed 10:00am to 12:00pm

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #54422 #54423 #54424

Mar 26 Apr 23 May 21

Wed Wed Wed

11:00am to 4:00pm 11:00am to 4:00pm 11:00am to 4:00pm

P-O-K-E-N-O Round Up Like Bingo, but want something more? Come join us for P-O-K-E-N-O; a fun game with five ways to win. Come alone or invite your friends to play at your round table. Great door prizes, light refreshments and lots of fellowship. Must bring a prize valued at $5.00 or more to participate. Everyone goes home with a goodie bag. For more information, contact ArborGlenOutreachCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-1531. Ages 55 and up FREE

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #54589 Apr 3

Thu

11:00am to 1:00pm

Club: Seniors Stepping Into Fun, Adventure & Excitement Enjoy trips, games, recreation and social time with other active adults. For more information, contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-5231. Ages 50 and up FREE

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center #53045 #53046 #53047

Mar 6 Apr 3 May 1

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Register 1 of 3 Ways: Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select an option: 1. CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. 2. CALL 311 (704-336-7600) or the number listed for that program. 3. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs. 32, 38 and 45. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

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Senior Programs & Activities

MeckSeniors Day Trips Join us as we travel across the state for exciting day trips! To register, contact Andrea.Cummings@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or call 704-336-8105. Trips are for those ages 55 and up. Trips depart from Mallard Creek Recreation Center (North) and Marion Deihl Recreation Center (South)

Biltmore Blooms If you have never taken a guided tour of the Biltmore, you don’t want to miss this. Experience the breath-taking views of the gardens at the Biltmore on your own pace along with a guided tour of the history and legacy of this historic mansion. (Lunch on your own)

NC Museum of Art – “Close To Home: A Decade of Acquisitions” You don’t want to miss this collection of art work by artists from all over North Carolina. This collection has nearly 650 works by photographers, sculptures and mixed-media works acquired by the museum in the last 10 years. (Lunch on your own) Call for departure times from Mallard Creek and Marion Deihl Ages 55 and up

$45.00

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Mar 18

10:00am to 7:00pm

Call for departure times from Mallard Creek and Marion Deihl Ages 55 and up #55224 Apr 16

$65.00 Wed

Call for departure times

Yadkin Valley Vineyard Tour You will appreciate this three- stop Vineyard tour. Tour includes Daveste, Childress and Old Stone Wineries located in Troutman, Lexington and Salisbury, North Carolina. Spend some time experiencing a mix of North Carolina’s finest vineyards. (Lunch on your own)

Barn Theater- “Groovin” Featuring The Barn Band Sounds of the 60’s & 70’s

Call for departure times from Mallard Creek and Marion Deihl Ages 55 and up

$45.00

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Tue

10:00 / 10:30am to 8:00pm

Cinderella - Dress Rehearsal Knight Theater hosts an extravagant performance by the Carolina Dance Theater the Dress Rehearsal for Cinderella. Story telling at its finest, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s classical story comes to life with extravagant sets and ornate costumes. Powered by Prokofiev’s lush score, Cinderella includes a rich array of characters including silly step-sisters, a delightful princess, entertaining puppets and, of course, a handsome prince. Self-transport, or shuttle from Mallard Creek and Marion Deihl. Ages 55 and up

$12.00 per person

Self Transport

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Wed

1:00pm to 4:00pm

Shuttle: Mallard Creek Recreational Center

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Wed

1:00pm to 4:00pm

Shuttle: Marion Deihl Recreational Center

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Wed

1:00pm to 4:00pm

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This is a very popular trip. Come out and get your old school groove on at the Barn. Join the fun with this high energy- musical revue of many of the chart-topping hits of the 60’s and the 70’s. This toe-tapping time machine of a show is fun for everyone! Featuring the Barn Band! Call for departure times from Mallard Creek and Marion Deihl Ages 55 and up #55225

$45.00

May 13

Tue

11:00am to 6:00pm

Shatley Springs & Cheese Factory Tour Come enjoy country cooking, the famous spring water and beautiful mountain scenery. We will stop to see Ben Long Frescos and the Ashe County Cheese Factory. Lunch is not included. Call for departure times from Mallard Creek and Marion Deihl Ages 55 and up #55226 Jun 12

$35.00 Thu

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Senior Nutrition Program

Make A Difference! While these important nutritional services are provided without cost to Meckenburg Seniors 60 and older, voluntary contributions are greatly appreciated. Call 704-336-3144 today to learn more about how you can make a difference!

The Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department and the Senior Citizens Nutrition Program Partner to Provide Nutritional Services to Senior Citizens. Congregate Meals are offered at 3 Recreation Centers: Bette Rae Thomas, Mallard Creek and Southview This program provides dine-in meals for Mecklenburg County residents 60 years of age and older who are looking for fun, fellowship and a healthy, delicious, hot lunch. Seniors come together Monday - Friday at the recreation centers, as well as at 15 other nutrition sites located throughout Mecklenburg County. This service also offers a variety of educational and recreational activities. Each site is staffed by a full time coordinator who is responsible for all functions of that site. The Park and Recreation Department and the Senior Citizens Nutrition Program (SCNP) are strong advocates of health and wellness for senior citizens. We offer many opportunities to our customers to participate in health promotion activities such as medical screenings,

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wellness education and a variety of exercise programs. SCNP also provides arthritis self-management classes which are taught by registered nurses and physical therapists/ certified exercise trainers. Park and Recreation staff provide support to the programming at the site. Pre-registration is required for participation in the meal program. For more information, contact the SCNP Information Line at 704-336-3144. In addition, the SCNP provides other types of meal services to seniors. Homedelivered meals are provided to those who are unable to leave their homes because of physical or mental impairment. Liquid nutrition supplement is provided to those who are at nutrition risk and their doctors recommend them to drink supplements to get the nutrition they need. The short-term

meal service provides home delivered meals to those who become temporary disabled and homebound after being discharged from a hospital or a longterm care facility. All these services are provided at no cost to Mecklenburg County seniors 60 years of age and above. Voluntary contributions are accepted from customers. To inquire about any of these services, call our meal hotline at 704-336-3144.

Signing up is easy! Pre-register by contacting the Senior Citizens Nutrition Program Information Line:

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Aquatics Starfish Aquatics Swimming The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department is proud to implement its Starfish Aquatics Institute (SAI) “Starfish Swimming” program format at each of the aquatic facilities. SAI offers a nationally recognized swim instruction program for children and adults of all ages and abilities. The different programs offered are StarBabies (6 to 18 months), StarTots (19 to 36 months), Starfish Swim School (3 and up), Starfish Stroke School (once they have surpassed Starfish Swim School) and the Starfish Swim Team (a development program designed to transition students from swim lessons to a competitive swim team program). Each of these programs is benchmark focused and contains five stages that each focus on a specific core competency. The core competencies are the building blocks of swimming. All lead-up skills, activities and benchmarks in each stage focus on the core competency. Each stage has two benchmarks to achieve: a safety skill benchmark and a swim skill benchmark. Please read about the different levels below. StarBabies (formerly Puddle Ducks) Parent or Guardian with child 6 months to 18 months StarTots (formerly Puddle Ducks) Parent or Guardian with child 19 months to 36 months The purpose of this course is to develop in very young children a high comfort level in the water while at the same time training parents in water safety and drowning prevention. This course does not teach children to become accomplished swimmers or survive in the water; it does provide a confidence-building, fun-loving experience. One parent or guardian must be in the water with each child. Swim diapers required, along with plastic pants (recommended) and a lined swim suit. Starfish Swim School Preschool (formerly Sand Dollar and Seal) Ages 3 to 5 Designed to meet the needs of preschoolers, this course develops a high comfort level in the water, a readiness to swim and for children who are developmentally ready, teaches beginning swimming skills. This class teaches swimming through creative, fun activities in the water. Students work toward development of the five core swimming competencies and receive color level stars in their personal record books for each achievement. Children progress at their own pace in a small group setting. Starfish Swim School Elementary (formerly Otter) Ages 6 to 8, Age 5 can register upon completion of preschool program Starfish Swim School Primary (formerly Otter) Ages 9 to 13 Children progress at individual rates with the opportunity to learn the core swimming skills and progress to basic strokes. Learning is self-paced but challenging. Starfish Swim School Adult Beginner (formerly Teen/Adult Beginner) Ages 14 and up This course is designed to improve comfort and skill in the water, regardless of past swimming experience. Perfect for adults who desire to learn or improve strokes and water skills for fitness fun. Students work toward development of the five basic core swimming competencies. Starfish Stroke School (formerly Manatee and Marlin) Ages up to 14 that meet skill prerequisites Starfish Stroke School Adult Intermediate (formerly Teen/Adult Intermediate) Ages 14 and up Students refine freestyle and learn stroke technique for backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and more!

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Marion Diehl Pool 2219 Tyvola Rd.

800 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

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Aquatics Swim Lessons - Ray’s Splash Planet Session Dates: Weekday Weekday Weekday Mon-Thu Sat Sat Sat Sat Mar 4-27 Apr 1-24 May 6-29 Jun 16-27 Mar 8-29 Apr 5-26 May 10-31 Jun 7-28 Fees: Public $80.00 $80.00 $80.00 $80.00 $40.00 $40.00 $40.00 $40.00 Member $64.00 $64.00 $64.00 $64.00 $32.00 $32.00 $32.00 $32.00 STARFISH SWIM SCHOOL - PRESCHOOL Ages 3 to 5 Beginner Level (Formerly Sand Dollar) Designed to meet the needs of preschoolers, this course will develop high comfort level in the water, readiness to swim and for those children who are developmentally ready, teach beginning swimming skills. Tue & Thu/Mon-Thu 5:30pm to 6:00pm #53584 #53585 #53589 #53890 Sat 9:15am to 9:45am #53586 #53587 #53588

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STARFISH SWIM SCHOOL - ELEMENTARY Ages 6 to 9 Beginner Level (Formerly Otter and Walrus) Students work toward development of the five core competencies and progess to basic strokes. Learning is self-paced but challenging. Tue & Thu/Mon-Thu 6:00pm to 6:45pm #53576 #53577 #53581 #53582 Sat 9:45am to 10:30am #53578 #53579 #53580 #53583 STARFISH SWIM SCHOOL - PRIMARY Ages 10 to 13 Beginner Level (Formerly Otter and Walrus) Students work toward development of the five core competencies and progess to advanced strokes. Learning is self-paced but challenging. Tue & Thu/Mon-Thu 6:45pm to 7:30pm #53607 #53612 #53613 #53614 Sat 10:30am to 11:15am #53608 #53609 #53610 #53611 PARENT AND TOT/ MEET AND GREET March 3,17, April 7,21, May 5,19 10:00am to 3:00pm Cost: $3.00 Dollars for toddlers, 0-5 (Mom/Dad are Free) Additional guests will be charged admission fees, other coupons and/or discounts may not be applied. This will be not be offered on a CMS no school day or when other programs occur.

HOME SCHOOL THURSDAYS March 6,13,20,27, April 3,10,24, May 1,8,15,22,29 12:00pm to 3:00pm Costs $4.00 per child, $2.00 per adult, $3.00 dry ticket

UNDER WATER EASTER EGG HUNT - Join Ray’s Splash Planet for their annual Easter Egg Hunt in the water! Kids can jump in and hunt as many Eggs as possible in the shallow water. Admission includes swimming, egg hunt and meeting the Easter Bunny. Children are separated into age groups and need to bring their own baskets. Egg Hunts will be split into age groups 0-3,4-6,7-9,10-12. For more information contact Jody.Corum@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-1141. Standard Admission will apply. Additional guests will be charged admission fees, other coupons and/or discounts may not be applied. April 11, 5:30pm to 8:00pm (Egg hunts will begin at 6:30pm)

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Aquatics Swim Lessons - Marion Diehl Pool Session Dates: Weekday Weekday Weekday Sat Sat Mar 3-27 Mar 31-May 1 May 5-May 21 Mar 8- Apr 12 Apr 26- May 17 No class April 14-17 Fees: Public $80.00 $80.00 $60.00 $60.00 $40.00 Member $64.00 $64.00 $48.00 $48.00 $32.00

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STARBABIES / STARTOTS Ages 6 mo. to 36 mo. Introductory Level The purpose of this course is to develop a high comfort level in the water in very young children. Fun and water adjustment are emphasized. Sat 10:00am to 10:30am 6 mo. to 18 mo. (StarBabies) #53810 #53811 Sat 10:30am to 11:00am 19 mo. to 36 mo. (StarTots) #53831 #53832

Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select one option: CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number.

STARFISH SWIM SCHOOL - PRESCHOOL Ages 3 to 5 Beginner Level Designed to meet the needs of preschoolers, this course will develop high comfort level in the water, readiness to swim and for those children who are develpmentally ready, teach beginning swimming skills. Tue & Thu 5:30pm to 6:00pm #53866 #53867 #53873 Mon & Wed 6:15pm to 6:45pm #53863 #53871 #53976 Tue & Thu 6:00pm to 6:30pm #53865 #53874 #53877 Mon & Wed 6:45pm to 7:15pm #53864 #53872 #53876 Sat 9:00am to 9:30am #53868 #53878 Sat 9:30am to 10:00am #53869 #53879 Sat 10:00am to 10:30am #53870 #53875

CALL 311 (704-336-7600) or the number listed. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers are listed throughout this guide.

STARFISH STROKE SCHOOL - PRESCHOOL Ages 3 to 5 Intermediate/Advanced Level Students refine freestyle and learn stroke technique for backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and more. Tue & Thu 5:00pm to 5:30pm #53842 #53843 #53846 Mon & Wed 5:45pm to 6:15pm #53838 #53839 #53844 Tue & Thu 6:30pm to 7:00pm #53840 #53841 #53845 Sat 9:30am to 10:00am #53835 #53836

Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

STARFISH SWIM SCHOOL - ELEMENTARY/PRIMARY Ages 6 to 13 Beginner Level Students work toward the five core competencies and progress to basic strokes. Learning is self-paced but challenging. Tue & Thu 4:45pm to 5:30pm #54832 #54833 #54834 Mon & Wed 6:30pm to 7:15pm #53860 #53861 #53862 Sat 10:30am to 11:15am #53856 #53857 STARFISH STROKE SCHOOL - ELEMENTARY/PRIMARY Ages 6 to 13 Intermediate/Advanced Level Students refine freestyle and learn stroke technique for backstroke, breastroke, butterfly and more. Tue & Thu 5:30pm to 6:15pm #53816 #53817 #53826 Mon & Wed 5:45pm to 6:30pm #53820 #53821 #53828 Tue & Thu 6:15pm to 7:00pm #53818 #53819 #53827 Sat 8:45am to 9:30am #53813 #53814 Sat 11:00am to 11:45am #53824 #53825 Sat 11:15am to 12:00pm #53822 #53823 STARFISH SWIM SCHOOL - ADULT Ages 14+ Beginner Level This course is to improve comfort and skill in the water, regardless of past swimming experience. Perfect for adults who desire to learn or improve strokes and water skills for fitness fun. Students work toward five basic core swim competencies. Mon & Wed 7:15pm to 8:00pm #53850 #53851 #53852 Sat 8:15am to 9:00am #53853 #53854

Marion Diehl Pool 2219 Tyvola Rd., Charlotte, NC 28210

STARFISH STROKE SCHOOL - ADULT Ages 14+ Intermediate Level Students refine freestyle and learn stroke technique for backstroke, breastroke, butterfly and more. Mon & Wed 7:15pm to 8:00pm #53849 #54835 #54836 Sat 11:45am to 12:30pm #53847 #53848

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Aquatics Water Exercise - Marion Diehl Pool Session 1

Session Dates:

Mar 3- April 11

Session 2 Apr 21- May 23

Fees: Mon,Wed,Fri (Adult/Member/Senior) $72.00/$54.00/$36.00 $60.00/$45.00/$30.00 Tue & Thu (Adult/Member/Senior) $48.00/$36.00/$24.00 $40.00/$30.00/$20.00 Sat (Adult/Member/Senior) $24.00/$18.00/$12.00 $16.00/$12.00/$8.00

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HYDROMANIA Moderate-High Intensity SHALLOW WATER All-over body toning and cardiovascular workout. Since each participant works at CLICK on Eparks at their own pace, this class is great for the beginner to the most advanced fitness level. Mon, Wed, Fri 7:30am to 8:30am #53930 #53931 www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. Mon, Wed, Fri 8:30am to 9:30am #53933 #53934 Tue & Thu 8:00am to 9:00am #53936 #53937 CALL 311 (704-336-7600) Tue & Thu 7:00pm to 8:00pm #53939 #53940 or the number listed.

DEEP WATER FITNESS Moderate-High Intensity DEEP WATER No swimming skills required, float belts are worn. All-over toning and cardiovascular COME to the location where the program held in deep water with float belts. A great upper body workout. program is offered. Recreation & Sat 10:00am to 11:00am #53898 #53899 Nature Center addresses and phone Sat 11:00am to 12:00pm #53900 #53901 numbers are listed throughout this Mon, Wed, Fri 7:15am to 8:15am #53894 #53896 guide. Mon, Wed, Fri 8:15am to 9:15am #53895 #53897 Tue & Thu 9:00am to 10:00am #53903 #53904 Phone and Web registration Tue & Thu 10:00am to 11:00am #53906 #53907 requires payment with Visa or Tue & Thu 1:00pm to 2:00pm #53909 #53910 MasterCard only. Tue & Thu 7:00pm to 8:00pm #53912 #53913 EASY DOES IT Beginner-Moderate Intensity SHALLOW WATER A low-level, low-impact exercise class. Activities include water walking, aerobic exercise to build cardiovascular endurance and range-of-motion classes. Tue & Thu 10:00am to 11:00am #53918 #53919 Tue & Thu 1:00pm to 2:00pm #53921 #53922 Tue & Thu 2:00pm to 3:00pm #53924 #53925 Tue & Thu 3:00pm to 4:00pm #53927 #53928 ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION Beginner Intensity SHALLOW WATER Gentle stretches and range-of-motion exercises keep tender joints mobile. The buoyancy of the water assists movements, while the resistance strengthens muscles that support joints. A physician’s release is required to participate. Tue & Thu 9:15am to 10:00am #53891 #53892 DEEP WATER RUNNING Moderate Intensity DEEP WATER No swimming skills required, float belts are worn. Class format involves interval running cadence class designed to improve endurance, stamina, breathing, muscle toning. Tue & Thu 2:00pm to 3:00pm #53915 #53916 MARION DIEHL STROKE CLINIC - Do you want to gain that winning edge and get ready for summer? If so, the Marion Diehl Stroke Clinic is a great way to get your child ready for summer swim team. Emphasis will be placed on stroke development, physical fitness and fun. Classes run Apr 2 - May 7. $55.00 Mon, Wed, Fri

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Aquatics Swim Lessons - Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center Session Dates: Weekday Mar 3-Apr 2 Fees: Public $100.00 Member $80.00

Weekday Apr 7-30

Weekday Sat Sat May 19-Jun 11 Apr 12-May 3 May 24-Jun 14 No class May 26 $80.00 $70.00 $40.00 $40.00 $64.00 $56.00 $32.00 $32.00

STARBABIES/ STARTOTS Ages 6 mo. to 36 mo. Introductory Level The purpose of this course is to develop in very young children a high comfort level in the water. Fun and water adjustment are emphasized. Sat 10:00am to 10:30am StarBabies (6 mo. to 18 mo.) #53475 #53476 Sat 10:30am to 11:00am StarTots (19 mo. to 35 mo.) #53483 #53484 STARFISH SWIM SCHOOL - PRESCHOOL Ages 3 to 5 Beginner Level Designed to meet the needs of preschoolers, this course will develop high comfort level in the water, readiness to swim and for those children who are developmentally ready, teach beginning swimming skills. Mon & Wed 5:00pm to 5:30pm #53505 #53513 #53517 Mon & Wed 6:00pm to 6:30pm #53506 #53514 #53518 Mon & Wed 6:30pm to 7:00pm #53507 #53515 #53519 Mon & Wed 7:00pm to 7:30pm #53508 #53516 #53520 Sat 9:00am to 9:30am #53509 #53521 Sat 9:30am to 10:00am #53510 #53522 Sat 10:30am to 11:00am #53511 #53523 Sat 11:00am to 11:30am #53512 #53524 STARFISH STROKE SCHOOL - PRESCHOOL Ages 3 to 5 Intermediate Level Students refine freestyle and learn stroke technique for backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and more. Mon & Wed 5:30pm to 6:00pm #53485 #53486 #53487 Sat 10:00am to 10:30am #53488

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STARFISH SWIM SCHOOL - ELEMENTARY Ages 6 to 9 Beginner Level No entry skills required. Students learn blowing bubbles, front float and glide, back float and glide and submersion. Mon & Wed 5:30pm to 6:15pm #53499 #53500 #53501 Sat 9:00am to 9:45am #53502

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STARFISH SWIM SCHOOL - PRIMARY Ages 10 to 13 Beginning Level No entry skills required. Students learn blowing bubbles, front float and glide, back float and glide and submersion. Mon & Wed 7:00pm to 7:45pm #53526 #53527 #53528 Sat 10:30am to 11:15am #53529 #53530 STARFISH STROKE SCHOOL - PRIMARY Ages 10 to 13 Intermediate Level *Sat - Ages 6 to 13 Must be able to swim 25 yards using over arm recovery to enroll. Students will improve over arm recovery, rotary breathing on front, flutter kick, and backstroke. Mon & Wed 6:15pm to 7:00pm #53478 #53479 #53480 *Sat (Ages 6 to 13) 9:45am to 10:30am #53481 #53482 STARFISH SWIM SCHOOL - TEEN ADULT Ages 14+ Beginner Level No entry skills required. The class for the soon-to-be swimmer. Students learn front float and glide, back float and glide and total submersion. Mon & Wed 6:15pm to 7:00pm #53493 #53494 #53495 Sat 9:15am to 10:00am #53496 #53497 STARFISH SWIM SCHOOL - TEEN ADULT Ages 14+ Intermediate Level Students will improve their freestyle and backstroke in order to swim distances, get some exercise or just have fun. Mon & Wed 7:00pm to 7:45pm #53490 #53491 #53492

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Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select one option: CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. CALL 311 (704-336-7600) or the number listed. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed throughout this guide. Phone and web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

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Aquatics Water Exercise - Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center Session Dates: Fees: Mon, Wed, Fri Tue & Thu

Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Mar 3-Apr 2 Apr 7-May 2 May 5-Jun 6 No class Mar 13, 14, 28 No class May 9, 14, 15, 16, 26 $48.00-public / $36.00-member $48.00-public / $36.00-member $44.00-public / $33.00-member $32.00-public / $24.00-member $32.00-public / $24.00-member $36.00-public / $27.00-member

HYDROMANIA Moderate-High Intensity SHALLOW WATER All-over body toning and cardiovascular workout. Hydromania is a great way to exercise joints and muscles. Water supports joints to encourage free movement, and also acts as resistance to help build muscle strength. Mon, Wed, Fri 5:30pm to 6:30pm #53566 #53568 #53569 Tue & Thu 6:00pm to 7:00pm #53565 #53567 #53570 EASY DOES IT Beginner-Moderate Intensity SHALLOW WATER A low-level, low-impact exercise class. Activities include water walking, aerobic exercise to build cardiovascular endurance and range-of-motion classes. Mon, Wed, Fri 11:30am to 12:30pm #53562 #53563

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ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION Beginner Intensity SHALLOW WATER Gentle stretches and range-of-motion exercises keep tender joints mobile. Water bouyancy assists movements while resistance strengthens muscles that support joints. A physician’s release is required to participate. Tue & Thu 11:00am to 12:00pm #53559 #53560

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Rodney’s

Great Kids Triathalon

Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 8:30am Registration begins March 1, 2014.

Register your kids for the 17th annual Rodney’s Great Kids Triathlon! Open to kids 17 and under, this fun event allows children to challenge themselves and discover their true stamina in swimming, biking, and running. Entry fee is only $20.00 before April 25, and $25.00 after. Register in person at the Aquatic Center in uptown Charlotte or mail in completed registration form to Rodney Sellars/RGKT, Aquatic Center, 800 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28202. For more information, or to have a registration form mailed to you, call

704-336-3483 Sorry, online registration is not available for this event.

800 East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28202 704-336-DIVE (3483)

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Aquatics Join Us For The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson! Team WLSL™ Set to Break New World Record on June 20, 2014 The World’s Largest Simultaneous Swim Lesson Sends the Message Swimming Lessons Save Lives to Millions Around the Globe! On Friday, June 20th, 2014, tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world will unite for the fourth year in a row to set a new Guinness World Record. The global record attempt for The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL), will take place at 3 pm GMT (11am ET, 8 am PT.)

About The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ was created as a platform to help aquatic facilities and the many different regional, national and international water safety organizations work

We are delighted to announce that Team WLSL successfully achieved a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORD™ in 2013 for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson! We had 32,450 participants hosted by 432 facilities in 13 countries. This is a 30% increase over last year’s record of 24,873 participants. Tragically, drowning remains the leading cause of unintended, injury related death for children ages 1-5, and the second leading cause of accidental death for children under 14. Research shows participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% among children aged one to four, yet many kids do not receive formal swimming or water safety training.

together to communicate the fundamental importance of teaching children to swim. Visit www.wlsl.org to learn more.

Double Oaks Pool, 1200 Newland Road, Charlotte, NC 28206, will be serving as an official Host Location Facility for the WLSL 2013 event. Parents are invited to learn more about this phenomenal event by visiting WLSL.org.

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