STEELE CREEK NEWS
May Programs at McDowell Nature Center
23, 2023) The
McDowell Nature Center and Preserve offers a
wide variety of programs for adults, children, and families. Listed
below are programs for May 2023. To sign up or for more
information, go to the
Activity Search web page and search by program keyword or
number, or call (980) 314-1128. To request a modification based on
the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact staff at
(980) 314-1192 or email
The McDowell Nature Center is located at 15222 York Road within
the McDowell Nature Preserve (off NC Highway 49 across from
Palisades High School).
Direct questions to the McDowell Nature Center at 980-314-1128.
Volunteer Connect. .
Program Name: MDNP: Nature Book and Look
#139040 Mon, May 1st
#139041 Mon, May 8th 10am-11am
#139042 Mon, May 15th
#139043 Mon, May 22nd 10am-11am
through a nature BOOK and take a LOOK at the nature around us with a
hike, hands-on activity, or a craft. Pre-registration required for
adult & child alike.
Program Name: MDNP: Adult Trail Trekkers: 40 Acre Rock
#139009 Tues, May 2nd 9am-2:30pm
Adult Trail Trekkers are adventuring offsite today
to explore 40 Acre Rock Heritage Preserve. This preserve is known
for being one of the best wildflower spots in South Carolina. It
features a 14-acre giant granite Flatrock which provides habitat to
endemic species. 40 Acre Rock is located in Kershaw, SC about 1 hour
and 20 minutes from McDowell. Participants should expect to hike 2.5
miles and keep an eye out for wildflowers. Transportation, a snack,
and a naturalist
guide are included. Pre-registration required.
Program Name: MDNP: Public Homeschool: Paddle Sports
Thurs, May 11th 1pm-4pm
$5 resident/$6 non-resident
adequate preparation, you can have fun in the wilderness! The goal
of this program is to introduce kids to spending time in the woods
for fun and gaining skills in both kayaking and paddleboarding.
Please note this program will meet at the Waterfront Deck. This is a
drop-off program. Adult participation NOT required. Pre-registration
Program Name: MDNP: Nature Hike
May 12th 10am-11:30am
Enjoy a morning hike with the
family at McDowell Nature Preserve. This hike will be on uneven
terrain and will be approximately 2 miles. If bringing small
children's strollers are not advised. Pre-registration required (for
child and adult alike).
Program Name: MDNP: Preschool Explorers Series:
#139008 Fri, May 12th 1:30pm-3pm
Little ones and an experienced Naturalist
will explore nature together starting with a story and then rotating
through discovery stations that expand upon the story which may
include crafts, games, songs, animal encounters and/or outdoor
exploration. No walk-ins accepted. Pre-registration required.
Program Name: MDNP: Trails and Tails - Latta Nature Preserve
#139219 Sat, May 13th 9:30am-11:30am
Have a K-9
companion? Want to meet other dog lovers in Mecklenburg County?
Together with our "Tails" we will hit the "Trails". Each month we
will meet at different parks, preserves or greenways around the
Charlotte area. Please call Chad Moore at 980-314-1565 for more
Program Name: MDNP: Photography Hike
#139050 Sat, May 13th 2pm-3:30pm
Enjoy a hike guided by a
naturalist from the McDowell Nature Center on one of the preserves
scenic trails. This hike will have many opportunities to pause and
photograph what the preserve has to offer such as plants, trees,
Lake Wylie, and wild animals that call the preserve home.
Pre-registration is required.
Program Name: MDNP: Evening Kayak
#139110 Wed, May 3rd 6pm-8pm
#139111 Mon, May 17th 6pm-8pm
#139112 Mon, May 24th 6pm-8pm
#139113 Mon, May 31st 6pm-8pm
$20 resident/$25 non-resident
Experience twilight while paddling
the edges of McDowell Nature Preserve on Lake Wylie. Get a chance to
view the setting sun over Lake Wylie with our experienced
instructors, discover the history of Lake Wylie, meet new people in
a fun environment and search of wildlife such as Blue and Green
Herons, Kingfishers, and possibly Beavers. No walk-ins accepted.
Program Name: MDNP: Kids Hiking Club: Prairie
#139212 Fri, May 5th 9:30am-12:30pm
This special edition of Kids Hiking Club will be an extended
time. We will spend it thoroughly exploring the McDowell Prairie!
All kids will receive a trail passport and a 100-mile hike club card
to document their trail journeys and collect prizes along the way.
Pre-registration required. This is a drop off program. Adult
participation not required.
Program Name: MDNP: Archery 101 (Youth)
#139109 Sat, May 6th 10am-12pm
Bows and arrows are some of the oldest tools humans
have every used, and still use to this day! Participants will start
with basic terminology, practice proper form and safety with a
recurve bow, then use their new-found knowledge with a little target
practice. Pre-registration required.
Program Name: MDNP: Nature
#139032 Sun, May 7th 2pm-3pm (Twig Dolls)
#139033 Sun, May 21st 2pm-3pm (Painted Rocks)
Tap into your artistic side with a nature-based
craft! Participants can expect to practice their creativity and open
their eyes to the natural wonders around them. No walk-ins accepted.
Pre-registration required (for adult and child alike).
Program Name: MDNP: Adult Trail Trekkers-May 2023
Tues, May 9th 1pm-2:30pm
Tues, May 16th 1pm-2:30pm
Tues, May 30th 1pm-2:30pm
in nature with a McDowell Naturalist during this 90-minute,
adults-only hike. Discover what is happening seasonally throughout
the preserve. Meets on the boardwalk in front of the Nature Center
unless e-mailed otherwise day of the event. Pre-registration is
Program Name: MDNP: Mommy & Me: Afternoon of Art
#139044 Sun, May 14th 2pm-4pm
Drop-in to the McDowell
Nature Center between 2pm and 4pm to engage in an afternoon of
creativity to celebrate Mother's Day! A variety of nature craft
materials will be provided to spend
some quality time with your
loved ones and get in touch with your artistic side this holiday!
Pre-registration is not required as this is a drop-in program.
Program Name: MDNP: Kids Hiking Club
#139209 Fri, May 19th
Hey kids, get outside and enjoy your
morning with the Kids Hiking Club! This group will meet monthly and
explore McDowell Nature Preserve. All kids will receive a trail
passport and a 100-mile hike club card to document their trail
journeys and collect prizes along the way. This is a drop off
program with a staff member and 1-2 parent chaperones.
Program Name: MDNP: Wellness By Nature - Stand
Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga
#139010 Sat, May 20th
$30 resident/$36 non-resident
The natural world
offers many benefits for the mind, body and soul. Our 'Wellness by
Nature' programs focus on these benefits and our connection to
nature. Bring a whole new perspective to your asana practice with
yoga on a SUP! Become immersed in nature, gain piece of mind, and
challenge your balance and strength. This class includes a brief
paddle basics class along with a gentle vinyasa practice led by an
experienced and certified 200 RYT instructor. Prior experience is
not necessary. All gear is included. No walk-ins accepted.
Program Name: MDNP: Yoga and Hiking Amongst the
#139011 Sat, May 20th 2:30pm-4:30pm
What better way to relieve stress than
to take your practice outside in our beautiful nature preserve.
Practice grounding and breath in the fresh air during our asana
practice led by a
naturalist and certified yoga teacher. Enjoy a
deep stretch after your hike and meditation in the woods.
Program Name: MDNP: Outdoor Classroom: World
#139046 Tues, May 23rd 3pm-4pm
Shellebrate World Turtle Day on May 23rd
at the McDowell Nature Center! Get an up-close encounter with one of
our turtle ambassadors by discovering their natural habitat, how we
care for them, and how they are different from other turtles around
the world! Pre-registration is required (for adult and child alike).
Program Name: MDNP: Public Homeschool: UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens Trip
#139006 Thurs, May 25th 11am-4pm
Further your knowledge from our previous class,
Fantastic Flowers, by taking a field trip to the UNCC Botanical
Gardens and taking a tour of their greenhouse and adjacent gardens.
We will explore different varieties of flora with this hands-on
program that is aligned with NC DPI K-12 Standards and Curriculum.
Pre-registration required. This is a drop off program. Adult
participation not required.
Program Name: MDNP: Explore the Carolinas:
Spider Lily Paddle
#139114 Fri, May 26th 8am-4pm
$35 resident/$42 non-resident
Nature is everywhere! Explore what
the Carolinas have to offer by visiting different parks and
greenways. This month we are going to paddle on the Catawba River to
see the Rocky Shoals
Spider Lilies at Landsford Canal State Park
up close! This paddle will be approximately 2 miles on the Catawba
River bordering Landsford Canal State Park. The Catawba River is a
slow-moving river with some small riffles we will navigate, some
paddling experience is required. Participants will meet at McDowell
Nature center and then take a county van to the location.
Program Name: MDNP: Fun with Fishing!
#139004 Sat, May 27th 10am-2:30pm
Preserve will be hosting a one-day event on May 27th as part of the
National Fishing and Boating Week 2023. From 10am-2:30pm we will
have access to our Red Fox Shelter and surrounding area for anglers
to fish for free, no license required. Experienced and new anglers
alike will check in with staff at the Red Fox Shelter to participate
under our license waiver. No tackle? No problem! Bring your own bait
and gear, or simply borrow our poles and tackle on a FIRST COME
FIRST SERVE basis. Please note, you will need a driver's license or
ID to borrow our equipment as part of our Tackle Loaner Program.
Pre-Registration is NOT required. This is NOT a drop off program.
Adult participation required.
Program Name: MDNP: Animal Ambassador
Meet n' Greet
#139034 Sun, May 28th 2pm-2:30pm
#139035 Sun, May 28th 4pm-4:30pm
Head over to the
McDowell Nature Center for a close up encounter with one of our live
animal ambassadors! Discover fun facts about the animals'
adaptations and everyday life out in the wild! Pre-registration
required (for adult and child alike).
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