First Day Hike Contest photo of trail at Cedarock Park with #FirstDayHikeAC

Friday, January 1st 2016

Any Alamance County Park/Trail, Any Haw River Trail Section or Paddle Access

Win a prize from CamCor!

We're celebrating NC State Parks' First Day Hikes with a special contest. Kick the New Year off with a jump on everyone's favorite resolution to get more active. It's easy- Enjoy New Year's Day outside!

1) Visit any of the Alamance County Recreation and Parks Department parks or any section of the Haw River Trail on January 1st.
2) Take and post a selfie from the park/trail to the Cedarock Park Facebook page or the Haw River Trail Facebook page.
3) Please use ‪#‎FirstDayHikeAC‬ in your post. You must post on January 1st to qualify and use the hashtag exactly as written.

You will be entered into a raffle for prizes from CamCor. We will announce winners on Facebook on January 2nd.

Eligible locations include:
Cedarock Park
Great Bend Park
Shallow Ford Natural Area
Any Section of the Haw River Trail (please visit www.thehaw.org for a complete list, including any Paddle Access)

Happy New Year and happy hiking!

telescope photo of the Orion NebulaStargazing

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
7:00pm-8:00pm
Shallow Ford Natural Area
Observation Platform (orange Basin Creek Trail)

Have you ever wanted to learn a little more about the night sky? Come join us for stargazing at Alamance Parks’ Shallow Ford Natural Area. Program leader Jason Witherspoon will show you some basics of navigating the night sky. He will cover essential tools such as star charts and binoculars, as well as discuss naked eye observation using easy to locate objects in the sky. Free, open to the public, and all ages welcome!

Plan to meet at 7:00pm on March 9th at the parking lot at Shallow Ford Natural Area. We will have a van that can shuttle people to the observation platform on the orange Basin Creek Trail. You are also welcome to hike in (1/4 mile) but you will need a flashlight.

If you wish to attend, please read the full program details and sign up online using RecDesk (https://alamance.recdesk.com).

 

 

Haw River Trailtrailathlon logo
2nd Annual Trailathlon

Saturday, March 19, 2016
8:30am-finish
Saxapahaw, NC

Join the Haw River Trail and the community of Saxapahaw for the 2nd Annual Trailathlon, a Haw River Trail benefit. The event brings together families and athletes of all abilities and skill levels to enjoy the natural recreation opportunities of the Haw River corridor. This multi-sport adventure race starts with a two-mile round trip paddle on Saxapahaw Lake, a seven-mile rolling countryside bike ride, and finishes with a hilly 5K trail run. The race is untimed and is intended to draw appreciation for the Haw River Trail, the Haw River, and the surrounding communities.

Registration is $35 per adult and $15 per child (12 & under). Registration is limited to 75 participants ($50 day-of walk-up registration will be accepted, space permitting). Adult registration includes a $10 voucher for post-race food at the Eddy Pub as well as a race T-Shirt. Children's registration includes a T-shirt. There will also be a raffle for outdoor recreation prizes. Full details and registration are available at www.thehaw.org.

All proceeds will support the development of Saxapahaw Island Park and the Haw River Trail.

photo of Glencoe DamFirst Saturday Hike
Great Bend Park

Saturday, April 2, 2016
9:00am-10:00am
Great Bend Park

Join us for a guided hike at Great Bend Park. Park technician Kim Brown will lead a hike on the Highland and Island Trails of Great Bend Park, which feature slightly rolling terrain and stays really close to the river. The total hike will be about 2.25 miles. 

Meet at 9:00am in the parking lot of Great Bend Park at 350 Greenwood Drive, Burlington, NC 27217. If you plan to participate, please sign up using RecDesk (https://alamance.recdesk.com).

 

 

clip from Fishing Derby flyerCane Pole Fishing Hole Derby

Saturday, April 2, 2016
10:00am-1:00pm
Cedarock Park

You bring the poles, we bring the worms! Join us for our Spring fishing derby. Cane poles only- anyone can fish, but the contest is for kids ages 5-12. A limited number of cane poles are available for use. Come anytime between 10 and 1, and fish for as long as you want!

Prizes will be awarded to winners in two age groups for the biggest and the most fish caught.

 

 

photo of the Pleiades constellationStargazing

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
8:00pm-9:00pm
Shallow Ford Natural Area
Observation Platform (orange Basin Creek Trail)

Have you ever wanted to learn a little more about the night sky? Come join us for this second installment in our new stargazing program at Alamance Parks’ Shallow Ford Natural Area. Program leader Jason Witherspoon will show you some basics of navigating the night sky. He will cover essential tools such as star charts and binoculars, as well as discuss naked eye observation using easy to locate objects in the sky.

If you missed the first program, don't worry- Jason will do a brief review of what was covered. Attendees from the first program were asked to pick a constellation and learn to find it before this April session in order to share with the group- feel free to give this a try too!

Plan to meet at 8:00pm on April 6th at the parking lot at Shallow Ford Natural Area. We will have a van that can shuttle people to the observation platform on the orange Basin Creek Trail. You are also welcome to hike in (1/4 mile) but you will need a flashlight. Free, open to the public, and all ages welcome! If you wish to attend, please read the full program details and sign up online using RecDesk (https://alamance.recdesk.com)

 

 

photo of an in progress quiltUncle Eli's 85th Annual Quilting Party

Thurday, April 7, 2016
8:30am-1:00pm
Eli Whitney Recreation Center

Help celebrate the 85th year of the Uncle Eli's Quilting Party! This quilting event has been held at the Eli Whitney Recreation Center since 1931. A combination quilt show and quilting bee, anyone is invited to bring and display quilts, old or new; bring a project to work on; or just come to look around. The community quilt is available for novice and experienced quilters alike to try their hand on. This year will once again feature the Sharing Table as well, a bring-one, take-one resource for swapping books and magazines about quilting.

There is a potluck lunch at 1pm- bring a covered dish if you'd like to join in!

Free & open to the public. For more information or to volunteer call 919-259-8510 or 919-595-6224. Additional information is available on the Uncle Eli's Quilting Party Facebook Page.

 

 

photo of open farm sign at Cedarock Historical FarmOpen Farm
Cedarock Historical Farm

Saturday, April 9, 2016
11:00am-3:00pm
Cedarock Park Historical Farm

The farm will be open for public viewing along with demonstrations of farm life during the 19th century. Free to all ages. Call (336) 229 2410 or (336) 570 6759 for more information. 

 

Summer Camp & Safe Kids Expo Expo Event Flyer 2016

Saturday, April 9, 2016
10:00am-2:00pm
Holly Hill Mall

Door Prizes, Demonstrations, Story Times with Elsa & Pedestrian Safety presented by FedEx. Kids Zone with games, crafts, face painting and more!  Safe Kids Alamance County will have Safety demonstrations, Car Seat Check Point & Jr. Fire Fighter Challenge all located near the back entrance of the mall. Agencies offering summer programming for kids including camps, tutoring, classes, parties & more will be on hand! Come join us in a day full of fun, health and safety.  Free for all ages. FedEx Express Race Car & Elsa will be there! Don’t forget your camera!

Visit us online at www.summerandsafety.com for more information.

 

photo of open farm sign at Cedarock Historical FarmOpen Farm
Cedarock Historical Farm

Saturday, May 7, 2016
12:00pm-3:00pm
Saturday, May 21, 2016
11:00am-3:00pm
Cedarock Park Historical Farm

The farm will be open for public viewing along with demonstrations of farm life during the 19th century. Free to all ages. Call (336) 229 2410 or (336) 570 6759 for more information. *Please note that the hours for Saturday, May 7th have been changed to 12pm-3pm.

 

 

YeeHaw River Paddle LogoHaw River Trail
9th Annual YeeHaw! River Paddle

Saturday, May 14, 2016
9:00am-finish
Saxapahaw Lake & Saxapahaw Mill Race Paddle Accesses

The Yee-Haw! River Paddle brings together paddlers of all skill levels to share the Haw River as a community. This year's event features two paddles, a Family & Beginners' Paddle in the morning and the Yee-Haw! River Paddle in the afternoon. The cost for each event is $20/adult and $10/child (12 & under). All proceeds benefit the Haw River Trail.

The Family & Beginners’ Paddle will be held on Saxapahaw Lake, featuring calm flat water ideal for families and new paddlers. The more challenging YeeHaw! River Paddle in the afternoon will put in at Saxapahaw Mill Race Paddle Access and take out at Union Bridge Paddle Access. This 5-mile stretch is suitable for intermediate paddlers and up, featuring moving water and intermittent rapids with beautiful views of the river and its wildlife.

Additional details and registration are available on the Haw River Trail website (www.thehaw.org).

 

PG Recreation Center
Trip to Farmers Market Spring Craft Fairphoto of farmers market display

Friday, May 20 2016
9:00am-1:30pm
Pleasant Grove Recreation Center

Join the group at PG for a trip to the Farmers Market Spring Craft Fair! If you are interested in going, please call PG Recreation Center at (336) 270-5124 to sign up. Free & open to the public.

 

 

 

Beekeeping: Then & Now
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CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER, STAY TUNED FOR A NEW DATE!

Saturday, May 21, 2016
1:00pm-4:00pm
Cedarock Park Historical Farm

Beekeeping: Then & Now will kick off the second year of the Foxfire in Cedarock Park program, a series of workshops celebrating Appalachian culture and tradition.

Join us at the Cedarock Park Historical Farm for a presentation by Alamance beekeepers Ira Poston and Paul Jollay. Ira and Paul join us again this year to present a workshop on beekeeping practices, past and present. They will have honey to sample, honey for sale, a demonstration hive, take-home seeds to grow your own bee-friendly flowers, and copies of their favorite reference materials for participants to look through. Ira & Paul's presentation was a favorite last year- don't miss it!

Open Farm
photo of open farm sign at Cedarock Historical Farm
Cedarock Historical Farm

Saturday, June 4, 2016
Saturday, June 18, 2016
11:00am-3:00pm
Cedarock Park Historical Farm

The farm will be open for public viewing along with demonstrations of farm life during the 19th century. Free to all ages. Call (336) 229 2410 or (336) 570 6759 for more information.

 


 

June 4th is National Trails Day! Join us to celebrate with Create a Nature Journal or Hike at Cedarock Park.



American Hiking Society's National Trails Day "Find Your Trail" graphic



Create a Nature Journalphoto of a page from a nature journal featuring a colored illustration of a butterfly on a flower

Saturday, June 4, 2016
9:00am-10:30am
Shallow Ford Natural Area
Observation Deck

Join Environmental Educator Kim Brown at Shallow Ford Natural Area's Observation Deck to learn about nature journals and enjoy exploring SFNA. Nature Journaling is a great way to record observations, perceptions and feelings about the natural world around you.

Kim will share a brief overview of natural journals, then you will have a chance to use your creativity to make your own journal. You will have time to complete your first journal entries at SFNA. No art experience necessary and all materials will be provided. Free and open to ages 16+. To participate, please sign up on RecDesk (http://alamance.recdesk.com//recdeskportal/alamance).



Hike at Cedarock Park
photo of tree with green trail blaze


Saturday, June 4, 2016
9:00am-10:30am
Rock Creek Trail
Meet at Park Office

Join park technician TJ Mumford at Cedarock Park for a guided hike on the Rock Creek Trail (green blazes). This trail is approximately 2 miles and is appropriate for all fitness levels. It winds through the woods, along Rock Creek, and past the mill dam waterfall. Free & open to the public. Meet at 9:00am at the middle park office (near the fishing pond). View a map of Cedarock Park and the Rock Creek Trail here.



Special Olympics Bark in the Parkimage of flyer for Bark in the Park
5K Run/Walk

Saturday, June 11, 2016
9:00am-finish
Gibson Park, 5207 W. Wendover Ave., High Point NC, 27265

Join us for this fun and furry fundraiser to support athletic activities for the Guilford, Greensboro & Alamance Co. chapters of Special Olympics! Bring your best barking buddy, your family, or just yourself for this 5K walk/run with shorter family distance options and a Kidz Dash.
Cost: Run $25, Walk $20, Kidz Dash $10; Register by June 9th. Proceeds support Special Olympics Guilford County & Greensboro, and Special Olympics Alamance County.
To Register: Visit http://specialolympicsbarkinthepark.itsyourrace.com/Event.aspx?id=7195.

This family and furry friendly event is part of the new Piedmont Race Series and features two event options. Option #1 is a 5k Run down the right side of the Greenway from the park office toward Piedmont Parkway. Option #2 turns left down the Greenway for a leisurely stroll with your four-legged companion. There is also a Kidz Dash for the youngins under 10 years of age. Great awards for the 5k Run supplied by Dick's Sporting Goods for the Top 3 Male & Female Overall Winners and Age Groups. Collectible Dog Tags for all walkers and their furry companions.



photo of canning programCanning: Then & Now
Foxfire in Cedarock Park

Saturday, June 18, 2016
1:00pm-4:00pm
Cedarock Park Historical Farm

Join us at the Cedarock Park Historical Farm for the second program in this year's Foxfire in Cedarock Park series. Jeannie Dunn and Wendy Burgess present about canning and food preservation methods from past and present, including a full canning demonstration and hands on activities for participants.

Open Farm
Cedarock Historical Farmphoto of open farm sign at Cedarock Historical Farm

Saturday July 9th
& Saturday July 23rd, 2016
11:00am-3:00pm
Cedarock Park Historical Farm

The farm will be open for public viewing along with demonstrations of farm life during the 19th century. Free to all ages. Call (336) 229 2410 or (336) 570 6759 for more information.

 

Woodturning: Then & Now
Foxfire in Cedarock Parkphoto of woodturning in progress

Saturday, July 16, 2016
1:00pm-4:00pm
Cedarock Park Historical Farm

Join us at the Cedarock Park Historical Farm for the July program in this year’s Foxfire in Cedarock Park series. Jim and Rita Duxbury will present a brief discussion of the first uses of wood as essential implements for family life and how early mankind and later the American pioneers perfected the craft of woodturning. The program will include demonstrations on the wood lathe, a “show and tell” of some interesting woodturnings, and the opportunity for hands on experience for the participants. Come join the fun and try your hand at woodturning!

Open Farmphoto of open farm sign at Cedarock Historical Farm
Cedarock Historical Farm


Saturday, August 6, 2016
11:00am-3:00pm
Cedarock Park Historical Farm

The farm will be open for public viewing along with demonstrations of farm life during the 19th century. Free to all ages. Call (336) 229 2410 or (336) 570 6759 for more information.

 

Annual Shag Club Golf Tournament- A Benefit for SOACphoto of golf ball

Saturday, August 20, 2016
9:00am
Indian Valley Golf Course

The Annual Shag Club Golf Tournament is coming up on August 20th at Indian Valley Golf Course. The Shag Club does an amazing tournament to benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Alamance County every year and we thank them for their support. Details can be found at http://www.burlingtonshagclub.com/Flyers/2016Flyer-Golf%20Tournament_Stearns_WEB.pdf.

 

Preserving Our Heritage Festivalphoto of cornshelling from 2015 Preserving Our Heritage Festival

Saturday, August 27, 2016
10:00am-4:00pm
Cedarock Park Historical Farm

Join us at the Cedarock Historical Farm for the annual Preserving Our Heritage Festival. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy live bluegrass music while catching a breeze in the shade under the massive pecan trees!

There will be demonstrations of traditional crafts such as canning, beekeeping, and quilting, as well as displays of antique farm equipment, tractors, trucks, and cars. Food and drink will be available for purchase (provided by Danny's cafe). The Historic Farm will be open for tours with living history demonstrations.

 

5th Annual The Ends Special Olympics Charity Golf Tournament & Concert
photo of golf club and ball

Friday, August 26th & Saturday August 27th
Bewballs & Country Hills Golf Course

Brewballs will hold its 5th Annual The Ends Special Olympics Charity Golf Tournament and Concert at the end of August. They will host a concert at Brewballs the evening of August 26th and the golf tournament at Country Hills Golf Course on August 27th. Proceeds to benefit Alamance County Special Olympics. Thanks to Brewballs for their continued support of SOAC! Details at http://www.facebook.com/events/315176055488461/.

Open Farmphoto of open farm sign at Cedarock Historical Farm
Cedarock Historical Farm

Saturday, September 10, 2016
11:00am-3:00pm
Cedarock Park Historical Farm

The farm will be open for public viewing along with demonstrations of farm life during the 19th century. Free to all ages. Call (336) 229 2410 or (336) 570 6759 for more information.

 

2016 Ride To Rememberlogo for ride to remember

Saturday, September 10, 2016
8:00am-1:00pm
Elon

This year we are supporting our fallen first responders with a bike ride through Elon on September 10th. Charlie Anglehart, one of our Special Olympics cycling athletes, decided that he would like to ride to honor our first responders and here is the result! Rides paced for all abilities. Proceeds benefit the Carolina Brotherhood in support of fallen first responders in the Carolinas. Register here http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ride-to-remember-a-bike-tour-to-benefit-the-carolina-brotherhood-in-support-of-the-fallen-first-tickets-26441943565.

 

Pleasant Grove Field Trip to Cultural Arts Center & Center City Park in Greensboro

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
10:00am-2:00pm

Join the group at Pleasant Grove for a field trip to the Cultural Arts Center and Center City Park in Greensboro. The trip will begin with a visit to the art galleries before going across the block to Center City Park for Tunes at Noon. Tunes at Noon will feature Anonymous Bosch for musical entertainment and lunch will be available from Food Trucks on site. For information or to sign up please call (336) 270-5124.

 

Beekeeping: Then & Now, Foxfire in Cedarock Park19702648349_7e2035512b_z

Saturday, September 17, 2016
1:00pm-4:00pm
Cedarock Park Historical Farm

Join us at the Cedarock Park Historical Farm for a presentation by Alamance beekeepers Ira Poston and Paul Jollay. Ira and Paul join us again this year to present a workshop on beekeeping practices, past and present. They will have honey to sample, honey for sale, a demonstration hive, take-home seeds to grow your own bee-friendly flowers, and copies of their favorite reference materials for participants to look through. Ira & Paul's presentation was a favorite last year- don't miss it!

 

Haw River Trail Art Reveal
HRT art print
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
6:30pm-close
The Eddy Restaurant & Pub

The Haw River Trail is excited to announce a new art series to showcase the natural history and culture of the Haw River Trail. Join us at the Eddy for the reveal of the first piece in the series, custom silk screen art prints by Saxapahaw artists Ron Rozzelle and Rosa Patton, capturing the river view from Red Slide Park. The posters will be on display and available for purchase. Enjoy the art, food & drink, and good company. The artists will be present and the Haw River Trail will have information available about the Trail and upcoming projects. Proceeds from the art sales support the Haw River Trail. Stop by any time starting at 6:30pm.

 

Sneaky Pete Classic Disc Golf Tournament

September 24-25, 2016photo of a disc golf basket at Cedarock Park disc golf course
Cedarock Park Disc Golf Courses

Spike Hyzer will once again present the Sneeky Pete Classic Disc Golf Tournament at Cedarock Park on September 25th & 26th. This year, the tournament is Tier A, with four courses for play! These include both the open and wooded courses at Cedarock Park, a new temporary course at Cedarock, and the Shamrock Golf course (a popular Hybrid Disc Golf Course).

The event will be a 2-day, A Tier PDGA event. Tournament central, player check-in and post-tournament awards will be at Cedarock Park. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged!! Each division will allow a limited number of players and slots are given on a first-come, first-served basis. Once a division is full no further competitors will be accepted.

For details, please email Chuck Connelly at chuckster@spikehyzer.com or visit http://www.spikehyzer.com/.

Cane Pole Fishing Hole Derby

Saturday, October 1, 2016photo of winners from 2015 cane pole fishing hole derby
10:00am-1:00pm
Cedarock Park

You bring the poles, we bring the worms! Join us for our Fall fishing derby. Cane poles only- anyone can fish, but the contest is for kids ages 5-12. A limited number of cane poles are available for use. Come anytime between 10 and 1, and fish for as long as you want!

Prizes will be awarded to winners in two age groups for the biggest and the most fish caught.

 

Wag N' Walk

Saturday, October 1, 2016graphic of a badge with the information that Wag N' Walk will take place on 10/1/2016 at Cedarock Park at 10am with an icon drawing of a dog on a leash beneath it
10:00am
Cedarock Park

Bring your pooch out to Cedarock Park Saturday October 1st at 10am for a moderate hike and meet some other dog lovers. Meet us by the restrooms at the first parking-lot to the left, directly across from the historic farm. We will hike with our furry friends on the Spoon Branch Trail (blue trail).

Disclaimer: This will be a no-greet dog walk, which means all dogs must be on leash and are not to greet with one another. We will be walking in single file pack formation, catering our pace to the needs of our senior dogs population. Any dogs out of line will be asked to leave and all owners are responsible for their own dogs actions and behaviors.

 

 

Pumpkin Painting 

Saturday, October 15, 2016photo of pumpkins
9:00am- 10:30am
Great Bend Park

It's pumpkin time again! Join us at Great Bend Park in the grassy area near the dam for pumpkin painting and other nature art activities that are great for parents and kids to work on together. Follow the main trail from the parking lot to the dam. Great Bend Park is located at 350 Greenwood Drive, Burlington, 27217.

The workshop is limited to 15 children between the ages of 4 and 12. You can sign up on Recdesk soon. For questions, please call 336 270 5124. Free and materials are provided.

 

Cedarock Park Fall Festival

Saturday, October 15, 2016Fall Festival photo
4:00pm-6:30pm
Cedarock Park Historical Farm

Come celebrate the Fall  with old-time farm games, hayrides, face painting, food, and more! Stick around for Ghosts in the Park storytelling at the farm (see below). Halloween costumes are optional. Free & open to the public.

  • Games include pin the tail on the donkey, cow pie toss, sack race, bean bag toss, milk can toss, egg-spoon relay race, bicycle tire roll, plinko, and more.
  • Full Body Foxfire! storytelling hour with Casey's Laugh and Learn- a program full of stories, fun and movement. Travel to London Bridge! Find out why the pumpkin puked! Learn a simple string figure about a very annoying buzzing bug and along the way find out how the library can be a lifesaver!
  • Halloween candy for game participants
  • Hayrides
  • Professional face painting by GatFaces
  • Food will be available for purchase, provided by Danny’s Café

 

Ghosts in the Park Storytelling

Saturday, October 15, 2016
7:00pm- approx. 8:30pm
Cedarock Park Historical Farm

Get in the Halloween spirit after an afternoon of games! This popular event is back, co-sponsored by Alamance County Public Libraries.

Dr. Brian Sturm of the UNC Story Squad will share ghost stories around the campfire under the stars. The tales begin at 7:00pm...after some not-too-scary stories, we’ll take a break before moving on to some spookier tales. Bring your own chair or blanket. Hot chocolate for purchase provided by Danny’s Café.

 

Haw River Trail Run- Benefit for Special Olympics Alamance County

Saturday, October 15, 2016SOAC HRT Trail Run Logo
8:00am
Haw River Trail- Red Slide Park to Stoney Creek Marina

The Haw River Police Department is sponsoring a trail run on the Haw River Trail from Red Slide Park to Stoney Creek Marina, with shorter distances available. Proceeds support Special Olympics Alamance County.

For details and to register please visit https://m.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsAlamanceTrailRun/.

 

Yoga in the Park

Wednesday, October 19, 2016photo of sunset and clouds with icon of person doing yoga and text Relax in the Park
5:30pm-6:15pm
Cedarock Park- Elmo's Gazebo
Relax and loosen up at our FREE beginner’s yoga session happening at Elmo’s Gazebo in Cedarock Park. Space is limited to the first 12 to sign up on Recdesk (this link will open in a new window). Elmo's Gazebo is located near the waterfall. Park in the lot near Wellspring Disc Golf Course/playground and follow the paved trail towards the waterfall. Take the left fork before you reach the waterfall, and cross the bridge to Elmo's Gazebo.

 

Wag N' Walkicon of dog on leash with fall trees and leaves icons in background

Saturday, October 22, 2016
10:00am-11:30am
Cedarock Park Spoon Branch Trail

Bring your pooch out on Saturday 10/22 at 10am for a moderate hike and meet some other dog lovers. This is the second hike in our new Wag N' Walk series. Cedarock Park Spoon Branch Trail. Future hikes in the series will be held at different Alamance Parks and Trails.

Disclaimer: this will be a no-greet dog walk, which means all dogs must be on leash and are not to greet with one another. We will be walking in single file pack formation, catering our pace to the needs of our senior dogs population. Any dogs out of line will be asked to leave and all owners are responsible for their own dogs' actions and behaviors.

 

Open Farmphoto of open farm sign at Cedarock Historical Farm
Cedarock Historical Farm

Saturday, October 1, 2016
Saturday, October 22, 2016
11:00am-3:00pm
Cedarock Park Historical Farm

The farm will be open for public viewing along with demonstrations of farm life during the 19th century. Free to all ages. Call (336) 229 2410 or (336) 570 6759 for more information.

 

Survival 101the text Survival Skills with a first aid sign and a safety whistle image

Saturday, October 29, 2016
3:00pm-4:30pm
Pleasant Grove Community Center

Are you ready for deer season? What about worst case scenario- getting lost? We want you to be ready and prepared if lost or even stuck for the night in the woods. Join us for a quick look at being prepared with basic outdoor survival skills.

The program is open to youths ages 10-16. Families are welcome but hands-on activities will be limited to the youths. This FREE program will be held in the Pleasant Grove Recreation Center classroom, next to the gymnasium. Space is limited to the first 16 to sign up- register on RecDesk to reserve your spot soon. Call (336) 270-5124 for more information.

 

Spooky Woods Survival
the text Spooky Woods Survival with an icon for a coil of rope, a first aid symbol, and a safety whistle

Sunday, October 30, 2016
2:00pm-3:30pm
Cedarock Park Stage 

Are you ready for Halloween? What about the woods? When the dark comes we want you to be confident and ready if lost. Join us and new friends for a fun look at what it means to be prepared for what to do if you get lost in the woods.

Program open to children ages 7-12. Families welcome; the hands-on activities will be limited to the kids. This FREE program will be held on the stage at Cedarock Park. Space is limited, so register on RecDesk to reserve your spot soon!

#OptOutside Turkey Hikesphoto of a painted turkey with the #OptOutside

Thursday, November 24th- Sunday, November 27th
Cedarock Park, Shallow Ford Natural Area, and Great Bend Park

Alamance Parks and the Haw River Trail are supporting the #OptOutside initiative to encourage our community to spend time outdoors this holiday weekend- not just at the mall. Come out with your friends and family to Cedarock Park, Shallow Ford Natural Area, OR Great Bend Park to search for the painted turkey anytime between Thursday 11/24 and Sunday 11/27. There is one turkey at each park. Snap a selfie with a painted turkey and post to Facebook with #OptOutside for a chance to win a gift!

If you take your photo at Shallow Ford or Great Bend, please post it to the Haw River Trail Facebook Page. If you take it with the Cedarock Turkey, please post to the Cedarock Park Facebook Page. Don't forget to include #OptOutside. Details are on the Cedarock Park and Haw River Trail Facebook Pages...including clues to find the turkey at each park. Enjoy some time outdoors and Happy Thanksgiving!

Christmas at
sketch of a mantel piece with a centered clock, evergreens, and old fashioned Christmas stockings hanging from it
Cedarock Historical Farm

Saturday, December 3, 2016
1:00pm-4:00pm
Cedarock Park Historical Farm

The farm will be open for public viewing along with demonstrations of farm life during the 19th century. This special installment of Open Farm Day celebrates Christmas on the Farm as it would have been in the late 1800s. Enjoy light refreshments and activities of the seasons (details TBA). Free to all ages. Call (336) 229-2410 for more information.

 

Run at the Rock

Saturday, December 3, 2016photo of runners from 2014 run at the rock
9:00am (registration begins at 7:30am)
Cedarock Park 

Join this popular trail race with challenging 7 and 14 mile course options. The course route will be identical to last year, with a 7 mile loop complete with rocks, mud, short rolling hills, waterfall, etc. The race is followed by hot food that's been voted the best post-race food of any NC race. The course starts on asphalt before entering the trailhead. It is extremely well marked, making it next to impossible to get lost.

The race can be tackled by everyone from first-timers to some of the best trail runners in the state0 everyone at the event goes out of their way to make sure all runners have a great experience. There is a playground for kids close to the start/finish line and aid stations are located at miles 3 and 7 in the loop course.

Custom race awards! Registration fees vary by course option and registration date (starting at $40 for the 7-mile course if you register by 11/1/2016). For complete race details and to register please visit runattherock.com.

 

Santa's Workshop
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Saturday, December 10, 2016
9:00am-12:00pm
Pleasant Grove Community Center

Come join us in making arts & crafts with Santa that will be given to seniors this Christmas at Assisted Living Facilities throughout the county.  Help give back to your community in this annual event full of family fun, holiday music, light refreshments & of course Santa!

New Crafts & “Elf Yourself” Photo Station this year! FREE to participants of all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Bring Your Own Camera to Take a Picture with SANTA!!!

Please register online using RecDesk (link will open in a new window) or call (336) 263-9645 with any questions. 

 

Homeschool Hikesphoto looking up at trees with info about Homeschool Hikes

RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER, DATE TBA

Thursday, December 15, 2016
2:00pm
Shallow Ford Natural Area

This will be our second hike of the new Homeschool Hikes series. We will be incorporating Project Learning Tree Activities along with a hike on one of the designated trails at SFNA (.75-1 mile long).

We will meet in the parking lot at Shallow Ford Natural Area at 2pm to begin our PLT Activity. Please wear tennis shoes, bring a water bottle and dress for the weather. Students must be accompanied by an adult.

FREE for K-6th grade students. Please register on RecDesk (link will open in a new window). Call (336) 263-9645 with any questions. 

 

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Friday, December 23rd- Sunday, January 1st
Cedarock Park, Shallow Ford Natural Area, Great Bend Park

Take a hike this Holiday season at Alamance Parks! Come out with your friends and family to any or all of these three parks between the listed dates to search for the painted snowman at each park.

Take a selfie with the snowman and post your favorite shot with #HikeAlamanceParks to the Cedarock Park Facebook Page, or for the Shallow Ford & Great Bend snowmen to the Haw River Trail Facebook Page for a chance to win a prize. If you post photos with all 3, you will be entered for a bonus prize raffle. Visit the Facebook pages for more details. Happy hiking!