America’s Hometown Happenings:
July 29 – 31

July 28, 2016
J. Bayard Clark Park and Nature Center

J. Bayard Clark Park and Nature Center

Every day this weekend offers outdoor adventurers and nature enthusiasts a unique opportunity to pursue physical activity at a few superb spots around Cumberland County. From a moth hunt to dog day to yoga practice, this weekend is sure to keep folks of all ages engaged in activity and adventure in the greater Fayetteville area.

Moth Night is a perfect reason to venture out to the park after dark. J. Bayard Clark Park and Nature Center is hosting this special event in celebration of National Moth Week. From 8:00 to 11:00 on Friday night, nature lovers of all ages are able to try their hand at trapping one of the various species of moths that frequents the park’s woods. Park rangers will be sharing tips on attracting and trapping moths for identification and study. Static displays and other educational activities are planned, as well. Visitors should bring flashlights and insect jars.

Cape Fear Botanical Garden is celebrating all things canine at the inaugural Dog Day in the Garden. Visitors are invited to bring their dog(s) on Saturday, from 1:00 to 10:00 p.m., for a day of adventure, demonstrations, and entertainment. Get those steps in while participating in the garden’s “Tails on the Trails Walk,” a one-mile walk along the river trail, or get adventurous on the rock-climbing wall, provided by The Climbing Place. Among other planned festivities, the “Dog of the Garden Pageant” will honor the cutest and best of the furry contestants, food trucks will be onsite to keep the crowds fed, and a family-friendly movie will wrap up the day’s fun.

Rockefeller House, Carvers Creek State Park

Rockefeller House, Carvers Creek State Park

Sunday’s source of adventure is Carvers Creek State Park  in Spring Lake, where visitors may participate in Yoga at the Millpond from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. The setting of the class is the front lawn of the Rockefeller House, which is the historic vacation home of the late James Stillman Rockefeller. Strike some yoga poses while taking in the stellar view of the park’s 100-acre millpond. This class is open to all levels, but participants are asked to call ahead and reserve a spot.

More information about some of the programs offered at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden and The Climbing Place may be found in this week’s featured blog: “Indoor Alternatives for Outdoor Adventurers.” For additional ideas on how to spend an adventure-packed weekend in Cumberland County, check out Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitor Bureau’s Calendar of Events.

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