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Virtual Frog Watch Training
Do you enjoy listening to frogs calling? Learn to identify and count frogs as part of this citizen science program. You can participate at your own home or join the SCNC monitoring team. The monitoring season is February through August. We ask that volunteers make a commitment to monitor at least twice a month at Sandy Creek Frog Watcher site.
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Virtual Frog Watch 
13 and up N/A Sa  01/22/2022
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sandy Creek Nature Center - Full Classroom
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res

Owl Prowl
Explore the woods at night in search of owls. We will learn about owls in the area then call for them on the trails. Bring a flashlight.
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Owl Prowl 
5 and up N/A 02/11/2022
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Sandy Creek Nature Center - Classroom #1
$2.00 Res, $3.00 Non-Res

Naturalist Walk
Join naturalists as we discover the beauty around us in each season. Bring binoculars, a camera, and a sense of adventure. Children under 13 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Masks required on hikes.
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November Naturalist Walk 
2 - 110 N/A Sa  11/06/2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Sandy Creek Nature Center - Outdoor Classroom
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res
 
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October Naturalist Walk 
2 - 110 N/A Sa  10/02/2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Sandy Creek Nature Center - Outdoor Classroom
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res
 
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September Naturalist Walk 
2 - 110 N/A Sa  09/04/2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Sandy Creek Nature Center - Outdoor Classroom
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res

Nature's Trading Post
The trading post is open! Trade one or two objects you have found in nature for points or other natural objects in our collection. Visit accgov.com/scnc for a list of approved tradable items.
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Nature's Trading Post 
N/A N/A Sa  09/04/2021 - 11/06/2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sandy Creek Nature Center - Foyer
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res

Land Art with Chris Taylor
Local Athens land artist Chris Taylor is teaming with Sandy Creek Nature Center to offer a nature land art class for adults and kids. The program will be for a different age group each month. September will be for Adults, October for ages 5-7 and November 8-12. Participants will hike a trail and use their imagination to create land art. Chris will guide the participants to create works of art. Masks are required even while outdoors.
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Land Art with Chris Taylor for ages 5-7 
5 - 7 N/A Sa  10/02/2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sandy Creek Nature Center - Outdoor Classroom
$8.00 Res, $12.00 Non-Res
 
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Land Art with Chris Taylor for ages 8-12 
8 - 12 N/A Sa  11/13/2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sandy Creek Nature Center - Outdoor Classroom
$8.00 Res, $12.00 Non-Res

Nature Center Events
Special events that occur at Sandy Creek Nature Center. Programs may be in person or virtual. Events occur throughout the year. Special events are not scholarship eligible for events with a fee. Masks are required.
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Tales on the Porch 
13 and up N/A 11/05/2021
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Sandy Creek Nature Center - Log House
$3.00 Res, $5.00 Non-Res

Babies and Beasties
Babies & Beasties Series Immerse your child in nature through sounds, movements, and live animals. Learn how to help your toddler discover nature. Ages: 18 months – 2 years old, with adult Program Dates: Thursdays, November 4, 11, 18 Masks will be required.
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Babies and Beasties 
1.06 - 2 N/A Th  11/04/2021 - 11/18/2021
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Sandy Creek Nature Center - Classroom #1
$12.00 Res, $18.00 Non-Res

Knee High Naturalists
This fall our focus will be using other senses to enjoy nature. We will see what it is like to color in the dark, go on a hike without our use of sound, and try some science activities that involve taste and smell. Join us as we explore other ways to enjoy nature. Ages: 3-5 years, with adult Program Date: Alternate Wednesdays, September 8-November 17th Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Masks are required.
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Knee High Naturalists 
3 - 5 N/A 09/08/2021 - 11/17/2021
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Sandy Creek Nature Center - Classroom #1
$24.00 Res, $36.00 Non-Res
 
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Knee High Naturalists Winter Adventures 
3 - 5 N/A 01/12/2022 - 02/23/2022
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Sandy Creek Nature Center - Foyer
$12.00 Res, $18.00 Non-Res
Adventures in the winter woods connecting literature and outdoor activities.

Journey Through the Stars
Join us for our planetarium program in the Sky Center. We will journey through the night sky, exploring the great beyond. Ages: Ages 5 and up. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. This program is not scholarship eligible. Masks are required.
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November Planetary Fun 
5 and up N/A Sa  11/20/2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Sandy Creek Nature Center - Planetarium
$2.00 Res, $3.00 Non-Res
 
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October Spooky Skies 
5 and up N/A Sa  10/16/2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Sandy Creek Nature Center - Planetarium
$2.00 Res, $3.00 Non-Res
 
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February "Birds of the Night Sky" 
5 and up N/A Sa  02/19/2022
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Sandy Creek Nature Center - Planetarium
$2.00 Res, $3.00 Non-Res
 
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January Winter Skies 
5 and up N/A Sa  01/15/2022
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Sandy Creek Nature Center - Planetarium
$2.00 Res, $3.00 Non-Res

Tree ID on the Greenway
“Tree ID on the Greenway” is sponsored by Athens Community Tree Council, in partnership with Winterville Tree Commission and Sandy Creek Nature Center. Spend a Fall morning with experts who will teach you about native tree species. Small, socially-distanced groups will be guided on an ADA-accessible(friendly for mobility-impaired and strollers) route, or on a natural surface path. You’ll even have a chance to win a sapling offspring from “The Tree That Owns Itself” or other door prizes. Hike will happen, rain or shine! The program is free but donations are appreciated at athenstreecouncil.com. Sturdy shoes are recommended and face-masks are required outdoors when distancing can’t be maintained. When registering, please indicate your hike preference. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Everyone that is attending that day must pre-register. For program related questions, contact Edith Jackson at 706-877-5818. Registration related questions, call Sandy Creek Nature Center at 706-613-3615.
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Tree ID on the Greenway 
N/A N/A Sa  10/30/2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sandy Creek Nature Center - Outdoor Classroom
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res
Masks are required. Everyone attending must register.

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