Nature Exploratorium

McDowell Nature Preserve

September 21, 2018 @ 3:30 PM

Hike deep into wild at McDowell Nature Preserve to find unexplored areas for fun and adventure. Together as a family, participants will create games and activities while learning from nature. Pre-registration is required for all participants.

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Dino Safari: A Prehistoric Adventure

The Schiele Museum

September 21, 2018 - October 31, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time forgot. See dinosaur fossil specimens, enjoy hands-on exploration in the Dino Safari Lab, and find out how scientists unearth stories of this ancient world.

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Ghost Train

Tweetsie Railroad

September 21, 2018 - October 27, 2018 @ 7:30 PM

This event occurs weekly, on Friday and Saturday.

It’s safe, scary fun for the whole family! Kids will enjoy the Halloween shows and trick-or-treating. Take a chilling journey into the night on the Ghost Train- if you dare! Advance Tickets Required.

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Creepy Nature

Schiele Museum

September 21, 2018 - May 31, 2020

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies, and alien invaders. Discover the truth behind these mythologies as you follow the expedition of our hero through undersea perils, mysterious jungles, forbidding swamps, and an abandoned mine. 

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Biodiversity Hike: Moses Cone Park

Reedy Creek Nature Preserve

September 22, 2018 @ 8:00 AM

Head to the mountains for a relaxing day of walking along the trails at Moses Cone Memorial Park. This is a wonderful time of year to visit this open area to take in the fall sun and late blooming wildflowers. Participants must be able to hike up to seven miles on uneven terrain. Meet at Reedy Creek Nature Center, and take van to location.

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Piedmont Pottery and Pickin'

Historic Brattonsville's Hightower Hall

September 22, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Lovers of live bluegrass, barbeque and local hand-made pottery come together to enjoy “Piedmont Pottery and Pickin’.” Traditional and contemporary regional potters, including  Catawba Indian potters, will be on site selling their work. Barbeque will be available for purchase.

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