Cradle of Forestry to Host Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club

The Cradle of Forestry in America in the Pisgah Ranger District announced that it will hold a nature and educational series titled “Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club” every Thursday this summer, beginning June 9, 2016 and ending August 11. Programs are held from 10:30 am to noon and 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm.

“The Curiosity Club allows kids, ages 4 to 7, and their special adults to participate in a variety of outdoor-oriented activities, exploring a forest-related theme that engages young children in the natural world around them,” said Cindy Carpenter, interpretive specialist at the Cradle of Forestry. “The Curiosity Club’s blend of investigation and creativity can help children ‘lend a hand, care for the land’ which is the mission of Woodsy Owl, the U.S. Forest Service’s conservation symbol.”

During the program, each child receives a copy of the book Woodsy Owl’s ABC’s and makes a topic-related craft to take home. After the program kids can try the scavenger hunt inside the Forest Discovery Center and explore paved interpretive trails, perfect for strollers and wheelchairs. Other activities include the Adventure Zone, designed for children on the autism spectrum yet enjoyable for all, as well as historic cabins, antique logging locomotive and sawmill, and gift shop. Families can pack a picnic and enjoy a full day in the forest.

This year’s topics are:
June 9 – Sensation: The Five Senses
June 16 – Green Thumbs: Gardening
June 23 – B3: Bees, Birds, and Butterflies
June 30- Animotion: Animal Movement
July 7 – Night Owls: Nocturnal Animals
July 14 – Water: Every Drop Counts
July 21 – Animal Trails: Signs of Animals
July 28- To See or Not to See: Camouflage
August 4 – Woodsy’s Garden: Plants
August 11 – Into the Woods: Forests

The Curiosity Club costs $4 per child and $2.50 for adults for each program. Adults with America the Beautiful and Golden Age passports are admitted free. Registration is required as space is limited. Call the Cradle of Forestry at (828) 877-3130 to register.

The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 412. Visit for more information about the site. Visit for online youth-oriented information and resources related to natural resources and the environment.


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