Last week, I took the kids to the N.C. Zoo in Asheboro. If you haven’t been recently, it’s worth the trip westward – not only for the animals but to enjoy the trees, which are already vibrant with yellows, oranges and reds. Those same beautiful leaf colors are visible around here, too. So as fall takes hold, bundle up and get the kids outside to see them. After all, the colors don’t last long!
• The American Tobacco Trail in Apex is holding History Hike Saturday afternoon, which means you can check out the changing leaves and also learn a bit about the area’s history. The hike costs $5 per family and is from 3 to 4 p.m. Visitwakegov.com/parks/att
to learn more or call 919-387-2117 to register.
• Or find a local park, walking trail, or any kind of wooded area to check out what the leaves are up to. My 4-year-old is fascinated by the difference between evergreen and deciduous trees. Maybe you have a little scientist in your family, too.
• If it’s too chilly out Saturday, head to Durham’s Northgate Mall, where the Discovery Nook is holding a garden science event promoting organic and sustainable agriculture. There will be bugs to touch and learn about and free books courtesy of Reading is Fundamental. The event starts at 12:30 p.m. and is free. Check
• The America Recycles Day Festival comes to Durham’s North Regional Library on Saturday. Participants can learn about recycling, composting and saving energy through games, prizes, crafts and a scavenger hunt. Representatives from a number of local recycling, sustainability or waste-reduction organizations will be there. The event is free and runs from 10 a.m. to noon. Visit
or call 919-560-0231.
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