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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Summer Food Drive Update


The summer food drive sponsored by the Orange County Employees Consortium collected over 1000 pounds of canned food and almost 400 pounds of pet food. The food items will go to Orange Congregations in Mission for distribution to county residents in need. Summer is always a difficult time for OCIM so the contribution was appreciated. 

The bins will be back either for the holidays or next spring so if you missed this food drive, you will have another opportunity to contribute. Thanks for helping our community fight hunger.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

By the Numbers: June 2014

This June was the driest on record for the park. Last June was the wettest with over 13 inches.

These are the statistics for June:

Total number of visitors: 3970.5

Total rainfall amount: 2.298 inches

Average daily high: 87.4 degrees F

Average daily low: 66.4 degrees F

Mountain bike trails open: 97% of the month

If you want to compare with last month, these are the statistics for May:

Total number of visitors: 6243

Total rainfall amount: 6.992 inches

Average daily high: 80.8 degrees F

Average daily low: 55.1 degrees F

Mountain bike trails open: 90% of the month

Monday, June 9, 2014

Little River Site for Food Drive Drop-off


 
The Orange County Employees Consortium (the folks who share employee concerns with our elected officials on the Board of Commissioners) has organized a summer food drive to help local food banks. If you have a canned food item for pets or people that you would like to donate, please drop it off in the bins located outside the park office. Donations will be taken through August 1st.
 

 Thanks for helping give back to our community.
 

Monday, June 2, 2014

By the Numbers: May 2014

It looks like May was a wet month but most of the rain came down on one day, May 15th with 6.12 inches!

These are the statistics for May:

Total number of visitors: 6243

Total rainfall amount: 6.992 inches

Average daily high: 80.8 degrees F

Average daily low: 55.1 degrees F

Mountain bike trails open: 90% of the month


For those of you keeping track, here are the statistics for April:

Total number of visitors: 4083

Total rainfall amount: 6.177 inches

Average daily high: 71.6 degrees F

Average daily low: 46.4 degrees F

Mountain bike trails open: 70% of the month

Monday, May 5, 2014

By the Numbers: April 2014

These are the statistics for April:

Total number of visitors: 4083

Total rainfall amount: 6.177 inches

Average daily high: 71.6 degrees F

Average daily low: 46.4 degrees F

Mountain bike trails open: 70% of the month

If you are comparing previous months, here's the numbers for March:

Total number of visitors: 2656.5

Total rainfall amount: 5.35 inches

Average daily high: 56.39 degrees F

Average daily low: 35.65 degrees F

Mountain bike trails open: 35% of the month

Monday, April 7, 2014

By the Numbers: March 2014

The mountain bike trails suffered from the snow and ice storm in the month of March, only being open 35%.

These are the statistics for March:

Total number of visitors: 2656.5

Total rainfall amount: 5.35 inches*

Average daily high: 56.39 degrees F

Average daily low: 35.65 degrees F

Mountain bike trails open: 35% of the month

*Precipitation came in the form of ice and snow for much of March and was difficult to collect in our rain gauge. Total rainfall for the month is probably higher than recorded.

A look back at February for comparison:

Total number of visitors: 2440.5

Total rainfall amount: 3.866 inches

Average daily high: 51.11 degrees F

Average daily low: 32.43 degrees F

Mountain bike trails open: 54% of the month

CLAWS Come To Little River - Summer 2014 Programs



Here's the list of programs and special events for May through August 2014. Highlights include visits from wildlife educators CLAWS and Tiny Trekkers switches to Saturdays for the summer.

 
Special Events/Programs
 
CLAWS at Little River

Day/Date:      Saturday, May 17th
                      Saturday, June 21st
Time:              1:00pm – 2:00pm
Location:        Large Shelter
Fee:                Free; all ages
Description:   Wildlife educators from CLAWS will be on hand to talk about their work, their animals and the wildlife in our area. They will be bringing several live birds including raptors and birds of prey.

These programs are made possible by donations from the Little River Trail Runs & the TrailHeads.   

Tiny Trekkers (age 2-4)
Tiny Trekkers is a series of programs designed for young children ages 2 to 4 years old accompanied by an adult. Trekkers learn about nature through stories, activities, crafts and games. 
 
Dirty Hands, Muddy Feets
Date/Time:     Saturday, May 3rd, 10am-11am
Location:        Small Shelter
Fee:                $2.00 per participant
Description:   Trekkers learn about plants and how they grow. We’ll dig in the dirt, spread some seeds and plant some flowers. Please dress to get messy.

Things with Wings
Date/Time:     Saturday, June 7th, 10am-11am
Location:        Small Shelter
Fee:                $2.00 per participant
Description:   Trekkers discover what bugs are flying around the park. In addition to a story, we’ll be releasing some live ladybugs into the garden.


Crawling Critters
Date/Time:     Saturday, July 5th, 10am-11am
Location:        Small Shelter
Fee:                $2.00 per participant
Description:   Lots of legs, enormous eyes, they skitter and scurry. Trekkers learn some of the cool ways bugs move, listen to a story and search for critters around the park.

Buzzy Bees
Date/Time:     Saturday, August 2nd, 10am-11am
Location:        Small Shelter
Fee:                $2.00 per participant
Description:   The garden will be buzzing this month with Trekkers and bumblebees.  Discover what the noise is about with bee stories, crafts and activities.

Discovery Club (ages 5 and Up)
Discovery Club programs are geared toward children ages 5 & up accompanied by an adult. Programs focus on learning about nature and science through hands-on activities and exploration.  
 
Full Moon Hike
Day/Date:      Saturday, July 12th
Time:              8:00pm – 9:30pm
Location:        Large Shelter
Fee:                $5.00 per family/couple/individual
Description:   Experience Little River Park in a whole new light on this hike led by park staff. We’ll learn about the moon, nocturnal animals, search for eye shine, and hoot like owls.

What’s Below?
Day/Date:      Saturday, August 23rd
Time:              10:00am – 12:00pm
Location:        Small Shelter
Fee:                $5.00 per family/couple/individual
Description:   We may not notice them at first but a closer look below the surface of the water reveals many bizarre and interesting creatures. We’ll hike to the river and examine the specimens we net and scoop out of the water. Please note that it is about a 2 mile round trip hike.

Environmental Education at Little River

The Little River Regional Park offers a variety of nature programs for all ages. Regularly scheduled programs and special events are listed below. Park staff can also arrange programs on a variety of topics for schools, scouts, or other groups. For more information, call the park office: (919) 732-5505. Registration is available online: https://server3.co.orange.nc.us/. Pre-registration is required.