Enchanted Forest Returns!

The Wilderness Center (TWC) is pleased to announce the return of two annual events this fall and much of its regular programming.

After a hiatus in 2020, TWC has reformulated the way some of its events are held to make them safer while still being fun for the community.
Nature Fest: First, on Sunday, September 12, 11am-4pm, TWC is bringing back its Nature Fest Art Show into the outdoor Nature Fest Artists’ Market featuring local artists selling their work, educational programs and activities, and a fun, outdoor festival to celebrate the beauty of our wilderness. “TWC has a long history of supporting and promoting local artists, craftspeople, and photographers. The art show was always about offering them an opportunity to support their passions,” says Development Coordinator, Tiffany Leeper. This event used to be held indoors in November but was moved outdoors and rescheduled for September. Local musicians will play throughout the event, food vendors will be on site, and visitors can shop from over 20 local artists and craftspeople. The event is free and open to the public.
Enchanted Forest: For two nights each October, the trails surrounding The Wilderness Center are filled with the laughter and excitement of families discovering the nocturnal creatures of the Enchanted Forest, and TWC is pleased to bring that excitement back in 2021. This year at the Enchanted Forest, Slug, Bat, Salamander, Opossum, Spider, and Coyote will display their animal super powers. As guests are escorted along the pumpkin-lit trails by volunteer ‘fireflies,’ these friendly animals will sing songs, tell jokes and share stories of their impressive animal adaptations. Following this 45-minute walk, families can enjoy refreshments. Children and adults are welcome to wear non-scary costumes. This year, TWC will offer evening times on Friday, October 8 and evening and afternoon times on Saturday, October 9. Tickets will be available for purchase online to TWC members starting September 8th and to the general public on September 15th .
In addition to these special events, The Wilderness Center will bring back many of its educational programs in September:
Wine and Wilderness: Backyard Bird-feeding
Sept 3rd, 6:30pm
Educational event for adults at Troutman Vineyards
Star Watch with the Astronomy Club
Sept. 3rd, 8:30pm
Star-watching event for all ages
Stream Explorers
Sept. 4th, 1pm
Educational program for school-aged children and families
Storytime Sprouts: Wonderful Wildlife
Sept. 8th and Sept. 21st, 11am
Educational program for preschoolers
Night Hike to Telescopes
Sept. 17th, 8pm
Hiking and sky-watching program for all ages
Plants of the Prairie
Sept. 18, 11am
Educational program for adults
Playscape Playdate “On the Moonscape”
Sept. 18th, Noon
Playdate/Educational program for preschoolers
Bug Buddies
Sept. 19th, 11am
Educational program for school-aged children and families
Under the Night Sky
Sept. 24th, 7pm
Online astronomy program
All programs take place at The Wilderness Center unless noted. More information on all of these events can be found at wildernesscenter.org

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