Monday, November 15, 2010

Calendar: Early Thanksgiving-Themed Activities (November 20-21)

Wild Turkey / Dindon sauvage
Photo credit: Eric Bégin
On Saturday morning, Brookside Nature Center in Wheaton is hosting an event for ages 3-12: "Give thanks to the park's animals by hiking to their homes & leaving a favorite treat. Then make a treat to take with you for the animals at home." $5; Reservations required.

And on Sunday morning, there's a turkey-themed walk at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Chantilly. "Discover the wild turkey's habits and secret ways during a walk in the cedar forest. Look for wild turkeys and their signs." $5; Register online or call 703-222-4664.

While it's not explicitly called a Thanksgiving activity, the kid-oriented Native American Stories, Games and Hunting program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Annandale could be a great reminder of the original history of Thanksgiving. "With traditional stories and games, children age four and older with an adult explore the culture of eastern woodland Indians during the period of first European contact. The woodland walk highlights the use of native plants and animals for staples in our grocery stores and pharmacies." $6; Register online or call 703-222-4664.

As always, there are many more hikes and other activities on our calendar.

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