We are really excited about our packets for Tryon Creek Natural Area, the focus of the August packet for our monthly Super Nature Adventure club.
The park is a great place for exploring the forest habitat and a great place to escape from the heat in the summer months! The park is situated in a dense second-growth forested canyon, and includes numerous benches, stumps, and exploring spots to linger over a snack, exercise the imagination, and take in the lush forest habitat.
For our Super Nature Adventure trail packet, we have chosen a 1.4 mile loop trail that hits many of the highlights of the park, including two bridges, fern groves, a wetland area, and some of the park’s most distinctive stumps. The trail descends gently from the visitor center to the canyon floor, then follows the creek for a while before ascending again and looping back to where you started.
Tryon Creek has a fascinating history that shapes the habitat of the present day park. From the 1870s until its establishment as a park in 1970, the area was used mainly for logging. Throughout the canyon, families can find large stumps left behind when the area was under private ownership.
Those stumps make the park an awesome place for families to learn about the life and ecosystems of trees. Does your kid like to play make believe? Those stumps are also great places in the park for creative inspiration. Some look like fantastical creatures. Others make great places for hideouts.
At Tryon Creek, kids also have lots of opportunities to observe insects, spiders, and snails and slugs hanging out. The park also has more than 50 bird species including barred owls and several woodpeckers. Numerous small and mid-sized mammals, including beavers and raccoons, make the canyon home. The park is also a good place to find newts and salamanders. And here's a fun fact: the creek in the center of the park is one of the few streams in the metropolitan area with a population of steelhead trout.
For this month’s packet, our field guide focuses on the abundant summer wildlife of the forest. We also spend extra attention on the mighty and wondrous TREE itself (of course, how could we not?). Kids also get a "Super Nature Hero Code of the Trail" to help ready them for the rules of hiking, plus a sticker to celebrate their trip. As always, we include a newsletter for parents that provides additional info and fun facts about the park.
This packet will only be available untilJuly 31, and will go out to subscribers in early August. ~ Bryna