9.30am – 11.30am
C.A.S.T. (Catch A Sure Thing)
We provide the bait, tackle, and expertise. You are encouraged to bring your own equipment. Children between the ages of six and 12 who want to go fishing will learn how to bait a hook, learn about types of fish, and, if willing, how to unhook a fish! Hands on Activity, group size less than eight, two hours. Please call 919.362.0586 ext 213 to register your child. While on the dock, all youth will wear a PFD for safety. Dress according to the weather; bring water, sunscreen, hat and/or sunglasses. Register Ranger Steve McMurray. Repeats every week, every Saturday, 12 times except Sat May 28 2016. Meet at Visitor Center
Sat, Aug 12, 9pm
Join us for a sky watching watching session on a special night at Jordan Lake’s Ebenezer Church Recreation Area. We hope to have a good view of the Perseid Meteor Shower. Skywatching sessions are very informal and family-friendly. Each session is scheduled for two hours, but you can arrive and leave at any time during the session. NOTE: This is a very popular skywatching session, please carpool where possible. Parking is limited.
Take an informal tour of the constellations with MPSC educators: telescopic views of beautiful objects, including planets, nebulae, star clusters and, of course, the Moon when available. Location: Ebenezer Beach, gates will remain open till the end of the activity. Please check the weather on day of event if cloudy the event will be cancelled. Monthly sky watching sessions are free and open to the public. Call Guest Relations, 919.962.1236, the day of the sky watching session to be sure weather conditions will permit us to host this outdoor activity. The event is hosted by the staff from Morehead Planetarium. If using GPS: 2582 Beaver Creek Rd, Apex NC 27502. Mar 4: focus will be the Moon, Venus, and Mars. Apr 22: focus will be Mars and Jupiter. May 20: focus will be Jupiter. June 17: focus will be Jupiter and Saturn.
Special Note: Please come early because parking is limited. You must park in designated spaces only. Location: Ebenezer Day Use Area
Other JLSRA events
C.A.S.T. (Catch A Sure Thing)
Catch a Sure Thing (C.A.S.T.) program is designed for youth ages six to 12 who have little to no experience with fishing and who want to learn. Participants (youth) will learn basic fishing skills such as, how bait a hook, fish found in Jordan Lake; if willing, participants are encouraged to unhook the fish. No worries about casting. Youth will learn how to use a bobber and will sink the line straight off the dock. While on the dock, all youth will wear a PFD for safety. Group size is limited and reservations are required. Dress according to the weather; bring water, sunscreen, hat and/or sunglasses. Fishing pole, bait, and PFD will be provided. Space is limited, to register Ranger Steve McMurray, 919.362.0586 ext 219. Repeats every week, every Saturday, 12 times except Sat May 28 2016. Meet at Visitor Center
Ever wonder what lies beneath the water in a pond? Have fun learning how to identify aquatic life found living in a pond. You will use nets, guide books, and may get a little wet/muddy during the activity. There is a $6 fee for each car entering the park for the day. Ranger Steve McMurray, 919.362.0586 ext 219. Location: Parkers Creek, Shelter #3
Skywatching (always weather permitting)
Join an expert from Morehead Planetarium. Morehead hosts free skywatching sessions every month (weather permitting). Morehead educators and CHAOS members (from Chapel Hill Astronomical & Observational Society) bring telescopes and guide you through fun observations of stars, planets, moons, nebulae and other celestial objects. You might even see a few meteors!
WHAT HAPPENS AT A SKYWATCHING SESSION?
Skywatching sessions are very informal and family-friendly. Each session is scheduled for two hours, but you can arrive and leave at any time during the session. During the evening, you might do any of these things:
- Peek through telescopes for up-close views of celestial objects
- Take a laser-guided “star tour” of the night sky
- Learn where to look for major constellations
- Listen to legends told by ancient cultures about the constellations
- Ask the astronomers for answers to all the astronomy questions you have!
Still have questions about Skywatching? Check out our Skywatching FAQs. Please note: Because of Earth’s rotation, some sky objects may be visible during only part of a skywatching session, depending on the times they rise and set.
SKYWATCHING SITES Most skywatching sessions are at Ebenezer Church Recreation Area, part of Jordan Lake State Recreation Area. This site has restrooms, a picnic shelter and a sandy beach area. You’ll find the telescopes at the far (west) end of the parking lot. Directions for Ebenezer Church Recreation Area.
CHECK THE WEATHER It’s hard to see stars through a cloud cover, so Morehead cancels skywatching sessions if the weather forecast predicts stormy or cloudy conditions. Cancellation decisions are made as soon as possible — at least two or three hours in advance.