Reed Creek Nature Park and Interpretive Center

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Reed Creek Wetlands Interpretive Center          

Reed Creek Nature Park and Interpretive Center 
3820 Park Lane
Martinez, GA  30907
706-210-4027

 

Located just behind the Zaxby's,
across from the West Lake subdivision and
next to the Forest Creek subdivision, 
off of Fury's Ferry Road in Martinez
.

Our mission, as part of the Columbia County Recreation Department, is to offer quality customer service to the citizens of Columbia County by striving to enrich their lives by providing opportunities through programs and activities during their leisure time.

Trails are open sunrise to sunset, 7 days a week. A map is posted on the front door of the education building.

Interpretive Center Building hours may vary but will generally be open Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.  Stop by and meet our animals, read a book, play a game and enjoy the facility!

Support us by becoming a member! Most of our public programs and classes are free to members.  Members also receive discounts on birthday parties and facility rental. Annual Family Membership is $50 per year for up to 4 members.  Individual Adult Membership is $25 per year. If you would like to become a member please mail the completed MEMBERSHIP FORM along with a check made payable to Columbia County Parks & Recreation or CCPRD to:
Reed Creek Park
3820 Park Lane
Martinez, GA 30907
Click here for Membership Form or you can Call 706-210-4027 or email us for more information.

 


Upcoming Programs & Events

March - July 2017

***General Information for all Classes and Programs***

Pre-registration is required by calling 706-210-4027 or emailing us.

All children must be accompanied by an adult when attending classes.

Mom & Me: Story Time at Reed Creek (for ages 3-5)

Bring your curious child to the park for a story and craft. When weather permits we will read our story outdoors and collect natural elements for our craft time. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For ages 3-5.
Members: Free; Non-members: $2/child

           Monday, March 13th, 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
           Monday, April 24th, 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
           Monday, May 15th, 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

8th Annual Chocolate Festival (all ages), Saturday, March 11th 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Enjoy a luminary lit evening walk on our boardwalk as you sample chocolate treats. Come inside the interpretive center for more chocolate tasting and learn the history of chocolate. LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE. Call 706-210-4027 or email us to reserve yours.
Members and Non-members: $5/person (children 3 and under are FREE)

All About Frogs (ages 5+)
Join us for this indoor and outdoor program to learn about our local frogs and how we are studying them through a calling survey at Reed Creek. We’ll go outdoors to listen for frogs using the calling survey protocol. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Members: Free; Non-members: $2/child

             Saturday, March 18th, 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

  Saturday, May 13th, 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Keystone Species: How Wolves Changed Yellowstone (ages 8+)
Learn about the important role of keystone species in an ecosystem. We will look at Yellowstone National Park as a case study in the ecological effects of re-introduction of wolves to the park. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Members: Free; Non-members: $2/child

             Saturday, March 25th, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Snake Identification (ages 8+)
Special guest speaker Nate Hobbs will teach you how to properly identify snakes in our area and answer questions about these misunderstood animals. You’ll get a chance to test your knowledge as we explore the park in search of snakes. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Members: Free; Non-members: $2/child

              Saturday, April 29th, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

              Saturday, May 27th, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

2017 Sizzling Summer Series

Pond Exploration
With dip nets in hand, children will explore and learn about the critters that live in our pond. Be prepared to get wet and muddy. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Members: Free; Non-members: $2/child

            Saturday, May 20th, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

 Mondays 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: June 12th, June 19th, July 10th, July 24th 

Local Butterfly Identification (ages 9-11)
Special guest teacher Cathy Chase will help you learn how to identify the most common butterflies in our area. This class will meet once per week for 5 weeks as you build your knowledge and get a chance to practice your identification skills by exploring Reed Creek Park. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Members: Free; Non-members: $10/child for the series.

          Tuesdays 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
          June 13th, June 20th, June 27th, July 11th, July 18th

Amazing Animal Mondays 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm (ages 5+)
Register for one class or the whole series. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Members: Free; Non-members: $2/child for each class

         June 12th: Skulls, Scat & Tracks: Ever wonder what animal left droppings or paw prints in your backyard? We'll   learn to identify animal species based on their tracks, skulls, and scat (droppings). Definitely the best time you'll ever have while looking at poop!

        June 19th: Really Cool Reptiles: Come out and meet all of our awesome reptiles and learn about what makes them different from other animals. You will meet snakes, turtles, alligators, geckos and a bearded dragon.

        July 10th: Brilliant Birds: Learn about the specific anatomical adaptations that allow birds to fly and all of the other features that make birds special. Falconer and Wildlife Educator Wade Carruth will introduce you to his beautiful birds and you will have the opportunity to see them up close and in person during this special program.

        July 24th: Predator vs. Prey: What features make a predator capable of catching prey? How have prey animals adapted to avoid being eaten? We will look at the specific characteristics of predators and prey and study the important role that each play in our ecosystem. You will have the opportunity to watch our snake feeding to see the special features that make them such capable predators. **CAUTION: The snakes will be fed frozen thawed-out mice. Please be aware of that when brining your children to this class.

Nocturnal Thursdays 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Register for one class or the whole series. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Members: Free; Non-members: $2/child for each class

       June 15th: All About Frogs: Learn about our local frogs and how we’re studying them through a calling survey at Reed Creek Park. We’ll go outdoors to listen to frogs using the calling survey protocol.

      June 22nd: The World of Owls: Learn about owls that live in Georgia, their adaptations, and their natural history. We’ll take a walk outside at night to listen for owls, then we’ll dissect owl pellets (regurgitated bones that cannot be digested by the owls) to learn about the food web.

      July 6th: Interesting Insects: Study our six-legged friends here at Reed Creek and learn about the important role that they play in our ecosystem. Then join us for an evening walk to see what insects we can find along the way.

      July 13th: Beneficial Bats: Why are bats such an integral part of our ecosystem? Learn that and more as we study the natural history and adaptations of bats and explore the special place they occupy in our ecosystem.

Simply Science Fridays 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Register for one class or the whole series. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Members: Free; Non-members: $2/child for each class

     June 16th: Egg Drop or Bust!: Experiment with different materials to create an egg parachute. We will drop them from the side of the building to see how well our designs work.

    June 23rd: Exploring Acids & Bases: Investigate properties of common acids and bases that you would find in your home. Learn how chemists use the pH scale to describe acids and bases.

    July 7th: Solids, Liquids and Gas oh my!: Explore the states of matter by doing fun activities.

   July 14th: Create a Storm: Learn about weather as we use common household items to produce rain, clouds and lightening.


Other Reed Creek Programs

Birthday Parties at Reed Creek Park: With indoor and outdoor games and activities, children will have a chance to explore the natural world. Parties are for age 5 and up and are 1 ½ hours long. One hour of nature activities rain or shine and 30 minutes in our birthday room for cake and opening gifts. Cost is $200 for up to 10 children ($7 for each additional child with a maximum of 15). Cost includes cake, juice, party invitations, table ware, balloons and good bags.

Outreach Programs: Reed Creek Park staff offer natural history presentations to adults.  Additionally, we offer pre-k through 12th grade outreach programs that bring nature to your classroom, homeschool group, or library.  Through hands-on exploration, students learn about different aspects of the natural world.  This programming is free of charge.

Field Trips: We love to have school groups and homeschool groups visit us at the park. We can teach a variety of science and nature courses designed around your group. Programming is designed to help meet the Georgia Performance Standards for science.  Typically a field trip is from 10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. during the week and groups may stay for lunch on our deck overlooking the park.

For more information or to schedule a program, birthday or facility rental:
Call 706-210-4027 or email reedcreekpark@columbiacountyga.gov

Check our Critter Page to learn about Reed Creek's Ambassador Animals!

 

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