March 2009: Sylvan Heights


Sylvan Heights: On Saturday, March 7, 2009, Triangle ICO met up with the high school students of KIPP Pride High for an outing to Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Center, the largest grouping of waterfowl in the world, on a beautiful day in March. Record temperatures and sun were enjoyed as we hiked and explored the Roanoke Rapids canal trail in the afternoon.

March 2009: Shelley Lake

Shelley Lake and Greenway trails in Raleigh: On Saturday, March 21, 2009, nine youth from Heritage Park and five adults enjoyed a crisp sunny day at Shelley Lake, bicycling 7-10 miles on the greenway trails, playing games at Huck Finn Day, and observing various waterfowl and a turtle along the way.

April 2009: Merchants Millpond


Merchants Millpond State Park: On April 4-April 5, 2009, Triangle ICO met up with the high school students of KIPP Pride High for a canoe camping trip at beautiful Merchants Millpond State Park. We spent Saturday exploring the park in the canoes and saw some great wildlife, including an alligator!


William B. Umstead State Park and NCMA: On Saturday, April 18, 2009, Heritage Park youth celebrated Earth Day 2009 at the Umstead Coalition and NC Art Museum Earth Day Festival. We walked four miles through Umstead and then headed over to the museum for an afternoon of games, crafts and music at the festival.

June 2009: Stone Mountain


Stone Mountain State Park: On Saturday, June 20 through Sunday, June 21, 2009, Heritage Park youth and volunteers camped out at Stone Mountain State Park in Roaring River, NC. Several children experienced their first overnight camping trip, first campfire and their first time sliding down natural rock slides, which proved to be a big hit! We also hiked to the summit of Stone Mountain. The view from the top was impressive -- making the steep hike worth the effort. More pictures from this trip can be found

Sept 2009: Fall Festival


Historic Yates Mill County Park: On Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, ICO celebrated the fall harvest at Historic Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh. We toured the historic mill and learned how water alone can power the process for making cornmeal and flour. The corn shucking contest and corncob toss were a lot of fun, and there were some great hands-on activities, such as spinning wool, making a wheat straw wreath and playing with the magical properties of corn starch! We listened to traditional African music during lunch and learned about African dance and culture. We ended the day with a hike around the pond and skipping stones on the water.


Nov 2009: Occoneechee Mountain

Occoneechee Mountain: On Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, ICO took the A.E. Finley YMCA Community HOPE mentoring program out for a hike at Occoneechee Mountain in Hillsborough, NC. With a summit of 867 feet, this is the tallest point in Orange County! The children enjoyed the bunnies, dogs, trickling waterfalls and overlooks on the hike. The weather cooperated and provided our group with a great day for a fall hike. We wrapped up the afternoon with leaf rubbings and a good game of kickball before returning home.
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