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Horizons Unlimited

Nature, Hiking, and a Story

By Diane Folk
Mother and son enjoy the Horizons Unlimited StoryWalk on the nature trail.

Get more exercise. Take a walk. Read a book. All advice that we are given all the time. How about if you could take a walk, read a book and spend time with your family all at once? That is exactly what the StoryWalk at Horizons Unlimited aims to accomplish! Every month a different children’s book with beautiful illustrations will be on display along the upper portion of the trail within the Tom E. Smith Exploratorium and Nature Trail. The first story featured was A Kiss Goodbye by Audrey Penn with illustrations by Barbara L. Gibson. This month the trail is showcasing Possum’s Harvest Moon written and illustrated by Anne Hunter. Get outside, enjoy the fresh air, see the beautiful fall leaves, and read with your family. Please come and visit every month. We would love to see you on the trail!

Horizons Unlimited is located at 1636 Parkview Circle (behind Knox Middle School). The trail is open to the public daily from daylight to dusk. The trail entrance is located in the corner of the parking lot.

The StoryWalk Project was developed by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library and is a register trademark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

Welcome CCAC Classes

By Shannon Ellsworth

Students visiting the touch tank at Horizons Unlimited looking at starfish.


CCAC students from Millbridge, Shive, Overton, and Rockwell Elementary Schools have started off an exciting new school year by visiting Horizons Unlimited. Students enjoyed participating in a variety of activities during their visit. Two lab activities allowed students to investigate states of matter by exploring melting, buoyancy, and air investigations.

A visit to the Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium gave students the opportunity to learn more about the night sky and to view a spectacular full dome presentation of “In My Backyard.”

These students were also the first students in Rowan County to visit the unveiling of the new Horizons Unlimited Animal Room Exhibits. The new Salt Water Touch Tank houses a variety of critters for students to pet including a chocolate chip starfish and Halloween Hermit Crab. Students were also able to visit the new Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches in the Rainforest Room.

This experience was a wonderful opportunity for our CCAC students to explore the standards by venturing outside of the classroom for a trip full of engaging, rigorous learning.

Facilities

Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium

Our 30-foot dome ceiling, theater seating for 72, and original star projector continue to amaze audiences of all ages and backgrounds. We have recently added a homemade mirror-dome like system that allows us to present multiple formats and amaze audiences in a whole new immersive environment!

Native American Artifact Collection

The exhibit showcases a wide variety of North Carolina Indian tools, baskets and weaponry. Also included is part of the Peter Cooper collection of arrowheads, spear points and other remnants of area tribes.

Rainforest/Aquaria

Experience a two-story, moist, tropical environment with colorful vegetation such as banana trees, palms, ferns and orchids. Discover a wide variety of aquatic life forms, such as zooplankton, aquatic insects, mollusks, crustaceans and freshwater fish species 

Setzer School

This is a 19th century one-room log schoolhouse originally used in southern Rowan County. It is furnished to show a typical school of that time period. Visitors recreate a school day by studying reading, writing, and arithmetic.

Smith Exploratorium-Nature Trail

Hike along nature trails and boardwalks to see a wetland forest rarely found in the inner Piedmont of North Carolina. This 34-acre study area is recognized in the NC Registry of Natural Heritage areas for outstanding natural value.

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