First Signs of Spring

By Heather Chapman

It is almost officially spring! The temperature is warming up, the days are gradually getting longer, and flowers are beginning to bloom. One of the most beautiful ways to enjoy spring and the outdoors is visiting the Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden. Take a tour with Adrienne Roethling, PJCBG Director, and see their early spring blooms on Wednesday, March 29 at 10:00AM. The horticulture walk of early spring blooms are sure to include cyclamen, muscari, and narcissus flowers you will see around the garden this time of year!  We cannot wait until next month, when the tulip garden is sure to excite!

It is the perfect time of year to volunteer with assisting in cleaning up our creek beds and streams. Celebrate Forsyth Creek Week at Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden to learn how to get involved. Kernersville’s Stormwater Manager, Wendi Hartup, will speak about streambank repair at this month’s Lunch & Learn on Tuesday, March 21 at Noon. Learn what types of native plants will stabilize streambanks and how you can create a shoreline garden. A demonstration of stream erosion will also be offered. Visit for more information on this event and others throughout the month. 

Moms, grab your son/s and bring them to a night of glow in the dark putt-putt and games! This event is a chance for Mothers/Sons to celebrate the unique relationship that they have. Come enjoy a night of competition, refreshments, fun, and so much more! You don’t want to miss it! The event will take place Friday, April 28. Dress attire is comfortable active wear and tennis shoes. Moms and sons of all ages are invited. Tickets will go on sale March 28 with limited capacity. For more information, call 336-996-3062 or register online at

It is never too early to start thinking about summer camp. Summer is a unique time for kids to try something a bit different and explore things that they may not normally get to do. Kernersville Parks and Recreation summer camp is a full day camp designed to keep your child moving all day long. Our weekly camp will run Monday, June 12 through Friday, August 11 from 7:30AM -5:30PM. Each day will bring a new adventure for your child, so they never get bored. This camp is designed for children ages 6-12, and activities include arts and crafts, local excursions, sports, swimming, and a weekly field trip. A calendar of the upcoming summer field trips can be found on our website (, along with registration methods, and other important information. Registration opens March 13, so grab your spot quickly because our weeks typically fill up fast!

Enjoy stories, songs, and activities this month outdoors and the sounds of spring! We have partnered again with Kernersville Paddison Memorial Library to bring you “Storytime in the Park.”  Join us Saturday, March 4 at 10:00AM at Fourth of July Park. If you are unable to make this date, you are in luck! Stefanie will be out at the Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden on Tuesday, March 14 at 10:00AM as well. 

Our Adaptive and Inclusion Division will be participating in the Adaptive Recreation and Gaming Expo in Winston-Salem on Saturday, March 25 from 10:00AM – 2:00PM.There will be opportunities to try a variety of adaptive sports, including archery, cycles, tennis, kayaking, and so much more! Please visit our website at for registration information for this free event!

Join us for a fun day in the park to try out adaptive cycling! People of all abilities are welcome. This will be a collaborative event with Winston-Salem Recreation and Parks, Solutions for Independence, and Guilford County Special Olympics. Registration information can be found on our website at

Many will celebrate birthdays, showers, family reunions, and host all sorts of events in our parks this year. Our shelter reservations officially open March 1. There a few shelter upgrades happening in several of our Kernersville Parks, so availability will be limited. The three shelters at Fourth of July Park will be the ONLY shelters available to rent online until later in the summer. If you plan to host any occasions, just be aware.

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