This information is specific to the Raleigh, North Carolina area. Ask around, surf the web, and see what gardens, nature preserves, and parks–city, county, or state–are in your area. Outdoor visits are a great way to exercise and learn at the same time.

Visit a Garden

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We have some great choices of public gardens only a short drive away.

JC Raultson Arboretum

North Carolina Botanical Garden

Raleigh Municipal Rose Garden

WRAL-TV Azalea Gardens

Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden

Sandhills Horticultural Gardens

Maymont Gardens in Richmond, Virginia

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Henrico, Virginia. (Near Richmond)

Take a Hike

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Follow these links for some of my favorite hiking venues.

Eno River State Park

Umstead State Park

Walk in Nature

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Nature walks are slower-paced than hiking with a focus on discovery and investigation.

Pullen Park

Annie Louise Wilkerson, MD Nature Preserve Park