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July 30
​Wake Parks Feature Fish, Foliage and Fun in August

Don’t let this summer’s steamy weather keep you stuck inside all day. Programs offered by Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space will get you out of the house and into nature. You won’t even miss that AC! Check out what’s happening in August:


Fishing for Beginners
Saturday, Aug. 3, 10–11:30 a.m.
Harris Lake County Park
Learn about a cherished outdoor pastime. The program will cover fishing basics such as how to prepare a rod and reel, bait a hook, cast your line and handle a fish. Fish identification and common fish species that can be found in the pond will also be discussed. Fishing poles and bait will be provided, or you may bring your own. This free program is for ages 7 and older; preregistration is required. Meet at the Harris Lake fishing pond. Harris Lake County Park is located at 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill.

Nature’s Jamboree
Saturday, Aug. 3, 9–11 a.m.
Lake Crabtree County Park
Nature makes noise! Why do frogs call? Why do birds sing? Why do bats make sounds we can’t hear? Explore the sounds of nature while playing games and making musical instruments out of natural materials. Preregistration is required. Lake Crabtree County Park is located at 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville.

Know Your Trees
Saturday, Aug. 10, 10 a.m.–noon; Sunday, Aug. 11, 2–4 p.m.
Historic Oak View County Park
Learn basic tree identification skills and go on a tree scavenger hunt around the park. The program includes a tree-related craft for kids. This activity is free, family-friendly and no registration is required – simply drop in any time during the advertised hours. Historic Oak View County Park is located at 4028 Carya Drive, Raleigh.

Field School: Inventors and U.S. Patents
Monday, Aug. 12, 10:30 a.m.–noon
Historic Yates Mill County Park
All great inventions start out as merely ideas, and some even happen by accident. Hear invention stories, including the story of Oliver Evans, who invented the automated milling system used at Yates Mill; learn about the U.S. Patent System; and do some inventing of your own. This program is for ages 7–14, and preregistration is required. Historic Yates Mill County Park is located at 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh.

Neighborhood Tree Pro!
Saturday, Aug. 17, 9–10:30 a.m.
American Tobacco Trail
Be the person in your neighborhood who can identify all the trees! Tree identification training is provided by a North Carolina Forest Service ranger. NCEE credits are available. The program is free for all ages, is family-friendly and requires preregistration. Meet at the New Hill parking area at 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex.

Family Wildlife Series: Warts and All
Saturday, Aug. 24, 2–3 p.m.
Blue Jay Point County Park
Toads are amphibians that spend the early part of their lives under water (as eggs and tadpoles) and the remainder of their lives on land eating the things that bug your garden. Learn toad-ally fascinating things, how to separate toad fact from fiction, and then create a toad house or “toad abode” to put in your yard. Preregistration is required for all participants. Blue Jay Point County Park is located at 3200 Pleasant Union Church Road, Raleigh.

Backyard Beetles
Sunday, Aug. 25, 1–2 p.m.
Crowder District Park
Want to take a closer look in the forest? Join a local naturalist and discover life under the leaves. This program is held entirely outdoors—bring water and bug spray, and wear lightweight long pants and socks. All ages are welcomed; preregistration is required. Meet at the Upper Pavilion. Crowder District Park is located at 4709 Ten Ten Road, Apex.

To see a list of upcoming programs and events, visit wakegov.com/parks.

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About Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space
Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space strives to provide outdoor recreation and educational opportunities while promoting environmental and cultural stewardship through a managed system of parks and open spaces. In 2018, more than 1.3 million people visited Wake County’s 10 parks and nature preserves.

To learn more about Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space, follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @WakeGovParks. You can also check out each of our parks on Facebook.


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