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​Diverse Park Programs on Tap in September

From feathers and fashion to beavers and birds, there’s something for everyone at Wake County parks in September. Check out a sampling of what’s happening throughout the month:

Family Wildlife Series: Get Ahead of Our Watershed
Monday, Sept. 2, 2–3 p.m.
Blue Jay Point County Park
Have fun and expand your knowledge of the Neuse River. Join Blue Jay staff as we investigate our watershed through activities, games and music fit for the whole family. Preregistration is required for all participants. Blue Jay Point County Park is located at 3200 Pleasant Union Church Road, Raleigh.

A Side of History: Feathers, Fashion and Conservation
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 11 a.m.–noon
Historic Yates Mill County Park
The year 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the death of the last known Carolina Parakeet, as well as the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Migratory Bird Act. We’ll explore how the use of feathers to decorate women’s hats was one of the causes of overhunting; discover how the law has allowed certain bird species to recover; and make some fun crafts to take home. This program is for ages 5 and older, and preregistration is required. Historic Yates Mill County Park is located at 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh.

Tiny Tots: ABCs in Nature
Monday, Sept. 16, 10:30–11 a.m.
Crowder District Park
Practice your ABCs and develop fine motor skills through games and hands-on activities. Play a letter game and go on a scavenger hunt! This program is for ages 18 months to 3 years, and preregistration is required. Meet at the Upper Pavilion. Crowder District Park is located at 4709 Ten Ten Road, Apex.

Animal Detectives
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 10–11:30 a.m.
Lake Crabtree County Park
Grab your magnifying glass, and help solve the many mysteries along the Old Beech Nature Trail. Who left the pile of acorns by the rotten log? Whose scat is that? Use your senses and detective skills to answer these questions and more on a leisurely walk. This program is for ages 6 and older, and preregistration is required. Lake Crabtree County Park is located at 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville.

Marvelous Migration
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2–3 p.m.
Harris Lake County Park
Learn about the annual, long-distance movement of the migratory birds in our park. We will learn the difference between summer migrants, winter migrants and permanent residents and then go on a hike around the park to look for our feathered friends. Meet at the Cypress Shelter. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and preregistration is required. Harris Lake County Park is located at 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill.

Storytelling Festival
Saturday, Sept. 28, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Historic Oak View County Park
Presented by Wake County Public Libraries and Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space, the annual Storytelling Festival will feature professional storytellers, activity tents, a food vendor and a hay wagon shuttle. Families are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets. Free to all ages, the festival will take place rain or shine. Historic Oak View County Park is located at 4028 Carya Drive, Raleigh.

All About Beavers
Monday, Sept. 30, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
American Tobacco Trail 
Beavers are such busy creatures and have unique features that allow them to survive in their aquatic world. Learn about their special adaptations through our "Build a Beaver" program, then hike to the Beaver Creek bridge to look for evidence of these industrious and amazing mammals. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and preregistration is required. Meet at the New Hill parking area at 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel 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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