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January 09
​Make Your Resolutions Stick at Wake County Parks

Whether you’ve resolved to get more active, spend time outdoors, learn about an interesting topic or explore a new area in 2020, we’ve got you covered. Check out a sampling of the events offered by Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space in January.


Winter Bird Walk

Saturday, Jan. 11, 9–11 a.m.

Harris Lake County Park

Winter is a special time to observe our seasonal visitors such as the yellow-bellied sapsucker, ruby-crowned kinglet and common loon. Birder extraordinaire Larry Zoller will help identify birds as we hike to different areas of the park. Bring a water bottle, as well as your own binoculars and field guide—or borrow ours. This program is for ages 12 and older, and preregistration is required. Meet at the educational garden platform near the restrooms. Harris Lake County Park is located at 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill.


The Poetical Works of George Moses Horton

Saturday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m.–noon

Sunday, Jan. 12, 2–4 p.m.

Historic Oak View County Park

This children’s drop-in program features the remarkable story of George Moses Horton, an African American poet from North Carolina and the first to be published in the Southern United States. Kids can explore the life and legacy of this notable North Carolinian and try their hand at writing poetry of their own. No registration is required—simply drop in any time during the advertised hours (best suited for elementary-aged children). Historic Oak View County Park is located at 4028 Carya Drive, Raleigh.


Eagle Count

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 7–9 a.m. 

Lake Crabtree County Park

Help park staff collect data for our annual count of bald eagles. Participants will be allowed in the park before it opens and will be staged at various locations. No prior birding experience required. Enjoy a light breakfast after the count.​ Preregistration is required. Lake Crabtree County Park is located at 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville.


Night Hike on the ATT

Friday, Jan. 24, 5:30–7 p.m.

American Tobacco Trail

Take a hike after dark and enjoy the sights and sounds of a quiet night along the American Tobacco Trail. We will walk to the Beaver Creek bridge and back (about one mile total). Preregistration is required for this free program. Meet near the restrooms at the New Hill parking area (1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex).


Family Wildlife Series: Tricky Treats

Saturday, Jan. 25, 10–11 a.m.

Blue Jay Point County Park

Come dressed for the weather so you can roam the park learning the fine art of tracking. Make a cast of an animal track to take home. Preregistration is required. Blue Jay Point County Park is located at 3200 Pleasant Union Church Road, Raleigh.


A Birthday Party for Frankie

Monday, Jan. 27, 2:30–4 p.m.

Historic Yates Mill County Park

Frankie the Turtle is a yellow-bellied slider who lives in the park center and loves visitors of all ages. He was donated to the park in January 2015 when he was 10 years old. Join staff to celebrate his 15th birthday—complete with turtle-themed party games and birthday cake (and fishy treats for Frankie!). This program is for all ages and preregistration is requiredHistoric Yates Mill County Park is located at 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh.


Nature Watchers: Hawks, Owls, Eagles, Oh My!

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 11 a.m.–noon

Crowder County Park

What is our national bird? How many different hawks are there, and who goes “whoooo” in the night? Discover fun facts about these feathered hunters of the sky. Read a story, learn what makes a bird a bird, play a birds of prey matching game and make a fun craft to take home! This free program is for ages 3–5, and preregistration is required. Children must have adult accompaniment. Meet at the Upper Pavilion. Crowder District Park is located at 4709 Ten Ten Road, Apex.


To see a full 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 Fiscal Year 2019, nearly 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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