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​It’s Pecan Picking and Turkey Time at Wake County Parks

Sample of programs available at Wake County Parks in November

Thanksgiving traditions and fall fun are coming to Wake County Parks this November. Each month, Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space hosts programs that give visitors of all ages the opportunity to learn about animals and nature, park history and much more. The following is a sample of the programs scheduled for the month.

Pecan Pickin’ Month
November during Regular Park Hours
Historic Oak View County Park
During the month of November, families may pick one small bag of pecans off the ground in the park's pecan grove during regular business hours. Pecans cannot be taken directly from trees. Visitors can pick up lunch bags inside the Farm History Center to hold their pecans. No preregistration is required. Historic Oak View County Park is located at 4028 Carya Drive, Raleigh.

Corn Grinding Demonstrations and Costumed Tours
Saturday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m.–noon and 1–4 p.m. 
Sunday, Nov. 19, 1–4 p.m.
Historic Yates Mill County Park
Join us for the last corn-grinding weekend of the year. Step back in time with our 19th century-costumed interpreters and watch the millstones at work grinding corn into meal. Tours are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors ages 60 years old and over, and $3 for children ages 7 to 16 years old. Tours for children ages 6 years old and under are free. Preregistration is encouraged. Tours are not available between noon and 1 p.m., and the last tour of the day begins at 3:40 p.m. Tickets are available at the mill. Nov. 18 is also the Yates Mill Associates’ Holiday Sale with hand-made crafts, mill merchandise and stone-ground cornmeal for sale. There will be country dancing at noon and 4 p.m., as well as a historic trade display from 1 until 4 p.m. Historic Yates Mill County Park is located at 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh.

Turkey Time and Campfire at the ATT
Saturday, Nov. 18, 4–6:30 p.m.
American Tobacco Trail
Join North Carolina State University Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management students for a unique experience at the American Tobacco Trail. Participate in fun games and interactive learning about turkeys, then finish the evening with a night hike along the trail and a marshmallow roast over a campfire. This program is open to all ages and costs $2 per person. Preregistration is required. Meet at the New Hill Parking Area near the picnic table at the bottom of the hill at 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex.  

Nature Lab: Fall Discoveries
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Harris Lake County Park
Fall is a great time to explore the woods and shoreline for signs of nature such as tracks, nests, beautiful leaves and interesting seeds.  In this program, participants ages 6 to 11 years old can collect treasures from nature and use them to create a craft in the afternoon. Bring a full water bottle, snack and a bag lunch. The program fee is $16 per child, and preregistration is required. Meet at the Cypress Shelter. Harris Lake County Park is located at 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill.

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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