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February 26
​Rediscover Wake County Parks in March

Sample of programs available at Wake County Parks

Suffering from cabin fever after a chilly winter? March is the perfect month to get back outside and explore Wake County’s eight parks and two nature preserves. 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 in March.

 

Whooo is the Screech Owl?
Friday, March 2, 6–8 p.m.
Lake Crabtree County Park
Do you hear screeches at night? It might be the local Eastern screech-owl! Join us for an evening hike as we search for owls and other nocturnal creatures. Learn about the owl, see what their homes look like, and find out how you can build your very own owl box. This program is free, but preregistration is required. Lake Crabtree County Park is located at 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville.

Discovery Hike on the American Tobacco Trail
Sunday, March 11, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
American Tobacco Trail
March is a great time to discover nature on the American Tobacco Trail. Take a 1.5-mile hike down the trail to the Beaver Creek Bridge. Look for new beginnings in nature. This program is for all ages, and the fee is $1 per person. Preregistration is required for all participants. Meet at the New Hill parking area at the upper picnic table. The American Tobacco Trail is located at 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex. 

Family Orienteering
Sunday, March 11, 1–3 p.m.
Harris Lake County Park
Bring the whole family out for a crash course on the compass. When you’ve figured out how it works, take off on an orienteering course around the park. This family activity is perfect for beginners. Compasses will be provided, or you may bring your own. This program is for ages 4 and older, and the fee is $1 per person. Preregistration is required for all participants. Meet at the Cypress Shelter. Harris Lake County Park is located at 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill.

Corn Grinding Demonstrations and Costumed Tours
Sunday, March 17, 10 a.m.–noon
Sunday, March 18, 1–4 p.m.
Historic Yates Mill County Park
Step back in time with our 19th century costumed interpreters and watch the millstones at work grinding corn into meal. The tour fee is $5 per adult, $4 per senior (ages 60 and older), $3 per child (ages 7 - 16), and free for children ages 6 and younger. Tickets are available at the mill, but 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. Historic Yates Mill County Park is located at 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh.

Discovery Table: Wacky Weather
Saturday, March 17, 1–3 p.m.
Crowder District Park
Explore weather forecasting and instruments at our free discovery table. Registration is not required. The display table is located at the Upper Playground. Crowder District Park is located at 4709 Ten Ten Road, Apex.

Fishing Fun Day
Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m.–noon
Historic Oak View County Park
Children ages 5 and older are invited to learn the basics of cane pole fishing. Canes and bait will be provided. The event is free, but online preregistration is required, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Historic Oak View County Park is located at 4028 Carya Drive, Raleigh.

Family Wildlife Series: Eye of Newt!
Thursday, March 29, 2–3 p.m.
Blue Jay Point County Park
Delve into the watery world of a special kind of salamander—the Eastern red-spotted newt. Join us for a story, game and dip-netting for newts in our study pond. This is a family program for ages 5 and older. The program fee is $1 per person, and preregistration is required. Blue Jay Point County Park is located at 3200 Pleasant Union Church Road, Raleigh.

 

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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