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March 27
​Enjoy Spring at Parks and Preserves

Activities and events available for visitors of all ages

Spring is here, and there’s no better time to 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 available.

Water, Water, Everywhere?
Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m.–noon
Lake Crabtree County Park
We depend on water for a lot more than you probably realize! Join us to discover how much water on Earth is usable for people, how we use it and how we can use less of it. We will also explore the complexity of the water cycle, its properties and some of the organisms that live in it. This free program is for ages 5 and older, and preregistration is required. Lake Crabtree County Park is located at 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville.

Discovery Table: Light Pollution
Saturday, April 14, 1–3 p.m.
Crowder District Park
April 15–21 is International Dark Sky Week. Celebrate by stopping by our free discovery table to learn about light pollution! Registration is not required. You can find the display table at the Upper Playground at Crowder District Park, which is located at 4709 Ten Ten Road, Apex.

Who Eats Who?
Sunday, April 15, 1–2 p.m.
Harris Lake County Park
Eyes in front, I hunt. Eyes on the side, I hide. This rhyme can be used to remember "who eats who" in nature. We'll explore the roles of different animals in the food chain and the skulls of local wildlife to determine who is a predator and who is prey. This program, which is part of the NC Science Festival, is $1 per person and is for all ages. Preregistration is required. Meet at the Cypress Shelter. Harris Lake County Park is located at 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill.

High Flying Kites
Tuesday, April 17, 10:30 a.m.–noon
Historic Yates Mill County Park
April is National Kite Month, and kite making is the perfect fun spring project! Learn about the forces that make kites fly and listen to the story of Benjamin Franklin and his kite (did he really draw electricity from lightning in the sky?). Explore how kites have been used around the world, then make your own high-flying kite to try out in the open field. This program is $2 per person and is for ages 5 and older. Preregistration is required for all participants, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Historic Yates Mill County Park is located at 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh.

Star Party on the American Tobacco Trail
Friday, April 20, 6:30–10:30 p.m.
American Tobacco Trail
Wake County Parks, North Carolina State University natural resource students, Agape Center for Environmental Education and Wake County Solid Waste are once again co-hosting the 2018 Statewide Star Party themed "Anyone Out There?" as part of the NC Science Festival. This free event will take place at the back field of the White Oak Parking Area under the stars. All ages and skill levels are welcome. There will be fun, hands-on activities early in the evening. As the sun goes down, enjoy constellation storytelling and observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars. Bring your curiosity, water bottle, chair or blanket, and your own viewing instrument if you have one, and dress for the weather. This program is free for the NC Science Festival, and registration is not required. Meet at the White Oak parking area at 1305 White Oak Church Road, Apex.

A Year at the Farm: Spring
Friday, April 29, 2–3:30 p.m.
Historic Oak View County Park
Presented in partnership with the Autism Society of North Carolina, this program welcomes children and teens with a range of abilities and learning styles. There’s always work to be done on the farm! Learn about the history of farming at Oak View, go on a guided tour focused on springtime chores and then plant your own spring vegetable seed to take home! This is a free program, but preregistration is required. Historic Oak View County Park is located at 4028 Carya Drive, 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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