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June 25
​Sun’s Out, Fun’s Out at Wake County Parks

Get outside and have fun in the sun in July with Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space. Cast a line, take a hike, peer through a telescope and more at one of Wake County’s parks or preserves. Here’s a sample of the programs available in July:  

Free Fishing Day
Wednesday, July 4, 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Lake Crabtree County Park
Each year on July 4, North Carolina celebrates Free Fishing Day! This is the one day of the year when anyone can fish North Carolina public waters without a fishing license. Test your hand at catch and release fishing at Lake Crabtree. Park staff will be available to teach you the basics. All equipment and bait is provided—borrow one of our poles or bring your own. This free program is for ages 5 and older, but preregistration is required. Lake Crabtree County Park is located at 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville.

Family Wildlife Series: Family Forest Hike
Saturday, July 21, 10–11 a.m.
Blue Jay Point County Park
Join staff for a leisurely hike and learn how to identify plants, insects, birds and other critters that happen along our path (it’s not stroller accessible, so bring baby backpacks if needed!). 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.

All About Bugs Wayside
Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m.–noon
Sunday, July 22, 2–4 p.m.
Historic Oak View County Park
Stop by the All About Bugs activity table outside the Farm History Center to learn how beneficial bugs are to the environment and do some bug-related children’s crafts. The event is free, and no reservations are required. Historic Oak View County Park is located at 4028 Carya Drive, Raleigh.

Discovery Table: Bees
Saturday, July 21, 1–3 p.m.
Crowder District Park
Stop by our free discovery table to learn about bees! Registration is not required. The display table will be located at the Upper Playground. Crowder District Park is located at 4709 Ten-Ten Road, Apex.

Observing Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and the Full Moon
Friday, July 27, 8:30–11:30 p.m.
Harris Lake County Park
Join us on the playfield at Harris Lake County Park for some cool night sky viewing through telescopes and binoculars. We will be able to see all three planets later in the evening if the weather cooperates. Dress for the weather and bring a blanket, camp chairs, your own viewing instrument and water. This program is for ages 6 and older, and the program fee is $1 per person. Preregistration is required. Meet at the Loblolly Shelter to check in, and activities will be on the playfield. Harris Lake County Park is located at 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill.

O is for Opossum
Sunday, July 29, 3–4:30 p.m.
American Tobacco Trail
There is much more than meets the eye when it comes to our state marsupial. You’ll learn what makes the opossum unique, practice playing ‘possum and see a real opossum mount. This program is for all ages, and the program fee is $1 per person. Preregistration is required. Meet at the New Hill parking area at 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex.

Build a Scarecrow Day
Sunday, July 29, 3–4:30 p.m.
Historic Yates Mill County Park
Scarecrows might make you think of fall, but they really are needed in the summer to guard gardens from hungry wildlife! Help us protect our garden by building a few spooky scarecrows for the park. We will provide the clothes and straw, although contributions are welcome. This program is for all ages and is free of charge, but preregistration is required. Historic Yates Mill County Park is located at 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh.

Reminder
The new Park Locator makes it easy to explore all the parks and preserves in Wake County! Filter results by activity or location, and get customized directions. 

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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