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​Crowder County Park offers public, educational programs for all ages year-round. Visit our Calendar of Events and sign up for our E-Newsletter to stay up to date!

 

Scroll down or select a program series below to learn more about our offerings: 

Special Events Discover the Park​ Nature Families Nature Watchers
Family Features Crowder By Night Tiny Tots Kids Get Crafty
 
 
Now Available!
Ready to sign up?  Register online for public programs.
Search for programs by location, age, date and more!
 
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To register in person or by mail please download a copy of our Registration Form or call 919-662-2850 for more information.

For a printout of quarterly programs and events, and for a paper copy of the Wake County parks program registration form, refer to the program bulletin below.
 
 
The following programs are offered at Crowder County Park, 4709 Ten-Ten Road, Apex. For more information, contact the park at 919-662-2850 or email crowderpark@wakegov.com.
 
Our staff also offers public programs at Historic Yates Mill County Park.
Check out the Yates Mill programs page for details.
 

Special Events 

Take A Child Outside Week (TACO) 

Tracks and Traps (TACO)
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2–3 p.m.
Tracks can tell us so much about an animal's behavior. Learn to read the land, including who has been here, where they were going, and how fast! Observe nature around us on a habitat hike and use bug traps to catch and release your favorite insects. For all ages; fee: FREE. Registration is required for all family members and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Autumn Leaves (TACO)
Monday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m.–noon
Let’s celebrate the arrival of Fall! Make a craft inspired by the leaves’ changing colors. We will bring the materials if you bring the imagination! For all ages (adult accompaniment required for all children); fee: FREE. Registration is not required.
 
A weekend program that is fun for the whole family! Meet at the Upper Pavilion.
 
Beautiful Butterflies 
Sunday, June 10, 2–3 p.m.
Explore the types of butterflies that call the park home and the different stages of their life cycle. Identify the special adaptations that butterflies have and go on a nature hunt to search for the perfect butterfly habitat! For all ages; fee: $1/Person. Registration is required for all family members and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Wonderful Wetlands
Sunday, July 22, 2–3 p.m.
Marshes, bogs, and swamps have one thing in common - they are all wetlands! Build a model wetland in a hands-on science experiment. Explore the important role wetlands play in an ecosystem and get a fish eye view of pollution. Then learn who calls this neat habitat home through a fun game. For all ages; fee: $1/Person. Registration is required for all family members and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Terrific Trees
Sunday, Aug. 19, 2–3 p.m.
Trees are very important in our daily lives. They not only beautify our environment but provide homes and food for wildlife. Also learn the important role trees play in our communities through games and hands-on activities. Make paper and then discover the goods that we get from our woods! For all ages; fee: $1/Person. Registration is required for all family members and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Tracks and Traps (TACO)
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2–3 p.m.
See description in Special Event section above.
 

Discover the Park

Walk in the Woods
Saturdays, June 9, July 21, Aug. 18, and Sept. 8, 1011 a.m.
Take a walk in the woods and discover the animals and plants that call our park home. Help collect data for our Natural Resource Inventory Database and other citizen science projects. All experience levels are welcome. Let's learn together! For ages 14 & up; fee: FREE. Registration is not required. Meet at the Park Office.
 

Discovery Tables:    

Trees
Saturday, June 9, 1–3 p.m.
Stop by our FREE discovery table to explore the trees of the park! Registration is not required. The display table is located at the Upper Playground.
 
Bees
Saturday, July 21, 1–3 p.m.
Stop by our FREE discovery table to learn about bees! Registration is not required. The display table is located by the Upper Playground.
 
Pond Life
Saturday, Aug. 18, 1–3 p.m.
Stop by our FREE discovery table to learn fun about the animals that live in Crowder Pond! Registration is not required. The display table is located at the Upper Playground.
 
Bugs
Saturday, Sept. 8, 1–3 p.m.
Stop by our FREE discovery table to explore the bugs of the park! Registration is not required. The display table is located at the Upper Playground.
 
  

Crowder by Night

Family programs that explore the park at night.  Meet at the Heron Shelter.

  
Firefly Frenzy
Friday, June 22, 7:30–8:30 p.m.
How many fireflies can you catch? Sign up for an evening of summer fun as we catch and release lightning bugs. Explore what gives them a special glow through hands-on discovery, games, and more! For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); fee: $1/person. Registration is required.
 
Moth Party!
Friday, July 27, 8–9 p.m.
On any given summer night, hundreds of moths are on the wing in North Carolina. A park naturalist will attempt to attract as many as possible using light and a recipe of fermented fruit and sugar. Learn about moths and their importance to the eco-system, then make a fun craft. For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); fee: $1/Person. Registration is required.
 
Unhuggables
Friday, Aug. 31, 7:30–8:30 p.m.
Snakes, spiders, bugs and beetles! You either love’em or you hate these "scary" critters. Explore the world of these squirmy animals and their important roles in the habitat through hands-on activities, games, and crafts. For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); fee: $1/Person. Registration is required.
 
Owl Prowl
Friday, Sept. 21, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Go on an Owl Prowl and discover the kinds of owls that are found in the Piedmont, what they eat, where they live, and what they sound like. Dissect an owl pellet and practice your owl calls. For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); fee: $1/Person. Registration is required.
 
A weekday program that is fun for the whole family! Meet at the Upper Pavilion.
  
Sneaky Snakes
Tuesday, June 5, 11 a.m.–noon
Did you know there are over 3,000 species of snakes? Sort through facts about these reptiles in a fun trivia game. Learn about their neat adaptations and observe scales and snake skins using hand lenses. Then meet "Popcorn," our park's corn snake! For all ages; fee: $1/Person. Registration is required for all family members and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Pond Party
Tuesday, July 17, 11 a.m.–noon
What's swimming underneath the surface of Crowder's Pond? Explore the animals that call this habitat home in a hands-on pond study. Learn the aquatic food chain and play "macroinvertebrate mayhem"! Then make a pond craft to take home. For all ages; fee: $1/Person. Registration is required for all family members and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Fascinating Frogs
Tuesday, Aug. 14, 11 a.m.–noon
Did you know a group of frogs is called an army and a group of toads is called a knot? Learn more froggy fun facts through trivia games and activities! Discover the differences and similarities between frogs and toads, and see if you can leap as far as a cricket frog! For all ages; fee: $1/Person. Registration is required for all family members and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Slow Moving Creatures
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 11 a.m.–noon
Did you know some snails can live to be up to 15 years old? Come explore these slow-moving creatures and more! Learn about slugs, snails, and slimy bugs through hands-on science experiments. Go on a habitat hike to search for these animals in action and make a fun craft to take home. For all ages; fee: $1/Person. Registration is required for all family members and children must have adult accompaniment.
 

Tiny Tots

A half-hour weekday program for children ages 18 months to 3 years old. Meet at the Upper Pavilion.
   
Animals in Nature
Monday, June 4, 10:30–11 a.m.
Practice your recognition skills through sorting, matching, and more! Move like animals in nature and find park critters in a fun scavenger hunt. For ages 18 months–3 years (with an accompanying adult); fee: $2/child. Registration is required.
 
Shapes in Nature
Monday, July 16, 10:30–11 a.m.
Practice your shapes and develop your fine motor skills through games and hands-on activities. Then go on a nature hunt to find plants and animals of different shapes. For ages 18 months–3 years (with an accompanying adult); fee: $2/child. Registration is required.
 
Senses in Nature
Monday, Aug. 13, 10:30–11 a.m.
Squish, touch, and feel your way through center-based activities as we explore our senses.  Make a smelly painting and splash in our sink/float bucket. For ages 18 months–3 years (with an accompanying adult); fee: $2/child. Registration is required.
 
ABCs in Nature
Monday, Sept. 10, 10:30–11 a.m.
Practice your ABC's and develop your fine motor skills through games and hands-on activities. Play a letter game and go on a scavenger hunt! For ages 18 months–3 years (with an accompanying adult); fee: $2/child. Registration is required.
 

Preschool children with accompanying adult(s) discover the natural world through stories, hands-on nature activities, games, crafts and guided outdoor exploration. Meet at the Upper Pavilion.
  
Hide and Snake
Wednesday, June 6, 11 a.m.–noon
Look closely and discover how animals play hide and seek. Play games, read a story, and make a camo craft to learn about how and why animals blend in with their surroundings in nature. Go on a nature hike and find out how many hidden creatures we can see! For ages 3-5; fee: $4/Child. Registration is required and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Around the Pond
Wednesday, July 18, 11 a.m.–noon
Many animals and insects live in the pond! Read "Around the Pond" by Lindsay Barrett George and discover what animals can be found there. Make a pond collage craft with all of your favorite animals. Then peek into the water as we explore the critters that are swimming in Crowder's pond. For ages 3-5; fee: $4/Child. Registration is required and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Froggie Babies
Wednesday, Aug. 15, 11 a.m.–noon
Hop or leap on down to discover the frogs and toads of the park. Read "Froggie Babies" by Suzanne Farrior and make a froggy craft. Practice your jumping skills, learn to ribbitt like your favorite amphibian, and examine the differences between the frogs and toads. For ages 3-5; fee: $4/Child. Registration is required and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Snail’s Spell
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 11 a.m.–noon
Snails leave a slimy, sticky trail wherever they go. Read "A Snail's Spell" by Joanne Ryder and search for snail hiding places. Observe these slow-moving critters up close and their squishy slimy bodies. Then have a tasty snail themed snack! For ages 3-5; fee: $4/Child. Registration is required and children must have adult accompaniment.
 

Kids Get Crafty 

A weekday drop-in program that requires no registration. Come anytime for some creative fun (please note supplies may be limited on occasion)! Meet at the Cardinal Shelter.
      
Fresh Fruits and Veggies
Monday, June 25, 11 a.m.–noon
June is Fresh Fruits and Veggies Month! Create a painting using fresh produce as stamps. We will bring the materials if you bring the imagination. For all ages (adult accompaniment required for all children); fee: FREE. Registration is not required.
 
Scream for Ice Cream Crafts!
Monday, July 23, 11 a.m.–noon
Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? Create a craft celebrating the treat that helps us beat the summer heat! We will bring the materials if you bring the imagination! For all ages (adult accompaniment required for all children); fee: FREE. Registration is not required.
 
Dashing Dragonflies
Monday, Aug. 27, 11 a.m.–noon
Dragonflies are zooming through the park! Come make a craft inspired by these colorful insects. We will bring the materials if you bring the imagination! For all ages (adult accompaniment required for all children); fee: FREE. Registration is not required.
 
Autumn Leaves (TACO)
Monday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m.–noon
See description in Special Event section above.

 

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