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​For a printout of Crowder District Park's upcoming programs and events, please refer to our quarterly program bulletins below.
The January–March 2016 Program Bulletin is coming soon!  Meanwhile, please page down to see the full listing of program offerings for this first quarter of the new year.
The following programs are offered at Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten Ten Road, Apex. To register, complete and sign the registration form and return it with payment (made out to Wake County Parks) by mail or bring by the park office.
New Program Registration Form_ActiveNet_2015.pdfPROGRAM REGISTRATION FORM
Payment and registration form must be received to confirm your spot in the programs. Please note that all payments must be made using cash, check or money order – park staff do not have the ability to take credit cards.
For more information about the following programs, contact the park at 919-662-2850 or email


Special Activities

Kids Get Crafty: Fall Forest Fun
Sunday, November 22, 1–2 p.m.
Colorful leaves, neat twigs and unique seed pods – trees make great art supplies. Learn the parts of a tree, then create festive fall crafts using natural objects. For all ages; fee: $4/child. Preregistration is required.
Kids Get Crafty: Bird Bonanza
Saturday, February 13, 11 a.m.–noon
Birds come in different shapes, sizes and patterns! Join us for a morning of bird crafts. Use natural objects to create birds found in the woods and build your own make believe bird! Then paint pictures using feathers and learn the importance of color in our feathered friends. For all ages; fee: $4/child. Preregistration is required.
Afternoon Backyard Bird Count
Saturday, February 13, 1–2 p.m.
To support the Great Backyard Bird Count, join a park naturalist on a one-mile hike around Crowder Pond and help to identify and count the birds that we see along the way. Learn how to identify backyard birds by sight, sound and other signs. For all ages; FREE. Preregistration is not required. 

Family Features

For all ages; fee: $5/family. Preregistration is required.
Winter Wrap Up
Sunday, December 13, 2–3 p.m.
Winter is a great time to explore nature at the park! Join a naturalist and learn how to identify tracks, explore conifers, and drink pine needle tea. Then observe snow and ice through hands-on science experiments. Don't forget to bring your scarf and mittens!

Fantastic Fossils
Sunday, January 17, 2–3 p.m.
Fossils tell scientist how animals and plants lived a long time ago. Join us as we become Junior Paleontologists! Play the rock cycle game and discover in which rocks fossils form. Learn and create the four types of fossils and then excavate reptiles from eggs!
Happy Valentines Day, Mother Nature!
Sunday, February 14, 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Did you give a valentine to Mother Nature this year? Join us as we celebrate a day of love and kindness at the park! Make a few homemade valentine presents for our feathered friends including a nesting ball and a bird feeder. Then create a card from natural objects to give to a special someone while eating a valentines day snack.
Magical Habitats
Sunday, March 20, 2–3 p.m.
Nature is full of magic! Learn what a habitat is and discover a few animals that call the park home. Then explore the enchanted side of the woods and build a fairy home. End the day by tasting a magical snack.

Family Pond Study 

Peek into Ponds
Saturday, March 19, 1–3 p.m.
Meet park staff on the boardwalk to study the many animals and insects that live in the pond!  Peek into the water as we explore the critters that are swimming underneath the surface. For all ages; fee: FREE!  Preregistration is not required.

Crowder by Night

For all ages; fee: $5/family or $3/person. Preregistration is required.   

The Winter Sky
Friday, December 4, 4:30–5:30 p.m.
Winter is a great season to gaze at stars! Learn your way around winter's constellations, enjoy hot cocoa, and learn about the mysterious night sky. Use our binoculars or bring your own pair but make sure you bundle up 'cause it's cold outside!
Night Birds
Friday, February 12, 4:30–5:30 p.m.
Celebrate this year's Great Backyard Bird Count with a night hike at Crowder! Learn about owls and other birds that are active at night. Bundle up - it's cold outside! For all ages (most appropriate for ages 6 & up).
Spring Has Sprung
Friday, March 25, 5–6 p.m.
Shake off the winter blues and welcome the spring season! Join us as we spot the early signs of spring from songs to smells. Go on a sensory hike around the pond and then make a toad abode for the spring peepers around your home.

Nature Families

A weekday program that is fun for the whole family! For all ages; fee: $5/family. Preregistration required. 
Pine Tree Party
Tuesday, December 8, 11 a.m.–noon
It's a party at Crowder and who is our guest of honor? Pine Trees! Bring your family down to the park as we explore our evergreen friends through binoculars, magnifying glasses and our own eyes. See what animals call these pine giants home and how they help the habitat.
Duck, Duck, Goose
Tuesday, January 5, 11 a.m.–noon
Ducks and geese are on the move! Get to know our birds up close. Study feathers, beaks and feet. Make a webbed track then waddle down to the pond to see ducks and geese in action. Dress for the weather!
Squirrely Squirrels
Tuesday, February 2, 11 a.m.–noon
Squirrels are full of energy and spunk as they hide acorns and jump from tree to tree. Come learn about these friendly mammals as we make a squirrelly craft, read a story and go on a squirrel sighting. Dress for the weather!
Soil, Not Dirt
Tuesday, March 8, 11 a.m.–noon
Dig around in the soil and get dirty. Play a fun game and explore the three types of soil particles, classify soil using the ribbon test and discover plants and animals lurking under the surface. Pot a flower for your spring garden.

Tiny Tots

Number in Nature.jpgA half-hour weekday program for children ages 18 months to 3 years old, with an accompanying adult; fee: $2/child. Preregistration is required. 
Numbers in Nature
Monday, March 7, 10:30–11 a.m.
Practice your numbers through centers-based activities and develop your fine motor skills using natural objects.  

Nature Watchers

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 Park Pavilion. For ages 3–5 with an accompanying adult. Fee: $4/child. Preregistration is required.
Forever Green
Wednesday, December 9, 1–2 p.m.
How do pine trees stay so green when it is so cold outside? Who loves to live in evergreens during winter? We will explore the answers to these and other questions using our five senses during a winter stroll around the park and by doing an art project. We will also read "The Sheltering Cedar" by local author Anne Marshall Runyon.
Duck Tales
Wednesday, January 6, 1–2 p.m.
The colder, the wetter, the better! Join us as we learn all about ducks and the places they call home. We'll practice our duck calls, make a delightful duck craft and go on a nature hike.
Nutty Squirrels
Wednesday, February 3, 1–2 p.m.
Squirrels are so silly! Come learn about these friendly mammals, gather nuts in a fun game and make a squirrelly craft to take home! Then spy on the squirrels at Crowder as they jump from tree to tree searching for the perfect nut.
Magic of Soil
Wednesday, March 9, 1–2 p.m.
This time of year we start thinking about planting a garden. The “Magic Soil Bag” will teach your child how special and important soil is for healthy plants and wildlife. Join us for a "dirty" snack and choose a flower to plant in our garden.

In these programs, kids will discover the natural world through hikes, hands-on nature activities, outdoor exploration, games and crafts. Meet at the Park Pavilion. For ages 6–9. Fee: $4/child. Preregistration is required. 
Evergreen Trees
Wednesday, December 9, 11 a.m.–noon
Do you know why pine trees are called evergreens? Because they are green all year long! Come learn about the parts and life cycle of trees, their importance in our habitat to both people and wildlife, and sip on some pine needle tea!
Wednesday, January 6, 11 a.m.–noon
Fly down to the park and discover Crowder’s Quackers! Learn how ducks and geese communicate with each other, how they stay warm in the wintertime and what they like to eat through experiments and discovery centers! Then use our binoculars and spy on the winter waterfowl as they swim on the pond.

Sassy Squirrels
Wednesday, February 3, 11 a.m.–noon
Did you know that the grey squirrel is North Carolina's state mammal? Join us as we explore the adaptations that make this mammal so mesmerizing through stories, crafts and a nature hike.
Soil Science
Wednesday, March 9, 11 a.m.–noon
There is so much more to soil than dirt! Prepare to get messy as we explore the ground beneath us! Conduct the "soil shake test" to help us classify soil particles into sand, clay and loam! Also explore the "Magic Soil Bag" with a naturalist to learn the importance of soil in our ecosystem.  




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