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​Crowder District 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 Activities Discover the Park​ Nature Families Nature Watchers
Family Features Crowder By Night Tiny Tots Nature Friends
 
 
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 District Park, 4709 Ten Ten Road, Apex. For more information, contact the park at 919-662-2850 or email crowderdistrictpark@wakegov.com.
 
Our staff also offers public programs at Historic Yates Mill County Park.
Check out the Yates Mill programs page for details.
 

Special Activities-Great Backyard Bird Count

 
Afternoon Backyard Bird Count
Saturday, Feb. 18, 3:30–4:30 p.m.
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 (adult accompaniment is required for all children); FREE. Preregistration is not required.

Monday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m.–noon
Join us on a winter bird scavenger hunt! Search for common birds of the park and count them along the way. Practice using binoculars and learn how to identify these animals by shape and color. For all ages (recommended for children ages 4–10); fee: FREE. Registration is required for all family members and children must have adult accompaniment.

 
 
Winter Tree Walk
Sunday, Jan. 22, 2–3 p.m.
Can you identify your favorite trees in the winter? Join us as we explore our new tree trail on a hike down our nature trail! Learn how to identify trees using bark and branches and make a few rubbings to take home! For all ages; fee: $1/person. Registration is required for all family members, and children must have adult accompaniment.

 
Happy Valentine's Day Mother Nature
Sunday, Feb. 12, 2–3 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 Valentine's Day snack. For all ages; fee: $1/person. Registration is required for all family members, and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
 
Sunday, March 12, 2–3 p.m.
Become a junior meteorologist! Through science experiments and real weather monitoring, learn the when, where and why of rain, tornadoes and hurricanes. For all ages; fee: $1/person. Registration is required for all family members, and children must have adult accompaniment.
   

Discover the Park

Saturdays, Jan. 21, Feb. 11 and March 11, 11 a.m.–noon
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. Preregistration is required. Meet at Park Office.
 
Wildlife in Winter Discovery Table
Sunday, Jan. 22, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Stop by our FREE discovery table to explore wildlife in the winter! For all ages; fee: FREE. Registration is not required. The display table is located at the park office.
 
Birds of Prey Discovery Table
Friday, Feb. 17, 1–3 p.m.
Stop by our FREE discovery table to explore birds of prey! For all ages; fee: FREE. Registration is not required. The display table is located at the park office.
 
Wacky Weather Discovery Table
Saturday, March 11, 1–3 p.m.
Stop by our FREE discovery table to explore weather forecasting and instruments! For all ages; fee: FREE. Registration is not required. The display table is located at the park office.

Signs of Spring
Friday, March 24, 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. Discover the buds on the trees as we walk around the pond. Then decorate a flower pot and take home a flowering bulb. For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); fee: $1/person. Registration required.


Nature Families

A weekday program that is fun for the whole family!
 
Raptor
Round-Up
Tuesday, Jan. 10, 11 a.m.–noon
Get a closer look at the birds of prey that call Crowder District Park home! Learn all about their adaptations through hands on discovery centers. Then warm up and practice your communication skills to locate your family and discover whose who are high in the sky. For all ages; fee: $1/person. Registration is required for all family members, and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
 
Busy Beavers
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 11 a.m.–noon
Did you know that beavers are actually large rodents? Join us at the park and discover the parts of a beaver and what they like to eat. Build a beaver dam, test your knowledge in a round of trivia, and take home a fun beaver craft! For all ages; fee: $1/person. Registration is required for all family members, and children must have adult accompaniment.

Tuesday, March 7, 11 a.m.–noon
Come discover what makes March the windiest month! Learn what wind is and how wildlife and plants use the wind to survive. Then make a kite and fly it high in the sky! 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
 
Numbers in Nature
Monday, March 6, 10:30–11 a.m.
Practice your numbers through centers-based activities and develop your fine motor skills using natural objects. 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 Park Pavilion. For ages 3–5 with an accompanying adult. Fee: $4/child. Preregistration is required.
 
Hawks, Owls and Eagles, Oh My!
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 1–2 p.m.
What is our national bird? How many different hawks are there, and who goes whoooo in the night? Discover fun facts about these feathered hunters of the sky. Read a story, discover what makes a bird a bird, and play a birds of prey matching game. Then make a fun craft to take home! For ages 3–5; fee: $4/child. Registration is required, and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
 
Build a Beaver
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 1–2 p.m.
B is for beaver and they are always busy! Learn what beavers look like by exploring real tracks, a skull and a pelt! Make a fun craft and take a walk around the pond to search for signs of the beaver that once lived at Crowder! For ages 3–5; fee: $4/child. Registration is required, and children must have adult accompaniment.

 
Whistling Winds
Wednesday, March 8, 1–2 p.m.
Do you know what wind is? Learn all about the wind in a fun, hands-on discovery lab. Read a windy story, identify the direction of the wind by blowing bubbles, and make a wind sock. For ages 3–5; fee: $4/child. Registration is required, and children must have adult accompaniment.


 

Kids Get Crafty 

Bird Bonanza
Monday, Feb. 20, 1–2 p.m.
Birds come in different shapes, sizes and patterns! Stop by our craft table to "create a bird." 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.
 
Raindrops and Rainbows
Monday , March 20, 11 a.m.–noon
Spring is here, and the winter snow is melting away. Create a weather craft to celebrate the new season. 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.
 


 

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