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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
  

Save-the-date for the 2018 Frog Fest 
Saturday, April 7, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
 
 
 
Owl Prowl
Friday, Feb. 16, 5:30–6:30 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. Dress for cold weather! For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); fee: $1/person. Registration is required.
 
Afternoon Backyard Bird Count
Saturday, Feb. 17, 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. Meet at the Pond Boardwalk.
 
Early Birders
Monday, Feb. 19, 9–10 a.m.
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.
 
Bird Bonanza
Monday, Feb. 19, 11 a.m.–noon
Birds come in different shapes, sizes, and patterns! Stop by 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. Meet at the Cardinal Shelter.
 
A weekend program that is fun for the whole family! Meet at the Upper Pavilion.
  
Fantastic Fossils
Sunday, Jan. 14, 2–3 p.m.
Fossils tell scientists 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 experiment with the four types of fossils, then excavate pretend reptiles from eggs! 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. 11, 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.
 
Magical Habitats
Sunday, March 18, 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. For all ages; fee: $1/person. Registration is required for all family members, and children must have adult accompaniment.
   

Discover the Park

Walk in the Woods
Saturdays, Jan. 13, Feb. 10 and March 17, 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. Registration is not required. Meet at the Park Office.
 

Discovery Tables:  

Wildlife in Winter
Saturday, Jan. 13, 1–3 p.m.
Stop by our FREE discovery table to explore the raptors of the park! Registration is not required. The display table is located at the Upper Playground.
 
Birds of Prey
Saturday, Feb. 10, 1–3 p.m.
Stop by our FREE discovery table to explore the raptors of the park! Registration is not required. The display table is located at the Upper Playground.
 
Wacky Weather
Saturday, March 17, 1–3 p.m.
Stop by our FREE discovery table to explore weather forecasting and instruments! Registration is not required. The display table is located at the Upper Playground.
 
  

Crowder by Night

Family programs that explore the park at night.  

Predators and Prey
Friday, Jan. 26, 5–6 p.m.
Predators adapt to catch their prey, and the hunted adapt ways to avoid being eaten. This balance between predators and their prey is essential to a healthy ecosystem. We will look at many predator-prey relationships, the food chain, skulls and teeth of mammals, and play some games to test our senses. For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); fee: $1/person. Registration is required.
 
Owl Prowl (GBBC)
Friday, Feb. 16, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
See the Great Backyard Bird Count section above for this description.
 
Spring has Sprung
Friday, March 23, 5:30–6:30 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. 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.
 
Snowball Science
Tuesday, Jan. 9, 11 a.m.–noon
Did you know that no two snowflakes are the same? Sip on hot cocoa and observe snow and ice through hands-on science experiments. Don't forget to bring your scarf and mittens! For all ages; fee: $1/person. Registration is required for all family members, and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Tracking Down Tracks
Tuesday, Feb. 6, 11 a.m.–noon
Tracks can tell us so much about an animal's behavior. Learn to read the land – who has been here, where they were going and how fast!  Observe nature around us on a habitat hike and spot the winter wildlife. Then make and take home an animal track. For all ages; fee: $1/person. Registration is required for all family members, and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Silly Salamanders
Tuesday, March 6, 11 a.m.–noon
As spring arrives, come explore the park in search of salamanders, frogs and other amphibians. Learn the unique adaptations of a salamander and create a salamander craft. Dress for a wet and possibly muddy day, as we will be hiking off the beaten path. 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.
 
Numbers in Nature
Monday, March 5, 10:30–11 a.m.
Practice your numbers through center-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 Upper Pavilion.
 
The Mitten
Wednesday, Jan. 10, 11 a.m.–noon
January is a great time to learn about snow! Read “The Mitten" by Jan Brett and practice your sequencing skills. Discover how fast ice will melt and make a mitten craft to take home. Make sure to bundle up for the winter weather! For ages 3–5; fee: $4/child. Registration is required, and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Who’s in the Forest
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 11 a.m.–noon
If you can't see animals, how do you know they are there or where they have been? Read a fun story about exploring the critters of the forest. Then discover a few sets of funny feet and match them up to their owners. We will end our class with a quick walk around the park to search for animal clues in a fun, tracks-themed scavenger hunt. For ages 3–5; fee: $4/child. Registration is required and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Salamander Room
Wednesday, March 7, 11 a.m.–noon
Slimy, squishy and slippery – salamanders are neat animals! Read "The Salamander Room" and learn the life cycle of a salamander. Play a "move like an amphibian game" and then decorate a silly salamander to take home. 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! Meet at the Cardinal Shelter.
    
Icicle Art
Monday, Jan. 22, 11 a.m.–noon
Winter is the perfect time to experiment with frozen water! Paint with ice and then make a glittery icicle craft to hang at home. 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.
 
Bird Bonanza (GBBC)
Monday, Feb. 19, 11 a.m.–noon
See the Great Backyard Bird Count section above for this description.
 
In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb
Monday, March 19, 11 a.m.–noon
The month of March storms in like a lion and goes out quietly like a lamb. Help us celebrate the change from winter to spring. 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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