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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.
 
Canine Contests
Saturday, Oct. 27, 1–3 p.m.
Join us for the sixth annual Canine Contests! We're looking for the best dog tricks and canine costumes in Wake County! If your dog has a special talent and/or a super cool costume, come and show us during this afternoon of fun. For all ages; FREE. Registration not required. Meet at the Open Field.
 
Thanksgiving Food Drive
November 1–30, 2018
Our sixth annual food drive will be held during the month of November. All donations benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. We encourage you to get involved in your community and support a good cause like this one. Help us make this year our biggest one yet! Food donations can be dropped off in a bin located in front of the Park Office OR in front of the large bulletin board at the Upper Pavilion.
 
A weekend program that is fun for the whole family! Meet at the Upper Pavilion.
 
 
 
Native Americans
Sunday, Nov. 18, 2–3 p.m.
Walk back in time with a park naturalist to learn about the original Americans. Along our journey, we will discover edible and medicinal plants and practice our quiet walk. Play games like Native American children and make a fun craft! For all ages; fee: $1/person. Registration is required for all family members, and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Microscope Mania
Sunday, Dec. 16, 2–3 p.m.
Bring it into focus! Have fun observing living and non-living natural objects under the microscope and with a magnifying glass. Discover ice and crystals and then sketch what everyday objects look like under the scope in a special science journal. 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, Nov. 17, and Dec. 15, 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
 
Recycling
Saturday, Nov. 17, 1–3 p.m.
Stop by our FREE discovery table to learn about recycling! Registration is not required. The display table is located at the Upper Playground.
 
Soil Science
Saturday, Dec. 15, 1–3 p.m.
Stop by our FREE discovery table to learn about soil! Registration is not required. The display table is located at the Upper Playground.
  

Crowder by Night

Family programs that explore the park at night.  Please see program description for meeting location.

 
Spooky Spiders
Friday, Oct. 19, 6–7 p.m.
Did you know there are over 40,000 different species of spiders! Join us as we explore a few arachnids found in our park as we search out these 8-legged creatures. Learn how and why spiders build webs and then make a fun craft about these creepy critters. For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); fee: $1/person. Registration is required. Meet at the Heron Shelter.
 
Seasonal Scavenger Hunt
Friday, Nov. 30, 4:30–5:30 p.m.
Scavenger hunts are a great way to explore the park in a new way!  Bring the whole family and enjoy a crisp autumn night searching for clues focused on nature and night time critters. Sip on hot apple cider and make a fall craft.  For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); fee: $1/person. Registration is required. Meet at the Upper Pavilion.
 
The Winter Sky
Friday, Dec. 21, 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! For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); fee: $1/person. Registration is required. Meet at the Upper Pavilion.
 
 
A weekday program that is fun for the whole family! Meet at the Upper Pavilion.
 
Turkey Tales
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 11 a.m.–noon
It's turkey time here at Crowder. Join us as we explore turkey tales, stories, and songs. Learn how to ruffle your feathers and practice your best call. Then go on a turkey trot. For all ages; fee: $1/person. Registration is required for all family members, and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Pine Tree Party
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 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. 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.
 
Leaves in Nature
Monday, Nov. 12, 10:30–11 a.m.
Red, yellow, orange and brown – leaves come in all different sizes and colors. Practice your color and shape recognition through centers, songs and stories. 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.
  
Gobble Gobble
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 11 a.m.–noon
Wild Turkeys are smart and fascinating birds. No wonder they were almost chosen as our national mascot. Come learn some feathery facts, read a story, and make a terrific turkey craft. For ages 3–5; fee: $4/child. Registration is required, and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Forever Green
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 11 a.m.–noon
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. 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.
 
Spooktacular Spiders
Monday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m.–noon
Do you think spiders are spectacular or just plain spooky? Create a spider craft in celebration of Halloween! 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.
 
Growing Gratitude
Monday, Nov. 26, 11 a.m.–noon
During a month that celebrates thankfulness, come to the park and make a craft to spread the gratitude! 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.
 
Snowman Celebration
Monday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m.–noon
Winter is right around the corner! Come to the park to make snowman crafts without any snow required! 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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