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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 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 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 Events

18th Annual Frog Fest
Saturday, April 8, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
Participate in some froggy family fun at this year’s Frog Fest event! Learn about frogs and the clean water we all need. Enjoy crafts, games, live music, and tasty food from local food trucks. Meet and greet with live frogs and reptiles. For all ages: fee: FREE! Registration is not required. Note that off-site parking at Middle Creek High School will be required during the event – a free shuttle will be provided to and from the park.
 
Rockin' Around the Park
Sunday, April 23, 2–3 p.m.
Rocks are everywhere! Come explore the rocks of Crowder through hands-on science. Conduct scientific tests to discover the hidden identity of rocks. Learn the three types of rocks and play the rock cycle game. For all ages; fee: $1/person. Registration is required for all family members, and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
The Buzz on Bees
Sunday, May 28, 2–3 p.m.
Celebrate our #1 pollinator by learning about the busy bees of Crowder Park. Learn the dances of bees and how they communicate, discover how pollination works, and taste different types of honey. Then plant a flower in our container garden. For all ages; fee: $1/person. Registration is required for all family members, and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Daddy and Me Day
Sunday, June 18, 2–3 p.m.
Hop, skip and jump over to Crowder District Park as we celebrate Father’s Day! Bring the whole family out for an afternoon of games related to nature. Afterwards we’ll cool off with some refreshments. 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, April 22, May 6 and June 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.
 
Discovery Table: Earth Day
Saturday, April 22, 1–3 p.m.
Stop by our FREE discovery table to learn about Earth Day! Registration is not required. The display table is located at the park office.
 
Discovery Table: Songbirds
Saturday, May 6, 1–3 p.m.
Stop by our FREE discovery table to explore the song birds of the park! Registration is not required. The display table is located at the park office.
 
Discovery Table: Trees
Saturday, June 17, 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 park office.

Alive After Dark
Friday, April 28, 7:30–8:30 p.m.
The park comes alive after dark! Let the moon guide your way as we stroll around the pond in search of these nighttime critters. Play fun games and try to catch some nocturnal animals! Don't forget a flashlight! For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); fee: $1/person. Registration required.
 
Amazing Amphibians
Friday, May 12, 7:30–8:30 p.m.
Rrribbit! Listen to the chorus of frogs and toads as the sun sets at Crowder District Park. Sort through amazing facts about amphibians, play froggy bingo and make a froggy craft! Then walk down to the pond and hear our amphibian friends in action! For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); fee: $1/person. Registration required.
 
Firefly Frenzy
Friday, June 23, 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.


Nature Families

A weekday program that is fun for the whole family!
Super Senses
Tuesday, April 18, 11 a.m.–noon
Did you know crickets can hear using their feet or that a rabbit's tongue has 17,000 taste buds? Discover fun facts about your 5 senses through hands-on activities and a nature walk. Explore prickly versus tickly objects, take the taste bud test, and make a smelly craft. For all ages; fee: $1/person. Registration is required for all family members, and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Beetle Mania
Tuesday, May 9, 11 a.m.–noon
One in every four animals on Earth is a beetle! Beetles are everywhere! Learn the life cycle of beetles and compare and contrast them to different insects. Go on a bug hunt to discover beetles and use a magnifying glass to look at them up close! Then make a beetle craft to take home. For all ages; fee: $1/person. Registration is required for all family members, and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Ant Antics
Tuesday, June 6, 11 a.m.–noon
Ants can lift and carry more than three times their weight! Hunt for ants in the garden, observe them in action, and play a fun game to discover how they build their colony. Wrap up the hour with a fun snack of “ants on a log.” 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
 
Colors in Nature
Monday, April 17, 10:30–11 a.m.
Practice your colors by sorting natural objects found in the park! Then go on a nature hunt to find plants and animals of different colors! For ages 18 months–3 years (with an accompanying adult); fee: $2/child. Registration is required.
 
Movement in Nature
Monday, May 8, 10:30–11 a.m.
Work on your motor skills through center-based activities. Practice threading, sorting, jumping and catching. Then play with musical instruments. For ages 18 months–3 years (with an accompanying adult); fee: $2/child. Registration is required.
 
Animals in Nature
Monday, June 5, 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.
 

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.
 
Hear Here
Wednesday, April 19, 1–2 p.m.
Do you hear that? Discover the sounds of nature at the park through games and hands-on activities! Read "The Listening Walk" and go on a scavenger hunt using just your ears! Then make a turtle tambourine! For ages 3–5; fee: $4/child. Registration is required, and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Billions of Beetles
Wednesday, May 10, 1–2 p.m.
Beetles are one of the coolest groups of insects on Earth. They are known as living jewels because of their shiny colors. Read "The Very Clumsy Click Beetle" and make your own flipping beetle. Then go on a bug hunt to find beetles and bugs! For ages 3–5; fee: $4/child. Registration is required, and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Amazing Ants
Wednesday, June 7, 1–2 p.m.
Ants are amazing creatures and they are always on the go. Learn the parts of an ant using play dough, create an Ant Restaurant to discover their favorite foods, and go on an ant hunt to look at them under a magnifying glass! Then make a fun craft to take home. For ages 3–5; fee: $4/child. Registration is required, and children must have adult accompaniment.
 

Kids Get Crafty 

Eco-Crafts
Wednesday, April 26, 11 a.m.–noon
You can create fun craft projects from everyday objects! 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.
 
Spring Flowers
Monday, May 22, 11 a.m.–noon
The flowers are in full bloom at the park! Create a craft bursting with color inspired by nature. 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.
 
Fresh Fruits and Veggies
Monday, June 19, 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.


 

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