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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
 
*Page down to see our Summer Camps listing for 2016.*
 
Now Available!
Ready to sign up? Register online for public programs.
Search for programs by location, age, date and more!
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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.
 

Summer Camps

 
 
Polliwogs Camp: Animals -THIS CAMP IS FULL
August 911, 9 a.m.–noon
Join us this week as we explore the animals that live in the park. Collect bugs, slugs and other slimy critters and learn about their habitat. Then meet “Popcorn,” our corn snake, and other reptiles. This is a drop off program.
Ages 4–5, $36/child for 3 half days of camp
 

Special Activities

Saturday, August 6, 11 a.m.–noon
There are so many animals that call our park home. Join us for a full hour of crafts using our forest friends as our muse! Make a raccoon mask, a slithering snake and a few leaf animals! Come prepared to get messy and be creative. For all ages (adult accompaniment required for children age 6 & under); fee: $4/child. Registration required.
 
Sunday, August 7, 2–3 p.m.
Trees are very important in our daily lives. They not only beautify our environment but provide homes and food for wildlife. Learn the important role trees play in our communities through games and hands-on activities. Make paper and then discover the goods that we get from our woods! For all ages (adult accompaniment required for all children); fee: $1/person. Registration required.
 
Tuesday, September 27, 6–7 p.m.
Tracks can tell us so much about an animal's behavior. Learn to read the land, including who has been here, where they were going and how fast! Observe nature around us on a habitat hike and use bug traps to catch and release your favorite insects. For all ages (adult accompaniment required for all children); fee: FREE! Registration required.
   

Discover the Park

Crowder's Critters
Saturday, August 6, 1–3 p.m.
Meet park staff on the boardwalk to discover fun facts about the animals of the park! This free discovery table does not require registration.
 
Bugs
Saturday, September 24, 1–3 p.m.
Meet park staff on the boardwalk to discover fun facts about the bugs of the park!  This free discovery table does not require registration.
 
Friday, August 12, 7:30–8:30 p.m.
Snakes, spiders, bugs and beetles! You either love em' or you hate these "scary" critters. Explore the world of these squirmy animals and their important roles in the habitat through hands-on activities, games and crafts. For all ages (adult accompaniment required for all children); fee: $1/person. Registration required.
 
Friday, September 2, 7:30–8:30 p.m.
Nocturnal animals can be seen scurrying about – have you seen them? Learn about raccoon and opossums through games and crafts. Discover fun facts through a "whose who" trivia game and test your sense of touch with our mystery box! For all ages (adult accompaniment required for all children); fee: $1/person. Registration required.
 

A weekday program that is fun for the whole family!   
 
Tuesday, August 2, 11 a.m.–noon
Dragonflies love to eat flying bugs, especially mosquitoes and gnats!  Discover the different parts of a dragonfly's body through a colorful craft, learn about its life cycle and play fun games exploring these incredible insects! For all ages (adult accompaniment required for all children); fee: $1/person. Registration required.
 
Tuesday, September 13, 11 a.m.–noon
There are tons of fish at Crowder District Park! Come and learn how fish breath through gills and read a fishy tale to discover what happens to our underwater critters if the water becomes polluted. Then make a fun craft and look at fish up close! For all ages (adult accompaniment required for all children); fee: $1/person. Registration required.
  

Tiny Tots

A half-hour weekday program for children ages 18 months to 3 years old.   
 
Monday, August 1, 10:30–11 a.m.
Squish, touch and feel your way through center based activities as we explore our senses.  Make a smelly painting and splash in our sink/float bucket. For ages 18 months to 3 years (adult accompaniment required); fee: $2/child. Registration required.
 
Monday, September 12, 10:30–11 a.m.
Practice your ABCs and develop your fine motor skills through games and hands-on activities. Play a letter game and go on a scavenger hunt! For ages 18 months to 3 years (adult accompaniment required); fee: $2/child. Registration required.


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.  
 
Wednesday, August 3, 1–2 p.m.
Did you know that dragonflies are the insect "hawk" of the sky, scooping up mosquitoes and other flying pests? Learn about this cool insect and its adaptations through hands-on discovery, a nature hike and a colorful craft! For ages 3–5 (adult accompaniment required); fee: $4/child. Registration required.
 
Wednesday, September 14, 1–2 p.m.
Get to know the fish that live in Crowder's Pond, including how they live and what they eat. Learn the importance of patterns and colors in the water and then play a fishy game. For ages 3–5 (adult accompaniment required); fee: $4/child. Registration required.
 

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. 
 
Wednesday, August 3, 11 a.m.–noon
Did you know that a dragonfly is born in water? Learn about the metamorphosis of the dragonfly through games and study real examples of dragonflies, then go on a dragonfly hunt to spot a few of your own! For ages 6–9 (this is a drop-off program); fee: $4/child. Registration required.
 
Wednesday, September 14, 11 a.m.–noon
Did you know fish do not have eyelids? Learn the parts of a fish and their adaptations, make fun fish prints and then dip into the pond to spy on our minnows. Also discover local NC fish species! For ages 6–9 (this is a drop-off program); fee: $4/child. Registration required.
 

 

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