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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
 
 
Important Updates
As of Jan. 2, 2019, there will be no charge for all Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space public, group and outreach programs. Fees will still apply for camps and shelter rentals.
 
As of Jan. 2, 2019, we will no longer accept cash on site at any Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space location. Payments can be made on site or in advance with a credit or debit card. Checks must be mailed in advance.
 
 
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.
 
Save-the-date for the 2019 Frog Fest
Saturday, April 6, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
 
Afternoon Backyard Bird Count
Saturday, Feb. 16, 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 Park Office.
 
Early Birders
Monday, Feb. 18, 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); FREE. Registration is required for all family members, and children must have adult accompaniment. Meet at the Upper Pavilion.
 
Kids Get Crafty: Bird Bonanza
Monday, Feb. 18, 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); 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.
 
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.
 
Winter Tree ID
Sunday, Jan. 20, 2–3 p.m.
Can you identify your favorite trees in the winter? Join us as we explore our new tree trail on a free 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; FREE. Registration is required for all family members and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Happy Valentine’s Day, Mother Nature!
Sunday, Feb. 10, 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; FREE. Registration is required for all family members, and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
March Winds
Sunday, March 17, 2–3 p.m.
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; FREE. Registration is required for all family members and children must have adult accompaniment.
 

Discover the Park

Walk in the Woods
Saturdays, Dec. 15, Jan. 5, Feb. 9, and March 16, 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
 
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.
 
Tracks and Signs
Saturday, Jan. 5, 1–3 p.m.
Stop by our FREE discovery table to learn about animal tracks and signs! Registration is not required. The display table is located by the Upper Playground.
 
Birds of Prey
Saturday, Feb. 9, 1–3 p.m.
Stop by our FREE discovery table to learn about birds of prey! Registration is not required. The display table is located at the Upper Playground.
 
Wacky Weather
Saturday, March 16, 1–3 p.m.
Stop by our FREE discovery table to learn about weather! 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.

 
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.
 
The Deep Sleep
Friday, Jan. 25, 4:30–5:30 p.m.
Hibernation, brumation and estivation, oh my! Hibernation isn’t the only type of dormancy behavior, and winter isn’t the only time of year animals might reduce their activity. Learn about these survival strategies and make a fun craft to take home! Bundle up—it's cold outside! For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); FREE. Registration is required. Meet at the Upper Pavilion.
 
Night Birds
Friday, Feb. 22, 5–6 p.m.
Whooo’s active in the park after dark? Find out during a night hike at Crowder! Learn about owls and other birds that are active at night. Bundle up—it is cold outside!  For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); FREE. Registration is required. Meet at the Upper Pavilion.
 
Signs of Spring
Friday, March 22, 6–7 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); FREE. Registration is required. Meet at the Heron Shelter.
 
 
A weekday program that is fun for the whole family! Meet at the Upper Pavilion.
 
Duck, Duck, Goose!
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 11 a.m.–noon
Ducks and geese are on the move! Get to know our birds up close. Study feathers, beaks and feet. Make a webbed track then waddle down to the pond to see ducks and geese in action. Dress for the weather! For all ages; FREE. Registration is required for all family members and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Squirrelly Squirrels
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 11 a.m.–noon
Squirrels are full of energy and spunk as they hide acorns and jump from tree to tree. Come learn about these friendly mammals as we make a squirrelly craft, read a story and go on a squirrel sighting. For all ages; FREE. Registration is required for all family members, and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Soil, Not Dirt
Tuesday, March 5, 11 a.m.–noon
Dig around in the soil and get dirty. Play a fun game and explore the three types of soil particles, classify soil using the ribbon test, and discover plants and animals lurking under the surface. Pot a flower for your spring garden. For all ages; FREE. 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 4, 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); FREE. 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.  
 
Duck Tales
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 11 a.m.–noon
The colder, the wetter, the better! Join us as we learn all about ducks and the places they call home. We will practice our duck calls, make a delightful duck craft and go on a nature hike. For ages 3–5; FREE. Registration is required, and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Nutty Squirrels
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 11 a.m.–noon
Squirrels are so silly! Come learn about these friendly mammals, gather nuts in a fun game and make a squirrelly craft to take home! Then spy on the live squirrels at Crowder as they jump from tree to tree searching for the perfect nut. For ages 3–5; FREE. Registration is required, and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Magic of Soil
Wednesday, March 6, 11 a.m.–noon
This time of year we start thinking about planting a garden. The “Magic Soil Bag” will teach your child how special and important soil is for healthy plants and wildlife. Join us for a "dirty" snack and choose a flower to plant in our garden. For ages 3–5; FREE. 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.
 
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.
 
Splendid Snowflakes
Monday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m.–noon
Are you hoping for snow this winter? We can have some snow-themed fun either way! We will bring the materials if you bring the imagination! For all ages (adult accompaniment required for all children); FREE. Registration is not required.
 
Bird Bonanza (GBBC)
Monday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m.–noon
See the Great Backyard Bird Count section above for this description.
 
Raindrops and Rainbows
Monday, March 25, 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); FREE. Registration is not required.
 

 

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