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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: Trees
June 2123, 9 a.m.–noon
Big and tall, short and small, trees come in all shapes and sizes. You will be so amazed at what trees do for our Earth! Discover the parts of the tree and go on a scavenger hunt. Then help us plant a flower to help feed the butterflies and bees of the park! This is a drop off program.
Ages 4–5, $36/child for 3 half days of camp
 
Polliwogs Camp: Water
July 1214, 9 a.m.–noon
Where does our water come from and why is it important? Learn about the water cycle, and explore the critters that live in and around the pond. Prepare to get wet as we splash around and learn about this important resource! This is a drop off program.
Ages 4–5, $36/child for 3 half days of camp
 
Polliwogs Camp: Animals
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

Kids Get Crafty: Flower Fun
Saturday, May 14, 11 a.m.–noon
The flowers are in full bloom at the park! Join us for a program bursting with color! Create flowers using recyclable materials and make a flower press of a real flower. Then paint a flower pot to grow a plant in at home! For all ages; fee: $4/child. Preregistration is required.
 
Animal Senses
Sunday, May 15, 2–3 p.m.
See the world through bugs’ eyes and listen with deer’s ears. Learn how animals use their senses to get around. Play some games to discover your senses and make a smelly craft. For all ages; fee: $5/family. Preregistration is required.
 
Beautiful Butterflies
Sunday, June 19, 2–3 p.m.
Explore the types of butterflies that call the park home and the different stages of their life cycle. Identify the special adaptations that butterflies have and go on a nature hunt to search for the perfect butterfly habitat! For ages 6 & up; fee: $5/family. Preregistration is required.  
   

Discover the Park

Wetlands
Saturday, May 14, 1–3 p.m.
Meet park staff on the boardwalk to discover the wetlands of the park! This free drop-in program does not require preregistration.
 
Trees
Saturday, June 18, 1–3 p.m.
Meet park staff on the boardwalk to discover the trees of the park! This free drop-in program does not require preregistration.
 
Fantastic Frogs
Friday, May 6, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Rribbit! Listen to the chorus of frogs and toads as the sun sets at Crowder District Park. Sort through facts about toads and frogs, play froggy bingo and make a herp hotel! Then walk down to the pond and hear our amphibian friends in action! For all ages; fee: $3/person or $5/family. Preregistration is required.
 
Summer Fun
Friday, June 10, 7–8 p.m.
Join us for a night of family fun at the park! Play nature games, observe nocturnal animals and roast s'mores around the campfire. For all ages; fee: $3/person or $5/family. Preregistration is required.
 

A weekday program that is fun for the whole family! For all ages; fee: $5/family. Preregistration required.  
 
Bird Watchers
Tuesday, May 3, 11 a.m.–noon
It's spring and the birds are out singing, dancing and are ready to play! Discover Crowder's birds with us and play Bird ID Bingo, build a nest and search for worms in a fun predator and prey game! For all ages; fee: $5/family. Preregistration is required.
 
The Buzz on Bees
Tuesday, June 7, 11 a.m.–noon
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: $5/family. Preregistration is required.
  

Tiny Tots

A half-hour weekday program for children ages 18 months to 3 years old, with an accompanying adult; fee: $2/child. Preregistration is required.   
 
Movement in Nature
Monday, May 2, 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. Preregistration is required.
 
Animals in Nature
Monday, June 6, 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. Preregistration is 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.  
 
Baby Birds
Wednesday, May 4, 1–2 p.m.
All birds lay eggs! Explore the lives of baby birds from when they were eggs to the time they leave the nest! Play a memory game, make a baby bird craft and then go on an "egg"citing egg hunt! For ages 3–5 (with an accompanying adult); fee: $4/child. Preregistration is required.
 
Busy Bees
Wednesday, June 8, 1–2 p.m.
Bees are really important in our gardens! Read "The Honey Robber and the Bee," by Eric Carle, and discover the world of bees and honey! Find your fellow bees by following your sense of smell, make a bee and then have a sweet treat! For ages 3–5 (with an accompanying adult); fee: $4/child. Preregistration is 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. 
 
Feathered Friends
Wednesday, May 4, 11 a.m.–noon
Did you know the bones of a pigeon weigh less than its feathers? Birds have a lot of unique adaptations! Discover the different types of beaks birds have, dissect an owl pellet and practice your bird calls. For ages 6–9; fee: $4/child. Preregistration is required.
 
Honey Bee Hunt
Wednesday, June 8, 11 a.m.–noon
Did you know a bee has five eyes? Build a bee and learn how these insects pollinate flowers, then discover the roles of bees and how a hive works. Go on a bee hunt around the park to search for the best smelling flowers! For ages 6–9; fee: $4/child. Preregistration is required.
 

 

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