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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.
 

Special Events
  

19th Annual Frog Fest 
Saturday, April 7; 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.
 
For more information visit the Frog Fest event page.
 
A weekend program that is fun for the whole family! Meet at the Upper Pavilion.
  
Let’s Talk Turtles
Sunday, April 15, 2–3 p.m.
Crowder is home to many different types of turtles. Discover the turtles that live here and examine the special adaptations they have in order to survive. Walk down to the pond to play turtle bingo and then meet some of our fascinating turtle residents up close. For all ages; fee: $1/Person. Registration is required for all family members and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Animal Senses
Sunday, May 20, 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: $1/Person. Registration is required for all family members and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Beautiful Butterflies 
Sunday, June 10, 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 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 14, May 19, and June 9, 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: 

Light Pollution
Saturday, April 14 , 1–3 p.m.
April 15-21 is International Dark Sky Week. Celebrate by stopping by our FREE discovery table to learn about light pollution! Registration is not required. The display table is located at the Upper Playground.
 
Songbirds
Saturday, May 19, 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 Upper Playground.
 
Trees
Saturday, June 9, 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 Upper Playground.
 
  

Crowder by Night

Family programs that explore the park at night.  Meet at the Heron Shelter.

Spring has Sprung
Friday, March 23, 5:30–6:30 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. Go on a sensory hike around the pond and then make a toad abode for the spring peepers around your home. For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); fee: $1/person. Registration is required.
 
Night Time Explorers
Friday, April 27, 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 night time critters. Play fun games and try to catch some nocturnal bugs! Don't forget a flashlight to spot the spiders! For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); fee: $1/person. Registration required.
 
Fantastic Frogs
Friday, May 25, 7:30–8:30 p.m.
Rribbit! Listen to the chorus of frogs and toads as the sun sets at Crowder 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 (adult accompaniment is required for all children); fee: $1/person. Registration required.
 
Firefly Frenzy
Friday, June 22, 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.
 

A weekday program that is fun for the whole family! Meet at the Upper Pavilion.
 
Three Cheers for Trees
Tuesday, April 10, 11 a.m.–noon
Trees are important in our daily lives. They not only beautify our environment but also 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 we get from our woods! For all ages; fee: $1/Person. Registration is required for all family members and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Flower Fun
Tuesday, May 8, 11 a.m.–noon
Flowers are very important to the animals in the park. Learn the life cycle of a plant and which animals depend on flowers. Discover how flowers drink water in a fun science experiment and then paint a flower pot to take home. For all ages; fee: $1/Person. Registration is required for all family members and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Sneaky Snakes
Tuesday, June 5, 11 a.m.–noon
Did you know there are over 3,000 species of snakes? Sort through facts about these reptiles in a fun trivia game. Learn about their neat adaptations and observe scales and snake skins using hand lenses. Then meet "Popcorn," our park's corn snake! 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.
 
Colors in Nature
Monday, April 9, 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 7, 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 4, 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 Upper Pavilion.
 
To Be a Tree
Wednesday, April 11, 11 a.m.–noon
Even the mightiest of oaks start out as young seedlings! Explore seeds, cones, leaves, and trees through hand lenses and observation. Read a fun story and make a tree costume to learn the parts of a tree. For ages 3-5; fee: $4/Child. Registration is required and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Planting a Rainbow
Wednesday, May 9, 11 a.m.–noon
Flowers are in full bloom at the park! Read "Planting a Rainbow" by Lois Ehlert and learn what flowers need to grow. Then search for colorful flowers in the park and make a fun craft to take home. For ages 3-5; fee: $4/Child. Registration is required and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Hide and Snake
Wednesday, June 6, 11 a.m.–noon
Look closely and discover how animals play hide and seek. Play games, read a story, and make a camo craft to learn about how and why animals blend in with their surroundings in nature. Go on a nature hike and find out how many hidden creatures we can see! 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.
    
Eco-Crafts
Monday, April 23, 11 a.m.–noon
Help us celebrate Earth Day by creating 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 21, 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 25, 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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