​For a printout of Crowder District Park's upcoming programs and events, please refer to our quarterly program bulletins below.
 
 
The following programs are offered at Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten Ten Road, Apex. To register, complete and sign the registration form and return it with payment (made out to Wake County Parks) by mail or bring by the park office.
 
Payment and registration form must be received to confirm your spot in the programs.  Please note that all payments must be made using cash, check or money order – park staff do not have the ability to take credit cards.
 
For more information about the following programs, contact the park at 919-662-2850 or email crowderdistrictpark@wakegov.com.
 

Special Events

3rd Annual Best Dog Tricks and Costumes Contests

Sunday, August 24, 1–4 p.m.
In celebration of National Dog Day on August 26, we're looking for the best dog tricks and costumes in Wake County! If your dog has a special talent and/or a super cool costume, come and show us at Crowder District Park. The contests will include youth and adult categories. For all ages; FREE. Preregistration is not required.
 
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The Wake County Animal Care Center will be on site with a few foster dogs looking for a forever home and Best Paw Forward Dog Education will be answering any training questions! Don't forget to grab a sweet treat from the Ice Cream Boss Truck!

Games for the kids
Canine Agility Course
Prizes



Family Features

For all ages; fee: $5/family. Preregistration is required.

Tracks and Traps
Sunday, September 28, 2–3 p.m.
Tracks can tell us so much about an animal's behavior. Learn to read the land – who has been here, where they were going and how fast! Observe nature around us on a habitat hike and create bug traps to catch your favorite insects. Then make and take home a cast animal track.


Family Pond Studies

Meet on the pond boardwalk for a fun and educational study of life in Crowder Pond! Drop-in wayside program. For all ages; FREE! Preregistration is not required.
 
Dancing Dragonflies
Saturday, August 23, 1–3 p.m.
Meet park staff on the boardwalk to discover dragonflies and what the stages of the life cycle are that they're in.
Learn the parts of the dragonfly and spot some common North Carolina species.
 
Busy Beavers
Saturday, September 27, 1–3 p.m.
Meet park staff on the boardwalk to study the beavers that once called our park home. Learn the unique adaptations of beavers and study a pelt, track and skull.
 

Crowder by Night

For all ages; fee: $5/family or $3/person. Preregistration is required.   

Night Time Critters
Friday, September 26, 7–8 p.m.
Nocturnal animals can be seen scurrying about – can you see them? Learn about raccoons and opossums through games and crafts. Discover fun facts through a who's who trivia game and test your sense of touch with our mystery box!
 

Nature Families

A weekday program that is fun for the whole family! For all ages; fee: $5/family. Preregistration required.
  
The Needs of Seeds
Tuesday, September 9, 11 a.m.–noon
Do you know that seeds provide the bulk of the world's daily food? From your breakfast cereal to your dinner pizza, your food started as a seed! Learn the parts of a flower and what a seed needs to grow. Create a seed mosaic and then take home a Lima bean to grow in your window. For all ages; fee: $5/family. Preregistration is required.
   

Tiny Tots – New Preschool Series!

For ages 18 months to 3 years with an accompanying adult; fee: $2/child. Preregistration is required.
 
Shapes in Nature
Monday, September 8, 10:30–11 a.m.
Join us for our new Tiny Tots program series! Work with your toddler to practice their shapes and develop their fine motor skills through games and hands-on activities. Go on a nature hunt to find plants and animals of different shapes.
 

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 for each program or 3 programs for $10. Preregistration is required. 
 
Super Seeds
Wednesday, September 10, 1–2 p.m.
Seeds come in all shapes and sizes. Sort seeds from trees, plants and flowers to discover the many seeds of the park. Learn which animals like to eat seeds of trees and flowers. Then make a living necklace to take home!  For ages 3–5 (with an accompanying adult); fee: $4/child or $10 for 3 Nature Watchers programs. 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 for each program or 3 programs for $10. Preregistration is required.
  
Seeds, From Here to There
Wednesday, September 10, 11 a.m.–noon
What are seeds and where do they come from? Learn how seeds pop, fly, twirl and stick in order to move around. Go on a scavenger hunt to find the many seeds of the park. Then create a plant pal.
 

Kids Get Crafty!

Offered once per quarter; for all ages; fee: $4/child. Preregistration is required.
 
A new program date will be posted soon.
 

Track Out Days

Join us for one, two or all three days. Children in Grades K–5 will participate in curriculum-correlated activities, both together and by grade level. This program is great for year-round students and for homeschool students who want to learn science in a hands-on setting. Fee: $12/day (or $30 for all 3 days). Preregistration is required.
 
Bird Brains
Tuesday–Thursday, September 23–25, 1–4 p.m.
Track out at Crowder! Experience hands-on, indoor and outdoor science and learn all about birds! Study what makes birds fly by exploring feathers, flight patterns and wings. Learn the life cycle of birds and identify the birds of NC to become a junior bird watcher!
 
Please check out the Track Out programs that are also offered at Historic Yates Mill County Park! 


Discovery Boxes

Discovery boxes are packaged lesson plans, intended for use by teachers or parents who wish to educate a group of children without requesting a program through the office. These boxes are available at the office and must be signed out for use. Discovery boxes are also available on a first-come, first-served basis. Discovery boxes are a great way to explore the park in a new and exciting way!
 
Identification
  1. Bird Behavior Bingo Box
    Students will learn to identify different bird behaviors and how they help the bird stay safe, find food, locate a mate and stay healthy.
    Number of Participants: 1–11. Recommended Age: 4–12.

  2. Bird ID Bingo Box
    Students will learn to identify different birds that are seen at the park. Individuals will practice their observation skills.
    Number of Participants: 1–11. Recommended Age: 4–12.

  3. ABC Hike
    Students will find items on a nature walk. Individuals will develop observational skills, identify plants and animals and practice the alphabet.
    Number of Participants: 1–28. Recommended Age: 4–8+.

  4. Pondgo
    Students will find items located around the pond area. Individuals will develop observational skills and identify plants and animals.
    Number of Participants: 1–25. Recommended Age: 4–8+.

  5. Crowder’s Critters
    Students will familiarize themselves with animals native to the NC Piedmont. Students will practice their question-asking skills.
    Number of Participants: 2+. Recommended Age: 8+.

Predator/Prey Relationships
  1. Birds and Worms
    Students will simulate how predators use their vision to locate prey. Individuals will describe some of the various ways animals use camouflage for survival.
    Number of Participants: 4+. Recommended Age: 5+.

  2. Fox Hunt
    Students will develop an understanding of carrying capacity as they act as predatory animals in a finite area hunting for food to stay alive.
    Number of Participants: 4+. Recommended Age:  8+.

Senses
  1. The Nose Knows
    Students will learn about the sense of smell and how animals use it to communicate, identify each other and mark their territory.
    Number of Participants: 2–24. Recommended Age: 4+.

  2. Hear Here
    Students will learn about the many ways that animals use sound. Students will learn to distinguish between and match sounds that they create in a group setting.
    Number of Participants: 4–32. Recommended Age: 4–12+.

Other
  1. Little Sprout
    Students will learn about the parts of a seed and their functions.
    Number of Participants: 1+. Recommended Age: 4–12+.