​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.
 

Family Features

For all ages; fee: $5/family. Preregistration is required.
 
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Sunday, July 12, 2–3 p.m.
Harness the power of the sun with the whole family! Cook a snack using a solar cooker, use the rays in an art project and learn the importance of the sun in our ecosystem. Make sure you wear sunscreen! For all ages; fee:$5/family. Preregistration is required.
 
 
Life Under a Log
Saturday, August 15, 11 a.m.–noon
What do you see under a fallen tree? Lots of decomposers at work and other critters looking for a dark, cool place to rest. We'll search for spiders, slugs and bugs and learn how important rot, or decomposition, is in nature. For all ages; fee:$5/family. Preregistration is required.
 
 
To Weather a Storm
Sunday, September 27, 2–3 p.m.
Become a junior meteorologist! Through science experiments and real weather monitoring, learn the when, where and why of rain, tornadoes and hurricanes. For all ages; fee: FREE (as part of Take a Child Outside week). Preregistration is required.
 

Family Pond Study

A free wayside nature program offered monthly March through November.
For all ages; fee: FREE! Preregistration is not required.

Check back soon for more offerings!
 

Crowder by Night

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

Moth Party!
Friday, July 31, 7:30–8:30 p.m.
On any given summer night, hundreds of moths are on the wing in North Carolina. A park naturalist will attempt to attract as many as possible using light and a recipe of fermented fruit and sugar. Learn about moths, how they are important to the ecosystem, and make a craft! For all ages; fee: $5/family or $3/person. Preregistration is required.
 
 
Smores.jpgS'mores Summer Fun!
Friday, August 28, 7:30–8:30 p.m.
Spend one of the last evenings of the summer by creating memories while enjoying America's favorite summertime treat: S'mores! We'll share campfire stories as we eat the perfect combination of pure milk chocolate, crisp graham crackers and gooey marshmallow goodness. For all ages; fee: $5/family or $3/person. Preregistration is required.
 
 
Twilight Critters
Friday, September 25, 7:30–8:30 p.m.
The sun is close to setting, and new critters can be seen scurrying about! Learn about crepuscular wildlife through games, crafts and hands-on discovery, and how and why these animals love  this unique time between day and night. For all ages; fee: $5/family or $3/person. Preregistration is required.
 

Nature Families

A weekday program that is fun for the whole family! For all ages; fee: $5/family. Preregistration required.
  
Pond Party
Tuesday, July 7, 11 a.m.–noon
What's swimming underneath the surface of Crowder's Pond? Explore the animals that call this habitat home in a hands-on pond study. Learn the aquatic food chain and play "macroinvertebrate mayhem"! Then make a pond craft to take home. For all ages; fee: $5/family. Preregistration is required.
 
 
Fantastic Frogs
Tuesday, August 4, 11 a.m.–noon
Did you know a group of frogs is called an army and a group of toads is called a knot? Learn more froggy fun facts through trivia games and activities! Discover the differences and similarities between frogs and toads, and see if you can leap as far as a cricket frog! For all ages; fee: $5/family. Preregistration is required.
 
 
Snail2.jpgSlow Moving Creatures
Tuesday, September 15, 11 a.m.–noon
Did you know some snails can live to be up to 15 years old? Come explore these slow-moving creatures and more! Learn about slugs, snails and all slimy bugs through hands-on science experiments. Go on a habitat hike to search for these animals in action, and make a fun craft to take home. 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 or 3 Tiny Tots programs for $5. Preregistration is required.
 
Shapes in Nature
Monday, July 6, 10:30–11 a.m.
Practice your shapes and develop your fine motor skills through games and hands-on activities. Then go on a nature hunt to find plants and animals of different shapes. For ages 18 months–3 years (with an accompanying adult); fee: $2/child or 3 TT programs for $5. Preregistration is required.
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Senses in Nature
Monday, August 3, 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 - 3 years (with an accompanying adult); fee: $2/child or 3 TT programs for $5. Preregistration is required.
 
ABC’s in Nature
Monday, September 14, 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–3 years (with an accompanying adult); fee: $2/child or 3 TT programs for $5. 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 for each program or 3 Nature Watcher programs for $10. Preregistration is required.
 
Around the Pond
Wednesday, July 8, 1–2 p.m.
Many animals and insects live in the pond! Read "Around the Pond" by Lindsay Barrett George and discover what animals can be found there. Make a pond collage craft with all of your favorite animals. Then peek into the water as we explore the critters that are swimming in Crowder's pond. For ages 3–5; fee: $4/child or $10 for 3 Nature Watchers programs. Preregistration is required.
 
 
tadpoles.jpgFroggie Babies
Wednesday, August 5, 1–2 p.m.
Hop or leap on down to discover the frogs and toads of the park. Read "Froggie Babies" by Suzanne Farrior and make a froggy craft. Practice your jumping skills, learn to 'ribbit' like your favorite amphibian and examine the differences between the frogs and toads. For ages 3–5; fee: $4/child or $10 for 3 Nature Watchers programs. Preregistration is required.
 
 
Snail’s Spell
Wednesday, September 16, 1–2 p.m.
Snails leave a slimy, sticky trail wherever they go. Read "A Snail's Spell" by Joanne Ryder and search for snail hiding places. Observe these slow-moving critters up close and their squishy, slimy bodies. Then have a tasty snack! For ages 3–5; 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 Nature Friends programs for $10. Preregistration is required.
 

Pond Stroll

Wednesday, July 8, 11 a.m.–noon
Do you know what's living underneath the water? Dip into the pond and explore the critters that can be found hiding in the plants or right under the surface. Explore a variety of bugs including water striders, frogs, beetles and minnows and their neat adaptations! For ages 6-9; fee: $4/Child or $10 for 3 Nature Friends programs. Preregistration is required.
 
 
Frog and Toad
Wednesday, August 5, 11 a.m. – noon
Dry, wet, bumpy or smooth; frogs and toads are more different than you might think! Learn the life cycle and their cool adaptations. Then go on a habitat hike as we search for these amazing amphibians. For ages 6–9; fee: $4/child or $10 for 3 Nature Friends programs. Preregistration is required.
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Snails, Slugs and Slimy Things
Wednesday, September 16, 11 a.m.–noon
Slide on down to the park to learn about one of our slimiest friends in nature. Explore how our sticky friends move, search for their hiding spots and observe our garden friends in action. Then our slimy friends will help us out in a fun craft! For ages 6–9; fee: $4/child or $10 for 3 Nature Friends programs. Preregistration is required.
 

Summer Camps

Crowder’s camps offer your child hands-on history and nature activities including visits with live animals, hikes, crafts, games and more. Each day offers a different theme. There will be two adult staff with the kids at all times. Kids bring their own snacks. Preregistration is required. Camp size is limited, so sign up early!
 
Polliwogs: Water
Tuesday–Thursday, July 21–23; 9 a.m.–noon
Drop off program for ages 4–5; Fee: $36/child
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!  Drop-off program for ages 4–5; Fee: $36/child. Preregistration is required. – CAMP IS FULL! Please call to be placed on the waitlist.

Polliwogs: Animals
Tuesday–Thursday, August 11–13; 9 a.m.–noon
Drop off program for ages 4–5; Fee: $36/child
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. Drop-off program for ages 4–5; Fee: $36/child.  Preregistration is required.