​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 Family Pond Study​ Nature Families Nature Watchers
Family Features Crowder By Night Tiny Tots Nature Friends
*Page down to see our Summer Camps listing for 2016.*
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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: Bird Bonanza
Saturday, February 13, 11 a.m.–noon
Birds come in different shapes, sizes and patterns! Join us for a morning of bird crafts. Use natural objects to create birds found in the woods and build your own make believe bird! Then paint pictures using feathers and learn the importance of color in our feathered friends. For all ages; fee: $4/child. Preregistration is required.
Saturday, February 13, 1–2 p.m.
To support the Great Backyard Bird Count, 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; FREE. Preregistration is not required. 
For all ages; fee: $5/family. Preregistration is required.
Sunday, February 14, 2:30–3:30 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 valentines day snack.
Sunday, March 20, 2–3 p.m.
Nature is full of magic! Learn what a habitat is and discover a few animals that call the park home. Then explore the enchanted side of the woods and build a fairy home. End the day by tasting a magical snack.

Family Pond Study

Saturday, March 19, 1–3 p.m.

Meet park staff on the boardwalk to study the many animals and insects that live in the pond!  Peek into the water as we explore the critters that are swimming underneath the surface. For all ages; fee: FREE!  Preregistration is not required.


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

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Night Birds
Friday, February 12, 4:30–5:30 p.m.
Celebrate this year's Great Backyard Bird Count with a night hike at Crowder! Learn about owls and other birds that are active at night. Bundle up - it's cold outside! For all ages (most appropriate for ages 6 & up).

Spring Has Sprung
Friday, March 25, 5–6 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.

A weekday program that is fun for the whole family! For all ages; fee: $5/family. Preregistration required. 
Tuesday, March 8, 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.

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.
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Numbers in Nature
Monday, March 7, 10:30–11 a.m.
Practice your numbers through centers-based activities and develop your fine motor skills using natural objects.  

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.  
Wednesday, March 9, 1–2 p.m.
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.

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. 

Soil Science
Wednesday, March 9, 11 a.m.–noon
There is so much more to soil than dirt! Prepare to get messy as we explore the ground beneath us! Conduct the "soil shake test" to help us classify soil particles into sand, clay and loam! Also explore the "Magic Soil Bag" with a naturalist to learn the importance of soil in our ecosystem.