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
 

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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

Take A Child Outside Week (TACO)

Tracks and Traps (TACO)
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2–3 p.m.
Tracks can tell us so much about an animal's behavior. Learn to read the land, including who has been here, where they were going, and how fast! Observe nature around us on a habitat hike and use bug traps to catch and release your favorite insects. For all ages; fee: FREE. Registration is required for all family members and children must have adult accompaniment.
 
Autumn Leaves (TACO)
Monday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m.–noon
Let’s celebrate the arrival of Fall! Make a craft inspired by the leaves’ changing colors. 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.
 
A weekend program that is fun for the whole family! Meet at the Upper Pavilion.
 
Tracks and Traps (TACO)
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2–3 p.m.
See description in Special Event section above.
 

Discover the Park

Walk in the Woods
Saturday, Sept. 8, 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 Table: Bugs
Saturday, Sept. 8, 1–3 p.m.
Stop by our FREE discovery table to explore the bugs 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.

Unhuggables
Friday, Aug. 31, 7:30–8:30 p.m.
Snakes, spiders, bugs and beetles! You either love’em or you hate these "scary" critters. Explore the world of these squirmy animals and their important roles in the habitat through hands-on activities, games, and crafts. For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); fee: $1/person. Registration is required.
 
Owl Prowl
Friday, Sept. 21, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Go on an Owl Prowl and discover the kinds of owls that are found in the Piedmont, what they eat, where they live, and what they sound like. Dissect an owl pellet and practice your owl calls. 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.
  
Slow Moving Creatures
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 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 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: $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.
   
ABCs in Nature
Monday, Sept. 10, 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. 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.
  
Snail’s Spell
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 11 a.m.–noon
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 snail themed snack! 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.
      
Dashing Dragonflies
Monday, Aug. 27, 11 a.m.–noon
Dragonflies are zooming through the park! Come make a craft inspired by these colorful insects. 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.
 
Autumn Leaves (TACO)
Monday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m.–noon
See description in Special Event section above.