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.
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FORM
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.
COMING SOON – ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR PARK PROGRAMS!!
Sunday, October 11, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
We're looking for the best dog tricks and canine costumes in Wake County! If your dog has a special talent and/or a super cool costume, come and show us during this afternoon of recreational fun. For all ages; FREE. Preregistration is not required.
Kids Get Crafty: Fall Forest Fun
Sunday, November 22, 1–2 p.m.
Colorful leaves, neat twigs and unique seed pods – trees make great art supplies. Learn the parts of a tree, then create festive fall crafts using natural objects. For all ages; fee: $4/child. Preregistration is required.
For all ages; fee: $5/family. Preregistration is required.
Pumpkin TimeSunday, October 25, 2–3 p.m.
Explore the uses of pumpkins, past and present, then study pumpkins inside and out. Where do they come from? How do they grow? Will they float? Find out and paint a small pumpkin to take home. For all ages; fee: $5/family. Preregistration is required.
Sunday, November 15, 2–3 p.m.
November is a time to be thankful! Celebrate the natural world and where our favorite Thanksgiving Foods come from. Investigate corn under microscopes and hand lenses, learn the difference between fruits and veggies, and make a Thanksgiving craft. For all ages; fee: $5/family. Preregistration is required.
Winter Wrap Up
Sunday, December 13, 2–3 p.m.
Winter is a great time to explore nature at the park! Join a naturalist and learn how to identify tracks, explore conifers, and drink pine needle tea. Then observe snow and ice through hands-on science experiments. Don't forget to bring your scarf and mittens! For all ages; fee: $5/family. Preregistration is required.
Crowder by Night
For all ages; fee: $5/family or $3/person. Preregistration is required.
Spooky SpidersFriday, October 16, 6–7 p.m.
Did you know there are over 40,000 different species of spiders! Join us as we explore a few arachnids found in our park as we sniff out these 8 legged creatures. Learn how and why spiders build webs and then make a fun craft about these creepy critters. For all ages; fee: $5/family or $3/person. Preregistration is required.
Seasonal Scavenger Hunt
Friday, November 13, 5–6 p.m.
Scavenger hunts are a great way to explore the park in a new way! Bring the whole family and enjoy a crisp autumn night searching for clues focused on nature and night time critters. Sip on hot apple cider and make a fall craft. For all ages; fee: $5/family or $3/person. Preregistration is required.
The Winter Sky
Friday, December 4, 4:30–5:30 p.m.
Winter is a great season to gaze at stars! Learn your way around winter's constellations, enjoy hot cocoa, and learn about the mysterious night sky. Use our binoculars or bring your own pair but make sure you bundle up 'cause it's cold outside! For all ages; fee: $5/family or $3/person. Preregistration is required.
A weekday program that is fun for the whole family! For all ages; fee: $5/family. Preregistration required.
Camo CrittersTuesday, October 6, 11 a.m.–noon
Learn all about the amazing ways our neighbors in nature can hide in plain sight. Play a fun camouflage game and go on a nature walk to look for camo critters! For all ages; fee: $5/family. Preregistration is required.
Tuesday, November 3, 11 a.m.–noon
It's turkey time here at Crowder. Join us as we explore turkey tales, stories and songs. Learn how to ruffle your feathers and practice your best call. Then go on a turkey trot. For all ages; fee: $5/family. Preregistration is required.
Pine Tree Party
Tuesday, December 8, 11 a.m.–noon
It's a party at Crowder and who is our guest of honor? Pine Trees! Bring your family down to the park as we explore our evergreen friends through binoculars, magnifying glasses and our own eyes. See what animals call these pine giants home and how they help the habitat. For all ages; fee: $5/family. Preregistration is required.
A half-hour weekday program for children ages 18 months to 3 years old, with an accompanying adult; fee: $2/child. Preregistration is required.
Bugs in Nature
Monday, October 5, 10:30–11 a.m.
Explore bugs of different colors and shapes! Count the number of legs spiders beetles have! Then go on a bug safari! For ages 18 months–3 years (with an accompanying adult); fee: $2/child. Preregistration is required.
Leaves in Nature
Monday, November 2, 10:30–11 a.m.
Red, yellow, orange and brown – leaves come in all different sizes and colors. Practice your color and shape recognition through hands-on centers. Then collect leaves that have fallen in the park! For ages 18 months–3 years (with an accompanying adult); fee: $2/child. Preregistration is required.
This program is not offered in winter-time. Please check back in spring for new Tiny Tot program listings.
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.
Nature's Hide and Seek
Wednesday, October 7, 1–2 p.m.
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. Preregistration is required.
Wednesday, November 4, 1–2 p.m.
Wild Turkeys are smart and fascinating birds. No wonder they were almost chosen as our national mascot. Come learn some feathery facts, read a story and make a terrific turkey craft. For ages 3–5; fee: $4/child. Preregistration is required.
Wednesday, December 9, 1–2 p.m.
How do pine trees stay so green when it is so cold outside? Who loves to live in evergreens during winter? We will explore the answers to these and other questions using our five senses during a winter stroll around the park and by doing an art project. We will also read "The Sheltering Cedar" by local author Anne Marshall Runyon. For ages 3–5; fee: $4/child. 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/child. Preregistration is required.
Now You See Me, Now You Don’t
Wednesday, October 7, 11 a.m.–noon
Wild animals are masters of disguise and pros at incredible disappearing acts. Find out how and why our friends in nature are so good at blending in! Try a few experiments, go on a hike and play some games as we search for camouflaged critters! For ages 6–9; fee: $4/child. Preregistration is required.
Talkin' TurkeysWednesday, November 4, 11 a.m.–noon
Believe it or not, turkeys are really smart. Think you're smarter than a turkey? Join us for some challenging games to find out! Learn all about the lives of wild turkeys, their habitat and what they like to eat, then snack on your own turkey treat. For ages 6–9; fee: $4/child. Preregistration is required.
Wednesday, December 9, 11 a.m.–noon
Do you know why pine trees are called evergreens? Because they are green all year long! Come learn about the parts and life cycle of trees, their importance in our habitat to both people and wildlife, and sip on some pine needle tea! For ages 6–9; fee: $4/child. Preregistration is required.