Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space

2020 Summer Camps

Online Camp Registration

Select the Wake County PROS Online button below to
see available camps at all park locations by date.
 
 


To register for an upcoming camp at a specific park,
select a Register Online button at the park of your choice.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Blue Jay Point County Park

3200 Pleasant Union Church Road
Raleigh, NC 27613
 

If you have questions about a camp, please contact the Blue Jay Center for Environmental Education by phone at 919-870-4330 or by emailing bluejaypoint@wakegov.com. You may register or waitlist online!
 
Blue Jay Explorer (3-day camp for 9–12s) (Track 1, Traditional)  
June 22, 24 & 26, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. 
From the sun and stars to Global Positioning Systems (GPS) join us as we progress through time to learn how explorers have used tools to find their way through our world. We will use these tools to become skilled in such activities as letterboxing and geocaching while we explore the wilds of Blue Jay Point County Park. Campers should bring a healthy snack and a packed lunch each day.
For ages 9–12
Fee: $72/child. 

Forest Detectives (3-day camp for 6–8s) (Track 4, Traditional) (2 spaces left) 
July 13, 15 & 17, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. 
Hone your tracking skills as we hunt down wild animals and plants in this exciting mini-camp. As a nature detective, you’ll use your senses and a special kit to discover hidden secrets in the Blue Jay forest. This will be an all-weather adventure, so dress accordingly! Campers should bring a healthy snack and a packed lunch each day.
For ages 6–8
Fee: $48/child.
 
Eco-Kids Incredible Insects (3-day camp for 4–5s) (Track 4, Traditional) (2 spaces left) 
July 20, 22 & 24, 9 a.m.–noon
Ladybugs, butterflies and dragonflies are just some of the amazing insects that live all around us. How are they alike? How are they different? Come explore Blue Jay Point habitats as we seek them out. Listen to creepy-crawly stories, make some critter crafts and enjoy yummy buggy snacks.  
Ages 4–5 
$36/child. Includes staff supervision, crafts, activities and a thematic snack. 
 

 

Crowder District Park

4709 Ten-Ten Road
Apex, NC 27539
 
To check for space availability, contact Crowder District Park by phone at 919-662-2850 or by email. crowderpark@wakegov.com. 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 adults with the kids at all times. Kids bring their own snacks. Preregistration is required. Camp size is limited (maximum of 16 participants), so sign up early! 
 
Polliwogs Camp: Trees (3-day camp for 4–5s) (Track 1, Traditional) Waiting List only
June 9, 10 & 11, 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!
For ages 4–5
Fee: $36/child

Polliwogs Camp: Water (3-day camp for 4–5s) (Track 4, Traditional) Waiting List only
July 7–9, 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!
For ages 4–5
Fee: $36/child

Polliwogs Camp: Animals (3-day camp for 4–5s) (Track 3, Traditional) Waiting List only
August 4–6, 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.
For ages 4–5
Fee: $36/child
 

 

Harris Lake County Park

2112 County Park Drive
New Hill, NC 27562
 
A registration packet including a health history form and more information will be sent to you with your paid registration online. Your child will need to bring a lunch, snacks and water bottle to camp each day. All camps meet in the Cypress Shelter.  Questions?  Contact Harris Lake County Park by phone, 919-387-4342 or by emailing harris.lake@wakegov.com

Kurious Kids Nature Day Camp (3-day camp for ages 4 - 6) (Track 1, Traditional)
June 23–25, 9 a.m.–noon  Waiting List only
Kurious Kids will discover the natural world of Harris Lake County Park through short hikes, themed crafts and games, fishing, dip netting in the pond and meeting our program animals. Make new friends and have lots of fun as we explore the park together. Campers provide their own snack
For ages 4–6
Fee: $36/child
   
Nature Explorers Day Camp (5-day camp for ages 7–11) (Track 4, Traditional)
July 6–10, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.  Waiting List only
Each day will be a new adventure! Go fishing and canoeing, take a wagon ride to our Longleaf Forest, dip in the pond to see who lives there, create themed crafts, play games and explore nature as you meet new friends. Campers provide their own lunch and snack.
For ages 7–11
Fee: $80/child

Nature Explorers Mini Day Camp (3-day camp for ages 7–11) (Track 3, Traditional)
August 4–6, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. 
A mini version of the full week - Go fishing and canoeing, take a wagon ride to our Longleaf Forest, scoop in the pond to see who lives there, create themed crafts, play games and explore nature as you meet new friends. Campers provide their own lunch and snack.
For ages 7–11
Fee: $48/child

 

Historic Oak View County Park

4028 Carya Drive
Raleigh, NC  27610
 
A registration packet including a health history form and more information will be sent to you with your paid registration online. You may register or waitlist online! Questions? Contact Oak View County Park by phone at 919-250-1013 or by emailing oakview@wakegov.com
 
Oak View Farm Camp (5-day camp for ages 7–10) (Track 3, Traditional) Waiting List only
July 27–31, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Join us for this year's Farm Camp to catch a glimpse into the life of a farmer and much more! Activities include games, hands-on activities related to the farm's live animals (goats and chickens), fishing, intro to beekeeping, trail hikes, educational programs, arts and crafts projects, and guest speakers.  Lunch–but not snacks–will be provided each day. 
For ages 7–10
Fee: $140/child
 

 

Historic Yates Mill County Park

4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC 27603
 
If you have questions about a camp or to check for space availability, contact Historic Yates Mill County Park by phone at 919-856-6675 or by email yatesmill@wakegov.com. Yates Mill’s camps offer your child hands-on history and nature activities including tours of the old mill, visits with live animals, hikes, crafts, games and more. Each day offers a different theme. There will be two adults with the kids at all times. Kids bring their own lunch and snacks. Preregistration is required. Camp size is limited, so sign up early! 

 
Mill Theater & Art Mini Camp:  Yankee Doodle  (3-day camp for 6–8s) (Track 1, Traditional) 
June 30 & July 1, 9 a.m.–noon & July 2, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Explore Independence Day with a fun dose of history. Learn about the American Revolution through a whimsical story set to the popular tune of Yankee Doodle, where mice, rabbits and other woodland creatures bring to life the era’s important events. Then collaborate with other camp kids to create a skit to perform for your families! Costume items will be included for participant use. Camp size is limited to 12 participants.

Participate as actors and musicians in an interactive children’s play and explore a wide variety of performing and visual arts in an environment of encouragement and support. Learn and develop skills in acting, improvisation, movement, stage production and adaptation while performing an original mill theater production. No experience required – just bring your high energy and enthusiasm!.
For ages 6–8
Fee: $42/child

Park Adventures Camp:  The Raleigh Renaissance  (5-day camp for 9–12s) (Track 4, Traditional) 
July 20–24, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Join us for an adventure camp filled with historical and natural experiences! This week-long camp will include outdoor exploration, hands-on classroom activities, and expert guest presenters. Participants will explore various aspects of the European Renaissance (approx. 1300–1600) and learn about what was taking place in the New World and Carolinas during that time period. Costume items will be included for participant use. 

Daily camp themes include (1) Mariners, merchants & explorer-naturalists, (2) Mechanics, engineering & inventions, (3) Games of skill, military maneuvers, and survival strategies, (4) Farms, fibers & homespun productions, and (5) Feasts, music & pageantry. Camp size is limited to 14 participants. 
For ages 9–12
Fee: $124/child


 

Lake Crabtree County Park

1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville, NC 27560
 
If you have questions about camp, please contact Lake Crabtree County Park by phone at 919-460-2723 or by emailing colleenbockhahn@wakegov.com. All participants should wear play clothes and bring weather-appropriate outerwear each day. Closed-toe shoes are required, and extra shoes that can get wet are strongly encouraged. Preregistration is required.
 
Dragonfly Detective Camp  (4-day camp for 9–13s) (Track 4, Traditional) 
July 20–24, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Explore the world of dragonflies! Learn about aquatic systems, animal migration and dragonfly identification while participating in fun, scientific activities. Campers will help gather data on dragonfly migration and contribute to a citizen science project.
Each camper will receive a dragonfly field guide, insect net, activity guide and water bottle to keep. Snacks will be provided each day.
For ages 9–13
Fee: $80/child