2016 ​ Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Camps

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For information about upcoming camps at the following parks:
 
 
 
 
 

 
3200 Pleasant Union Church Road
Raleigh, NC 27613
 
To check for space availability, contact the Blue Jay Center for Environmental Education by phone at 919-870-4330 or by emailing bluejaypoint@wakegov.com. To register, you will need to include a completed registration form and payment online, or by mail or in person.
 
Eco-Kids Astronomy Adventures (Track 3)
Jan. 25 & 27, 1–3 p.m., plus Jan. 29, 6–8 p.m. (evening session with parent)
Spend the week with the stars, planets and other celestial celebrities. Friday will be a special nighttime Eco-Kids session, to provide stargazing time. 
Ages 4–5, $25/child for all three sessions.  Includes staff supervision, snacks, crafts and activities.
 
Eco-Kids Rocks for Tots (Track 3)
Feb. 8, 10 & 12, 1–3 p.m.
Discover the differences between rocks and minerals, find out how fossils are formed, and learn about the forces that form our earth.
Ages 4–5, $25/child for all three sessions.  Includes staff supervision, snacks, crafts and activities.
 
Eco-Kids Weather Wonders (Track 2)
Feb. 29, March 2 & 4, 1–3 p.m.
Weather affects all of us! Learn about the many different types of weather in our area, from winter storms to sunny spring days.
Ages 4–5, $25/child for all three sessions.  Includes staff supervision, snacks, crafts and activities.
 
Bird Bonanza Mini-Camp AM (Track 1, trad)
June 13, 15 & 17, 9 a.m.–noon
Learn to identify birds by sight and sound, and find out how to make your backyard into a wildlife sanctuary. Get to know other junior bird enthusiasts while hiking, playing games, and doing crafts during a week that is truly "for the birds." 
Ages 6–8, $36/child for all three sessions.
 
Bird Bonanza Mini-Camp PM (Track 1, trad)
June 13, 15 & 17, 14 p.m.
Learn to identify birds by sight and sound, and find out how to make your backyard into a wildlife sanctuary. Get to know other junior bird enthusiasts while hiking, playing games, and doing crafts during a week that is truly "for the birds." 
Ages 6–8, $36/child for all three sessions. 
 
Eco-Kids Animal Babies AM (Track 1, trad)
June 20, 22 & 24, 9–11 a.m.
Animal babies come in many forms, from the cute fox kit to the interesting larvae of dragonflies. Come learn about the similarities and differences of the many different animal babies.
Ages 4–5, $25/child for all three sessions.  Includes staff supervision, snacks, crafts and activities.
 
Eco-Kids Animal Babies PM (Track 1, trad)
June 20, 22 & 24, 1–3 p.m.
Animal babies come in many forms, from the cute fox kit to the interesting larvae of dragonflies. Come learn about the similarities and differences of the many different animal babies.
Ages 4–5, $25/child for all three sessions. Includes staff supervision, snacks, crafts and activities.
 
Blue Jay Explorers Mini-Camp (Trad)
June 27, 29 and July 1, 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.
Ages 9–12, $72/child for all three sessions.
 
Eco-Kids Aquatic Adventures AM (Track 4, trad)
July 11, 13 & 15, 9–11 a.m.
Frogs and newts and water bugs – oh my! Meet many kinds of aquatic critters as we explore Blue Jay Point’s pond, streams and shores of Falls Lake. We'll also spend time learning about all things aquatic through crafts, stories, snacks and more! 
Ages 4–5, $25/child for all three sessions. Includes staff supervision, snacks, crafts and activities.
 
Eco-Kids Aquatic Adventures PM (Track 4, trad)
July 11, 13 & 15, 1–3 p.m.
Frogs and newts and water bugs – oh my! Meet many kinds of aquatic critters as we explore Blue Jay Point’s pond, streams and shores of Falls Lake. We'll also spend time learning about all things aquatic through crafts, stories, snacks and more! 
Ages 4–5, $25/child for all three sessions. Includes staff supervision, snacks, crafts and activities.
 
Critter Capers Mini-Camp AM (Track 4, trad)
July 18, 20 & 22, 9 a.m.–noon 
Have a blast while exploring the fields, forests and streams at Blue Jay Point. We'll learn about mammals, insects, reptiles and amphibians as we hike, do crafts, and play games.
Ages 6–8, $36/child for all three sessions.
 
Critter Capers Mini-Camp PM (Track 4, trad)
July 18, 20 & 22, 1–4 p.m.
Have a blast while exploring the fields, forests and streams at Blue Jay Point. We'll learn about mammals, insects, reptiles and amphibians as we hike, do crafts, and play games.
Ages 6–8, $36/child for all three sessions.
 
Eco-Kids Incredible Insects (Track 3, trad)
Aug. 8, 10 & 12, 1–3 p.m.
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, $25/child for all three sessions. Includes staff supervision, snacks, crafts and activities.

 
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. To register, you will need to include a completed registration form and payment online, or by mail or in person. There will be two adults with the kids at all times. Kids bring their own snacks. Preregistration is required. Camp size is limited, so sign up early!
 
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 12–14, 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

 
2112 County Park Drive
New Hill, NC 27562
 
To check for space availability and obtain the camp registration packet, contact Harris Lake County Park by phone, 919-387-4342 or by emailing harris.lake@wakegov.com. Space is limited to 12–16 campers per camp depending on the camp.

 

Outdoor Survival Day Camp @ Harris Lake County Park (Track 4, trad)
March 29–31, Tuesday–Thursday (3-day camp), 8:30–4:30 p.m.
Spend three days of spring break practicing fun outdoor survival skills! As we explore the park, you will learn to build a debris shelter and a fire, discover tricks for finding signs of wildlife, make your own take-home survival pack and much more. Meets at the Cypress Shelter
Ages 7–12  $100/child for all three sessions

Discovery Day Camp  (Track 1, trad)
June 13–17, 8:30–4:30 p.m.
Explore the natural wonders of Harris Lake County Park while hiking or on a back roads wagon ride.  Experience the fun of fabulous fishing and canoeing, enjoy games and crafts with new friends, try out geocaching, "disc-over" the sport of disc golf and practice survival skills. Meets at the Cypress Shelter
Ages 7–12  $160/child for all 5 sessions
 
Discovery Mini Day Camp  (Track 1, trad)
June 20–24, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.   
Discover nature at Harris Lake County Park while hiking or on a back roads wagon ride. Experience the fun of fabulous fishing and canoeing and enjoy games and crafts with new friends. Meets at the Cypress Shelter
Ages 4–7  $80/child for all 5 sessions
 
Discovery Mini Day Camp (Trad)
June 27–July 1, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Discover nature at Harris Lake County Park while hiking or on a back roads wagon ride. Experience the fun of fabulous fishing and canoeing and enjoy games and crafts with new friends. Meets at the Cypress Shelter
Ages 4–7  $80/child for all 5 sessions
 
Discovery Day Camp (Track 4, trad)
July 11–15, 8:30–4:30 p.m.
Explore the natural wonders of Harris Lake County Park while hiking or on a back roads wagon ride.  Experience the fun of fabulous fishing and canoeing, enjoy games and crafts with new friends, try out geocaching, "disc-over" the sport of disc golf and practice survival skills. Meets at the Cypress Shelter
Ages 7–12  $160/child for all 5 sessions

 

4028 Carya Drive
Raleigh, NC  27610
 
To check for space availability, contact Oak View County Park by phone at 919-250-1013 or by emailing oakview@wakegov.com. To register, you will need to include a completed registration form and payment online, or by mail or in person. 
 
Oak View Farm Camp  (Track 4 and Trad)
July 11–15, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Summer camp at Historic Oak View returns offering a full day camp for the first time! Join us for this year's farm camp to catch a glimpse in the life of a farmer and much more. Each day will explore a different theme of farm life. The campers will learn through games and hands-on activities about the farm's animals (including our goats!), the history of the farm, the families who called Oak View 'home,' the crops grown here, and finally, what the kids did for fun on the farm. Call or email us today to learn how to enroll your child(ren) in our fun farm camp!
Ages 8–11, $140/child for 5 full days of camp
 
Oak View Farm Camp  (Track 3 and Trad)
August 1–5, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Summer camp at Historic Oak View returns offering a full day camp for the first time! Join us for this year's farm camp to catch a glimpse in the life of a farmer and much more. Each day will explore a different theme of farm life. The campers will learn through games and hands-on activities about the farm's animals (including our goats!), the history of the farm, the families who called Oak View 'home,' the crops grown here, and finally, what the kids did for fun on the farm. Call or email us today to learn how to enroll your child(ren) in our fun farm camp!
Ages 8–11, $140/child for 5 full days of camp

 
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC 27603
 
To check for space availability, contact Historic Yates Mill County Park by phone at 919-856-6675 or by email. To register, you will need to include a completed registration form and payment online, or by mail or in person. There will be 2 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 Camp
July 5–7, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
July 8, 68 p.m.
In the spirit of Independence Day, make history come to life in this full-bodied exploration of the founding and establishment of the 13 original American Colonies and the struggles that were faced by the early colonists, including Yates Mill’s founder Samuel Pearson and his family. Participate as actors, musicians and stage hands 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!
Ages 6–12, $108/child for 3 full days of camp, plus Friday evening
 
Park Adventures Camp
July 25–29, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
This adventure camp allows participants to gain a sense of accomplishment by attaining goals in a unique historical setting and diverse natural environment. Daily camp themes include (1) Explorers & Mapping, (2) Pioneer-Farmers & Agriculture, (3) Millers & Mechanics, (4) History Detectives, and (5) Artist-Naturalists & Ecology. Among other activities, Day 1 includes a hike around the park, orienteering exercises and a canoe float; Day 2 includes a planting activity and visits to a local organic farm and the State Farmers Market; Day 3 includes a mill tour and an inventors workshop with simple machines; Day 4 includes a group mystery to solve and a road trip to the NC Museum of History; and Day 5 includes wildlife studies and sketching, pond dipping with nets and cane pole fishing.  
Ages 7–14, $184/child for 5 full days of camp