2018 Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Camps

will be available online in January 2018

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!
 
 
Eco-Kids Animal Babies AM for 4–5s (Track 1, trad.)
June 11, 13 & 15, 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. Includes staff supervision, crafts, activities and a thematic snack.

Eco-Kids Animal Babies PM for 4–5s (Track 1, trad.)
June 11, 13 & 15, 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. Includes staff supervision, crafts, activities and a thematic snack.
 
Terrific Trees AM  for 6–8s (Track 1, trad.)
June 18, 20 & 22, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. (new longer camp!)
Join other junior foresters as we delve into the world of trees from roots to canopy, make recycled paper, print leafy bandanas, and explore the surrounding forest.
Ages 6–8. $48/child. Includes staff supervision, crafts and activities. You provide lunch and a snack each day.

There’s an Owl in the Shower!  for 9–12s (Track 1, trad.)
June 25, 27 & 29, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
plus optional Owl Prowl on Wednesday, June 27, 8:30–9:30 p.m.
Campers will explore owl ecology, field guide use, endangered species, comparisons of ecosystems, environmental ethics and more while enjoying hikes, games and crafts. Campers are expected to read There’s an Owl in the Shower (another great book by My Side of the Mountain author Jean Craighead George) prior to attending camp. Loaner books will be available for checkout upon registration. For 9–12-year-olds. $72/child. You provide lunch and a snack each day.

Eco-Kids Aquatic Adventures AM for 4–5s (Track 4, trad.)
July 9, 11 & 13, 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. Includes staff supervision, crafts, activities and a thematic snack.
 
Eco-Kids Aquatic Adventures PM for 4–5s (Track 4, trad.)
July 9, 11 & 13, 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. Includes staff supervision, crafts, activities and a thematic snack.
 
Wild About Water AM for 6–8s (Track 4, trad.)
July 16, 18 & 20, 9 a.m.–noon

Cool off and drink the same water that dinosaurs drank! Water captures our fancy this week as we explore the water cycle through land-based water games, get acquainted with the Blue Jay pond and the pretty slick critters that live there, focus on fish and our local aquatic food webs, and conduct fun water experiments with this all-important liquid.
Ages 6–8. $36/child. Includes staff supervision, crafts and activities. You provide a snack each day.
 
Wild About Water PM for 6–8s (Track 4, trad.)
July 16, 18 & 20, 1–4 p.m.
Cool off and drink the same water that dinosaurs drank! Water captures our fancy this week as we explore the water cycle through land-based water games, get acquainted with the Blue Jay pond and the pretty slick critters that live there, focus on fish and our local aquatic food webs, and conduct fun water experiments with this all-important liquid.
Ages 6–8. $36/child. Includes staff supervision, crafts and activities. You provide a snack each day.

Eco-Kids Incredible Insects PM for 4–5s (Track 3, trad.)
August  6, 8 & 10, 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. 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 2 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 for 4–5s (Track 1, trad.)
June 12–14, 9 a.m.–noon
This is a drop-off program for ages 4–5; Fee: $36/child
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 plant a flower to help feed butterflies and bees!
 
Polliwogs Camp: WATER for 4–5s (Track 4, trad.)
July 10–12, 9 a.m.–noon
This is a drop-off program for ages 4–5; Fee: $36/child
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!
 
Polliwogs Camp: ANIMALS for 4–5s (Track 3, trad.)
August 7–9, 9 a.m.–noon
This is a drop-off program for ages 4–5; Fee: $36/child
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.
 

 

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
 
Outdoor Survival Day Camp for 7–12s (Track 4, trad.)
April 3–5 (3-day camp)  8:30 a.m.–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. For ages 7–12. $100/child
 
Mini Discovery Day Camp  for 4–7s (Track 1, trad.)
June 18–22 (5-day mini-camp) 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Discover nature at Harris Lake County Park while hiking or on a back roads wagon ride. Spend a day fishing and canoeing and enjoy games and crafts each day with new friends. Campers provide their own snack and lunch. For ages 4–7. $80/child
 
Discovery Day Camp for 7–11s (Track 1, trad.)
June 25–29 (5-day camp) 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Explore the natural world of Harris Lake County Park while hiking or on a back roads wagon ride. Spend a morning of fishing and canoeing, enjoy games and crafts with new friends, "disc-over" the sport of disc golf and practice survival skills. This will be an action-packed week of fun outdoors.
Campers provide their own snack and lunch. More information on what to expect will be sent prior to camp.
For ages 7–11. $160/child
 
Mini Discovery Day Camp for 4–7s (Track 4, trad.)
July 9–13 (5-day mini-camp) 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Discover nature at Harris Lake County Park while hiking or on a back roads wagon ride. Spend a day fishing and canoeing, and enjoy games and crafts each day with new friends. Campers provide their own snack and lunch. For ages 4–7. $80/child
 
Discovery Day Camp for 7–11s (Track 4, trad.)
July 16–20 (5-day camp) 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Explore the natural world of Harris Lake County Park while hiking or on a back roads wagon ride. Spend a morning of fishing and canoeing, enjoy games and crafts with new friends, "disc-over" the sport of disc golf and practice survival skills. This will be an action-packed week
of fun outdoors. Campers provide their own snack and lunch. More information on what to expect
will be sent prior to camp. For ages 7–11. $160/child
 
Mini Discovery Day Camp for 4–7s (Track 3, trad.)
August 6–10 (5-day mini-camp) 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Discover nature at Harris Lake County Park while hiking or on a back roads wagon ride. Spend a day fishing and canoeing and enjoy games and crafts each day with new friends.
Campers provide their own snack and lunch. For ages 4–7. $80/child

 

Historic Oak View County Park

4028 Carya Drive
Raleigh, NC  27610
 
Join us for this year's Farm Camp to catch a glimpse into the life of a farmer and much more. Each day is jam-packed with fun and educational games, activities, guest speakers, and more! Campers will learn through games and hands-on activities about the farm's animals (including our goats and chickens!), the history of the farm and the crops grown here, and finally, what kids did for fun on the farm.
 
Select from two different dates offered. 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–Session One (Track 4, trad.)
July 9–13 (5-day camp) 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Fee: $140 per child, for ages 8–11​
 

Oak View Farm Camp–Session Two (Track 3, trad.)
July 30–August 3 (5-day camp) 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Fee: $140 per child, for ages 8–11




 

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 (maximum of 12 participants), so sign up early! 

Mill Theater & Art Camp for 6–12s (Track 1, trad.)
Monday–Friday, June 25–29, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
What do you think a ride to the Old Mill felt like, and what might be seen along the way? Make history come to life in this full-bodied transportation exploration. 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! Important: Students enrolled in this camp must attend all five days of camp and be available to perform at the park on the afternoon of Friday, June 25.  This is a drop-off program for ages 6–12; fee: $180/child
 
 
Park Adventures Camp for 7–14s (Track 4, trad.)
Monday–Friday, July 23–27, 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. Participants will learn about North Carolina conservation from the mountains to the sea! Daily camp themes include: (1) Becoming Conservationists, (2) North Carolina Piedmont, (3) North Carolina Coastal Plain and Mountains, (4) Improving Habitats, and (5) Natural Discoveries.
Among other activities, Day 1 includes a hike around the park, animal track making and various science activities to show the importance of biodiversity; Day 2 includes a chance for participants to interact with live animals and to take a tour of the old mill; Day 3 will include an estuary workshop, a section on Loggerhead Sea Turtles, rock discovery, canoeing and fishing; Day 4 participants will learn how to develop backyard habitats and will get to take a trip to the Prairie Ridge Eco-Station; and Day 5 will include a trip to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and a chance to discover the Naturalist Center.  This is a drop-off program for ages 7–14; fee: $170/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 lakecrabtree@wakegov.com. Preregistration is required.
 
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