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​ Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Camps


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 by mail or in person.
   
Eco-Kids Animal Babies Mini-Camp
June 9, 11 & 13, 9–11 a.m. or 1–3 p.m.
Ages 4–5 Fee: $25/child  (Track 4, traditional, homeschool)
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 through crafts, stories, snacks and more.
 
Rockin' Around Geology Mini-Camp
June 16, 18 & 20, 9 a.m.–noon or 1–4 p.m.
Ages 6–8 Fee: $36/child  (Track 1, traditional, homeschool)
Geology captures our imagination this week as we explore rocks, minerals and fossils through hikes, games, stories and crafts.
 
There's an Owl in the Shower Mini-Camp
June 23, 25, & 27, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., with an optional Owl Prowl on Wed., June 25, 8:30–9:30 p.m.
Ages 9–12 Fee:  $72/child  (Track 1, traditional, homeschool)
My Side of the Mountain author Jean Craighead George has another great book, There's an Owl in the Shower. In this summer's camp by the same name, campers will learn about owl ecology, field guide use, endangered species, comparisons of ecosystems, environmental ethics, and more while enjoying hikes, games, crafts and snacks. Campers are expected to read There's an Owl in the Shower (it's short!) prior to attending camp. Loaner books will be available for check-out upon registration.
 
Eco-Kids Aquatic Adventures Mini-Camp
July 7, 9 & 11, 9–11 a.m. or 1–3 p.m.
Ages 4–5 Fee: $25/child  (Track 4, traditional, homeschool)
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!
 
Forest Detectives Mini-Camp
July 14, 16 & 18, 9 a.m.–noon
Ages 6–8 Fee: $36/child  (Track 4, traditional, homeschool)
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!
 
Eco-Kids Incredible Insects Mini-Camp
August 11, 13 & 15, 1–3 p.m.
Ages 4–5 Fee: $25/child  (Track 3, traditional, homeschool)
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.
 

 
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 by mail or in person.
 
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 adult staff with the kids at all times. Kids bring their own snacks. Preregistration is required. Camp size is limited, so sign up early!
 
Polliwogs: Trees
June 24–26, 9 a.m.–noon
Drop off program for ages 4–5; Fee: $36/child (Track 1, traditional and homeschool)
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!
 
Polliwogs: Water
July 22–24; 9 a.m.–noon
Drop off program for ages 4–5; Fee: $36/child (Track 4, traditional and homeschool)
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: Animals
August 12–14; 9 a.m.–noon
Drop off program for ages 4–5; Fee: $36/child (Track 3, traditional and homeschool)
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.
 

 
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.
 
Survival Skills Day Camp
April 29–May 1 (3 days), 9 a.m.–4.p.m.
Ages 8–12; $96/child (Track 3 and homeschool)
Learn basic skills to survive in the woods and practice using the "Leave No Trace" ethic. Feast on wild edibles, improve your observation and tracking abilities, go fishing and enjoy nature. Put together some survival items to take home. Campers provide their own lunch and snack.
 
Survival Skills Day Camp
June 11–13 (3 days), 9 a.m.–4.p.m.
Ages 8–12; $96/child  (Track 1, traditional and homeschool)
Learn basic skills to survive in the woods and practice using the "Leave No Trace" ethic. Feast on wild edibles, improve your observation and tracking abilities, go fishing and enjoy nature. Put together some survival items to take home. Campers provide their own lunch and snack.
 
Junior Ecology Day Camp
June 16–20 (5 days), 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Ages 5–8; $85/child (Track 1, traditional and homeschool)
Enjoy a week filled with fun as we explore Harris Lake County Park and discover nature. Catch and observe critters up close, play games, make crafts, fish and take a hayride to the Longleaf Forest. Campers provide their own lunch and snack.
 
Fun in the Sun Day Camp
June 23–27 (5 days), 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Ages 7–12; $145/child  (Track 1, traditional and homeschool)
Spend a week at Harris Lake County Park exploring the forests, ponds and lake with fun activities and games. Go hiking and canoeing to discover the back roads and hidden coves of the park, fish, take a hayride to the Longleaf Forest and make new friends. Join us for fun in the sun! Campers provide their own lunch and snack.
 
Fun in the Sun Day Camp
July 7–11 (5 days), 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Ages 7–12; $145/child  (Track 4, traditional and homeschool)
Spend a week at Harris Lake County Park exploring the forests, ponds and lake with fun activities and games. Go hiking and canoeing to discover the back roads and hidden coves of the park, fish, take a hayride to the Longleaf Forest and make new friends. Join us for fun in the sun! Campers provide their own lunch and snack.
 
Choose Your Adventure Day Camp
July 15–17 (3 days), 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Ages 12–15; $90/child  (Track 4, traditional and homeschool)
Have you ever wanted to create your own camp? There are many options available to you in our NEW "Choose Your Adventure" day camp. Canoeing and a service project to beautify our park are two of the activities we will do. Upon registering you will receive a list of other adventures you may choose from. We will try to design the camp around the top choices. Choose your adventure this summer and experience the fun! Campers provide their own lunch and snack.
 
Choose Your Adventure Day Camp
July 29–31 (3 days), 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Ages 12–15; $90/child (Track 3, traditional and homeschool)
Have you ever wanted to create your own camp? There are many options available to you in our NEW "Choose Your Adventure" day camp. Canoeing and a service project to beautify our park are two of the activities we will do. Upon registering you will receive a list of other adventures you may choose from. We will try to design the camp around the top choices. Choose your adventure this summer and experience the fun! Campers provide their own lunch and snack.

Fun in the Sun Day Camp
August 18–22 (5 days), 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Ages 7–12; $145/child  (Track 2, traditional and homeschool)
Spend a week at Harris Lake County Park exploring the forests, ponds and lake with fun activities and games. Go hiking and canoeing to discover the back roads and hidden coves of the park, fish, take a hayride to the Longleaf Forest and make new friends. Join us for fun in the sun! Campers provide their own lunch and snack.
 

 
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 by mail or in person.
 
Oak View Farm Camp
June 23–27, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Ages 8–11  Fee: $80/child  (Track 1, traditional, homeschool)
Summer camp at Historic Oak View returns with a week-long, half-day camp offering a glimpse into the life of a farmer.  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.  
 

 
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 by mail or in person.
 
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 adult staff with the kids at all times. Kids bring their own lunch. Preregistration is required. Camp size is limited, so sign up early!
 
Dirt-Digging Discoverers
May 27–30, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Ages 6–9; Fee: $154/child (Track 2, traditional and homeschool)
Dinosaurs, rocks and history, oh my! All are hiding right under our feet. Join us to discover the massive animals who once roamed this area. Investigate the park's geologic foundations and learn about the first peoples who used the land. Wear the hats of a paleontologist, geologist, and archeologist as we explore the history and science here in the NC Piedmont.
 
Pioneer-Farmers
June 9–12, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Ages 7–10; Fee: $154/child (Track 1, traditional and homeschool)
A "pioneer" travels and settles in a new place; do you have what it takes?!  Experience life on the Great Wagon Road before trying your hand at homesteading. Explore aspects of farming, from animals to vegetables to bugs in the soil, as well as the connections between farms and the natural environment.
   
Time Detectives
July 7–10, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Ages 8–12; Fee: $154/child (Track 4, traditional and homeschool)
Attention Gumshoes, there's been a burglary at Yates Mill and we need your help. Collect clues, solve puzzles and bring the thieves to justice! Using science, art, archaeology and interviews with historical people, we'll learn how real historians solve history mysteries every day.

  
1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville, NC 27560
919-460-3390
 
Lake Crabtree's 2014 Sailing Classes will be hosted through Carolina Sailing Foundation. To register, or for more information visit their website. You may also email John Norton with any questions.

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