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​ Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Camps

for 2015


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.
  
For ages 4–5:
 
Eco-Kids Digging Dinos (homeschool)
January 26, 28 & 30, 1–3 p.m.
Crazy about dinosaurs? This is the Eco-Kids for you! Budding paleontologists will explore the ins and outs of dinosaur life by playing active games, digging for fossils and dancing with a dinosaur!
Ages 4–5, $25/child. Includes staff supervision, snacks, crafts and activities.
 
Eco-Kids Winter Wildlife Profiles—the Night Shift (Track 3, homeschool)
February 9, 11 & 13, 1–3 p.m.
Discover the lives of our furry nocturnal neighbors by feeling your way like a raccoon, playing 'possum and soaring like a flying squirrel. We'll spend a day on each of these common nocturnal mammals, learning their habitat requirements, their place in the food web, and the way they "make their living."
Ages 4–5, $25/child. Includes staff supervision, snacks, crafts and activities.

Eco-Kids Wild About Wings (Track 1, homeschool)
March 9, 11 & 13, 1–3 p.m.
What do birds, bats and bees all have in common? Wings, of course! Learn about the distinctions of these flying animals, plus the similarities and differences between their animal groups.
Ages 4–5, $25/child. Includes staff supervision, snacks, crafts and activities.

Eco-Kids Bird Buddies (Track 1, homeschool)
June 8, 10 & 12, 9–11 a.m. or 1–3 p.m.
Be the best bird buddy ever! Learn what makes a bird a bird, how to identify bird songs, and how different birds "earn a living," all while finding out what you can do to help your feathered friends.
Ages 4–5, $25/child. Includes staff supervision, snacks, crafts and activities.

Eco-Kids Bug-A-Boos (Track 4, Traditional, homeschool)
July 6, 8 & 10, 9–11 a.m. or 1–3 p.m.
Do you call anything that crawls on the ground a bug? Arthropods are so much more! With anywhere from six legs to thousands, Blue Jay’s exciting and colorful invertebrates are always on the move, and you will be, too, as you learn the special characteristics of insects, spiders, millipedes and more.
Ages 4–5, $25/child. Includes staff supervision, snacks, crafts and activities.

Eco-Kids Summer Sun-sations (Track 3, Traditional, homeschool)
August 10, 12 & 14, 1–3 p.m.
Unlock the mysteries of the sun!  Learn how the sun affects our everyday lives—from its role in other cultures to today's uses of solar energy. Enjoy sun-sational crafts, solar snacks and more.
Ages 4–5, $25/child. Includes staff supervision, snacks, crafts and activities.

For ages 6–8:

Terrific Trees Mini-Camps (Track 1, Traditional, homeschool)
June 15, 17 and 19, 9 a.m.–noon or 1–4 p.m.
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, $36/child. Includes staff supervision, crafts and activities.

Wild About Water Mini-Camps (Track 4, Traditional, homeschool)
July 13, 15 & 17, 9 a.m.–noon or 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, and crafts and activities.

For ages 9–12:

Dinner from Dirt! (Track 1, Traditional, homeschool)
June 22, 24 and 26, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. (this camp includes a field trip plus lunch each day!)
Have you ever thought about where your food comes from? Whether you are a vegetarian or an omnivore, your food depends on soil, microorganisms, and the growers that produce food plants and animals. Experiment with soils and irrigation, investigate insects, try your hand at hydroponic farming, and cook using the sun's energy.
Ages 9–12, $90/child includes a great field trip and lunch each day!
 

 
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!
 
For ages 4–5:  

Polliwogs: Trees (Track 1, Traditional, homeschool)
June 23–25, 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!
Drop-off program for ages 4–5, $36/child

Polliwogs: Water (Track 3, Traditional, homeschool)
July 21–23, 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!
Drop-off program for ages 4–5, $36/child

Polliwogs: Animals (Track 3, Traditional, homeschool)
August 11–13, 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.
Drop-off program for ages 4–5, $36/child
 

 
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.
 
For ages 7–12: 
 
Harris Lake County Park Survival Skills Day Camp (Traditional, Track 1, homeschool)
March 23–27 (5-day camp), 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Spend spring break learning how to survive in the wild! Using problem-solving skills, we will construct a debris shelter, build a fire, search for wild edibles, track animals, make our own take-home survival packs and explore the park. Meets at the Cypress Shelter. Safety is emphasized during all activities.
Ages: 7–12, $150/child
 
Harris Lake County Park Day Camp  (Track 1, Traditional, homeschool)
June 9–12 (4-day camp), 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Enjoy new longer day camp hours this year! We will canoe, fish, explore nature, take a wagon ride along the back roads of the park, build a debris shelter, play disc golf, find a geocache, create crafts and much more! Meets at the Cypress Shelter
Ages: 7–12, $130/child
 
Harris Lake County Park Day Camp  (Track 1, Traditional, homeschool)
June 15–19 (5-day camp), 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Enjoy new longer day camp hours this year! We will canoe, fish, explore nature, take a wagon ride along the back roads of the park, build a debris shelter, play disc golf, find a geocache, create crafts and much more! Meets at the Cypress Shelter
Ages: 7–12, $160/child


For ages 4–8:


Harris Lake County Park Half-Day Camps (Track 1, Traditional, homeschool)
June 22–26 (5-day camp), 9 a.m.–noon or 1–4 p.m.
In this mini-camp, we will canoe and fish, discover nature, take a wagon ride along the back roads of the park, create fun crafts and more! Meets at the Cypress Shelter. Choose the morning or afternoon session!
Ages: 4–8, $65/child

For ages 7–12:

Harris Lake County Park Day Camp  (Track 4, Traditional, homeschool)
July 13–17 (5-day camp), 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Enjoy new longer day camp hours this year! We will canoe, fish, explore nature, take a wagon ride along the back roads of the park, build a debris shelter, play disc golf, find a geocache, create crafts and much more! Meets at the Cypress Shelter.
Ages: 7–12, $160/child

 


 
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.
 
For ages 8–11:
 
Oak View Farm Camp (Track 1, Traditional, homeschool)
June 22–26 (5-day camp), 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
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. Call or email us today to learn how to enroll your child(ren) in our fun farm camp!
Ages 8–11, $80/child
 
Oak View Farm Camp (Track 3, Traditional, homeschool)
July 27–31 (5-day camp), 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
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. Call or email us today to learn how to enroll your child(ren) in our fun farm camp!
Ages 8–11, $80/child
 

 
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 2 adult staff with the kids at all times. Kids bring their own lunch and snacks. Preregistration is required. Camp size is limited, so sign up early!
 
For ages 5–12: 

Mill Theater Mini Camp  (Track 1, Traditional, homeschool)
June 16 –18, 1–4 p.m.
Important: Students enrolled in this camp must attend all three days of camp and be available to perform the evening of Friday, June 19 at 7 p.m.
Drop off program for ages 5-12; fee: $40/child. 
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 theatre production.  No experience required – just bring your high energy and enthusiasm!  There will be 2 adult staff with the kids at all times.  Camp size is limited (maximum of 20 participants), so sign up early!
Drop-off program for ages 5–12,  $40/child.


For ages 7–12:

Park Adventures Summer Camp  (Track 3, Traditional, homeschool)
July 27–31, 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 natural environment. Daily themes include (1) Pioneers & Millers, (2) Farmers & Marketers, (3) History Detectives, (4) Cooks & Bakers, and (5) Artist-Naturalists.  Among other activities, Day 1 includes a mill tour, a hike and a canoe float; Day 2 includes visits to a local organic farm and the State Farmers Market; Day 3 includes a group mystery to solve and a road trip to the NC Museum of History; Day 4 includes hands-on baking, culinary crafts and a road trip to a local bakery, and Day 5 includes field studies and sketching, a pond study and cane pole fishing.  There will be 2 adult staff with the kids at all times.  Kids bring their own lunch.  Camp size is limited (maximum of 12 participants), so sign up early!
Drop-off program for ages 7–12, $180/child.

 

  
1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville, NC 27560
919-460-3390
 
Check back for future sailing camps at Lake Crabtree County Park!

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