Historic Oak View County Park offers programming for history lovers of all ages!
You may register for several of Oak View's upcoming programs or camps online. Select the button below to register, or scroll to the program of your choice.
 
 

Important Updates

As of Jan. 1, 2019, there will be no charge for all Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space public, group and outreach programs. Fees will still apply for camps and shelter rentals.
As of Jan. 1, 2019, we will no longer accept cash on site at any Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space location. Payments can be made on site or in advance with a credit or debit card. Checks must be mailed in advance to:
Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space
PO Box 550
Suite 1000
Raleigh, NC 27602

Reservations are required in advance for any staff-led program. We offer different programs for elementary schools, homeschool/daycare/track-out groups, as well as older students and adult visitors. Descriptions of our program offerings can be found below.

To reserve your field trip:

  1. Call 919-212-7695 between 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday

  2. Email abigail.jones@wakegov.com with field trip reservation requests

  3. Fill out and submit a field trip request form:

For Elementary Schools:

Historic Oak View offers educational programming Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–noon. All of Oak View's programs are written to comply with the Social Studies requirements in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. Each school that visits will receive three of the four programs listed below (we can accommodate up to three class-sized groups, or about 90 students per day). 
  • From Field To Fiber: During this interactive program presented in the early-20th-century Cotton Gin House, students will learn about the history of cotton in North Carolina, and follow the plant's life cycle from field to fiber through hands-on and sensory activities.
  • All in a Day's Work: This program focuses on chores that were done in and around the farm's barn, with hands-on activities including milking a cow, feeding the horse, slopping the pig, and collecting eggs. (All activities use fake animals!) Students will learn how farms today differ from those smaller family of the past like Oak View, and will learn change over time by examining some barn-related artifacts. (Offered to k-2nd grade)
  • Change Over Time: Through an interactive presentation in Oak View's Farm History Center, your students will learn about 400 years of agricultural history in North Carolina, how North Carolina's history affected life at Oak View, and also will visit a real sharecropper's cabin. (Offered to 3rd-5th grade)
  • In the Farm’s Kitchen: This program will allow students to explore the daily work done in the farm’s kitchen through hands-on and sensory activities. Students will try their hands at butter making and cleaning laundry with a wash board!
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For smaller groups or groups with a wide age-range, such as homeschool groups, daycares/track-out camps, scout troops:

History Hike: This one-hour program offers a staff educator-led tour of the old farmstead, including all of the buildings and the pecan grove, gazebo and water tower, examining what life would be like for a child growing up on the farm. Several hands-on, sensory activities are included along the way! And of course, this program ends with a visit to our goats. Along with the property tour, this is the only program offered on the weekends.
 
This program can also be tailored for younger audiences, such as preschool-aged groups – ask about our History Hike for Tykes, a program that explores life on the farm through learning and play.
 
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For Middle School and High School Students or Adult Groups:

Property Tour: Learn about the past of a Wake County farm on the Oak View property tour. Tour group will visit the 1855 farmhouse and detached kitchen, the livestock barn, carriage house and turn-of-the-century cotton gin to learn about the changing face of farm life in Raleigh from the mid-19th century until today. Watch the past come alive as you hear stories from the many Raleigh families that lived at Oak View and made their living off its land.

 
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Self-Guided opportunities

Self-Guided Tour through OnCell!

Visitors to Historic Oak View County Park can use their cell phones to tour the park free of charge, and at their own pace! Visitors are able to tailor their tour to the aspects of Oak View's History that interest them most. The tour will share information about each of the historic structures on the grounds and provide a historical context for more than 200 years of Oak View's history. Additionally, the tour will offer stories about the families who made their homes and livelihoods here.

For instructions on how to use the audio tour, stop in the Farm History Center when you arrive to pick up your brochure containing an OnCell Tour insert (which gives you all the stop numbers) and get started on your personal tour! View the tour on a web browser here.

The OnCell tour is FREE (regular cell and data carrier charges may apply). For more information, please call the main park office at 919-250-1013.

The park buildings are open 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1–5 p.m. on Sundays. The park grounds are open from 8 a.m. to dusk.

Other Self-Guided Opportunities

Historic Oak View County Park also offers several activities for small groups or families, which can be "checked out" in the Farm History Center (our visitors' center). These self-guided activities allow you to see all the buildings on the property on your own, free of charge, and learn about a topic related to Oak View's history with fun and interactive hands-on activities. Ask any staff member about how to check out one of these fun activities!
 
Our “Get Your Bearings” Compass Activity for older kids (upper elementary students), allows kids to use a compass to 'get their bearings' at Oak View to lead from one place to the next! (Please note: This self-guided activity requires a short (10–15 minutes) set-up time, so please let us know if you plan to use this activity, so we can have it ready for you when you arrive and you won't have to wait while we set it up!)

Adventure Backpack Series

The “Barnyard Friends” Backpack is a preschool-friendly adventure that teaches children about animals and life on the farm through games, play and exploration.

The "Goats at Night" Backpack is a preschool-friendly activity that shows kids what the goats do at night. They will cook a meal in the Farmer's Corner, water the herb garden, and sing songs in the amphitheater.

The “Antebellum Era" Backpack features interactive activities and an instructional guide to provide families with fun ways to learn about the Antebellum Era. Created for 3rd-5th graders, children will learn about architecture, slavery, education, fashions and pastimes through roleplaying, crafts, games and educational projects.

The "Civil War Era" Backpack allows kids to be enlisted soldiers for the day, learning about Morse code, army movements, soldiers' games, medicine and more! Great for 3rd-5th graders.

The "America's Farmer Presidents"  Backpack is geared toward 3rd-5th graders and explores how farming was important to many U.S. presidents. Kids can design a campaign button, take a tour of the White House, and meet a former White House pet!

The "All About Bugs" Backpack is great for elementary-aged children. Visit the buildings and gardens around the park and complete hands-on activities that teach you about insects and their friends and how they help out on the farm!

The "From Field to Fiber: The Story of Cotton" Backpack invites elementary-aged kids to learn all about the history of cotton through hands-on activities such as feeling real cotton straight from the cotton field, turning cotton sliver into thread, and all about different figures important to the history of cotton.

The "B.W.'s Kid Curator" Backpack is a great way to discover what makes a museum (like Oak View) a museum, and who decides what to exhibit and how. The backpack includes lots of activities to learn how to be a curator and also includes a workbook that you keep at the end of your activity. Created for upper elementary-middle school students.

The "Watching the Weather" Backpack invites kids to learn about weather tools and instruments, create their own weather forecast, and even play with a "pet" tornado! Created for kindergarten to 3rd grade students, this backpack is a great way introduce kids to the elements that make up the weather.

 


Everyone's Welcome

Historic Oak View County Park welcomes all visitors and affirms its commitment to offering programs and services that are accessible to everyone. We will make every effort to ensure that visitors of all abilities are fully included in all of our programs and facilities. For questions about our accessibility resources or how we may best meet your needs in any of our programs, please contact Abby Jones, assistant park manager of education, at 919-212-7695 or Abigail.jones@wakegov.com.
 

Resources for Accessibility

Visitors Who Are Blind or Partially Sighted:
 
A recorded audio version of our property tour can be found online by visiting historicoakview.oncell.com or by calling 919-629-2016.
 
Visitors Who Are Deaf:
 
A text version of our property tour can be found online by visiting historicoakview.oncell.com.
 
Visitors on the Autism Spectrum:
 
We welcome families with children and adults on the autism spectrum. The following resources will help you plan for an enjoyable visit.
 
Historic Oak View is a 27-acre site with historic farm buildings and grounds, with lots of different opportunities to learn about and engage with Wake County’s agricultural heritage. Preparing for your visit a few days beforehand can make for a more manageable and enjoyable experience. The following tips will help in your planning:
  • “My Oak View” Visual Schedule: Download, print and complete the “My Oak View” Visual Schedule (PDF) before visiting the park. It includes a visual checklist with location and communication cards that will help you and your child design and prepare for your visit.
  • “My Oak View” Park Pack: This pack is available to borrow during our regular business hours. Stop by the Farm History Center before you begin your visit to check out the kit, which includes a customizable visual schedule, maps, sensory-seeking toys, noise-reducing headphones and suggestions for making your visit an enjoyable experience.
  • Sensory supports: Noise-reducing head phones and various sensory-seeking toys are available to borrow any time during our operating hours on a first-come, first-served basis. Simply ask a staff member at the front desk of the Farm History Center to check them out at the start of your visit.
Tips and Resources to Prepare for a Successful Visit:
 
Noisy places – the Farmer’s Corner, the children’s play area located in the Farm History Center, can get very busy and loud during popular times. Quieter times are generally mid- to late weekday afternoons, early Saturday mornings and early afternoon on Sundays. Building hours are 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 1–5 p.m. Sunday. The park grounds are open from 8 a.m.–sundown every day.

Quiet places – the walking trails (Jones Creek Trail: 0.7 miles; Hunnicut Trail: 0.4 miles) offer quiet, shady opportunities to explore. The pecan grove also provides a shady area to rest or picnic under one of the historic pecan trees. The fishing pond offers a quiet, recreational opportunity (bring your own supplies, NC freshwater fishing regulations apply).

Activity suggestions – places that offer more interaction and sensory opportunities include the Farmer’s Corner play area (located in the Farm History Center), the “All in a Day’s Work” play area in the Livestock Barn and the “A Complicated Freedom” and “A Growing Challenge” exhibits in the Tenant House. Interpretive exhibits are also located in the Farm History Center, Cotton Gin House and Plank Kitchen. Be sure to visit our goats, and you can even bring baby carrots or diced apples and feed them a treat! (Please check in with staff before feeding them). The Oak View chickens, located next to the Tenant House, are also fun to watch as they scratch around their coop!
 
 
 
 
More to come!
 
We are constantly looking for new ways to add to the list of resources we offer our visitors. Check back regularly to see what new opportunities are available.