Crowder Public Programs

Programmer walks with children during a guided hike on the parks paved trails

Crowder County Park offers programs covering history, nature and recreational topics. Public programs are open for registration to the general public.

In-person programs are back! Find them below to register!

Public Programs

Register for Programs

You may register for several of Crowder’s upcoming programs or camps online.

Download and print our July-September 2022 program quarterly here!

Virtual Programs

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For all ages; FREE. Registration required for all virtual programs. A zoom link will be sent out to all registered participants a day before the program start date.

Nature Families: Fascinating Frogs
Wednesday, August 24
11 a.m.–noon
Meet some of the cool Crowder resident frogs on a frog pipe tour. These frogs have evolved to become masters of disguise as well as escape artists in order to attract mates, deceive predators and more. Create a fun hopping craft to take home! For all ages. For all ages; FREE. Registration required for all virtual programs. A zoom link will be sent out to all registered participants a day before the program start date.

Family Features

Children play with nature activities under wooden shelter

In-person programs (with restrictions): For all ages. Registration is required for everyone (All adults, children + siblings), and children must have adult accompaniment. No unregistered participants will be allowed into the program. Meet at the Heron Shelter, and we ask that you and your family please arrive ten minutes early for check-in and COVID-19 rules.

FAMILY FEATURES

To Weather to Storm
Sunday, July 17
2–3 p.m.

Become a junior meteorologist! Through virtual science experiments and real weather monitoring, learn the when, where and why of rain, tornadoes and hurricanes and help us with some fun virtual activities.

Arthropod Adventures
Sunday, August 21
2–3 p.m.

Two, four, six, eight, ten legs. Take a hike and meet insects and their many-legged arthropod relatives while doing hands-on collection and observation in all types of habitats. We will go over different adaptations, and life cycles while creating a fun Arthropod craft to take home.

Life Under A Log
Sunday, Sept. 18
2–3 p.m.

What do you see under a fallen tree? Lots of decomposers at work and other critters looking for a dark, cool place to rest. We’ll search for spiders, slugs and bugs and learn how important rot, or decomposition, is in nature.

Nature Families

Children play with nature activities under wooden shelter

In-person programs (with restrictions): For all ages. Registration is required for everyone (All adults, children + siblings), and children must have adult accompaniment. No unregistered participants will be allowed into the program. Meet at the Heron Shelter, and we ask that you and your family please arrive ten minutes early for check-in and COVID-19 rules.

Turtles and Tortoises
Wednesday, July 13
11 a.m.–noon

There are over 200 different species of turtles in the world! Join us and discover which turtles and tortoises call Crowder home. Discover the shells and eggs of these reptiles and observe a few species up close! Then make a fun turtle craft to take home. For all ages.

Nature Families: The Needs of Seeds
Wednesday, Sept. 14

11 a.m.–noon
Do you know that seeds provide the bulk of the world's daily food? From your breakfast cereal to your dinner pizza, your food started as a seed! Learn the parts of a flower and what a seed needs to grow.

Crowder by Night

programmer and children stand around firepit during night program

In-person programs (with restrictions): For all ages. Registration is required for everyone (All adults, children + siblings), and children must have adult accompaniment. No unregistered participants will be allowed into the program. Meet at the Heron Shelter, and we ask that you and your family please arrive ten minutes early for check-in and COVID-19 rules.

Planting A Rainbow
Friday, July 8
5–6 p.m.

Go rainbow hunting at the park! Read a colorful story and learn what flowers need to grow. Then search for colorful flowers in the park and make a fun craft to take home.

Night – Time Sounds
Friday, August 26

5–6 p.m.
When the sun goes down, and most people are turning in for the day, certain park residents are heading out into the night to make all sorts of noise. Come find out which of our park friends are behind the ruckus! Read a fun story and make a craft to take home!

Night Lights
Friday, Sept. 23

5–6 p.m.
Lights help us see in the dark, but what happens when there is too much light at night? Explore light pollution and how the different types of shades of light affect wildlife. Measure the stars and discover the importance of the moon for sea turtles. Then have fun with glow sticks!

 

Discover the Park

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Sensing Nature
Saturday, July 16
10–11 a.m.

Take a walk in the woods and discover the animals and plants that call our park home. Flip over logs, dig a hole, or sift through leaves with one of our naturalists. Participants will immerse themselves in nature and learn about the interesting things they find along the way! Help collect data for our Natural Resources Inventory Database and other citizen science projects. All experience levels are welcome. We can learn together! For all ages. Registration is required for everyone (All adults, children + siblings), and children must have adult accompaniment. No unregistered participants will be allowed into the program. We ask that you and your family please arrive ten minutes early for check-in and COVID-19 rules. Meet at the Park Office.

StoryWalk®

Crowder is excited to offer you and your families a wonderful interactive StoryWalk® activity within the park!

Join us for this fun self-guided activity. This will be located on the Outer Loop Trail, beginning at the park's Bird Garden, which is immediately on the left as you enter the park, across from the park's office.

This wonderful program combines the joy of reading a story while also getting out and enjoying nature. This hike is around 0.8 miles.

New to StoryWalk® concept? Laminated pages from a children's book are attached to signs, which are installed along an outdoor path. As you stroll down the trail, you're directed to the next page in the story. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont, and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

STORYWALKS®

July: "Are Trees Alive," by Debbie Miller

August: "Tiny Perfect Things," by M.H Clark

September: "Mama Built a Little Nest," by Jennifer Ward

Tiny Tots Story Times

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We hope your tiny tots can join us for a short story time and a fun craft with park educators! For all ages; FREE. Registration required for all programs. Adult accompaniment is required. Best for ages 3–6. Meet at Heron Shelter.

July: "Peek at the Pond," by Neecy Twinem: July 25, 10:15 a.m.

August: "Just Ducky," by Kathy Mallat: August 8, 10:15 a.m.

September: "The Crunching Munching Caterpillars," by Sheridan Cain: September 26, 10:15 a.m.

Discovery Boxes

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Want to explore the park with the knowledge of staff? Check out a discovery box from the park! Discovery boxes are self-guided lesson plans, intended for use by teachers of small classes or parents who wish to educate children without requesting a formal program through the office. All boxes come complete with hands on lesson plans, equipment, story books, guides and take-home activities!

Discovery boxes can be checked out at the park office. Stop by and sign one out today!

For larger groups, please call ahead to 919-662-2850 to reserve a box.

A complete list of activities and age recommendations can be found here.

Birds: Activities Length 15 minutes +; Recommended Age: 3 years of age +
Summary: Students will learn to identify different bird behaviors and common birds of the park.

Bugs: Activities Length: 30 minutes +; Recommended Age: 3 years of age +
Summary: Students will familiarize themselves with insect life cycles and bugs found at the park.

Crowder’s Critters: Activities Length: 30 minutes +; Recommended Age: 3 years of age +
Summary: Students will familiarize themselves with animals native to the NC Piedmont.

Pond-Go: Activities Length: 15 minutes +; Recommended Age: 3 years of age +
Summary: Students will identify the plants and animals  that live in a pond.

ABC Hike: Activities Length: 30 minutes +; Recommended Age: 3 years of age +
Summary: Students will practice their ABCs on a nature walk and learn about habitats around the world. 

Wetlands: Activities Length: 30 minutes +; Recommended Age: 6 years of age +
Summary: Students will explore a wetland and learn defining characteristics.

Trees of the Park: Activities Length: 15 minutes +; Recommended Age: 3 years of age +
Summary: Students will explore the parts of a tree, life cycle and discover the trees of the park.

Become a Junior Park Explorer!

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Do you like to explore parks and preserves? Do you like winning prizes? Our Junior Park Explorers program is for you! Learn more here.