Historic Oak View Public Programs

Staff member delivering a public tour to a group of visitors inside the 1825 detached kitchen

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

Register for a Public Program

We Built This: Dreamers and Builders

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Join us at Historic Oak View County Park for We Built This: Dreamers and Builders. Participants will listen to the story “Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon” and learn about the life of the highly accomplished architect best known for leading the design team of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture. Afterwards, participants will embark on an architecture scavenger hunt, and then finish by making their own origami dream box. Free and open to all ages, recommended for ages 4-9.

Join us on Thursday, January 26 at 11 a.m. or on Sunday, January 29 at 2 p.m.

We Built This – Traveling Exhibit

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This traveling exhibit, presented by Preservation North Carolina, highlights the stories of those who constructed and designed many of North Carolina’s most treasured historic sites.

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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.

Take a Self-Guided Mobile Tour

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Check out the Oak View Mobile Tour and learn about the history of the farmland and historic structures, as well as the lives of the people who lived and worked at Oak View throughout its history.

Graphic for the Oak View mobile tour in Spanish

Haga el recorrido móvil de Oak View y conozca la historia de las tierras de cultivo y las estructuras históricas, así como la vida de las personas que vivieron y trabajaron en Oak View a lo largo de su historia.

Go on a StoryWalk®

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Take a StoryWalk® at Oak View! A StoryWalk® is a children’s book that is presented page by page along a trail or path. It combines the pleasures of reading a children's book while enjoying nature.


Cover of the December StoryWalk at Oak View

Take a StoryWalk® at Oak View in December! From December 1–31, Oak View's brick walkways will feature the children's book "When the Snow Falls" written by Linda Booth Sweeney and illustrated by Jana Christy.

With sparkling flakes calling from outside, this sister and brother bundle up for an outdoor adventure with Grandma. In the hushed woods, they see and hear wildlife thriving under a new blanket of snow. In the bustle of town, they help their grateful Grandpa dig out. Then, it’s time to get sledding!

Cover of the January StoryWalk at Oak View

Take a StoryWalk® at Oak View in January! From January 2–31, Oak View's brick walkways will feature "Shanté Keys and the New Year’s Peas" written by Gail Piernas-Davenport and illustrated by Marion Eldridge. Shanté Keys loves New Year’s Day! But while Grandma fixed chitlins, baked ham, greens, and cornbread, she forgot the black-eyed peas! So Shanté sets out to borrow some from the neighbors. Does Miss Lee have peas? What about Mr. MacGhee, or Shanté’s good friend Hari? None of them do—but, as Shanté discovers, they have fun foods and traditions for their New Year’s! Now, if only Shanté can find good-luck peas in time for dinner!

StoryWalk® at Oak View is free, requires no advanced registration, and is open during the park's normal hours of operation. Check out our StoryWalk® Social Narrative to download and print before going to the park.

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.

More Self-Guided Activities

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). Ask any staff member about how to check out one of these fun activities!

The Oak View Letterbox Challenge is great for kids 4th grade and up (adults will find it fun, too!). Get to know the park and its history as you follow clues to collect stamps found in letterboxes located throughout the grounds.

The Oak View Scavenger Hunt is a great, self-guided activity for kids. Stop by the Farm History Center to pick up a scavenger hunt and then learn all about Oak View while searching for answers to the clues.

The Adventure Backpack Series are individual backpacks full of fun, self-guided programs on different topics related to Oak View. Check one out by stopping by the Farm History Center during regular business hours. Choose from the following offerings:

  • 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 learning 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 our programs and facilities. Check back regularly to see what new opportunities become available!

For questions about our accessibility resources or how we may best meet your needs in any of our programs, please contact Abby Kellerman, assistant park manager of education, at 919-212-7695 or abigail.kellerman@wakegov.com.