Category Archives: Lake Crabtree County Park

October at Lake Crabtree

Lake Crabtree County ParkLake Crabtree
1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville, NC 27560
919-460-3390

 

Birding with Vernon
Saturday, October 5th, 2013
8:30am – 10:00am
Waterwise Garden
Free
Family Program

Join our bird enthusiast, Vernon, for an easy walk while looking and listening for our feathered friends. Discover different types of birds and their habitats. Free, no preregistration required.

Big Sweep
Saturday, October 5th, 2013
9:00am – 12:00pm
Free (Preregistration Required)
Ages 5+ (With Adult Participant)

Join volunteers around the globe and help clean the world’s waterways. Teams will pick up trash along the shore of Lake Crabtree and its connecting creeks. Gloves, bags and other supplies are provided by the park. We’ll raffle off prizes and learn why it’s important to educate others about litter. Individuals and groups are welcome. Make a difference in your community!  Preregistration is required.  Call 919-460-2723 to sign up.

Homeschool / Track-Out Series:  Autumn Leaves
October 15th, 2013
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Beech Shelter
$8/Child (Preregistration Required)
Ages 5- 12 

…and in comes winter. Autumn, also known as fall, is the season of the harvest and when trees famously drop their leaves. We’ll answer your questions about fall and talk about the different ways that plants get ready for winter.  Preregistration required, mail in the registration form with payment or drop it off at the park office. Call 919-460-3355 for more information.

Creepy Crabtree
Saturday, October 26th, 2013
3:00pm – 7:00pm
Free (Preregistration Required for Night Hikes)
Family Program

This free, park-wide event will investigate the darker side of nature. Learn about bats, snakes, spiders and other ‘creepy-crawlies’ with unfortunate and undeserved reputations. You can make dreadful decorations or creepy crafts, go on a scary scavenger hunt, listen to spooky stories and tour our park in the dark during a haunted hike. Join us in celebrating the night and come in costume if you like. Come anytime for some family fun; no registration or sign up necessary for the main event, but please preregister for one of our night hikes (7:15–8:45 p.m.). Please specify which hike you prefer when you register.

September at Lake Crabtree County Park

Lake Crabtree County ParkLake Crabtree
1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville, NC 27560
919-460-3390

 

Homeschool / Trackout: Arachnophilia
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Ages 5 – 12
$8/Child (Preregistration Required)

Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders. But here at Lake Crabtree, we’ve got arachnophilia, which means we love spiders! Come learn about what spiders do to survive, how to identify them, and why there’s nothing to be afraid of unless you’re a delicious insect.

CSI:  Crabtree Spider Identification
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Family Program
Free (Preregistration Required)

The Itsy Bitsy Spider went up the waterspout…but who was he, really? What were his motivations? We’re kicking off Take A Child Outside Week with an investigation of Lake Crabtree’s eight-legged inhabitants. Take your new skills home and become a spider detective.

Here Fishy, Fishy
Thursday, September 26, 2013
9:00am – 11:00am
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Family Program
Free (Preregistration Required)

Program leaders will catch fish and other aquatic wildlife using a variety of methods. We’ll spend time observing and identifying the critters we catch, and learn basic fish anatomy and life history. If time allows, we’ll play a game to demonstrate an aquatic food web.

Name That Tree
Friday, September 27, 2013
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Ages 7+
Free (Preregistration Required)

Always wondered what the trees in your yard are, but can’t tell the difference between an oak and a pine? Then this is the program for you! We’ll learn how to use a dichotomous key then walk around the park to practice identifying some common species.

Moth-er’s Night
Saturday, September 28, 2013
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Family Program
Free (Preregistration Required)

There are more kinds of moths than there are butterflies, yet butterflies get all the attention. This night program will give moths the ‘spotlight.’ We’ll focus on identifying moths as well as ways to attract them to your backyard so you can know which ones live there.

Mysterious Mushrooms
Sunday, September 29, 2013
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Family Program
Free (Preregistration Required)

Discover the amazing world of mushrooms and learn about these organisms that are neither plant nor animal. Learn how to identify some of the more common species found in our area and discover the important role they play in our ecosystem.

Waterbirds
Sunday, September 29, 2013
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Family Program
Free (Preregistration Required)

Explore the park at sunset with us as we search for herons, cormorants and eagles, oh my! Learn the natural history of these birds and their connection to Lake Crabtree.

June 2013 Classes at Lake Crabtree

Lake CrabtreeLake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville, NC 27560
919-460-3390

 

Birding with Vernon
Saturday, June 1, 2013
8:30am – 10:00am
All Ages
Free

Join our bird enthusiast, Vernon, for an easy walk while looking and listening for our feathered friends. Discover different types of birds and their habitats.

Storytime for Tots
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
1:00pm – 2:00pm
All Ages
$4/Child (Preregistration Required)

Discover nature, beginning with a story, followed by outdoor, hands-on nature exploration. Each program will end with a fun activity or craft to take home. Come prepared to actively participate with your child. First Wednesday of each month. Cost is $4 per child, or sign up for three programs for $10.

“All Pupa’d Out”
by David Kirk
Miss Spider is back and, along with her insect friends, takes in a newborn caterpillar. Share in one of nature’s most magical moments as Cookie the caterpillar undergoes an amazing transformation. After the story, we’ll learn more about caterpillars and butterflies and visit our butterfly garden.

Year of the Snake
Saturday, June 8, 2013
1:00pm – 3:00pm
All Ages
Free (Preregistration Required)

FREE (In honor of NC PARC’s Year of the Snake)
According to the Chinese zodiac, 2013 is the Year of the Snake. Come celebrate with us by exploring the beauty of snakes and getting the truth behind some popular snake myths. Enjoy a visit with the calm park snake, Corny, while we talk about how the only good snake is a live snake.

Tree ID
Saturday, June 9, 2013
1:00pm – 3:00pm
All Ages
$3/person or $5/family (Preregistration Required)

Always wondered what the trees in your yard are, but can’t tell the difference between an oak and a pine? Then this is the program for you! We’ll learn how to use a dichotomous key then walk around the park to practice identifying some common species.

Homeschool / Track-Out Series:  Radical Raptors
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Ages 5 – 12
$8/Child (Preregistration Required)

Hawks and owls and vultures, oh my! Whether it’s an eagle, a kite, or a buzzard, all these birds are ‘raptors’, ones that hunt for their food. They may not all be related, but they all possess fascinating adaptations to fill the same role in the environment. Come learn about these adaptations and we’ll see if we can find some resident raptors at Lake Crabtree.

Pollinator Festival
Saturday, June 29, 2013
10:00am – 3:00pm
All Ages
Free

Lake Crabtree is excited to host its first Pollinator Festival, featuring games, crafts, guest speakers and all sorts of other activities celebrating everything that pollinators do for us and the rest of the planet. There’ll be prizes, crafts and other cool stuff for you to take home. Preregistration is not required. Show up anytime for some family fun.

 Please confirm events with the venue before attending.