Did you resolve to be more active in 2019? Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space is here to help you achieve that goal. And best of all--you can do it without setting foot in a crowded gym.
Wake County has 10 parks and nature preserves located throughout the county. From mountain biking and hiking to paddle sports and disc golf, you’ll find a variety of ways to get your stepsin, enjoy the outdoors and keep that promise you made to yourself at the stroke of midnight.
“If you’re looking for a fresh start in 2019, this is the perfect time toexplore our parks and preserves,” said Chris Snow, director ofWake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space. “We’ve got openareas to play, trails to hike or bike, and opportunities for the entirefamily.”
Wake County also offers a variety of special programs, which nearly 10,000 people attended in 2018. Here’s a sampling of what’scoming up in January:
Discover the Park: Walk in the Woods
Saturday, Jan. 5, 10 – 11 a.m.
Crowder District Park
Take a walk in the woods and discover the animals and plants that call our park home. Help collect data for our Natural Resources Inventory Database and other citizen science projects. All experience levels are welcome. This free program is for ages 14 and older, and registration is not required. Crowder District Park is located at 4709 Ten Ten Road, Apex.
Nuts About Squirrels
Friday, Jan. 18, 11 a.m. – noon
American Tobacco Trail
In honor of Squirrel Appreciation Day, come learn all about our familiar, furry friends. Take a short hike, learn to pick out a squirrel’snest and nibble on one of the creature’s favorite snacks--sunflower seeds! Pre-registration is required for this free program. Meet at the New Hill Parking Area at the lower picnic table (1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex).
Hoo-Hoo, Who’s There?
Friday, Jan. 18, 2 – 3 p.m.
Harris Lake County Park
Hoo-hoo, who’s that owl? Listen to the story “All About Owls” by Jim Arnosky, hear amazing facts about the owls that live in this part of North Carolina, and practice your “hoo-ing” to learn their calls. Pre-registration is required for this free program. Meet at the Cypress Shelter. Harris Lake County Park is located at 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill.
Recreational Adventures: A Poppin’ Good Time
Friday, Jan. 18, 2 – 3 p.m.
Historic Yates Mill County Park
Celebrate National Popcorn Day at Yates Mill. Learn about different varieties of corn and what gives popcorn that unique “pop.” Take part in a creative popcorn-themed craft, and enjoy some fresh- popped popcorn. This is a free program for all ages, but pre- registration is required. Historic Yates Mill County Park is located at 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh.
Saturday, Jan. 19, 11 a.m. – noon
Historic Oak View County Park
Explore the buildings and features of Historic Oak View, including hands-on interactive activities for kids, during an educational and engaging History Hike. The tour is free, but pre-registration is required. Historic Oak View County Park is located at 4028 Carya Drive, Raleigh.
Family Wildlife Series: Night Prowl
Saturday, Jan. 19, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Blue Jay Point County Park
Join staff on a nighttime exploration of the park. We’ll practice usingour senses to compensate for the dark, so plan to keep your flashlight in your pocket! This free program is for all ages, but pre- registration is required. Blue Jay Point County Park is located at 3200 Pleasant Union Church Road, Raleigh.
Monday, Jan. 21, 1 – 3 p.m.
Lake Crabtree County Park
Check out another Squirrel Appreciation Day event, and learn all about our most commonly seen mammal. We will spy on the always-entertaining grey squirrels that abound in the park, and staff will answer all your gnawing questions about habits, habitats and the perils squirrels face. Preregistration is required. Lake Crabtree County Park is located at 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville.
To see a list of upcoming programs and events, visitwakegov.com/parks.