Resolve to Explore Wake County Parks
Consider taking part in these January programs
Astronomy Evening is Friday, Jan. 19, 5:30-8:30 p.m., at Harris Lake County Park.
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Eating better, losing weight and spending more time with family and friends are common resolutions made at the start of each year. For 2018, Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space offers a new resolution — exploring Wake County’s eight parks and two nature preserves.
Each month, Wake County hosts programs that give visitors of all ages the opportunity to learn about animals and nature, park history and much more. Here are the programs scheduled during January.
Art at the Farm
Sunday, Jan. 7, 2-4 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 10, 10 a.m.-Noon
Thursday, Jan. 18, 1-3 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 20, 10 a.m.-Noon
Historic Oak View County Park will host four Art at the Farm acrylic painting programs throughout the month of January. The programs are open to children ages 6-12. Each participant will have his or her painting put on display in the park's Farm History Center Feb. 1-April 29. All supplies are provided for this free event, but preregistration is required. Historic Oak View County Park is located at 4028 Carya Drive, Raleigh.
Wednesday, Jan. 10, 7-9 a.m.
Join Lake Crabtree County Park staff in collecting data for the state and national count of bald eagles. Participants will be allowed in the park before it opens and will be staged at various locations around Lake Crabtree to count the eagles. A light breakfast will be available after the count. No prior birding experience is required. This program is free, but pre-registration is required. Lake Crabtree County Park is located at 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville.
Walk in the Woods
Saturday, Jan. 13, 11 a.m.-noon
Take a walk in the woods to discover the animals and plants that call Crowder County Park home. Help collect data for the park's Natural Resources Inventory Database and other citizen science projects. This free program is for participants ages 14 and older. Registration is not required and all experience levels are welcome. Crowder County Park is located at 4709 Ten Ten Rd., Apex.
Friday, Jan. 19, 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Winter’s cool temperatures allow for some of the best stargazing conditions of the year at Harris Lake County Park. Enjoy an evening of fun astronomy activities followed by night sky viewing through telescopes. Bring your own viewing instrument if you have one, a chair or blanket, and water bottle. The program fee is $1 per person and preregistration is required. Meet at the Loblolly Shelter. Harris Lake County Park is located at 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill.
Creatures of the Beaver Creek Wetland
Saturday, Jan. 20, 1:30-3 p.m.
The Beaver Creek wetland on the American Tobacco Trail is home to several kinds of animals. Learn about the importance of this ecosystem to these animals during this program. Meet a beaver, wood duck and others up close with our educational mounts, and hike to the Beaver Creek Bridge to experience the wetland. Bring a camera, binoculars if you have them, and a full water bottle. Be sure to wear good walking shoes. The program fee is $1 per person and preregistration is required. Meet at the New Hill parking area at the lower picnic table at 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd., Apex.
Family Wildlife Series: Stamping Around Blue Jay
Saturday, Jan. 27, 2-3:30 p.m.
Have you ever wondered what letterboxing is? Well now’s your chance to learn and give it a try. Letterboxing is like geocaching, but it uses puzzle solving and your brain instead of technology. Bundle up for this mostly-outside program at Blue Jay Point County Park. The program fee is $1 per person, and preregistration is required. Blue Jay Point County Park is located at 3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd., Raleigh.
Mill as Muse Creative Art Session
Sunday, Jan. 28, 1-4 p.m.
Explore your artistic side by creating a work of art related to Yates Mill to take home or to enter in the 12th annual Mill as Muse art contest. A variety of inspirational arts and crafts materials will be provided, and a brief slide show will be shown featuring artistic creations related to Yates Mill. The program fee is $1 per person and preregistration is required. Contest rules will be posted this month. Mill as Muse includes youth and adult categories with mill, nature and people in the park as subjects. Entries are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1. Historic Yates Mill County Park is located at 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh