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Lake Crabtree Connection


July 2018
July 4th Events

This Independence Day, both the park and its Boat Rental Facility will be open. 

Lake Crabtree will be open during its normal seasonal hours  ( 8 a.m. - 9 p.m .) and Boat Rental will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m ., with the last boat going out at
5 p.m.

 Have a safe and happy 4th!


Nature at Night

Friday, July 13
7-9 p.m.

Experience the sights and sounds of sunset and beyond!

Learn more about the park's nocturnal animals and test your night vision. Come prepared with a flashlight and a sense of adventure! 

Visit our website to register!

Plant Detectives

Saturday, July 14, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Did you know there are over 4,000 species of native plants in North Carolina? If you look outside and just see a sea of green, you are not alone! 

This program will give you tools you can use to help distinguish one plant from another. We will also learn why knowing which plant is which is important to us and to other animals that eat plants. Ages 6 and up.

Visit our website to register!

Rain Barrel Workshops

Wednesday, July 18
5:30-6:30 p.m. 
6:45-7:45 p.m.

Build your own rain barrel! Participants in this workshop will take home a fully functional 55-gallon rain barrel with installation kit. These are the same rain barrels that retail for $99 and up! 

Workshops are limited to eight barrels, so reserve your spot now. One registration per barrel. Cost is $45 per barrel, and participation is limited to two people per barrel. Preregistration is required.

Visit our  website  and c hoose a time to register online.

  Free Fishing Day

July 4th is Free Fishing day,  as declared by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. This Wednesday, everyone in North Carolina can fish in any public body of water without a fishing license.

Park staff will be available to teach you the basics of fishing as well as what types of fish are in the lake. All equipment and bait is provided by the park. Borrow one of our poles or bring your own.
Fishing at the park is still catch and release only. This event is, of course, free, but it does require preregistration.  Visit our website to register for one of the four one-hour time slots between  8 :30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Call 919-460-3355 for further details.
 Sign up now for July Programs
  • Birding With Vernon
    • All ages
    • Saturday, July 7, 8:30-10 a.m.
    • Free, no preregistration required
  • Storytime for Tots: Amazing Snakes
    • Ages 2-6
    • Wednesday, July 11, 1-2 p.m.
    • Free
  • Nature Nerds
    • Ages 9 and up
    • Wednesday, July 18, noon-1 p.m.
    • Free
  • Crabtree Casters
    • All ages
    • Wednesday, July 18, 6:30-8 p.m.
    • Free
  • Dragonfly Detectives Mini-Camp
    • Ages 9-13
    • Monday-Wednesday, July 23-25, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
    • $60 per child

All programs require preregistration unless otherwise noted. 
Visit our website to register on-line.
Dragonfly Detectives
July 23-25,
9 a.m.-2 p.m. each day

Dragonfly Detectives Camp is a three-day mini-camp at Lake Crabtree County Park for children  ages 9-13 years old . Cost is
$60.00 per child. Each camper will receive a dragonfly field guide, insect net, activity guide and water bottle to keep. Snacks will be provided each day. This camp is co-sponsored by the  NC Museum of Natural Sciences .
Explore the world of dragonflies! Learn about aquatic systems, animal migration and dragonfly identification while participating in fun, scientific activities. Campers will help gather data on dragonfly migration and contribute to a citizen science project.

Visit our website to register.
Coming in August!
Cache In Trash Out (CITO) Event

Saturday, August 11
9 a.m.-noon

Join us to remove litter and invasive plants around Lake Crabtree, while having fun! 

A Cache In Trash Out (CITO) event involves finding geocaches and then picking up trash nearby. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Gloves and bags will be provided. 

The Wild Side:
Weed Warrior Wednesdays

Did you know that about 42% of species that are threatened or endangered are at risk mainly because of the introduction of some invasive species? Invasive species are non-native, aggressive plants (or animals) that displace native species and have negative impacts on habitats and wildlife. We humans are the main culprit when it comes to introduction of invasive species and we can also be the solution.

Become a Weed Warrior and help park staff battle against invasive species! This volunteer event will take place monthly during growing season ( March-October). This month's event occurs on Wednesday, July 11, from 6-8 pm. Preregistration is required. Ages 16 and up. All participants under 18 must have a Wake County Volunteer Waiver signed by a parent.

Contact us: 
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Parkway 
Morrisville, NC  27560
(919) 460-3390 
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