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Lake Crabtree Connection


July 2019
July 4th

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!


Lifestyles of the 
Small and Squishy

Friday, July 12
9 a.m.-noon

Insects eat plants-let us count the ways! There is a surprising and incredible variety of ways to eat plants, ranging from chewing them to sucking out their juices (like mosquitoes do to us), to mining trails through the insides of leaves, to creating tumors on plants that create fresh food. 

In this adult/educator workshop we will explore different ways animals eat plants and discuss the adaptations behind some of these methods of feeding. Then we will work on finding examples of herbivores in nature to provide you with some tools for contributing to science by looking closely at the small things feeding on plants in your backyards. Ages 18 and up.

Visit our website to register!

Nature at Night

Saturday, July 13
8-10 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! Ages 6 and up.

Visit our website to register!

August Preview

Sounds of Summer: Insect Song Workshop
Friday, August 2
9 a.m.-noon

Summer brings a symphony of singing insects, including crickets, katydids, and cicadas. Learn how to distinguish between the different groups of Orthopterans, and learn the songs of some of our common species. 

We'll spend some time trying to catch insects around the park and test our new ID skills. 

Visit our website to register online . Ages 18 and up.

  Free Fishing Day

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

Park staff will be available on July 4th to teach you the basics of fishing. Equipment and bait are provided by the park. Borrow one of our poles or bring your own.
Fishing at the park is 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
  • Storytime for Tots: Milkweeds and Monarchs
    • Ages 2-6
    • Wednesday, July 3, 1-2 p.m.
  • Crabtree Casters
    • All ages
    • Wednesday, July 3 and 17, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Birding with Vernon
    • All ages
    • Saturday, July 6, 8:30-10 a.m.
    • No preregistration required
  • Nature Nerds
    • Ages 9 and up
    • Wednesday, July 10, 9-10 a.m.
  • Homeschool/Track-Out: Dragons and Damsels
    • Ages 6-13
    • Wednesday, July 31, 9-11 a.m.

All programs offered at Lake Crabtree are
FREE and REQUIRE PREREGISTRATION unless otherwise stated. 
Visit our website to register on-line.
Dragonfly Detectives  Camp
July 22-25,
9 a.m.-2 p.m. each day

Dragonfly Detectives Camp is a four-day camp at Lake Crabtree County Park for children  ages 9-13 years old . Cost is  $80.00 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.
The Wild Side:
What on Earth is a Leaf Miner?

Imagine that the upper surface of a leaf is the ceiling of a room, and the lower surface is the floor. Leaf miners are larvae of tiny moths, beetles, and flies that "mine" through the middle of leaves, eating along the way. Some of these insects stay in the mines until they are adults, and some mine as young larvae, then feed on the surface (or in a rolled leaf) as older larvae. There are over 100 species of 
leaf miners in the park, and some may be new species! 

Want to learn more about these and other amazing little creatures, and see for yourself that they really do exist? Join us for this month's program, featuring tiny insects,  Lifestyles of the Small and Squishy . Preregistration is required. Visit our website  to register online.

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