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Lake Crabtree Connection


March 2013
Celebrate clean water with Big Sweep!

On Saturday, April 6, from 9am to 12pm, 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.

Old Beech Has A New Look!
Are you a fan of our nature trail? Well, the brochure for the Old Beech Nature Trail has been updated with brand-new information and points of interest. Relevant to the sights, smells, and feels of cold weather, watch out for another update when spring is here!
Group Programs
Want your own program? Lake Crabtree offers a wide variety of environmental education programs for public and private schools, Scouts, birthday parties and other organized groups. Programs are available at the park or off-site. Please allow at least two weeks advance notice to schedule a program for your group.

Call 919-460-2723 or email for more information or to request a program date. You can also begin the reservation process by filling out a  Group Program Request Form and choosing a topic from our Group Program List.

...or NRID for short. Curious about what lives in Wake County Parks? Park staff keep track of all the species we find in the NRID.  You can get to the NRID by clicking the title above or by going to the Parks main page and clicking the sign you see above. Want to contribute to the NRID? Lake Crabtree needs your photos! Call (919) 460-2723 or email Colleen Bockhahn for details.
Shelter Rental Has Begun
For your convenience, Lake Crabtree County Park will now be accepting credit card payments, either online or in-person, for shelter rentals. Renters will need to contact the managers' office in order to make a reservation and receive a reservation code,
  which is required to process the on-line payment. The office is open Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm. Call 919-460-3390 or email for details. For further information about our shelters, check out our website.

 Sign up now for March Programs!

  • Park After Dark
    • All ages
    • Friday, March 1, 6-8 p.m.
    • $3/person or $5/family
  • Birding With Vernon  
    • All ages  
    • Saturday, March 2, 8:30-10 a.m.
    • Free, no preregistration required   
  • Bringing Back Bluebirds
    • All ages 
    • Saturday, March 2, 1-3 p.m .  
    • $3/person or $5/family
  • Early Bloomers
    • All ages 
    • Saturday, March 2, 1-3 p.m. 
    • $3/person or $5/family
  • Sing Like A Frog
    • All ages
    • Friday, March 15, 6-8 p.m.
    • $3/person or $5/family
  • Homeschool/Track-out Series:
    There's A Fungus Among Us!  
    • Ages 5-12
    • Monday, March 25, 1-3pm
    • $8/child

These programs require preregistration.  Call (919) 460-3355 to check space availability before mailing in a completed

Program Registration Form and payment. If you need further information about our educational programs you can check our website.

The Wild Side:
They Don't Come In Peace
     March 3-8 is National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW). Conceived by the National Invasive Species Council, NISAW is a five-day event meant to educate about the threat invasive species pose to our welfare, our economy, and our ecosystems.
     In case you were wondering, an invasive species is defined as " alien (or non-native) species whose introduction does, or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health". Known as "The Vine That Ate the South," kudzu is perhaps the most notorious example of an invasive species (pictured above engulfing a cabin). As an Asian species, kudzu has no natural checks to balance it in an American ecosystem. As such, it is literally and absolutely out of control. Its rapid growth rate smothers native plants, killing trees, groundcover and enveloping man-made structures. Kudzu was introduced by people who had no clue of the consequences. And it is but one example. Many invasive plants are still sold in garden stores and invasive animals are sold as pets and then released by unwitting owners.
     Here at Lake Crabtree, we are hoping to raise awareness about what you can do to avoid the mistakes of the past. We are offering two programs during NISAW, and both will be free as we feel their message is so crucial:

Aliens In Your Garden (Invasive Plants) 
Sunday, March 3, 1-3 p.m.
 Meet at the Manager's Office.

Catastrophic Critters (Invasive Animals)
Tuesday, March 5, 5-7  pm.
 Meet at the Waterwise Garden.

Both of these programs require preregistration. Mail or email in the registration form to sign up. Call (919) 460-3355 if you have any questions. 
Contact us: 
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Parkway 
Morrisville, NC  27560
(919) 460-3390 
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