Historic Oak View Public Programs

Staff member delivering a public tour to a group of visitors inside the 1825 detached kitchen

Historic Oak View County Park offers programs covering history, nature and recreational topics. Public programs are open for registration to the general public.

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Juneteenth Storytime: Opal Lee and What It Means to Be Free: The True Story of the Grandmother of Juneteenth

A book cover showing the profile view of a young African American girl looking up and the background of an older adult behind her in silhouette.

Come to Oak View in June to learn about the significance of Juneteenth and its commemoration of freedom from slavery. We'll read the children's book "Opal Lee and What It Means to Be Free: The True Story of the Grandmother of Juneteenth" by Alice Faye Duncan and visit the 1870s tenant house to learn about what freedom meant to the newly-emancipated people at Oak View. Participants will create a take-home reminder by decorating their own Juneteenth flag craft. Free and open to all ages, recommended for ages 4–9. Registration is required for all participants.

Join us on Thursday, June 13, at 11 a.m.!

Seeds of Freedom: Juneteenth at Oak View

Historic Juneteeth image from circa 1900

Join us at Oak View for a walking tour focused on the history of Juneteenth and how the transition from slavery to freedom was experienced by Oak View's enslaved community. Discover stories of how African American families celebrated their liberation and the steps they took to plant seeds of freedom for themselves and their descendants. After the tour, participants will be invited to fold their own seed packet and reflect on what freedom means to them. Free and open to all ages, recommended for ages 4th grade and up. Registration is required for all participants.

Join us on Wednesday, June 19, at 10:30 a.m.; Saturday, June 22, at 10:30 a.m.; or Sunday, June 23, at 2 p.m.!

Cuentacuentos at Oak View: "El gallo sale a ver el mundos"

Cover of the Spanish Storytime book in June at Oak View

¡Esperamos que sus pequeños puedan unirse a nosotros para disfrutar de un divertido cuento seguido de una actividad artesanal con Miss Maya Venezuela! La historia destacada es “El gallo sale a ver el mundos” por Eric Carle. 11 de junio 2024 a las 10:00. Esta actividad está diseñada para familias con niños de seis años o menos. Este programa es gratuito.

We hope your little ones can join us for a fun story followed by a craft activity with Ms. Maya! The featured story is "Rooster's Off to See the World" by Eric Carle. This activity is designed for families with children ages six and under. This program is free of charge. Please note: This storytime will be in Spanish.

Join us on Tuesday, June 11, at 10 a.m.!

Honor Juneteenth

Juneteenth Programming

Promotional image for Juneteenth at Oak View Programming

Join staff at Historic Oak View County Park throughout the month of June for special programs and events honoring Juneteenth.

Become a Junior Park Explorer

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Do you like to explore parks and preserves? Do you like winning prizes? Our Junior Park Explorers program is for you! Learn more here.

Take a Self-Guided Mobile Tour

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Check out the Oak View Mobile Tour and learn about the history of the farmland and historic structures, as well as the lives of the people who lived and worked at Oak View throughout its history.

Graphic for the Oak View mobile tour in Spanish

Haga el recorrido móvil de Oak View y conozca la historia de las tierras de cultivo y las estructuras históricas, así como la vida de las personas que vivieron y trabajaron en Oak View a lo largo de su historia.

Go on a StoryWalk®

Storywalk graphic at Oak View

Take a StoryWalk® at Oak View! A StoryWalk® is a children’s book that is presented, page by page, along a trail or path. It combines the pleasures of reading a children's book while enjoying nature.

¡Disfrute de un StoryWalk® en Oak View! StoryWalk® es un libro para niños presentado por páginas a lo largo de un sendero o andador. Combina los placeres de leer un libro infantil mientras se disfruta de la naturaleza.

 

June StoryWalk®: Build a House

The cover of the children's book "Build a House" featuring a young girl and a mule with grass and a house in the background.

From June 1–30, Oak View's brick walkways will feature the children's book "Build a House" by Rhiannon Giddens (Author) and Monica Mikai (Illustrator).

Written as a song to commemorate the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, Build a House tells the moving story of a people who would not be moved and the music that sustained them. Steeped in sorrow and joy, resilience and resolve, turmoil and transcendence, this dramatic debut offers a proud view of history and a vital message for readers of all ages: honor your heritage, express your truth, and let your voice soar, even – or perhaps especially – when your heart is heaviest.

Also in June, the StoryWalk®: Worm Loves Worm

Cover of the June StoryWalk at Oak View

From June 1–30, Oak View's brick walkways will also feature the children's book "Worm Loves Worm" written by J. J. Austrian and illustrated by Mike Curato.

You are cordially invited to celebrate the wedding of a worm...and a worm.

When a worm meets a special worm and they fall in love, you know what happens next: They get married! But their friends want to know—who will wear the dress? And who will wear the tux?

The answer is: It doesn't matter. Because worm loves worm.

StoryWalk® Social Narrative

StoryWalk® at Oak View is free, requires no advance registration, and is open during the park's normal hours of operation. Check out our StoryWalk® Social Narrative to download and print before going to the park.

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont, and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

More Self-Guided Activities

Historic Oak View County Park also offers several activities for small groups or families, which can be checked out at the front desk in the Farm History Center (our visitors' center). Ask any staff member about how to check out one of these fun activities!

The Oak View Scavenger Hunt is a great self-guided activity for kids. Stop by the Farm History Center to pick up a scavenger hunt and then learn all about Oak View while searching for answers to the clues.

The Adventure Backpack Series are individual backpacks full of fun, self-guided programs on different topics related to Oak View. Check one out by stopping by the Farm History Center during regular business hours. Choose from the following offerings:

Preschool:

  • Goat In My Boat – Arlo the Goat goes on adventure in a boat, but what happens when he gets some big feelings and can't stop rocking the boat? This delightful story with accompanying activities teaches children practical and age-appropriate strategies to deal with big feelings.
  • Barnyard Friends – A preschool-friendly adventure that teaches children about animals and life on the farm through games, play and exploration.
     

Elementary:

  • All About Bugs – Visit the buildings and gardens around the park and complete hands-on activities that teach you about insects and their friends, and how they help out on the farm!
  • Watching the Weather – Learn about weather tools and instruments, create your own weather forecast, and even play with a "pet" tornado! This backpack is a great way introduce kids to the elements that make up the weather.
  • From Field to Fiber: The Story of Cotton – Learn all about the history of cotton through hands-on activities such as feeling real cotton straight from the cotton field, turning cotton sliver into thread, and learning about different figures important to the history of cotton.
  • Kid Curator – Discover what makes a museum (like Oak View) a museum, and who decides what to exhibit and how. The backpack includes lots of activities to learn how to be a curator, along with a workbook that you keep at the end of your activity!
     

Everyone's Welcome

Historic Oak View County Park welcomes all visitors and affirms its commitment to offering programs and services that are accessible to everyone. We will make every effort to ensure that visitors of all abilities are fully included in all our programs and facilities. Check back regularly to see what new opportunities become available!

For questions about our accessibility resources or how we may best meet your needs in any of our programs, please contact Abby Kellerman, assistant park manager of education, at 919-212-7695 or abigail.kellerman@wake.gov.