Friends Caring for Cowan Lake State Park

Friends Caring for Cowan Lake State Park is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit

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Fall Events 2023

​​October 20th-22nd Fall Campout Weekend

(Only Open to Registered Campers) 

Oct 20th

11am-6pm Nature Center is open- Come Explore and make your own fall themed craft.

1pm-2:30pm Youth Archery- Join us at the Nature Center for spooky archery! Must be present at the beginning of the program to participate.

4pm-5pm Raptor & Reptile Feeding- Meet our resident Raptors & Reptiles at the Nature Center. Learn about their unique eating adaptions. 

7:30pm-9pm Owl Prowl- Gather at the Nature Center to hike Dogwood Trail. On this hike we may see bats flying, hear barred owls calling, and we will listen for the sounds of Cowan's other nocturnal critters! Closed toe shoes are recommended. Bring a flashlight!

Campsite Judging Begins at Dark- Have your site decorated by dark. We will be judging on the categories listed below. Winners will be announced Saturday! We will post winners at the Friends Cabin, Check-in Station, Commissary and Facebook.

Categories: Spookiest, Best Use of Inflatables, Best Special Effects, Most Creative Harvest.

Oct 21st 


10am-2pm Wagon Ride-Hop aboard for a spooky wagon ride. Meet at the basketball court.

10am-11am Scavenger Hunt-Ages 9-13yrs and 14-17yrs. Come to Camp Host Site 22, and participate in a fun family friendly scavenger hunt around the park. No golf carts or bikes, all must be done on foot, and be back and turned in by 11am. Happy Hunting!

10am-2pm Faces of Fairies Face Painting(Cost depends on choice of painting)- Faces of Fairies Face Painting will be at our FUN ZONE from 10am-2pm painting faces. This does have a cost, and it will depend on what you choose. Please Bring Cash for Payment.

11am-2pm FUN ZONE ACTIVITIES- Join our volunteers for Games, Bubbles, Pumpkin Painting, and more. Welcome to all ages, bring your family for lots of fun!

11am-2pm Lunch and Raffles at the FCC Cabin- Vegetable and Bean Soups, Fried Potatoes, Corn Bread, Hot Dogs, Desserts, Snow Cones, Cotton Candy and Drinks. Donations Appreciated with Cash or PayPal. Raffle Basket and  50/50 tickets are CASH ONLY.

11am-6pm Nature Center is Open- Come Explore the Nature Center and see our raptors and reptiles. Horsefeathers Farm will be hanging out with their Wallaby from 12-2pm.

12pm-2pm Haunted Archery- Join the Naturalist for a ghost bustin' good time! Show off your archery skills with our Naturalist at the Nature Center, 

Must be present at the beginning of the program to participate.

​1pm-3pm Raptors in the Park- The Naturalists will be touring the campground with Cowan Lake's resident raptor ambassadors.

3pm Kids & Group Costume Contest- Join us over at the amphitheater. You choose the kids costume category you want to be judged on! 

Categories: Spookiest, Cutest, Most Creative. Age Groups 0-3, 4-8, 9-13, & 14-17.

**New this year- Group Costume Category is for all ages- 1 group will be chosen for best overall. 

3:30pm Drawing for Raffle Baskets and 50/50- Local businesses have donated items to be raffled off. 50/50 split the pot raffle. All proceeds go to Friends Caring for Cowan Lake.

5pm-6pm Trick or Treat- Trick or Treat through the loops. All roads will be closed at 4:30pm. Vehicles will not be permitted through the check-in after this time. Roads will reopen as soon as it is safe to drive. Please plan accordingly.

7:30pm-9pm Spooky Stories- Gather around a slow burning fire at the Nature Center with our Naturalists. We will be sharing spooky stories, poems and folklore. Bring chairs or blankets for seating. You are welcome to bring snacks to cook over the fire.