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Christina D. Sorensen

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We offer a variety of public educational programs for all ages – register for one today! Visit our calendar of events, view our program e-newsletter or sign up to receive our
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Upcoming Programs

Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)
Friday, Feb. 15–Monday, Feb. 18
Participate in the 22nd Annual Great Backyard Bird Count! Bird watchers of all ages are encouraged to count birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are across the globe. View more information here.
Registration is required for all GBBC participants through our online system. Dress for the weather and bring water, binoculars and bird ID book if you have them or borrow ours.
Visit the Harris Lake County Park programs page for more GBBC offerings!
GBBC Bird Walk Along the American Tobacco Trail
Friday, Feb. 15
8–10 a.m.
For ages 6 and up
As part of our Great Backyard Bird Count Programs, we will observe and count the variety of birds that can be found along the Trail as we walk to the Beaver Creek Bridge.
Meet near the restrooms at the New Hill parking area (1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex).
Geocaching 101 at the American Tobacco Trail
Friday, March 8
3–4:30 p.m.
For ages 6 and up
Experience the fun of geocaching along the American Tobacco Trail. Learn the basics of this high-tech treasure hunt then search for "caches" along the Trail. We will provide GPS units and instruction on how to use them, but feel free to bring your own unit or smartphone with a geocache app. Bring a water bottle and dress for the weather. Register early as space is limited.
Meet at the picnic tables at the White Oak parking area (1305 White Oak Church Road, Apex). This is a family program – all participants must be registered in advance.
Salamanders on the American Tobacco Trail
Sunday, March 10
2–3:30 p.m.
For all ages
Salamanders are the most secretive of all amphibians, and this just makes them all the more fascinating! Join us as we learn about their interesting life cycle, see some up close, then head out to search the vernal pools along the Trail for eggs & larvae.
Meet at the lower picnic tables at the New Hill parking area (1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex). This is a family program – all participants must be registered in advance.
Sensory Hike on the American Tobacco Trail
Sunday, March 31
2–3 p.m.
For all ages
Use your senses to discover more about nature on an interactive hike along the Trail. Join us to see, touch, smell, hear and even taste the outdoors!
Meet at the New Hill parking area near the restrooms (1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex). This is a family program – all family members attending must be registered in advance.

Our staff also offers public programs at Harris Lake County Park.
Check out the Harris Lake programs page for details.
We would love your feedback!
Did you attend one of our programs? Let us know how we did!
Complete our brief public program evaluation online.

How to Register for Public Programs

You can register for public programs online at your convenience
and pay for them with a credit/debit card.
Register for any of our programs by using the American Tobacco Trail button next to the program to be taken to the registration page on our online registration website, or use the button below to search for programs by location, age, date and more!
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The most common registration questions are answered on our FAQ page.
If you still need further assistance after visiting that page or if you have a question about a program, please call the Harris Lake County Park office at 919-387-4342.
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Are you unable to register online with a credit/debit card? Contact the Harris Lake County Park office at 919-387-4342 or email us at for assistance.



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Created at 7/5/2012 4:35 PM by Christina D. Sorensen
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