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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  

Volunteer Opportunity at the White Oak Gardens 
Thursday, Aug. 23
3–5 p.m.
For ages 4 and up
Volunteer your time to help staff beautify the educational gardens at the White Oak trailhead. There will be a variety of tasks to do to help get our gardens in shape for fall. Come prepared to learn and work as you assist us. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves and a water bottle. A signed Volunteer Release is required in order to participate.
Meet at the White Oak parking area (1305 White Oak Church Road, Apex).
Moonlight Hike on the ATT
Friday, Aug. 24
7:30–9 p.m.
For all ages
$1 per person
Take a moonlit stroll down the Trail to the Beaver Creek Bridge and back, listening and looking for nocturnal animals. We will linger on the bridge to enjoy the wonderful sounds of nature and play some fun night time activities too. Wear good walking shoes and bring a water bottle. Flashlights are optional; we will not use them the whole time.
Meet at the New Hill parking area (1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex).
Billions of Beetles
Saturday, Sept. 8
10–11 a.m.
For all ages
$1 per person
There are more types of beetles than any other kind of insect. Beetles live everywhere; some are colorful, some are harmful, but all are unique. We’ll learn what makes beetles so successful, meet some up close and then go out to explore beetle habitats.
Meet at the New Hill parking area (1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex).
Honeysuckle Wreath Making for "Take a Child Outside" week
Sunday, Sept. 30
1–3 p.m.
For all ages
Create your own wreath from honeysuckle. Bring gloves, pruning shears and a water bottle. We will provide ribbons, you bring your creativity! Help us rid the park of our invasive Japanese honeysuckle while creating a masterpiece. This program is free in honor of "Take a Child Outside" week but advance online registration is required for all participants.
Meet at the New Hill Parking Area (1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex), at the picnic table at the top of the hill.

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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