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The American Tobacco Trail staff offers a variety of public educational programs for all ages year-round. Visit our calendar of events, check out our e-newsletter and sign up for the newsletter to stay up to date!
Our staff also offers public programs at Harris Lake County Park! 
Check out the Harris Lake County Park 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.

Online Public Program Registration
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 clicking the American Tobacco Trail icon next to the program, or click the one below to search for programs by location, age, date and more!
Learn more at the bottom of the page under How to Register.


  Upcoming Programs



Early Evening Discovery Walk on the ATT
Friday, May 26
4–5:30 p.m.
For all ages
$1 per person
Enjoy a leisurely early evening stroll along the Trail down to the Beaver Creek Bridge. We will observe the natural world around us and take in some amazing views of the wetland. Bring binoculars and a water bottle.

Meet at the New Hill Parking Area upper picnic table (1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex, 27502)
Basics of Backyard Gardening
Wednesday, May 31
4:30–6 p.m.
For all ages
Free, but space is limited
Gardening is a great way to spend time outdoors and reconnect with the earth. Discover its rich tradition dating from ancient times through the modern day. Learn about different types of gardening practices and the benefits of planting native species. Be prepared to work in the park’s educational gardens. Bring a water bottle and a hat. Work gloves and other tools will be provided.
Meet at the White Oak Church Parking Area (1305 White Oak Church Road, Apex, 27523)


Whooo's Wild About Owls
Sunday, June 4
4–5:30 p.m.
For all ages
$1 per person
Owls are fascinating birds of prey. See owl mounts up close, learn about their unique adaptations that make them great nocturnal predators and dissect an owl pellet to discover what they have eaten. Maybe we will hear one, too!
Meet at the New Hill Parking Area (1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex, 27502)
Geocaching 101 on the ATT
Saturday, June 17
2–3:30 p.m.
For ages 6 and up
$1 per person
Experience the fun of geocaching along the American Tobacco Trail. Learn the basics of this high-tech treasure hunt and 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. Register early, as space is limited.

Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space has launched one of our
most requested features – an online registration system.
You can now sign up for a public program online
and pay for it with a credit/debit card!
To register for one of our public programs, click the link by that program
to be taken to the registration page on our online registration website.
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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