The American Tobacco Trail staff offers a variety of public educational programs for all ages year-round. Visit our calendar of events and sign up for our e-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.
Now Available!
Online Public Program Registration
You can now 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.

Group at a geocaching program on the Trail


Upcoming Programs

Salamander Search
Sunday, March 20
Time: 2–3:30 p.m.
For all ages
Cost: $5 per family or $3 per individual
Salamanders are the most secretive of all amphibians, and this just makes them all the more fascinating! Join us as we learn about the interesting life cycle of these elusive amphibians, see some up close, then head out to search the temporary wetlands along the Trail for eggs, larvae and adults. Meet at the picnic table at the New Hill Parking Area, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex, NC 27502.
Star Party
Friday, April 8
Time: 6:30–10:30 p.m.
For all ages
The staff from the American Tobacco Trail and the Agape Center for Environmental Education are co-hosting this 2016 Statewide Star Party themed "Find Your Way in the Sky" as part of the NC Science Festival. This FREE event will take place on the American Tobacco Trail at the White Oak Parking Field under the stars. All ages and skill levels are welcome to attend. There will be some fun hands-on activities early in the evening including constellation storytelling. As the sun goes down, we will begin to observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars. Bring your curiosity, a water bottle, chair or blanket, your own viewing instrument if you have one and dress for the weather! Meet at the White Oak Parking Area, 1305 White Oak Church Road, Apex, NC 27523.

Bird houses at the White Oak Parking Area

Great Backyard Bird Count

February 1215, 2016
For all ages.
 Registration is required for all programs.
Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) was the first online citizen science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.
The GBBC is an annual four-day event that encourages bird watchers of all ages and abilities to identify and count birds and report their results. This helps scientists document where birds are, track changes in their numbers and gain a better understanding of birds in the winter. Visit the GBBC web page for more details.
The American Tobacco Trail would like to invite you to participate in the 19th annual GBBC by counting in your own backyard or attending a park program!
Bird Walk Along the ATT
Friday, Feb. 12
Time: 9–11 a.m.
We will observe and count the variety of birds that live in this area as we walk toward the Beaver Creek Bridge. Meet at the picnic table at the New Hill Parking Area, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex, NC 27502.
Our staff is also offering several GBBC programs at Harris Lake County Park!
Check out the Harris Lake programs page for details.
Many Wake County Parks are offering programs for the Great Backyard Bird Count!
Take a look at the main GBBC page for a list of all county park programs.

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.