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 February 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.
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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.

Group at a geocaching program on the Trail



  Upcoming Programs




Great Backyard Bird Count
Friday, Feb. 17–Monday, Feb. 20
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is an annual four-day event that encourages birdwatchers of all ages and skill levels to count birds and report their results online to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The data collected gives useful information to scientists which enables them to better evaluate fluctuations in bird populations. Click here for more information about the Great Backyard Bird Count.

Harris Lake County Park is offering programs all four days of the event, so be sure to check those programs here

ATT GBBC Bird Walk   FREE!
Friday, Feb. 17, 8–10 a.m.
As part of our Great Backyard Bird Count programs, we will observe and count the variety of birds that live in this area as we walk to the Beaver Creek Bridge. 
Meet at the picnic table at the New Hill Parking Area (1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex, NC 27502). Registration is not required.
Salamander Search on the American Tobacco Trail
Saturday, March 4
2–3:30 p.m.
For all ages
$1 per person
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 bottom of the hill at the New Hill Parking Area (1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex, NC 27502). 
All participants must be registered through our online system.

Geocaching on the ATT
Saturday, March 25
4–5:30 p.m.
For ages 6 and up
$1 per person
Experience the fun of geocaching along the American Tobacco Trail! Discover the GeoArt project as you learn the basics of this high-tech treasure hunt. Learn what geocaching is all about 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. Meet at the picnic table near the restrooms at the New Hill Parking Area (1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex, NC 27502). All participants must be registered through our online system. 

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.