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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Important Updates
As of Jan. 1, 2019, there is no charge for all Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space public programs.

Upcoming Programs

Neighborhood Tree Pro!
Saturday, Aug. 17
9–10:30 a.m.
Free for all ages
Be the person in your neighborhood that can identify ALL the trees! Join an NC Forest Service Ranger for family-friendly tree ID that will teach you how to recognize common trees in our area...and a few not so common ones. NCEE credits available.
Meet at the New Hill parking area near the restrooms (1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road)

Geocaching 101 at the American Tobacco Trail
Sunday, Sept. 8
1:30 - 3 p.m.
Free for ages 6 and up
Geocaching is a treasure hunt where participants use GPS coordinates to track down hidden “caches.” We will learn how to use traditional GPS units and the Geocaching App (by Groundspeak) and then hike to find real geocaches hidden along the Trail. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle as we will be walking about a mile. Register early as class size is limited.
Meet at the picnic tables at the White Oak parking area (1305 White Oak Church Rd.)

All About Beavers
Monday, Sept. 30
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Free for all ages
This program celebrates Take a Child Outside (TACO) Week.
Beavers are such busy creatures and have many unique features that allow them to survive in their aquatic world. Learn about their special adaptations through our "Build a Beaver" program then hike to the Beaver Creek bridge to look for evidence of these industrious and amazing mammals. 
Meet at the New Hill parking area at the picnic table at the bottom of the hill (1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd.).


Our staff also offers public programs at Harris Lake County Park.
Check out the Harris Lake programs page for details.

How to Register for Public Programs

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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Having trouble registering for a program online?
Contact the Harris Lake County Park office at 919-387-4342 or email us at harris.lake@wakegov.com for assistance.