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

Geminids Meteor Shower Watch
Saturday, Dec. 14
6:30–8 p.m.
Free for all ages

Join us as we watch for meteors during the Geminids Meteor Shower. Local astronomers will help us observe these shooting stars and other phenomena in the night sky. As a bonus, we may see or hear some of our nocturnal wildlife in the park. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. There is no special equipment needed, but you may bring your own viewing instrument if you have one. The parking lot will be flagged for where to park and where we will view the sky. The best time to view the meteor shower is 7:30 p.m.
Meet at the New Hill parking area (1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road). 

Night Hike on the American Tobacco Trail
Friday, Jan. 24
5:30–7 p.m.
Free for all ages
Take a hike after dark and enjoy the sights and sounds of a quiet night along the American Tobacco Trail. We will walk to the Beaver Creek bridge and back (about one mile total).
Meet at the New Hill parking area (1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road).

Advanced Winter Tree ID
Saturday, Jan. 25
10 a.m.–noon
Free for ages 12 and up

It’s one thing to identify trees when you have leaves, flowers and fruit, but attempting ID in the winter is an entirely different skill. We will use bark, structure, location and whatever we can find on the forest floor to identify trees in the winter. This is an advanced class taught by an NC Forest Service Ranger. Bring a pocket magnifying lens if you have one, binoculars and, of course, your favorite tree book! Dress for the weather and bring a water bottle. This program is eligible for Criteria II or III credit toward the NC Environmental Education Certification.
Meet at the New Hill parking area (1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road).


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.