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

Fall Fun Hike to the Beaver Creek Bridge
Friday, Nov. 1 *This program is full but you may join the waiting list.
11 a.m.–noon
Free for all ages

Fall is a wonderful time of year to be outside exploring nature. Take a hike to enjoy the beautiful wetland at the Beaver Creek bridge and put your nature detective skills to the test along the way with a special fall scavenger hunt. We will be walking a total of one mile. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a water bottle.
Meet at the New Hill parking area at the picnic table at the bottom of the hill (1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road).

Geocaching 101 at the American Tobacco Trail
Sunday, Nov. 10
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 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 New Hill parking area at the picnic table at the bottom of the hill (1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road).

Super Scavengers
Sunday, Nov. 17
2–3 p.m.
Free for all ages
Scavengers are part of nature’s clean-up crew and provide a valuable service to the environment. Learn about different types of scavengers, such as vultures, snapping turtles and yellow jackets, to name a few, then test your scavenging skills with a fun game. Meet at the New Hill parking area at the picnic table at the bottom of the hill (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.