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 Harris Lake County Park 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!

Scroll down or select a program series below to learn more about our offerings:

 
Our staff also offers public programs at the American Tobacco Trail! 
Check out the ATT programs page for details.
 

 

Nature Totsphoto of kids coloring

 
 Discover the natural world through stories, hands-on nature activities, games, crafts and more.
 
  
 
Ages: 1–3 years with an adult
Time: 10:30–11 a.m.
Fee: $2 per child
Meet at the Cypress Shelter 
 
Please note new day of the week – our Nature Tots and Forest Friends
monthly series will now be scheduled on Mondays, not Fridays.
 
 
Dandelions, Stars in the Grass
Monday, May 11
Do you think of the Dandelion as a pesky weed or a bright yellow beacon of spring? In Mia Posada’s beautiful book, Dandelions, Stars in the Grass, we will learn about the life of the dandelion and then search for them in the park to blow their seeds into the air.
 
Fish is Fish
Monday, June 8 
After reading this charming book, Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni, we will take a look at a tadpole and a minnow and color a fish.
 

 

photo of kids in leaf hats

 
Get up close with nature! Discover amazing things in the park as we explore nature "hands on" through games, crafts, hikes and more.
 
  
 
Ages: 3–5 years with an adult
Time: 1–2 p.m.
Fee: $4 per child
Meet at the Cypress Shelter
 
Please note new day of the week  our Nature Tots and Forest Friends
monthly series will now be scheduled on Mondays, not Fridays.
 
 
Dandelions, Stars in the Grass
Monday, May 11
Do you think of the Dandelion as a pesky weed or a bright yellow beacon of spring? In Mia Posada’s beautiful book, Dandelions, Stars in the Grass, we will learn about the life of the dandelion and then search for them in the park to blow their seeds into the air. We will create a dandelion painting to take home.
 
Fish is Fish
Monday, June 8
After reading this charming book, Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni, we will take a look at a tadpole and a minnow to see how they are different.  We will color a fish then walk to the pier to feed the fish in the lake.
 

 
photo of wagon ride and tractor

 
 

 
 
 
 
Herb Gardening
Friday, May 15
Time: 10–11:30 a.m.
Ages: 6 and up
Cost: $5 per family or $3 per individual
How does a container garden grow? Join us in our Educational Gardens to discover how to successfully grow plants in a container.  Learn how gardening in pots is different from gardening in the ground.  Decorate a clay pot and use it to plant your own herb garden with seedlings grown by park staff. Meet in the Educational Gardens near the Restroom Pavilion.
 
Wagon Ride and Longleaf Bird Walk
Saturday, May 16
Time: 10 a.m.noon
Best for ages 8 and up
Cost: $5 per family or $3 per individual
Join us on a wagon ride to our 60-acre longleaf forest where we will disembark to go bird watching in this unique habitat. We’ll see and hear a variety of spring birds as we hike through the forest and along a portion of the Peninsula Trail and lakeshore.  Bring your own binoculars and field guide or borrow ours. Meet at the wagon at the playground.
 
Crawling Caterpillars
Sunday, May 17
12:30 p.m.
For all ages
Cost: $5 per family or $3 per individual
Fascinating, beautiful and sometimes bizarre, caterpillars have captivated most of us from a young age.  We’ll explore the interesting life cycles of butterflies and moths, meet some cool larvae up close and hike to the Educational Garden to observe them in their natural habitat. Meet at the Cypress Shelter.
 
Family Disc Golf
Saturday, June 13
9 a.m.–noon
For all ages
Cost: FREE!
This special event is for players of all levels. Disc golf professionals will be here to provide instruction for beginners or advanced skills for the more experienced. Bring the family, learn the basics, practice your throw and then take off on the course for a new adventure. Register for an "Introduction to Disc Golf" lesson time at 9 or 10:30 a.m. (choose one), or register for an advanced skills session at 10:30 a.m. Bring your own discs or borrow ours. Meet at the disc golf gravel parking lot (first gravel lot on your right after entering the park).
 
Evening Hike
Saturday, June 27
Time: 7–8:30 p.m.
For all ages
Cost: $5 per family or $3 per individual
Summer evenings are some of the best times to see and hear wildlife in the park. Enjoy a warm summer evening as we hike along a portion of the Peninsula Trail looking and listening for signs of evening wildlife. We will learn about crepuscular animals such as fox, deer and fireflies and talk about how they are different from nocturnal animals. Meet at the Peninsula Trailhead.
 

Kids learning about pond

Programs for Kids

 

Check back soon for more
opportunities just for kids!
 
 
  
 

  

Adult Programs and Workshops

 
 
 
Yoga at the Lake
Thursday, May 28; Sunday, May 31; Thursday, June 4
Time: 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Ages: 16 and up
FREE! (one time only spring yoga special)
Bring your practice outdoors in these slow-paced, meditative yoga classes. Find your center and embrace the peace and tranquility of nature along the shores of Harris Lake. Beginners are welcome. Please bring your own yoga mat and meet at the picnic area near the Peninsula Trailhead.
    
 



6th Annual Longleaf Festival

FREE family event!
Saturday, May 2, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
 
 
 
Celebrate the history and importance of the longleaf pine
at our 6th annual Longleaf Festival! 
 
Take a wagon ride to our 60-acre Longleaf Pine Management Area. Many agencies and organizations (listed below) will have educational hands-on exhibits. Enjoy FREE fun festival activities, games, crafts, live animals and more. Check out the bulldozer, fire engine and prescribed burn equipment to learn about the importance of fire in the life of the longleaf pine.
 
Grab lunch at the Chick Wagon food truck and enjoy live entertainment provided by the Kudzu Ramblers and Me and This Guy Named Clark!
 
There will be something for everyone to enjoy!
Our exhibitors include the following:
 
NC Forest Service
Duke Energy Progress
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
NC Museum of History
NC State Parks
     Carvers Creek State Park
     Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
NC Prescribed Fire Council
NC Longleaf Coalition
US Fish and Wildlife Service
NC Wildlife Resources Commission
NCSU CVM Turtle Rescue Team
NCPARC (NC Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation)
Schoolhouse of Wonder
Wake County Waste Management
Apex Fire Department
NC Geocachers Organization
Stitch n'Pine Baskets
Bass Lake Park - Holly Springs
Dragonfly Nature Programs
NC Invasive Plant Council
Central NC Artifacts Collectors
Wake Audubon Society
Wake County Extension Master Gardeners
 
Ride the Longleaf Express wagon out to the edge of our 60-acre longleaf forest for a guided hike! Join foresters from the NC Forest Service on a wagon ride and brief 10-15 minute hike to explore and learn about the life of the longleaf pine. 
 
New for 2015 - We will be issuing tickets for wagon rides!
Tickets and seats are free, but limited and tickets are first-come, first serve!
Get your tickets at the information tent near the restrooms. 
 
Rides will depart at 11:15, 11:50, 12:25, 1:00, 1:35, 2:10, and 2:45.
 
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If you would like to volunteer at this event, please contact Jackie Trickel at jackie.trickel@wakegov.com.
 
This FREE event does not require preregistration. If you have questions, please call the park office at 919-387-4342.
 
 

 

 How to Register for Public Programs

 For more information and to check program availability, contact the park at 919-387-4342 or email us at harris.lake@wakegov.com.

To register, complete and sign the PROS Program Registration Form and return it with payment by mail or bring it by the park office.

 

Please Note: Payment and a completed, signed registration form must be received to confirm your spot in our programs. Registration must be received at least two days prior to the program date. If the minimum number of registered participants is not met, the program will be canceled. All payments must be made using cash, check or money order (made out to "Wake County Parks") – park staff do not currently have the ability to take credit cards.

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