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Payment and registration form must be received to confirm your spot in our programs. Please note that all payments must be made using cash, check or money order (made out to "Wake County Parks") – park staff do not have the ability to take credit cards.

To register, complete and sign the registration form and return it with payment by mail or bring by the park office. For more information and to check availability about the following programs, contact the park at 919-387-4342 or email harris.lake@wakegov.com.
 
Our staff also offers public programs at the American Tobacco Trail! Check out the ATT Programs page for details.

Select a program series and learn more about our offerings:
 
 
  
Upcoming Event:
 
 
Haunting at Harris: Creatures of the Forest
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Saturday, October 18
1–6 p.m.
For all ages
Come one, come all! Be amazed during our wagon ride adventure, as we search for the weird, creepy and outrageous creatures of the forest. Show off your wild side through games, activities and crafts around the shelters. Wear a costume or come as you are!

Wagon ride tickets are only available at the event – they will be handed out at 12:30 p.m. for rides from 1–3 p.m. and at 3 p.m. for rides from 3:30–5:30 (rides will leave every 30 minutes). Tickets are available while they last.
For more information, call 919-387-4342.

Volunteers are needed for this event. If you are interested, contact
Jackie at 919-387-4344.

 

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(For children ages 1–3 w/adult)
 Discover the natural world through stories, hands-on nature activities, games, crafts and more.
 
 
 
Ages 1–3 years with an adult; 10:30–11 a.m.
Meet at the Cypress Shelter
Fee: $2/child
  If registering in October, then can register for all three for just $5/child.
 
 
A Snail’s Spell
Friday, October 10
10:30–11 a.m.
Fee: $2/child or all three months (Oct.–Dec.) for $5
For ages 1–3 w/adult
Meet at the Cypress Shelter
Follow a snail through the garden as we read A Snail’s Spell, by Joanne Ryder. Learn all about these slow moving creatures and watch real snails move. Be ready for a slow-moving time!
 
 
Owls and Woodpeckers
Friday, November 7
10:30–11 a.m.
Fee: $2/child
For ages 1–3 w/adult
Meet at the Cypress Shelter
Tree trunks are very busy places for all kinds of wildlife, both during the day and at night. We will read this fun book, The Owl and the Woodpecker, by Brian Wildsmith and then talk about the life of these two very different birds using pictures and toy birds.
 
 
Santa's Mouse Friend
Friday, December 12
10:30–11 a.m.
Fee: $2/child
For ages 1–3 w/adult
Meet at the Cypress Shelter
"Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse" was not the case in this story by Eleonore Schmid, Wake Up, Dormouse, Santa Claus Is Here. As we learn about the mice that live in our park, we will play a game to see if you can be quiet as a mouse!
 
 

 

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(For children ages 3–5 w/adult)
 
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; 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Meet at the Cypress Shelter
Fee: $4/child
If registering in October, then can register for all three for just $10/child.
 
 
A Snail’s Spell
Friday, October 10
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Fee: $4/child or all three months (Oct.–Dec.) for $10
For ages 3–5 w/adult
Meet at the Cypress Shelter
Follow a snail through the garden as we read A Snail’s Spell, by Joanne Ryder. Learn all about these slow-moving creatures and watch real snails move. Explore some hiding places and munch on some lettuce leaves just like the snail does. Be ready for a slow-moving time!
 
Owls and Woodpeckers
Friday, November 7
11:30–12:30 p.m.
Fee: $4/child
For ages 3–5 w/adult
Meet at the Cypress Shelter
Tree trunks are very busy places for all kinds of wildlife, both during the day and at night. We will read this fun book, The Owl and the Woodpecker, by Brian Wildsmith and then talk about the life of these two very different birds.  As we hike around the pond we will listen for sounds of woodpeckers and other wildlife on the tree trunks.
 
Santa’s Mouse Friend
Friday, December 12
11:30–12:30 p.m.
Fee: $4/child
For ages 3–5 w/adult
Meet at the Cypress Shelter
“Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse” was not the case in this story by Eleonore Schmid, Wake Up, Dormouse, Santa Claus Is Here.  As we learn about the mice that live in our park, we will play a game to see if you can be quiet as a mouse!

 

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Unless otherwise noted, these programs are open to all ages. A water bottle is suggested for all programs. Please register at least 2 days in advance!
 
Fee: $5/family or $3/individual
 
 
 
Pumpkin Carving Hayride
Sunday, October 26
2–3 p.m.
Fee: $10/family if you want a pumpkin; $5/family for hayride only
For all ages
Meet at the Loblolly Shelter
Take a hayride to our Longleaf Forest to find the perfect pumpkin to carve!  After returning to the shelter, carve your pumpkin using our carving tools and enjoy a cup of hot cider. 
 
Fall Discovery Hike
Friday, November 7
1–3 p.m.
Fee: $5/family; $4/child ages 8 and up
Meet at the Loblolly Shelter
It's an early release day for Wake County Public Schools, so come spend a fall afternoon at the park! We will hike part of the Peninsula Trail as we stop to observe and discover the many things in nature as we get ready for fall. Bring a water bottle and good shoes for walking. Families of all ages are welcome, or children ages 8 and up may be dropped off to attend the program on their own.
Fall Fun Hayrides
Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, November 23
2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Fee: $5/family
For all ages
Meet at the wagon in front of the playground
Enjoy a fall hayride with us as we travel the back roads of the park. Two rides are scheduled for the day – choose your time. All rides meet at the wagon in front of the playground.
 
Winter Hayride
Saturday, December 27
1:30–3 p.m.
Fee $5/family
For all ages
Meet at the Loblolly Shelter
Join us for a game of "I Spy" as you take a wagon ride to our Longleaf Pine Forest and Womble Family history site. Be inspired by the majestic longleaf as you decorate a pine tree cookie.

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Please register in advance for these "drop-off" kids programs. Due to the preparation time that is needed, if the minimum number of participants is not met, the program will be canceled. Please register early! 
 
Check back for our Fall program
opportunities for the kids!
 
 

 

Adult Programs and Workshops

Check back for more adult learning opportunities!
 
 

 
 
 
Play animal BINGO, inspect earthworms, go leaf hunting and much more while you explore nature from different points of view.

In the course of about two hours, your troop will have the opportunity to earn the "Earth and Sky," try-it and parts of the following try-its: Animals, Watching Wildlife, Plants and Outdoor Adventure; 11 requirements in all.

This is a troop-led program in which all activities are independent of each other, giving your troop a choice in activities. Program kits are reserved and loaned out through the park office on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information please contact the office at 919-387-4342.

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