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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.

 13th Annual Haunting at Harris: An Unlucky Adventure

FREE family event!
Saturday, October 17, 2015
1–6 p.m.
Come as you are or dress up in your Halloween costume and join us for an afternoon of superstitious fun at our 13th annual Haunting at Harris!
Test your luck at some fun games, create creepy crafts, navigate a superstitious obstacle course, meet some crawly critters and more! Tickets for our FREE spooky wagon ride and NEW optional Haunted Trail will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
This event is FREE for all ages, so bring your whole family for a spooky good time!
Wagon Ride and Haunted Trail
Please note: Wagon ride tickets are only available at the event (not in advance).
Tickets are limited and are available while they last.
Rides will depart every 30 minutes. Tickets will be handed out at 12:30 p.m. for rides departing from 1-3 p.m. and again at 3 p.m. for rides departing from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
New for 2015: As an optional part of our wagon ride, we are offering a Haunted Trail experience for those who dare! Our wagon ride is fun for all ages; the Haunted Trail is suitable for brave souls (suggested age is 10 and up).
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If you are interested in volunteering with our haunted trail, games, crafts or other aspects of this event, please call 919-387-4342 or email

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Nature Tots

 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
Over in the Meadow
Monday, September 14
Over in the Meadow is a charming children's counting book about 10 different animals that live in the meadow. The children will search for pictures of the animals as we read the story. Meet at the Cypress Shelter.

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
Over in the Meadow
Monday, September 14
Over in the Meadow is a charming children's counting book about 10 different animals that live in the meadow. The children will search for pictures of the animals as we read the story, then visit our new wildflower meadow to search for some of these critters and paint a picture. Meet at the Cypress Shelter.



Geocaching 101
Friday, September 4 (Wake County Schools early release day)
Time: 3–4:30 p.m.
Ages: 6 and up
Cost: $5 per family
Do you enjoy discovering new ways to use technology in the great outdoors? If so, geocaching is for you! Geocaching is like a treasure hunt where participants use GPS coordinates to track down hidden boxes called "caches." In this program, we will teach you what geocaching is all about and then search for some geocaches in the park! We will provide GPS units and instruction on how to use them, or you may bring your own unit or smartphone with a geocache app. Meet at the Cypress Shelter.
Sunset Campfire
Friday, September 11 from 78:30 p.m.
For all ages
Cost: $5 per family or $3 per individual
Enjoy an evening at Harris Lake County Park by the light of the setting sun as we build a rustic campfire! Learn fire building techniques, sing songs, roast marshmallows and more. Marshmallows and roasting sticks will be provided. Bring your own camp chairs and a water bottle. Meet at the Cypress Shelter.
Wagon Rides for Grandparents and Grandkids
Sunday, September 13
Time: 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. departures
For all ages
Cost: FREE with grandparents; $5 per family without grandparents
In honor of National Grandparents Day, grandparents may bring their grandkids to the park for a FREE wagon ride along the back roads of the park! Registration is required. Meet at the wagon near the playground.
Build Your Own "TACO" (Take a Child Outside Week self-led program)
Thursday, September 24
Time: 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
For all ages
Cost: FREE!
Bring a picnic lunch and spend the afternoon at Harris Lake County Park. Drop in anytime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to do one or all of the activities ready for you in and around the Longleaf Shelter. Enjoy bird watching, go on a scavenger hunt, create nature crafts, learn about spiders and other critters, make your own paper and more! Pre-registration is preferred. Meet at the Longleaf Shelter.


Programs for Kids and Teens


Beginning Fishing Clinic
Saturday, September 12
Time: 9–11 a.m.
Ages: 7–15
Cost: $8 per child
In this introduction to the basic fundamentals of fishing, children will gain the skills needed for a lifetime of fishing enjoyment. We will teach angler safety and courtesy, how to rig a line and tie knots, local fish ID and pond food chain dynamics. This one-hour clinic will be followed by one hour of fishing. Meet at the fishing pond (first gravel lot on right after entering the park).
Limited to 6 children. Parents may drop off or remain with their children during program.



 Adult Programs and Workshops

Fly Fishing Basics
Sunday, September 13
Time: 5–7 p.m.
Ages: 16 and up
Cost: $10 per person (includes all gear)
Learn the basic skills needed to begin a lifetime of fly fishing. We will go over casting methods, rigging techniques, fly and bait selection and where to fly fish in the area. This two-hour course includes one hour of instruction and one hour of fishing. Bring a water bottle and sunscreen. Meet at the field behind the picnic area.
N.C. fishing license is required. Class size is limited to 3 participants.
Advanced WILD: Bats
Monday, September 14
Time: 4–8 p.m.
Ages: 16 and up
Cost: FREE!
Learn bat biology, behavior and back-to-the-classroom games/activities in this workshop designed for educators. We will learn research methodology for bat survey work and discuss current issues. NC Environmental Educator certification or continuing education credit is available. Meet at the park office.
Catch and Cook
Monday, October 26 (Wake County traditional schools teacher workday)
Time: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Ages: 16 and up
Cost: FREE!
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will teach you the basics of fishing, including knot tying, setting up a rod and types of bait to use before we head out to our fishing pond to cast a line. Learn how to scale, clean and filet a fish caught in the wild. We'll explore different cooking techniques and make some side dishes to make a delicious meal of your catch. Whether you're a novice or an expert, you will enjoy a relaxed, fun-filled afternoon of learning and most of all good eating! All materials are provided. CEU and EEC credits are available upon workshop completion. Meet at the Cypress Shelter.


 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

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

Please register for programs at least two days in advance. If you wish to register after the two-day window, call the park office to check availability - the program may have been canceled or may be full by this time.

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 at least two days prior, 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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