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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, check out our e-newsletter and sign up for the 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.
We would love your feedback!
Did you attend one of our programs? Let us know how we did!
Complete our brief public program evaluation online.


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Online Public Program Registration
You can register for public programs online at your convenience
and pay for them with a credit/debit card.
Register for any of our programs by clicking the Harris Lake icon next to the program, or click the one below to search for programs by location, age, date and more!
Learn more under How to Register.


Each person attending family programs must be registered through the online system. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Geocaching 101 at Harris Lake County Park
Saturday, May 6
2–3:30 p.m.
For ages 6 and up
$1 per person
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 “caches." Learn what geocaching is all about and head off to find a geocache in the park! We will provide GPS units and instruction on how to use them, but feel free to bring your own unit or smartphone with a geocache app. Register early as class size is limited.
Meet at the Cypress Shelter.
Longleaf Festival
Saturday, May 20
11 a.m.–3 p.m.
For all ages
Longleaf Festival celebrates the longleaf pine ecosystem. At this free festival you will learn about the life of the longleaf pine, how it is managed with fire, its history and the wildlife and plants that depend on its natural habitat. Visit with over 30 agencies and organizations with interactive exhibits, see live birds of prey, reptiles and amphibians up close, get a ticket to ride the "Longleaf Express" to our 60-acre restored Longleaf Forest, enjoy games and crafts and much more! No registration is required for this event.
For the most up-to-date information, check our Longleaf Festival page.
Family Disc Golf - Lessons and Play Time
Saturday, June 3
9 a.m.–noon
For all ages
Free, but all persons attending must be registered through our online system
This special instructional event is for players of all levels. Disc golf professionals from Cary Area Disc League will be here to provide lessons for beginners or advanced skills for the more experienced. Register for an "Introduction to Disc Golf" session at 9 or 10:30 a.m. (choose one) or an advanced skills session at 10:30 a.m. Head out onto the course afterward to practice your new skills! Bring your own discs or borrow ours.
Meet at the disc golf gravel parking lot.
Introduction to Disc Golf   9 a.m.
Introduction to Disc Golf  10:30 a.m.
Advanced Skills Session  10:30 a.m.
People and the Land: A History Walk 
Sunday, June 18
2-3:30 p.m.
For ages 8 and up
Free, but space is limited.
Discover the rich history of Harris Lake County Park. Take a walk through time to learn how people historically used and shaped the land in the park.
Meet at the kiosk at the end of the disc golf parking lot.


Preschool Programs

Programs meet at the Cypress Shelter.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
 Nature Tots: Seasonal Discoveries
Ages: 1–3 years with an adult
Time: 10–10:30 a.m.
Cost: $2 per child
 Discover the season and what is out and about in the park through a story, interactive activities and more. Dress warm for outdoor fun in nature! Meet at the Cypress Shelter.
Click on a date below (all Mondays) to register online:

        May 8    June 5    August 14

Kids Discover Nature
Ages: 3–7 years with an adult
Time: 11 a.m.noon
Cost: $4 per child
Young kids will discover nature with an adult in this series.
Our monthly nature themes will be brought to life through stories,
games, crafts, hikes, snacks and other hands-on activities.

April Showers Bring May Flowers
Monday, May 8
Discover how special flowers are to us, the plant itself and many pollinators. After a story, we will play a game, observe flowers in the park and make a craft that can be given to someone special on Mother's Day. 
Butterfly Magic
Monday, June 5
Summer brings with it many beautiful things in nature. Butterflies are one of these! We will read a story, search for butterflies, learn about their magic and make a butterfly to take home.


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Stay tuned for more programs offered in the upcoming months! 

Check back for more programs offered in the upcoming months! 

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Citizen Science Thursday  


Ages: 10 and up
Time: 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Volunteer your time with our monitoring and citizen science projects! Tasks will vary depending on what needs attention. Tasks may include: cleaning or repairing habitat boxes or installing new ones, monitoring our current boxes and assisting with other tasks as needed. Come prepared to learn and work as you contribute to our citizen science projects. This volunteer opportunity is free but registration is required so we know who to expect and can plan accordingly.
Dress for the weather in layers, bring a water bottle and work gloves and 
wear sturdy shoes.

Meet at the Cypress Shelter unless told otherwise.
Click on one of the dates below to register online:



 How to Register for Public Programs

Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space has launched one of our
most requested features – an online registration system.
You can now sign up for a public program online
and pay for it with a credit/debit card!
To register for one of our public programs, click the link by that program
to be taken to the registration page on our online registration website.
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 park office at 919-387-4342.
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Interested in a private group program? Please note that you will still need to contact park staff by phone at 919-387-4344 or by email at to schedule school field trips, birthday parties and other group programs.
Are you unable to register online with a credit/debit card? Contact the park office
at 919-387-4342 or email us at for assistance.

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