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Christina D. Sorensen

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We offer a variety of park programs for all ages - register for one today! Visit our calendar of events, view our May e-newsletter or sign up here to receive our e-newsletters to keep up with what is happening in the parks.
Scroll down or select a program series below to learn more about our offerings:

 For information about our 9th annual Longleaf Festival on Saturday, May 19, please visit our

Family Programs

 Each person attending family programs must be registered through the online system. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.   
Geocaching 101
Saturday, May 26
10–11:30 a.m.
For ages 6 and up
$1 per person
Geocaching is like a treasure hunt where participants use GPS coordinates to track down hidden “caches.” Learn what geocaching is all about and take off to find a geocache in the park! We will provide a GPS unit per family and instruction on how to use them. Feel free to bring your own unit or smart phone with a geocache app. Register early as class size is limited. Meet at the "stage" in the Educational Garden near the restrooms.
Family Disc Golf Event
Saturday, June 2
9 a.m. or 10:15 a.m.
For ages 6 and up
Free lesson, but all persons must be registered through our online system.
This special instructional event is for players of all levels. Professionals from Capital Area Disc League “CADL” will be here to provide the basics of disc golf for beginners. Register for an "Introduction to Disc Golf" lesson time at 9 a.m. or 10:15 a.m. (choose one). Bring your own discs or borrow ours.
For the first time we are introducing a new element: the “Innova Option” – a competitive round of play for beginners after the second instructional session (approximate start time will be 11:30 a.m.). The Innova Option involves one round of play using standard PDGA rules except players have the option to replay one throw on every hole. Participation in the Innova Option is not required. A special Innova Player’s Pack (includes a premium Innova disc, mini disc, re-usable scorecard, sticker and pencil – a $30 value) is available for purchase for $15 from CADL. Payment for the Player’s Pack will be made separately.
 Introduction to Disc Golf 9 a.m.
Introduction to Disc Golf 10:15 a.m.
Turtle Talk
Saturday, June 9
2–3 p.m.
For all ages
$1 per person
Turtles are fun to watch and just amazing reptiles. Join park staff as you are introduced to the many turtles in the park, meet some live turtles and hike around one of our ponds to observe others.
Meet at the stage in the Educational Garden near the restrooms.
Angling Time
Sunday, June 10
Two time slots to choose from: 5–6:30 p.m. or 6:45–8:15 p.m.
For all ages
$1 per person
Harris Lake is full of a variety of fish species including largemouth bass, black crappie, sunfish and catfish. Sign up for one of the angling times and park staff will provide instruction, fishing poles and bait. Any participant 16 and older that is fishing must have a NC fishing license.
Meet at the Fishing Pier.
5–6:30 p.m. 

6:45–8:15 p.m.


Kids Discover Nature Preschool Programs   

Fish is Fish
Monday, June 11
11 a.m.–noon
For ages 1–6
$4 per child
We’ll read the fun book "Fish is Fish," by Leo Lionni, see and touch some real fish and play a fishing game. All children must be registered in our online system and must be accompanied by an adult (who does not register).
Meet at the Cypress Shelter.


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Ages: 10 and up
Time: 1:30–3:30 p.m.
FREE but all participants must be registered
through our online system.
 Click on a date below to register:
June 7 (9:30–11:30 a.m.)
July 26 (9:30–11:30 a.m.)
August 23 (9:30–11:30 a.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 or assisting with other relevant tasks. Come prepared to learn and work as you help manage our natural resources. This volunteer opportunity is free but registration is required so we know who to expect and can plan accordingly.
Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves and a water bottle.
Please print and sign the Volunteer Release and bring to the program.
This release is required for participation.
Meet at the Cypress Shelter unless told otherwise.

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Programs for Kids

Eco Track: Incredible Insects
Thursday, June 14
9 a.m.–4 p.m.
For ages 7–11
$28 per child
Catching insects, observing them and releasing them back where they belong is a favorite summer pastime. Your child will enjoy spending the day with park staff doing just that and learning a bit along the way. We will explore the forest, field and pond for a variety of insect discoveries. Bring a snack, lunch and full water bottle.
Meet at the Cypress Shelter.

Check out our public programs at the American Tobacco Trail!
Go to the American Tobacco Trail programs page for details.
We would love your feedback!
Did you attend one of our programs?
Let us know how we did by completing our brief public program evaluation online. 

How to Register for Public Programs 

You can register for public programs online at your convenience and pay for them with a credit/debit card.
To register for one of our public programs, click the Harris Lake icon 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 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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