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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.
Now Available!
Online Public Program Registration
You can now 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.
Free Fishing Fun on the Fourth!
Monday, July 4
Time: 9 a.m.–noon
For all ages
Fishing is a fun and inexpensive way to celebrate Independence Day! The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission invites anglers and would-be anglers of all ages to go fishing for free! On July 4 from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m., everyone in North Carolina – residents and non-residents alike – can fish in any public body of water, including coastal waters, without purchasing a fishing license. Although no fishing license is required, all other fishing regulations, such as size, creel limits and lure restrictions still apply. Park staff will have fishing rods for you to borrow and will be on hand to provide basic instruction or other assistance. Registration is not required – fishing poles are first come, first served. Bring your favorite bait.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. 
Meet at the fishing pond.
Family Pond Study
Saturday, July 9
Time: 9:30–11 a.m.
For all ages
Cost: $1 per person
Discover the fascinating world of hidden pond life! We will scoop for critters, then view your tiniest findings under a microscope. Meet at the Cypress Shelter.
Bat Facts
Friday, July 22
Time: 7:30–8:30 p.m.
For all ages
Cost: $1 per person
Discover the world of bats and the important role they play in our ecosystem! Learn about local bat species, their habitat, adaptations, threats and more! Enjoy a bat-themed activity, then end with a night walk in search of bats. Meet at the Loblolly Shelter.
Snakes in the Park
Saturday, July 23
Time: 5:30–6:30 p.m.
For all ages
Cost: $1 per person
Learn about the types of snakes that live in and around the park and the role they play here. Visit with a live educational snake. Meet at the Amphitheater behind the Cypress Shelter.
Family Disc Golf Lessons and Play Time
Saturday, September 24
9 a.m.noon
For all ages
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 afterwards to practice your new skills! Bring your own discs or borrow ours. Meet at the disc golf gravel parking lot. Registration is required - check back soon for a registration link.
This free program is in celebration of "TACO" (Take A Child Outside) Week.


Preschool Programs

Programs meet at the Cypress Shelter.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Nature Tots 
Discover the natural world through stories, hands-on
nature activities, games, crafts and more!
Ages: 1–3 years with an adult
Time: 10–10:30 a.m.
Fee: $2 per child
Water Fun
Monday, July 11
Your child will enjoy some water stations as they discover the fun of playing in water. We will read about all the things Water Can Be by Laura Purdie Salas. This month only, meet at the Loblolly Shelter.
Kids Discover Nature
Young kids will discover nature with an adult in this new series.
Our monthly nature themes will be brought to life through stories,
games, crafts, hikes, snacks and other hands-on activities.
Ages: 2–6 years with an adult
Time: 11 a.m.noon
Fee: $4 per child
Water Fun 
Monday, July 11
Playing in water is what makes summer fun. Visit several stations to explore water, learn what Water Can Be by Laura Purdie Salas and enjoy a refreshing water snack. This month only, meet at the Loblolly Shelter.



Programs for Kids


Eco-Track: Marvelous Mammals
Thursday, July 7
Time: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Ages: 611
Cost: $28 per child 
Mammals big and small, we love them all! Focusing on native NC mammals, we will discover the adaptations that make them so successful, see some mammal mounts up close, examine their tracks and scat, play games and make a craft. Bring a lunch, snack and a water bottle. Meet at the Cypress Shelter.
Eco-Track: Reptiles and Amphibians
Thursday, August 11
Time: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Ages: 611
Cost: $28 per child 
Spend a day at Harris Lake County Park learning about and searching for our slithery, smooth and scaly friends - our fabulous amphibians and reptiles! Dip in the pond to search for tadpoles and salamanders, meet some live animals up close, explore the ecosystems in which they live and enjoy some fun hands-on activities! Bring a lunch, snack and a full water bottle and dress for the weather. Meet at the Cypress Shelter.
Nature Lab: Crafty Naturalists
Monday, August 22
Time: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Ages: 611
Cost: $20 per child 
Explore the wonders of the great outdoors and create fun, nature-inspired crafts. Bring a lunch, snack, water bottle and dress for the weather. Meet at the Cypress Shelter.


 Programs and Workshops for Teens and Adults

Check back soon for more exciting opportunities for teens and adults!


Citizen Science Thursday  


Ages: 8 and up
Time: 35 p.m.
 Help the park staff with our citizen science projects! Each month will vary depending on what needs attention. Projects may include monitoring bird houses or other artificial habitats, cleaning or repairing boxes/habitats or installing additional projects.
Come prepared to learn and work as you contribute to our citizen science research and our Natural Resources Inventory Database. Dress for the weather, bring a water bottle and wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the Cypress Shelter.
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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