We offer a variety of park programs for all ages - register for one today! Visit our calendar of events, view our program 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:
 Each person attending family programs must be registered through the online system. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.   
Geocaching 101
Saturday, July 7
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 one 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. Please bring a full water bottle.
Meet at the Amphitheater beyond the Cypress Shelter.
Observing Saturn, Jupiter, Mars and the Full Moon
Friday, July 27
8:30–11:30 p.m.
For ages 6 and up
$1 per person
Join us on the playfield at Harris Lake County Park for some really cool night sky viewing through telescopes and binoculars. If the weather cooperates and you are willing to stay late, we will be able to see all three planets later in the evening.
Meet at the Loblolly Shelter to check in, but activities will be on the playfield.
*Cloud/rain date: Saturday, July 28


Kids Discover Nature Preschool Programs   

 Due to day camps, we will not offer a Kids Discover Nature program in July.
Check back for August and September offerings!


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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:
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.

 Park staff teaching children

Programs for Kids

Nature Lab: Fabulous Fish
Tuesday, July 31
9 a.m.–2 p.m.
For ages 7–11
$20 per child
Spend time at Harris Lake County Park learning what it takes to be a great angler! Discover the fish species we have here at the park, learn about our lake and pond ecosystems, practice your best cast and then hike to our stocked pond to go fishing for catfish. Fishing poles and bait will be provided, or you may bring your own pole. Bring a lunch, snack and 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.
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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 jackie.trickel@wakegov.com 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 harris.lake@wakegov.com for assistance.