Payment and registration form must be received to confirm your spot in our programs. Please note that all payments must be made using cash, check or money order (made out to "Wake County Parks") – park staff do not have the ability to take credit cards.

To register, complete and sign the registration form and return it with payment by mail or bring by the park office. For more information and to check availability about the following programs, contact the park at 919-387-4342 or email
Our staff also offers public programs at the American Tobacco Trail! Check out the ATT Programs page for details.

Select a program series and learn more about our offerings:


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 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
Winter Lullaby
As the natural world changed with winter's approach, Barbara Seuling's book Winter Lullaby reveals what animals do to survive as winter takes hold. We will take a short hike to search for signs of animals in winter. Meet at the Cypress Shelter.


Forest Friends

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
Winter Lullaby
As the natural world changed with winter's approach, Barbara Seuling's book Winter Lullaby reveals what animals do to survive as winter takes hold. We will go on a hike to search for signs of animals in winter. Meet at the Cypress Shelter.



Unless otherwise noted, these programs are open to all ages. A water bottle is suggested for all programs. Please register at least 2 days in advance!
Fee: $5/family or $3/individual
Winter Hayride
Saturday, December 27
Time: 1:30–3 p.m.
Fee: $5 per family
For all ages
Join us for a game of "I Spy" as you take a wagon ride to our Longleaf Pine Forest and Womble Family history site. Be inspired by the majestic longleaf as you decorate a pine tree cookie. Meet at the Loblolly Shelter.
Winter Hike
Sunday, January 18
Time: 1–2:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 per family
For all ages
Enjoy a leisurely hike along our trails as we discover different forms of life in the winter at Harris Lake County Park. Bring a water bottle and wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the Cypress Shelter.
Winter Waterfowl Hike
Sunday, January 25
Time: 9–11 a.m.
Fee: FREE!
For all ages
Join local birder Lucas Bobay on a hike along the shoreline of Harris Lake from Harris Lake County Park in search of our winter waterfowl visitors. Loons, ruddy ducks, ring-billed gulls and coots are but a few of the species we may observe. Wear good walking shoes and bring your own binoculars and field guide or borrow ours. Meet at the Longleaf Shelter.

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Please register in advance for these "drop-off" kids programs. Due to the preparation time that is needed, if the minimum number of participants is not met, the program will be canceled. Please register early! 
Nature Detective and Exploration
Tuesday, January 20
Time: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Fee: $28 per child
Ages: 6–12
Your child is invited to spend the day at Harris Lake County Park listening to, learning about and exploring nature. They will learn how to identify signs of animals in the park, hike around the park putting their nature detective skills to use, make an animal track to take home, dip in the pond to see what lives there and observe their findings up close under the microscope. Bring a snack, lunch and water bottle. Meet at the Cypress Shelter.


Adult Programs and Workshops

Check back for more adult learning opportunities!

Play animal BINGO, inspect earthworms, go leaf hunting and much more while you explore nature from different points of view.

In the course of about two hours, your troop will have the opportunity to earn the "Earth and Sky," try-it and parts of the following try-its: Animals, Watching Wildlife, Plants and Outdoor Adventure; 11 requirements in all.

This is a troop-led program in which all activities are independent of each other, giving your troop a choice in activities. Program kits are reserved and loaned out through the park office on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information please contact the office at 919-387-4342.