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.
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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.
Family Camping Experience
Friday, August 5Saturday, August 6
Time: 5 p.m. Friday–11 a.m. Saturday
For all ages
Cost: $8 per person
Experience Harris Lake County Park overnight by joining our Family Campout! Relax around the fire with s'mores, take a night hike and enjoy other optional activities. You provide your equipment and we will provide the food and fun! More information with what to bring and what to expect will be emailed out to those who register, including food options. Space is limited so register soon! Meet at the group campsite past the disc golf gravel parking lot.
Garden Invaders
Thursday, August 25
4–6 p.m.
Ages: 8 and up
Do you love Harris Lake County Park? Give back by assisting park staff with invasive species removal in our Educational Gardens! Learn about some of our harmful invasive species and then tackle the task of removing these plants to keep our native gardens beautiful and healthy. Bring a water bottle and wear clothes that can get dirty. We will provide work gloves and tools. Meet at the Cypress Shelter.
Evening Campfire
Friday, August 26
8–9:30 p.m.
For all ages
Cost: $1 per person
Bring the kids out for some late summer fun before school begins! Roast marshmallows over the fire and go on a short night hike to see who is out and about. Marshmallows and roasting sticks will be provided. Please bring a camp chair and water bottle. Meet at 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.
Register online for one of the sessions by clicking below:
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
Nature's Colors
Monday, August 8
Matching, searching and sorting colorful things in nature will encourage your child to observe closer and have fun with colors in nature. Meet at the Cypress 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
Signs of Nature
Monday, August 15
Learn about nature by naming it through sign language. A brief show and tell session with a short walk will begin us on this learning journey. Meet at the Cypress Shelter.



Programs for Kids


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 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.

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