Harris Lake County Park staff offers a variety of public educational programs for all ages year-round. Visit our calendar of events, check out our e-newsletter and sign up for the 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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Online Public Program Registration
You can 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 Disc Golf - Lessons and Play Time
Saturday, June 3
9 a.m.–noon
For all ages
Free, but all persons attending must be registered through our online system
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 afterward to practice your new skills! Bring your own discs or borrow ours.
Meet at the disc golf gravel parking lot.
Introduction to Disc Golf   9 a.m.
Introduction to Disc Golf  10:30 a.m.
Advanced Skills Session  10:30 a.m.
People and the Land: A History Walk 
Sunday, June 18
2-3:30 p.m.
For ages 8 and up
Free, but space is limited.
Discover the rich history of Harris Lake County Park. Take a walk through time to learn how people historically used and shaped the land in the park.
Meet at the kiosk at the end of the disc golf parking lot.


Preschool Programs

Programs meet at the Cypress Shelter.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
 Nature Tots: Seasonal Discoveries
Ages: 1–3 years with an adult
Time: 10–10:30 a.m.
Cost: $2 per child
 Discover the season and what is out and about in the park through a story, interactive activities and more. Dress warm for outdoor fun in nature! Meet at the Cypress Shelter.
Click on a date below (all Mondays) to register online:

        June 5    August 14   September 11

Kids Discover Nature
Ages: 3–7 years with an adult
Time: 11 a.m.noon
Cost: $4 per child
Young kids will discover nature with an adult in this series.
Our monthly nature themes will be brought to life through stories,
games, crafts, hikes, snacks and other hands-on activities.

Butterfly Magic
Monday, June 5
Summer brings with it many beautiful things in nature. Butterflies are one of these! We will read a story, search for butterflies, learn about their magic and make a butterfly to take home.


Park staff teaching children

Programs for Kids



Stay tuned for more programs offered in the upcoming months! 

Check back for more programs offered in the upcoming months! 

Wood duck eggs in nest box

Citizen Science Thursday  


Ages: 10 and up
Time: 1:30–3:30 p.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 and assisting with other tasks as needed. Come prepared to learn and work as you contribute to our citizen science projects. This volunteer opportunity is free but registration is required so we know who to expect and can plan accordingly.
Dress for the weather in layers, bring a water bottle and work gloves and 
wear sturdy shoes.

Meet at the Cypress Shelter unless told otherwise.
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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