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.

 photo of kids coloring

Nature Tots

 Discover the natural world through stories, hands-on nature activities, games, crafts and more.
Ages: 1–3 years with an adult
Time: 10:30–11 a.m.
Fee: $2 per child
Meet at the Cypress Shelter 
Please note new day of the week – our Nature Tots and Forest Friends
monthly series will now be scheduled on Mondays, not Fridays.
Fish is Fish
Monday, June 8 
After reading this charming book, Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni, we will take a look at a tadpole and a minnow and color a fish.

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
Meet at the Cypress Shelter
Please note new day of the week  our Nature Tots and Forest Friends
monthly series will now be scheduled on Mondays, not Fridays.
Fish is Fish
Monday, June 8
After reading this charming book, Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni, we will take a look at a tadpole and a minnow to see how they are different.  We will color a fish then walk to the pier to feed the fish in the lake.



Family Disc Golf
Saturday, June 13
9 a.m.–noon
For all ages
Cost: FREE!
This special event is for players of all levels. Disc golf professionals will be here to provide instruction for beginners or advanced skills for the more experienced. Bring the family, learn the basics, practice your throw and then take off on the course for a new adventure. Register for an "Introduction to Disc Golf" lesson time at 9 or 10:30 a.m. (choose one), or register for an advanced skills session at 10:30 a.m. Bring your own discs or borrow ours. Meet at the disc golf gravel parking lot (first gravel lot on your right after entering the park).
Evening Hike
Saturday, June 27
Time: 7–8:30 p.m.
For all ages
Cost: $5 per family or $3 per individual
Summer evenings are some of the best times to see and hear wildlife in the park. Enjoy a warm summer evening as we hike along a portion of the Peninsula Trail looking and listening for signs of evening wildlife. We will learn about crepuscular animals such as fox, deer and fireflies and talk about how they are different from nocturnal animals. Meet at the Peninsula Trailhead.


Programs for Kids


Beginning Fishing Clinic
Saturday, May 30
Time: 5– 7 p.m.
Ages: 7 – 15
Cost: $8 per child
In this introduction to the basic fundamentals of fishing, children will gain the skills needed for a lifetime of fishing enjoyment. We will teach angler safety and courtesy, how to rig a line and tie knots, local fish ID and pond food chain dynamics. This one-hour clinic will be followed by one hour of fishing. Meet at the fishing pond (first gravel lot on right after entering the park).
Limited to 6 children. Parents may drop off or remain with their children during program.



 Adult Programs and Workshops

Yoga at the Lake
Thursday, May 28; Thursday, June 4; Sunday, June 7
Time: 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Ages: 16 and up
FREE! (one time only spring yoga special)
Bring your practice outdoors in these slow-paced, meditative yoga classes. Find your center and embrace the peace and tranquility of nature along the shores of Harris Lake. Beginners are welcome. Please bring your own yoga mat and meet at the picnic area near the Peninsula Trailhead.
Fly Fishing Basics
Sunday, May 31
Time: 3–5 p.m.
Ages: 16 and up
Cost: $10 per person
Learn the basic skills needed to begin a lifetime of fly fishing. We will go over casting methods, rigging techniques, fly and bait selection and where to fly fish in the area. Gear will be provided. Course will run 2 hours: one hour of instruction and one hour of fishing. NC inland fishing license is required. Bring a water bottle and sunscreen. For ages 16 and up. Class size is limited to three so register soon! Meet at the picnic area near the Peninsula Trailhead.


 How to Register for Public Programs

 For more information and to check program availability, contact the park at 919-387-4342 or email us at harris.lake@wakegov.com.

To register, complete and sign the PROS Program Registration Form and return it with payment by mail or bring it by the park office.


Please Note: Payment and a completed, signed registration form must be received to confirm your spot in our programs. Registration must be received at least two days prior to the program date. If the minimum number of registered participants is not met, the program will be canceled. All payments must be made using cash, check or money order (made out to "Wake County Parks") – park staff do not currently have the ability to take credit cards.

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