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 harris.lake@wakegov.com.
 
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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(For children ages 1–3 w/adult)
 Discover the natural world through stories, hands-on nature activities, games, crafts and more.
 
 
 
Ages 1–3 years with an adult; 10:30–11 a.m.
Meet at the Cypress Shelter
Fee: $2/child
 
Santa's Mouse Friend
Friday, December 12
10:30–11 a.m.
Fee: $2/child
For ages 1–3 w/adult
Meet at the Cypress Shelter
"Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse" was not the case in this story by Eleonore Schmid, Wake Up, Dormouse, Santa Claus Is Here. As we learn about the mice that live in our park, we will play a game to see if you can be quiet as a mouse!
 
 

 

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(For children ages 3–5 w/adult)
 
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; 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Meet at the Cypress Shelter
Fee: $4/child
 
Santa’s Mouse Friend
Friday, December 12
11:30–12:30 p.m.
Fee: $4/child
For ages 3–5 w/adult
Meet at the Cypress Shelter
"Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse" was not the case in this story by Eleonore Schmid, Wake Up, Dormouse, Santa Claus Is Here. As we learn about the mice that live in our park, we will play a game to see if you can be quiet as a mouse!

 

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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
 
 
 
Fall Fun Hayrides
Saturday, November 22, and Sunday, November 23
2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Fee: $5/family
For all ages
Meet at the wagon in front of the playground
Enjoy a fall hayride with us as we travel the back roads of the park. Two rides are scheduled for the day – choose your time. All rides meet at the wagon in front of the playground.
 
Winter Hike
Saturday, December 13
2–4 p.m.
Fee: FREE!
Shake off those winter doldrums with a brisk hike along our Peninsula Trail and through our Longleaf Forest. Dress for the weather with sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle. Meet at the Loblolly Shelter.
 
Winter Hayride
Saturday, December 27
1:30–3 p.m.
Fee $5/family
For all ages
Meet at the Loblolly Shelter
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.

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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! 
 
Check back for our Fall program
opportunities for the kids!
 
 

 

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.