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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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
Good Morning, Garden
Monday, July 13
We will read the delightful book Good Morning, Garden by Barbara Brenner and explore the plants, flowers and animals that grow and live in our Educational Gardens. Meet at the Loblolly Shelter.

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
Good Morning, Garden
Monday, July 13
We will read the delightful book Good Morning, Garden by Barbara Brenner and explore the plants, flowers and animals that grow and live in our Educational Gardens, then create a garden craft. Meet at the Loblolly Shelter.



Free Fishing Fun on the Fourth!
Saturday, July 4
Time: 9 a.m.–noon
For all ages
Cost: FREE!
Fishing is a fun and inexpensive way to celebrate Independence Day! The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission invites anglers and would-be anglers of all ages to go fishing for free! On July 4 from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m., everyone in North Carolina residents and non-residents alike  can fish in any public body of water, including coastal waters, without purchasing a fishing license. Park staff will have fishing rods for you to borrow and will be on hand to provide basic instruction or other assistance. Bring your favorite bait! Preregistration is suggested to secure a fishing rod. Meet at park fishing pond.
Although no fishing license is required on the 4th, all other fishing regulations such as size, creel limits and lure restrictions still apply.
Turtle Power
Sunday, July 19
Time: 1–2:30 p.m.
For all ages
Cost: $5 per family or $3 per individual
North Carolina is home to 21 species of turtles, inhabiting our woods, wetlands and ocean. We will learn the basic ecology of our most common native turtles and meet some of these lovable reptiles up close, then create a turtle craft to take home. Meet at the Cypress Shelter.
Wildlife Behind the Scenes
Saturday, July 25
Time: 10 a.m.–noon
Ages: 6 and up
Cost: $5 per family or $3 per individual
Join park staff on a special behind the scenes tour of wildlife monitoring at Harris Lake County Park! Learn about the park's bird boxes, frog pipes and cover boards and join us on a hike to learn how boxes are checked and maintained. We'll look for signs of wildlife along the way. Meet at the Cypress Shelter.


Programs for Kids and Teens


Eco-Track: Water Wonders
Wednesday, July 1
Time: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Ages: 7–12
Cost: $28 per child
In this one-day Eco-Track camp, we will learn about the water cycle, play water games and explore the pond and lake ecosystems at Harris Lake County Park. Bring a lunch and dress to get wet! Meet at the Cypress Shelter.
Beginning Fishing Clinic
Saturday, July 11
Time: 9–11 a.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.
Nature Lab: Youth Serving Our Parks
Tuesday, August 4
Time: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Ages: 12–17
Cost: FREE in exchange for service
Get a jump start on your service hours for school or other group service requirements! Experience the park from the ground level as you help park staff with removing invasive plants, planting native plants and general upkeep in the Educational Gardens and Natural Play Area. Bring a lunch and water bottle and wear close-toed shoes. Watermelon will be served after a hard morning's work in honor of National Watermelon Day on August 3. Meet at the Cypress Shelter.
Nature Lab: The Mysteries of Water
Wednesday, August 5
Time: 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Ages: 5–9
Cost: $12 per child
Join us at Harris Lake County Park as we explore the mysteries of water while playing games and doing activities! We will build boats, experiment with water and much more. Bring a lunch and dress to get wet. Meet at the Cypress Shelter.



 Adult Programs and Workshops

Fly Fishing Basics
Sunday, July 12
Time: 5–7 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. This two-hour course includes one hour of instruction and one hour of fishing. Bring a water bottle and sunscreen. Meet at the field behind the picnic area.
N.C. fishing license is required. Class size is limited to 3 participants.


 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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