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
  If registering in October, then can register for all three for just $5/child.
 
 
A Snail’s Spell
Friday, October 10
10:30–11 a.m.
Fee: $2/child or all three months (Oct.–Dec.) for $5
For ages 1–3 w/adult
Meet at the Cypress Shelter
Follow a snail through the garden as we read A Snail’s Spell, by Joanne Ryder. Learn all about these slow moving creatures and watch real snails move. Be ready for a slow-moving time!
 
 
Owls and Woodpeckers
Friday, November 7
10:30–11 a.m.
Fee: $2/child
For ages 1–3 w/adult
Meet at the Cypress Shelter
Tree trunks are very busy places for all kinds of wildlife, both during the day and at night. We will read this fun book, The Owl and the Woodpecker, by Brian Wildsmith and then talk about the life of these two very different birds using pictures and toy birds.
 
 
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
If registering in October, then can register for all three for just $10/child.
 
 
A Snail’s Spell
Friday, October 10
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Fee: $4/child or all three months (Oct.–Dec.) for $10
For ages 3–5 w/adult
Meet at the Cypress Shelter
Follow a snail through the garden as we read A Snail’s Spell, by Joanne Ryder. Learn all about these slow-moving creatures and watch real snails move. Explore some hiding places and munch on some lettuce leaves just like the snail does. Be ready for a slow-moving time!
 
Owls and Woodpeckers
Friday, November 7
11:30–12:30 p.m.
Fee: $4/child
For ages 3–5 w/adult
Meet at the Cypress Shelter
Tree trunks are very busy places for all kinds of wildlife, both during the day and at night. We will read this fun book, The Owl and the Woodpecker, by Brian Wildsmith and then talk about the life of these two very different birds.  As we hike around the pond we will listen for sounds of woodpeckers and other wildlife on the tree trunks.
 
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
 
 
 

Take A Child Outside Week (TACO)

FREE Programs in honor of TACO Week
 
Build Your Own "TACO"
Thursday, September 25, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. (Teacher workday for traditional schools)
Meet at the Longleaf Shelter
Registration Required: Preferred
Build your own "Take a Child Outdoors" program. Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., we will have a variety of fun, educational activities for you to participate. We will have all the equipment/supplies you need to go bird watching, fishing, insect collecting, or go on a scavenger hunt, make nature crafts and more. Bring your picnic lunch and spend the day at Harris Lake. Drop in anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and do one or many activities.
 
Park after Dark
Friday, September 26, 7–9 p.m.
Meet at the Longleaf Shelter
Registration Required: Yes
End your summer with an evening at the “Park after Dark”!
A variety of activities will be available for you to choose from: fishing, night hike, stargazing, flashlight games or roasting marshmallows. Times for certain activities will be available closer to the date, and space will be limited. All persons 16 and older who wish to fish must have a license. Bring your own fishing pole/bait, flashlight and camp chair. You will be provided with more information upon registering.
 
Your Family Trees
Saturday, September 27, 34 p.m.
Meet at the Loblolly Shelter
Registration Required: Yes
Your family tree details your family history, but did you know that trees can tell history, too? Join us at Harris as we explore how trees can tell us their history, and how you can tell yours.
 

 
 
 
Big Sweep
Sunday, October 5
12:30–3 p.m.
Fee: FREE
Meet in front of the Park Office
Meet in front of the office. After an introduction and assignments, we will begin our Big Sweep.

Help keep Harris Lake clean! Volunteers are needed to help collect trash along New Hill Holleman Road, preventing lots of litter from reaching Harris Lake (minimum age 10), or inside the park along the shore (minimum age 6). All should wear sturdy shoes or boots, dress for the weather, bring a water bottle and your own gloves, if you prefer. We will provide park gloves and trash bags. Volunteers collecting along the road will wear an orange vest.
 
Please register in advance by calling the park office at 919-387-4342.
 
Everyone must sign the Wake County Volunteer Release. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. If you are coming with a group, the release must be signed by parents prior to the event. For questions contact Jackie Trickel, 919-387-4344.
 
 
Pumpkin Carving Hayride
Sunday, October 26
2–3 p.m.
Fee: $10/family if you want a pumpkin; $5/family for hayride only
For all ages
Meet at the Loblolly Shelter
Take a hayride to our Longleaf Forest to find the perfect pumpkin to carve!  After returning to the shelter, carve your pumpkin using our carving tools and enjoy a cup of hot cider. 
 
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 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.