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.


Family Programs

 Each person attending family programs must be registered through the online system. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Pumpkin Carving Wagon Ride
 *This program is full but you may register for the waiting list.
Saturday, Oct. 28
1–3 p.m.
For all ages
$2 per person
Celebrate the season with a wagon ride along the back roads of our park to search for a hidden pumpkin then return to the Longleaf Shelter to carve a Halloween masterpiece with your family. Each family will be limited to one pumpkin. (You may bring additional pumpkins of your own to carve.)
Meet at the wagon by the playground.
Full Moon Hike at Harris Lake
Saturday, Nov. 4
5:30–7 p.m.
For all ages
$1 per person
Enjoy a hike under the full moon along the park trails and roads to listen to the sounds of and observe the natural world at night. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight.
Meet at the Loblolly Shelter.
Family Disc Golf – Lessons and Play Time
Saturday, Nov. 11
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
For all ages
This instructional event is for players of all levels, and we extend a very special invite to our military veterans to take part in this clinic! 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 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. (choose one) or an advanced skills session at 11 a.m. Head out onto the course afterward to practice your new skills! Bring your own discs or borrow ours. All persons attending must register on our online registration system. Meet at the Disc Golf gravel parking lot.
Introduction to Disc Golf – 9:30 a.m.        


Introduction to Disc Golf – 11 a.m.          


Advanced Skills Session – 11 a.m.         

Thanksgiving Wagon Ride
Friday, Nov. 24
11 a.m.–noon
For all ages
$1 per person
Bring your family out for a wagon ride on the back roads of the park to enjoy the fall colors and beauty of Harris Lake County Park. Staff will interpret the natural and historical features along the ride. Bring a blanket or wear a coat if the weather is chilly. You could also plan a picnic lunch before or after the program.
Meet at the wagon in front of the playground.
Wagon Ride with Santa
Saturday, Dec. 9
2:30–4 p.m.
For all ages
$2 per person
Harris Lake will welcome a special holiday visitor this December! Santa will take time out of his busy schedule to join us for a cup of hot cocoa and a ride on our wagon through the back roads of the park. Spend some special time with Santa. Photo opportunities will be provided. Prepare for chilly weather – bring a blanket to stay warm.
Meet at the Loblolly Shelter.


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
(Please register each child attending. Children must be accompanied by an adult,
but the adult does not register.)
Discover the season and what is out and about in the park through a story,
interactive activities and more. 
Meet at the Cypress Shelter.
Click on a date below (all Mondays) to register online:
     November 13     December 4


Kids Discover Nature

Ages: 3–7 years with an adult
Time: 11 a.m.–noon
Cost: $4 per child
(Please register each child attending. Children must be accompanied by an adult,
but the adult does not register.)
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.
The Fallen Log
Monday, Nov. 13
Logs provide great habitat and food for many animals. Join us for a story, log exploration and a craft.
Meet at the Cypress Shelter.
White-tailed Deer
Monday, Dec. 4
Harris Lake is home to many deer. Learn about these beautiful animals with a story and hands-on activities. Make a deer track to take home.
Meet at the Cypress Shelter.

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Citizen Science Thursday

Ages: 10 and up
Time: 1:30–3:30 p.m.
FREE but all participants must be registered
through our online system.
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.
Wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves and water.
Please print and sign the Volunteer Release and bring to the program.
This release is required for participation.
Meet at the Cypress Shelter unless told otherwise.
Click on one of the dates below to register online:

 Park staff teaching children

Programs for Kids


Nature Lab: Perfect Predators 
Tuesday, Oct. 31
10 a.m.–1 p.m.
For ages 6–12
$12 per child
Our forests and fields are home to many mammalian predators that help to maintain balance in a healthy ecosystem. Learn fun facts about some of these predators found here at the park, explore for signs of these mammals, make a track to take home and meet some predators up close with our educational mounts. Bring a full water bottle, snack and a bag lunch to enjoy at the shelter. Meet at the Cypress Shelter.
Nature Lab: Fall Discoveries
Wednesday, Nov. 22
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
For ages 6–11
$16 per child
Fall is a great time to explore the woods and shoreline for signs of nature: tracks, nests, beautiful leaves and interesting seeds. While exploring, collect treasures from nature to use to create a craft in the afternoon. Bring a full water bottle, snack and a bag lunch.
Meet at the Cypress Shelter.
Nature Lab: Kids Get Holiday Crafty
Friday, Dec. 22
9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
For ages 6–10
$16 per child
Bring your kids to the park for a day of crafting and nature while you take advantage of a few more hours of holiday shopping. The crafts your child creates will make great keepsakes or gifts for Christmas. Send a lunch, water bottle and holiday spirit. We will provide a snack, music and all the supplies! This has become a holiday tradition at Harris Lake County Park, so be sure to register early.
Meet at the Park Office.

 Thank you to all of the participants, volunteers and staff who helped to make the 14th Annual "Haunting at Harris: Rise of the Legends" one of our best ever!
Be on the lookout for the date and theme of the
15th Annual Haunting at Harris coming in 2018!
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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.