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floodplain.jpgWhether you are a child or an adult, Lake Crabtree has a program for you! All scheduled programs have space limitations and, therefore, require registration prior to the program.

To register in person, by mail or fax, please download a copy of our Registration Form or call 919-460-3355 for more information.

​To register online, click on the registration buttons to the right of each program.
 

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Family Programs
(Everyone welcome)
Preregistration is required for all programs unless otherwise noted.  All participants must be registered.

 
Birding with Vernon
1st Saturday of each month (unless otherwise stated), 8:30–10 a.m.
September 2, October 7
FREE; No preregistration required

Meet at the Waterwise Garden (first parking lot on right)
Join our bird enthusiast, Vernon, for an easy walk while looking and listening for our feathered friends. Discover different types of birds and their habitats.​

 

Crabtree Casters
1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:30–8 p.m.
Whether you already enjoy fishing or would like to learn how to fish, this program is for you! Join park staff for an informal fishing experience for the whole family. Bring your own poles or borrow one of ours through the Tackle Loaner Program. Bait and basic instruction are provided. All participants 16 years and older must have a valid NC fishing license to participate. Fishing is catch and release only. All children must be accompanied by an adult. If the accompanying adult does not have a license, kids can be covered by the instructor's fishing license. Preregistration is required, and all participants must be registered.
 
 
 
Spider Sniffing (TACO)
Sunday, Sept. 24, 7:30–9:30 p.m.
FREE
Do you have a nose for nature? Bring it, a flashlight, and your night vision for a walk around the Old Beech Nature Trail. Meet with park staff at dusk to learn what those bumps in the night really are and discover the secret art of "spider sniffing."
 
Fishing Fun (TACO)
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m.–noon 
FREE
Learn basic fishing skills, fish anatomy, and the role fish play in an aquatic food web by participating in a variety of games and activities. Then use your skills to try and catch a fish or two and learn how to identify them.
 
Nature at Night (TACO)
Friday, Sept. 29, 7–9 p.m.
FREE
Experience the sights and sounds of sunset and beyond. Learn more about the park's nocturnal animals and test your night vision. Come prepared with a flashlight and a sense of adventure!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adult Programs
(Adults only)
 
 
Rain Barrel Workshop
Monday, August 21
Build your own rain barrel! Participants in this workshop will take home a fully functional 55-gallon rain barrel with installation kit. These are the same rain barrels that retail for $99 and up! Workshops are limited to eight barrels, so reserve your spot now. One registration per barrel. Cost is $45 per barrel and participation is limited to two people per barrel. Click on a time type below to register.
 
 
Beginner Birding Class
Friday, Sept. 1, 10 a.m.–noon
FREE
What is the difference between birdwatching and birding? Birding with Vernon walk leader, Vernon Janke, will talk about the art of birding and the tools and techniques you need to improve your birding skills. Discover why birding is one of the most popular outdoor activities, and use your new knowledge on a bird walk around the park.
 
 
Full Moon Paddle
Thursday, Oct. 5, 8–10 p.m.
FREE
Paddle Lake Crabtree by moonlight, and enjoy views of the full moon from the lake. Experience this unique opportunity to be in the park after hours! There is a limit of two adults for tandem boats. Preregistration is required. One registration per boat. Click on a boat type below to register.
 
 
 
 
 
Discover nature, beginning with a story, followed by outdoor, hands-on nature exploration. Each program will end with a fun activity or craft to take home. Come prepared to actively participate with your child. First Wednesday of each month. Programs run from 1–2 p.m. at the Beech Shelter. Free. Preregistration is required. Ages 2–5.
 
 
"Little Skink's Tail"
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 1–2 p.m.
FREE
Tails are important to a lot of animals, including skinks and other lizards. Follow the story of a skink that goes through some changes, and discover how different animals use their tails. Make a lizard to take home, and play a matching game all about tails!

 

 

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These programs are open to students 6–12 years old. Each lesson meets at the Beech Shelter, unless otherwise noted. Parent/guardians are welcome to stay for the program or drop-off. Free. Preregistration is required. 

  

Fascinating Fungi
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 1–4 p.m.
FREE
Have you ever wondered why mushrooms seem to magically appear after it rains? Explore fairy rings, decomposition, mushroom diversity, and help track down and identify the fungi of Lake Crabtree.

 

 

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Creepy Crabtree Celebration
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2–6 p.m.
FREE
 
Mark your calendars! Our annual Halloween event, Creepy Crabtree, will return in October! This free, park-wide event will investigate the darker side of nature. Join the freakish festivities, featuring scary scavenger hunts, creepy crafts and gruesome games. Wear a costume if you like. Come anytime – no signup necessary.
 
 
 
 
 
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Visit Lake Crabtree's Adventure Backpack Bin on the garden side of the manager's office for some educational fun! You can participate in a citizen science project, go on a scavenger hunt, or do some birdwatching! All of the information and tools you need are provided. Just show up anytime during park hours, sign out a backpack at the bin, and begin your adventure! Junior Naturalists can earn one Lake Crabtree credit by participating in one of the activities and answering the corresponding question sheet. Please be sure to take our short survey when you have completed your activity.
 

 

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