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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.
May 6, June 3
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.
Hunting for Herps
Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m.–noon
Come learn about the unique life cycle that makes an amphibian an amphibian, and other ways they differ from reptiles. Meet Lake Crabtree's adopted Eastern Box Turtle, Shel Silverstein, and join park staff as we go in search of wild turtles, and other reptiles and amphibians in their natural habitat.
Spring Butterflies Walk
Sunday, May 7, 10 a.m.–noon
View some of the early spring butterflies on a walk through Lake Crabtree's gardens and meadow. Learn how to identify some of our common butterfly species and discover their important roles in ecosystems. We will also identify the wildflowers being visited by these amazing insects.
Adult Programs
(Adults only)
Mass Extinction & Endangered Species Workshop
Friday, May 12, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
There have been five massive extinctions in Earth's history. We are currently living in the sixth. In this workshop, we will discuss the causes for this massive die-off, worldwide endangered species, and local endangered species. Learn some success stories of species brought back from the brink of extinction, and discover what we can do to help species in crisis. Preregistration is required.
Full Moon Paddle
Friday, June 9, 8–10 p.m.
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.  



Wednesday, May 3, 1–2 p.m.
Ladybugs help us in our gardens and are easy to identify. Learn all about their life cycle as we read "Are You a Ladybug?" and explore the park in search of these amazing insects. We'll play a counting game and make a ladybug to take home.

Wednesday, June 7, 1–2 p.m.
Most people recognize beavers when they spot them in a lake, but have you ever seen a muskrat? Learn all about these mysterious mammals as we read "Come Out, Muskrats." We will play a scent matching game, look for signs of muskrats near the lake and more!


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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. 


Terrific Trees
Tuesday, May 23, 1–4 p.m. 

Join us to learn about all things trees! We will learn about the different parts of trees and their purpose, why trees are an important resource, and how to identify some of the most common trees in North Carolina. We will also make our own tree "cookies," a leaf identification notebook, and take a tree ID scavenger hunt hike!


Butterflies and Moths
Wednesday, June 21, 1–4 p.m.
What's the difference between a butterfly and a moth? Where do caterpillars come from? What is metamorphosis anyway? Come join park staff as we discover the answers to these questions and other fascinating facts about butterflies and moths.


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Pollinator Festival
Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Lake Crabtree is excited to host its fifth annual Pollinator Festival, in honor of National Pollinator Week.  This event is FREE and features games, crafts, and all sorts of other activities. There will be prizes and cool stuff for you to take home, local experts to answer your questions, and food vendors!  Show up any time. Fun for all ages!
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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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