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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. Please download a copy of our Registration Form or call 919-460-3355 to receive one by mail or fax, or for more information.

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Family Programs
(Everyone welcome)
Preregistration is required for all programs unless otherwise noted.

Birding with Vernon
1st Saturday of each month (unless otherwise stated), 8:30–10 a.m.
October 3, November 7, December 5
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
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.
Spider Safari
Wednesday, September 30, 4–6 p.m.
FREE (In celebration of Take A Child Outside Week)
Turn your arachnophobia into arachnophilia! Discover how amazing spiders are, and turn your fear into appreciation. We will search the park for webs and the spiders that made them. Learn about the variety of spiders found in North Carolina, how to identify them, and how they help us and the environment.
Park After Dark
Friday October 30, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
$3/person or $5/family
(Ages 5 and up)
Experience the sights and sounds of sunset and beyond. Learn more about the park's nocturnal animals and test your senses at night. Come prepared with a flashlight and a feel for adventure!
Creating Compost
Sunday, November 15, 2–4 p.m.
(Ages 5 and up)
Discover how to reduce your ecological footprint by turning your food and yard waste into fertilizer! Join us as we learn the components to creating a successful compost pile at home. Explore the types of composting and determine which option is best for your household. Peek into the park worm bin and learn about insects that live in the soil!
Hoo's Eating Hoo
Friday, November 20, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
$3/person or $5/family
(Ages 7 and up)
Learn about predator and prey relationships by taking a closer look at the eating habits of that mysterious creature of the night, the owl. Release your inner scientist as you examine an owl pellet. Then join us on a hike to look for signs of owls, other predators, and their prey.                                                                                                                      
Intermediate Orienteering
Saturday, November 21, 1–4 p.m.
$3/person or $5/family
(Ages 7 and up)
Leave your GPS at home and learn how to find your way using only a compass and a map. We'll cover the basics of orienteering, including reading bearings, calculating your stride, and more. Use your new skills to find your way on our 1-mile orienteering course through the woods.
Winter Break
Sunday, December 20, 1–3 p.m.
$3/person or $5/family
(Ages 5 and up)
Some animals migrate south for the winter, some stick around and tough it out, but the rest go to sleep! Why don't they starve? Why don't they die of thirst? Why do they stay asleep? Have these and other questions answered when you come to this program.

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Adult Programs
(Adults only) 
Winter Waterfowl Workshop
Saturday, December 19, 9 a.m.–noon
Lake Crabtree is a birding hotspot, and a great place to observe both common and uncommon winter waterfowl. Learn how to identify various species by looking at field markings, behaviors and more. We'll spend a lot of time observing waterfowl on the lake, so dress warmly!
Storytime for Tots
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. Cost is $4 per child. Preregistration is required. Ages 2–5.
"Henry the Impatient Heron" by Donna Love
Wednesday, October 7
Henry the Heron just can't stand still! He is driving his family crazy and chasing away all of the food. Will Henry learn the importance of being still and learn the art of heron camouflage? After the story, we'll walk along the lake in search of herons and play a camouflage game.
“Over in the Meadow” by Olive A. Wadsworth
Wednesday, November 4, 1–2 p.m.
Learn where all of the different animals of the meadow live. After the story, we'll explore Lake Crabtree's meadow habitat and look for clues left by the animals that live there.
Homeschool and Track-Out Programs
These programs are open to students 6–12 years old. Each lesson meets at the Beech Shelter, unless otherwise noted. Cost is $8 per child. Preregistration is required.
Fascinating Fungi
Wednesday, October 28, 10 a.m.–noon
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 fungus of Lake Crabtree.
Stupendous Soil
Wednesday, November 18, 1–3 p.m.
What makes soil more than just dirt? Be prepared to get your hands dirty as you examine this amazing substance that is vital to our survival! Analyze soil samples and sow your own seeds that you can take home and watch grow!
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Fall Big Sweep
Saturday, October 3, 9 a.m.–noon
Give back to the community and your local park! Volunteer to help keep the shoreline of Lake Crabtree litter-free. Gloves, bags and other supplies are provided by the park. Individual volunteers and groups are welcome. Preregistration is required. Call 919-460-3355 to register or for more information.
Creepy Crabtree
Saturday, October 24, 2–6 p.m.
FREE; No preregistration required
Save the date! Lake Crabtree's Halloween festival returns this October. This free, park-wide event will investigate the darker side of nature. We're sure to have lots of spooky surprises in store! Join us in celebrating creatures of the night and come in costume if you like. Come anytime for some family fun.



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