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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, use 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.
April 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 each month, from April-September, 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, minors will be covered by the licensed instructor. Preregistration is required for all participants, even those not planning on fishing.

Nature Nerds

Expand your knowledge of our local flora and fauna by exploring a different area of the park each month. Join park staff as they "nerd out" over amphibians, birds, insects, spiders, and anything else they see or hear along the way. Help collect data for the Natural Resource Inventory Database while increasing your own identification skills. Ages 12 and up.


Hunting for Herps 
Sunday, April 8, 1–3 p.m.

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.
Water, Water, Everywhere! 
Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m.–noon
We depend on water for a lot more than you probably realize! Join us for this aquatic program to discover how much water on Earth is usable for people, how we use water, and how we can use less of it. We will also look at the complexity of the water cycle, properties of water, and explore some of the organisms that live there.
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. Preregistration is required.
Ages 2–5.
Who Is in the Garden?
Wednesday, April 4, 1–2 p.m.
Up, down, and all around, the garden creatures are waiting to be discovered! Our book will show us some of the animals waiting for us in the garden, and then we will explore the native garden to see who we find. Each child will plant a flower to take home that is sure to attract wildlife!
These programs are open to students 6–13 years old. Each lesson meets at the Beech Shelter, unless otherwise noted. Preregistration is required. Parents/guardians are welcome to stay for the program or drop-off. 
Weather Wonders
Tuesday, March 20, 1–3 p.m.
The science of weather is called meteorology. This program investigates the basics of meteorology: what causes the weather, how meteorologists study it, and why it is important that they do! Students will go on a hike to collect some real world weather data and play Lake Crabtree's Weather Jeopardy game.

Dragonfly Detectives Mini-Camp
Monday, July 23, to Wednesday, July 25, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. each day

Dragonfly Detectives Camp is a three-day mini-camp at Lake Crabtree County Park for children ages 9–13. This camp is co-sponsored by the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Each camper will receive a dragonfly field guide, insect net, activity guide, and water bottle to keep. Snacks will be provided each day. Refund Policy: You must cancel 2 weeks in advance of a multi-session program or camp in order to get a refund/credit/transfer.
Explore the world of dragonflies! Learn about aquatic systems, animal migration, and dragonfly identification while participating in fun, scientific activities. Campers will help gather data on dragonfly migration and contribute to a citizen science project.
Spring Big Sweep
Saturday, April 7, 9 a.m.–noon
Help clean up Lake Crabtree's shoreline and other areas around the park. Individuals, families and groups can register to participate in this event. Ages 5 and up. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Gloves and bags will be provided. Participants must bring a completed Wake County Volunteer Waiver Form to the event. Long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. Drinking water, sunscreen and a hat are recommended.

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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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