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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.
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.
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.
“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.
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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