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.

Birding with Vernon
1st Saturday of each month (unless otherwise stated), 8:30–10 a.m.
Feb. 6, March 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
April 6 & 20, 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.
Mapping the Motherload
Sunday, March 6,  1–4 p.m.
$3/person or $5/family
Ages 7 and up
Avast ye hearties...all hands on deck for a treasure hunt at Lake Crabtree! Learn basic orienteering skills and then use those skills to work with the other mateys on your team to see if you can locate the treasure!  Feel free to dress in yer finest pirate garb, …aarrrr!
Creating Compost
Sunday, March 20, 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.
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.
The Salamander Room
by Anne Mazer
Wednesday, March 2, 1–2 p.m.
A boy finds a salamander in the woods and imagines the many things he can do to turn his room into a perfect salamander home. We'll learn all about salamanders and their habitats, and create rooms for the "sallys" at Lake Crabtree.
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.
Toadally Awesome Amphibians
Tuesday, March 29, 1–3 p.m.
After the first week of spring, but before the April showers start, we're hoping to catch some sleepy salamanders. This program will investigate the park's amphibian habitats, show you how to create your own, and teach about the important ecological role amphibians and the vernal pools they inhabit play.

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Special Events

Birdie Benefits
Saturday, Feb. 13, noon–3 p.m.
Stop by the Manager's Office for a variety of bird-related games, activities and crafts. Learn how you can help the birds in your neighborhood and beyond. We will talk about ways to attract birds to your outdoor space, how to help birds in decline, and much more. Join park staff and volunteers in giving our feathered friends a helping hand. This program has something for everyone, adults and kids alike!


Bird Walks
Feb. 12, 13, 14 and 15, 8:30–10 a.m.
Meet at the Waterwise Garden
Join park staff in collecting data for the 19th annual Great Backyard Bird Count. We will look and listen for birds in a variety of habitats and keep track of how many individuals of each species we find. New and experienced birders of all ages are welcome. Learn field ID techniques for our winter residents and visitors. We'll end at the park office with hot beverages and a review of our sightings.


Become a Birdwatcher
Monday, Feb. 15, 1–4 p.m.
Ages 6–13. $10/child
Meet at the Beech Shelter
Birdwatching is a popular hobby for both kids and adults. Learn what makes birds unique and interesting and gain knowledge and skills needed to become a birdwatcher. Earn a birdwatching patch, explore the park habitats and create bird-friendly items for your home and yard. This program is geared toward children ages 6–13, and parents/guardians are welcome to either stay and participate or drop off.

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