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.
September 1, October 6
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.

September 5


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 9 and up.


Weed Warrior Wednesdays
6–8 p.m.

Become a Weed Warrior and help park staff battle against invasive species! Invasive species are non-native, aggressive plants that displace native species and have negative impacts on habitats and wildlife. Ages 16 and up. Preregistration is required. All participants under 18 must have a Wake County Volunteer Waiver signed by a parent.

Hoo's Eating Hoo?
Friday, Sept. 21, 7–9 p.m.
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 park staff on a hike to look for signs of owls, other predators and their prey.

Animals of Lake Crabtree (TACO)
Thursday, Sept. 27, 9–10 a.m.
Discover which animals call Lake Crabtree home and find out what makes them special. Become an animal detective, as we go on a hike in search of the animals of Lake Crabtree and the signs that they leave behind.


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 2–6.

Spider Safari
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 1–2 p.m.
Fall is a great time to search for spiders. While they are seen by many as creepy or scary, spiders are really not out to get us. We'll learn about one of our most common spiders, the house spider, and go on a spider safari around the park.

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. 

Plant Detectives
Tuesday, Sept. 18 , 1–3 p.m.
Did you know there are over 4,000 species of native plants in North Carolina? If you look outside and just see a sea of green, you are not alone! This program will give you tools you can use to help distinguish one plant from another. We will also learn why knowing which plant is which is important to us and other animals that eat plants.

Rain Barrel Workshop
Wednesday, Sept. 26
Build your own rain barrel! Participants in this workshop will take home a fully functional 55-gallon rain barrel with installation kit. These are the same rain barrels that retail for $99 and up! Workshops are limited to eight barrels, so reserve your spot now. One registration per barrel. Cost is $45 per barrel, and participation is limited to two people per barrel. Preregistration is required. Choose a time below to register online.
6:15–7:15 p.m.

Full Moon Paddle
Monday, Sept. 24, 8–10 p.m.
Paddle Lake Crabtree by moonlight, and enjoy views of the full moon from the lake. Enjoy this unique opportunity to be in the park after hours! Preregistration is required. Choose a boat type below to register. There is a limit of two adults for tandem boats.

Fall Big Sweep
Saturday, Oct. 6, 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. 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. Ages 5 and up. Preregistration is required.

Creepy Crabtree Celebration
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2–6 p.m.
Mark your calendars! Our annual Halloween event, Creepy Crabtree, will return in October! This free park-wide event will investigate the darker side of nature. Join the freakish festivities, featuring scary scavenger hunts, creepy crafts, and gruesome games. Wear a costume if you like. Come anytime, no signup necessary.

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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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