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.  All participants must be registered.

Birding with Vernon
1st Saturday of each month (unless otherwise stated), 8:30–10 a.m.
March 4, April 1
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 the month, 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. Preregistration is required, and all participants must be registered.
Backyard Bird Basics
Saturday, Feb. 18, noon–3 p.m.
Help us celebrate the 20th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, held Friday, February 17, through Monday, February 20, 2017. Stop by the Managers Office for a variety of bird-related games, activities and crafts. We will talk about ways to attract birds to your outdoor space, and how to identify common backyard birds. Participants can learn bird calls, make suet, help count birds at the park feeder, and more! This event has something for everyone, adults and kids alike! Stop by for a few minutes or stay for the entire time.
Bird Walks
Friday, Feb. 17–Monday, Feb. 20, 8:30–10 a.m.
Join park staff in collecting data for the 20th 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 will end at the park office for hot beverages and a review of our sightings. Click on the date below to register for a bird walk.
Signs of Spring Hike
Saturday, March 18, 9–11 a.m.
Join park staff on an easy hike to look for early wildflowers, blooming trees, and singing birds. Learn how to identify some common spring species and enjoy the park as it comes to life!  All ages.
Intermediate Orienteering
Sunday, March 19, 1–4 p.m.
Leave your GPS at home and learn how to find your way using only a compass and a map. We will cover the basics of orienteering, including reading bearings, calculating your stride, and more. Use your new skills to navigate through the woods on our 1-mile orienteering course. Ages 7 and up.
Wetland Wonders
Saturday, April 1, 2–4 p.m.
Be prepared to get muddy as we study the vital role that wetland ecosystems play. We will net some macroinvertebrates, learn how to identify them, and discuss their value in the aquatic environment. Wander through some of Lake Crabtree's wetlands and discover what makes each one unique.  All ages.
Sunset Canoe Trip
Friday, April 7, 6–8 p.m.
Join staff for a sunset paddle around the lake. We will explore "bird island," Crabtree Creek and other areas in search of herons, beavers and other wildlife. This program is for ages 5 and up. Each canoe is limited to two or three people (if three, one of the three must be a child). An adult is required in each canoe.
Adult Programs
(Adults only)
Rain Barrel Workshops
Tuesday, March 28, 5:30–6:30 p.m. or 6:45–7:45 p.m.
Two opportunities to build your own rain barrel! Participants in these workshops 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. Click on a time below to register online.
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. Free. Preregistration is required. Ages 2–5. 
Scamper: A Gray Tree Squirrel
Wednesday, March 1, 1–2 p.m.

Follow the adventures of Scamper the Gray Tree Squirrel as he explores the forest. Discover the dangers a squirrel faces every day, along with their strategy for survival. After the story we will search for squirrels in the park, and learn how to communicate like squirrels.



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These programs are open to students 6–12 years old. Each lesson meets at the Beech Shelter, unless otherwise noted. Parent/guardians are welcome to stay for the program or drop-off. Free. Preregistration is required.
Adventures in Birdwatching!
Monday, Feb. 20, 1–4 p.m.
Spend the afternoon learning all about birds and why it is important that we help conserve them. We will go on a bird behavior scavenger hunt, play the migration game, and learn how to identify common species on the lake and at the feeder. Participants will make bird friendly treats and learn other ways to attract birds to their yards.


Wildlife Conservation
Wednesday, March 15, 9–11 a.m.

Peek into a bluebird house, search for salamanders and snakes under cover, and learn why the park provides shelter for certain species of animals. We'll discuss why some animals are in decline, and what we can do to help them. Participants will take part in several citizen science projects and compete in a trivia scavenger hunt. The top scoring scientist will win a special prize!


Footprints & Feces
Tuesday, April 11, 1–3 p.m. 
Tracking is tricky! Finding animals is hard, but it's easier when you know what to look for. Expand your hiking experience by learning how to identify animal tracks, scat and other signs that they leave behind. Learn more about the mammals in our area by studying their skulls and scat.


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Spring Big Sweep
Saturday, April 1, 9–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.
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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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