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.
January 5, February 2, March 2
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.​


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. Choose a date below to register online.

Eagle Count
Wednesday, Jan. 9 , 7–9 a.m.

Join park staff in collecting data for the state and national count of Bald Eagles. Participants will be allowed in the park before it opens and will be staged at various locations around Lake Crabtree. No prior birding experience required. Enjoy a light breakfast after the count.

Squirrel Spotters
Monday, Jan. 21 , 1–3 p.m.
Head out to Lake Crabtree to celebrate "Squirrel Appreciation Day" and learn all about our most commonly seen mammal. We will spy on the always entertaining grey squirrels that abound in the park. Park staff will answer all your gnawing questions about squirrel habits, habitats, and the perils they face.

Bird Walks (GBBC)

Join park staff in collecting data for the 22nd 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. Walks will take place from 8:30–10 a.m. each day. Choose a date below to register online.

The Eagles Have Landed! (GBBC)
Sunday, Feb. 17 , 1–3 p.m.
​Eagles are often seen around Lake Crabtree County Park. From 2003 to 2011, they even nested here! This year a new nest was discovered, and we are hoping to have an active nesting season this winter. Join park staff to learn more about this amazing bird, and observe the nest yourself. We will look for eagles and other birds that frequent the mudflat area of the lake.

Sunset Canoe Trip
Wednesday, March 20, 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, beaver, turtles and more.​

This program is for ages 8 and up. Each registration is for one canoe, and all participants must be listed. 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.


Signs of Spring Hike
Sunday, March 24, 1–3 p.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!​

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.

Wind Power!
Wednesday, March 6 , 1–2 p.m.
 Air is all around us, but we can't see it. Do an experiment to prove that air is everywhere, and discover fun things to do with wind. We'll make boats and pinwheels and test them out!​

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. Preregistration is required.

Adventures in Birdwatching!
Monday, Feb. 18, 1–3 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 suet, and learn other ways to attract birds to their yards.​

Fish Frenzy
Tuesday, March 12, 1–4 p.m.
Do you know which fish call Lake Crabtree home? Learn about fish anatomy, adaptations for survival, aquatic food chains, and more. The first two hours of this program will focus on activities and games, and the last hour will be dedicated to actual fishing!

Please note: Drop-off is available for the first two hours of this program, but children wishing to participate in the fishing hour from 3–4 p.m. must have a parent or adult in attendance. Adults will assist their children.


Winter Waterfowl Workshop
Friday, Jan. 11, 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 will spend a lot of time observing waterfowl on the lake, so dress warmly! Preregistration is required. Ages 16 and up.​



Weed Warrior Wednesdays
Wednesday, March 13, 6–8 p.m.
​Become a Weed Warrior and help park staff battle against invasive plants! Invasive species are non-native, aggressive plants that displace native species and have negative impacts on habitats and wildlife. Preregistration is required. Ages 16 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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