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.
May 7, June 4
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
May 4 & 18, June 1 & 15, 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.
                                                                                                             
 
Intermediate Orienteering
Sunday, May 15, 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 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.
 
 
Free Fishing Day
Monday, July 4
Each year on July 4, North Carolina celebrates Free Fishing Day. This is the one day of the year when anyone can fish in NC public waters without having a fishing license. Come out to Lake Crabtree and test your hand at catch-and-release fishing. Park staff will be available to teach you the basics of casting and what types of fish are in the lake. All equipment and bait is provided by the park. Borrow one of our poles or bring your own.
 
 
 
  
 
Rain Barrel Workshops
Tuesday, May 10
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. Cost is $45 per barrel and participation is limited to two people per barrel. Preregistration is required.
 
6:45–7:45 p.m. Timeslot
 
  
Full Moon Paddle
Saturday, May 21
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! Reserve a canoe or kayak from the park or launch your own. There is a limit of two adults for tandem boats. Prices vary based on boat type. Preregistration is required.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.
  
 
Are You a Bee?
Wednesday, June 1, 1–2 p.m.
Get to know the world of bees. Learn the life cycle of a bee, the different types of bees within a hive, and the jobs they do. We will dance like bees and search the flowers in the park gardens for bees and other insects.

  

 

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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.

 

 

Citizen Science for Kids
Tuesday, May 17, 1–3 p.m.
There are many ways for citizens of all ages to contribute to science and research. From looking for ladybugs to tracking what plants are in bloom, there are countless projects that you can do at the park or in your own backyard. We will learn about the wildlife monitoring projects at Lake Crabtree and develop the skills needed to observe and identify various groups of animals and plants. We will collect specimens, take pictures, learn how to take GPS coordinates, and much more!

 

Become a Birdwatcher
Friday, June 24, 9 a.m.–noon
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 for children ages 6–12, and parents/guardians are welcome to stay and participate or drop-off. Cost is $10 per child.

 

 

Special Events

Pollinator Festival
Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
FREE
Lake Crabtree is excited to host its fourth annual Pollinator Festival, in honor of National Pollinator Week (June 20-26).  This event features games, crafts, and all sorts of other activities celebrating everything that pollinators do for us and the rest of the planet.  There will be prizes and cool stuff for you to take home and local experts to answer your questions.  This event is free.  Preregistration is not required.  Show up any time.  Fun for all ages!