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.
January 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.​

Eagle Count
Wednesday, Jan. 10, 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
Friday, Jan. 19, 1–3 p.m.
Head out to Lake Crabtree to 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. "Squirrel Appreciation Day" is on January 21, so you will be prepared to celebrate!
Whooo is the Screech Owl?
Friday, Feb. 2, or Friday, March 2, 6–8 p.m.
Do you ever hear screeches at night? You may be hearing our local Eastern
Screech-owls! Learn all about these amazing birds, and enjoy an evening hike in search of owls and other nocturnal species. See what their "homes" looks like, and take home instructions on how to build your very own owl box. Preregistration is required. Click on a day below to register.
Bird Walks (GBBC)
Friday, Feb. 16, through Monday, Feb. 19, 8:30–10 a.m. each day
Join park staff in collecting data for the 21st 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.  Preregistration is required. Click on a day below to register for a walk.
Birdie Benefits (GBBC)
Saturday, Feb. 17, noon–3 p.m.
Stop by the Managers 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 event has something for everyone, adults and kids alike! Spend a few minutes or the whole afternoon with us. No preregistration required.
Nature Nerds
Friday, March 16, noon–1 p.m.
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 12 and up.
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.
From Tadpole to Frog 
Wednesday, March 7, 1–2 p.m.
Spring is almost here, and frog calls will soon begin! Learn about the life cycle of the frog, and discover where they can be heard and seen around the park. Practice your best frog jump, catch bugs like a frog, and meet some of the park's amphibians.
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. 
Adventures in Birdwatching! (GBBC) 
Monday, Feb. 19, 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. 
Weather Wonders
Tuesday, March 20, 1–3 p.m.
The science of weather is called meteorology. This program investigates the basics of meteorology: what causes the weather, how meteorologists study it, and why it is important that they do! Students will go on a hike to collect some real world weather data and play Lake Crabtree's Weather Jeopardy game.

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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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