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.
July 2, August 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
July 6 & 20, August 3 & 17, 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.
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.
Cleaning Up Our Waters Teacher Workshop
Monday and Tuesday, August 8 and 9
Learn strategies for introducing students to the causes, consequences and cleanup of toxic waste and Superfund sites, examine how scientists are studying bioavailability of chemical contaminants in our waters to evaluate risk, inform clean-up and protect our watersheds, and discover how communities have responded to toxic waste in their own backyards. Participants will receive lesson plans and a variety of resources to take back to the classroom.  The workshop runs from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. each day. Lunch and snacks will be provided both days. Participants must attend both days.
Full Moon Paddles
August 18 and September 16, 8–10 p.m.
Two opportunities to paddle Lake Crabtree by moonlight, and enjoy views of the full moon from the lake. Enjoy a unique opportunity to be in the park after hours! Preregistration is required for all boat types. Choose the boat type you would like below, under the desired date, to register online. There is a limit of two adults for tandem boats.
 August 18

Rain Barrel Workshops
August 24
Two opportunities to 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! Preregistration is required. 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. 
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.
Dancers in the Garden
Wednesday, July 6, 1–2 p.m.
Get Each spring, many people anxiously await the return of the ruby-throated hummingbird. Learn more about these tiny, graceful birds. We will visit the hummingbird feeder in the garden, play a game, and make a craft to take home.



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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.



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.