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. Please download a copy of our Registration Form or call 919-460-3355 to receive one by mail or fax, or for more information.

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Family Programs
(Everyone welcome)
Preregistration is required for all programs unless otherwise noted.


Birding with Vernon
1st Saturday of each month (unless otherwise stated), 8:30–10 a.m.
September 5, October 3, November 7, December 5
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
September 2, September 16
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.
Watch on Wetlands
Saturday, September 12, 9–11 a.m.
$3/person or $5/family
(Ages 5 and up)
Be prepared to get muddy as we study the vital role that wetland ecosystems play. We’ll net some macroinvertebrates, learn how to identify them, and about their value in the aquatic environment.  We’ll also look at other flora and fauna that inhabit a wetland.
Tremendous Trees
Monday, September 28, 9–11 a.m.
FREE (In celebration of Take A Child Outside Week)
Join us for a study of trees in the various stages of their life cycle.  Learn how to identify trees and go on a hike to practice your tree ID skills.  
Spider Safari
Wednesday, September 30, 4–6 p.m.
FREE (In celebration of Take A Child Outside Week)
Turn your arachnophobia into arachnophilia! Discover how amazing spiders are, and turn your fear into appreciation.  We will search the park for webs and the spiders that made them.  Learn about the variety of spiders found in North Carolina, how to identify them, and how they help us and the environment.

Adult Programs
(Adults only)


Full Moon Paddle


Saturday, August 29, 8–10 p.m.
Ages 13 and up
Paddle Lake Crabtree by moonlight! Reserve a canoe or kayak from the park or launch your own. The lake is open after hours, so make sure to be a part of this unique experience. Preregistration is required. Be sure to specify the type of boat you want to reserve on your registration form. Limit of two people for tandem boats. Choose from the following options:
Private canoe or kayak:  $5    
Solo kayak rental:  $15    
Tandem canoe or kayak rental:  $20    


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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.

"Crinkleroot's Guide to Knowing Trees" by Jim Arnosky
Wednesday, September 2
Join Crinkleroot on a walk through the forest. He will tell you how to identify trees, and explain why they are important to wildlife. Learn why Crinkleroot considers trees to be his friends. After the story, we’ll take a walk and learn how to match up leaves to their trees. Make a leaf art project to take home.
"Henry the Impatient Heron" by Donna Love
Wednesday, October 7
Henry the Heron just can't stand still! He is driving his family crazy and chasing away all of the food. Will Henry learn the importance of being still and learn the art of heron camouflage? After the story, we'll walk along the lake in search of herons and play a camouflage game.


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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.


Stupendous Soil
Tuesday, September 15, 1–3 p.m.
What makes soil more than just dirt? Be prepared to get your hands dirty as you examine this amazing substance that is vital to our survival! Analyze soil samples and sow your own seeds that you can take home and watch grow!

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