floodplain.jpgWhether you are a child or an adult, Lake Crabtree has a program for you! All programs offered at Lake Crabtree are FREE unless otherwise stated. All programs have space limitations and, therefore, require registration prior to the program.

​To register online, use the registration buttons to the right of each program or the links below the description.

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Family Programs

*Preregistration is required for all programs unless otherwise noted. All participants must be registered. All family programs require an adult to register and attend with children under 18. Age restrictions may apply.

Birding with Vernon
1st Saturday of each month (unless otherwise stated), 8:30–10 a.m.
February 1, March 7
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.​ All ages.

Nature Nerds
9–10 a.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 9 and up.

January 21
February 4
March 3

Eagle Count
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 7–9 a.m.
Join park staff in collecting data for our annual 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.​ All ages.

Squirrel Spotters
Monday, Jan. 20, 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 gray squirrels that abound in the park. Park staff will answer all your gnawing questions about squirrel habits, habitats, and the perils they face.​ All ages.

Bird Walks (GBBC)
February 14–17, 8:30–10 a.m.

Join park staff in collecting data for the 23rd 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.​ Choose a date below to register online. All ages.

The Eagles Have Landed! (GBBC)
February 15, 1–3 p.m.
Eagles are often seen around Lake Crabtree County Park. From 2003 to 2011, they even nested here! In 2019, a new nest was discovered, and our eagle couple have returned 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. Ages 7 and up.

Intermediate Orienteering
February 29, 1–4 p.m.
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. Ages 8 and up.​

Signs of Spring Hike
Saturday, March 28, 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! All ages.​

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Storytime for Tots occurs on the first Wednesday of each month (March-November) and includes a story followed by nature exploration and a craft or activity. Come prepared to actively participate with your child. Programs run from 1–2 p.m. Preregistration is required. Ages 2–6.

Wednesday, March 4, 1–2 p.m.
Animals use many different types of camouflage to survive. Learn which animals at Lake Crabtree can change colors, look like leaves, and mimic other animals that taste terrible. See if you can find hidden animals along the trail, and create your own camouflaged critter to take home.​

These programs are open to students 6–13 years old. Parents/guardians are welcome to stay for the program or drop-off. Preregistration is required.

Adventures in Birdwatching (GBBC)
Monday, Feb. 17, 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 also learn ways to attract birds to their yards.​

Weather Wonders
Tuesday, March 31, 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.​

Spring Big Sweep
Saturday, April 4, 9 a.m.–noon
Help clean up Lake Crabtree's shoreline and other areas around the park. Individuals, families and groups can register to participate in this event. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Gloves and bags will be provided. Participants must bring a completed Wake County Volunteer Waiver Form to the event. Long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. Drinking water, sunscreen and a hat are recommended.​

Dragonfly Detectives Camp
Monday, July 20–Thursday, July 23, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

$80 per camper

Dragonfly Detectives Camp is a four-day camp at Lake Crabtree County Park for children ages 9–13. Each camper will receive a dragonfly field guide, insect net, activity guide and water bottle to keep. Snacks will be provided each day. This camp is co-sponsored by the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.

Explore the world of dragonflies! Learn about aquatic systems, animal migration, and dragonfly identification while participating in fun, scientific activities. Campers will help gather data on dragonfly migration and contribute to a citizen science project.

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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! Please be sure to take our short survey when you have completed your activity.


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