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 7, February 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.​
Eagle Count
Thursday, January 12, 8–10 a.m.

Join park staff in collecting data for the state and national count of Bald Eagles. Participants will be staged at various locations around Lake Crabtree. No prior birding experience required. Beginners will be stationed with staff members, while experienced birders may get their own locations. Enjoy a light breakfast after the count.


Squirrel Spotters
Friday, January 20, 8:30–10:30 a.m. or 1:30-3:30 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. Click on a time below to register.



Backyard Bird Basics
Saturday, February 18, noon–3 p.m.

Help us celebrate the 20th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, held Friday, February 17, through Monday, February 20, 2017. Stop by the Managers Office for a variety of bird-related games, activities and crafts. We will talk about ways to attract birds to your outdoor space, and how to identify common backyard birds. Participants can learn bird calls, make suet, help count birds at the park feeder, and more! This event has something for everyone, adults and kids alike! Stop by for a few minutes or stay for the entire time.
Bird Walks
Friday, February 17-Monday, February 20, 8:30–10 a.m.
Join park staff in collecting data for the 20th 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. Click on the date below to register for a bird walk.
Winter Waterfowl Workshop
Saturday, December 17, 9 a.m.–noon
Lake Crabtree is a birding hotspot, and a great place to observe both common and uncommon winter waterfowl. Learn how to identify various species by looking at field markings, behaviors, and more. We will spend a lot of time observing waterfowl on the lake, so dress warmly! Ages 18 and up.


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These programs are open to students 6–12 years old. Each lesson meets at the Beech Shelter, unless otherwise noted. Parent/guardians are welcome to stay for the program or drop-off. Preregistration is required.
Adventures in Birdwatching!
Monday, February 20, 1–4 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.



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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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