​On-site and Outreach Group Programs


Lake Crabtree offers a wide variety of environmental education programs for public and private schools, scouts, birthday parties and other organized groups. Programs are available at the park or off-site (outreach). All programs are specific to the piedmont region of North Carolina. Please allow at least two weeks advance notice to schedule a program for your group.

Call 919-460-2723 or email colleen.bockhahn@wakegov.com for more information or to request a program date. You can also begin the reservation process by filling out a Group Program Request Form and choosing a topic from our Group Program List. If you have questions about a program topic that is not listed, please ask our staff – we will do our best to accommodate your group.

Most programs given on-site are $25/hour per staff member (fishing and canoe programs are $40/hour per staff member). Outreach programs are $40/hour per staff member for the first hour, and $25/hour per staff member for every following hour (provided it's for the same topic for each hour). Group size per staff member will be limited to 15–30 depending on the program requested and age of the participants. Programs for pre-K groups are available to groups of 15 or fewer.

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Whether 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.
December 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.

Winter Tree ID
Saturday, December 13, 1–3 p.m.
Have trouble telling trees apart when they don't have leaves? We'll teach you! Learn how to identify several common species through the use of twigs, buds, bark and growth habit. Hand lenses and field guides will be provided. Ages 7 and up.

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Adult Programs
(Adults only)

Mass Extinction and Endangered Species
Saturday, November 15, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
There have been five massive extinctions in Earth's history. We are currently living in the sixth. We'll discuss the causes for this massive die-off, worldwide endangered species, local endangered species, success stories, and what we can do to help species in crisis.

If you are working on your NC Environmental Education Certification, Criteria II or III hours are available for this program as are continuing education credits. An optional pre-workshop homework is available for an additional two hours credit. Please bring a bag lunch. If you would like materials to take home, please bring a memory stick.

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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, or sign up for three programs for $10. Preregistration is required. Ages 2–5.

Storytime has gone into hibernation for the winter. It will return in March!

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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 and the cost is $8 per child, unless otherwise noted. Preregistration is required.

Tuesday, November 18, 1–3 p.m.
If you missed June's Orienteering program, here's your second chance. Leave your GPS at home and learn how to find your way using only a compass and a map. We’ll cover the basics of orienteering, including reading bearings, calculating your stride, and more. Use your new skills to find your way on our newly updated and revamped 1-mile orienteering course through the woods.

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Special Events
Check back here for upcoming special events!