​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. 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.
November 1, 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.

Moth-er's Night This program has been canceled.
Friday, October 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
$3/person or $5/family

There are more kinds of moths than there are butterflies, yet butterflies get all the attention. This night program will give moths the ‘spotlight’. We’ll focus on identifying moths as well as ways to attract them to your backyard so you can know which ones live there.

Project Feeder Watch
Saturday, November 1, 10 a.m.–noon
Become a backyard scientist! Project Feeder Watch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas and other locales in North America. The data collected from this project help scientists track movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. Learn how you can participate in this and other citizen science projects at home.

Staff will also introduce participants to projects they can help with at Lake Crabtree.
We have binoculars and field guides to borrow, but bring your own if you've got them. Bring a camera if you'd like; we'd love to see your pictures!

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)

Night Paddle
Friday, November 7, 5–7 p.m.
Enjoy sunset on the lake and join staff in Lake Crabtree's first nighttime paddle.  Participants will get the unique opportunity to experience the lake after dark and see the park from a new perspective. Glow sticks, life jackets and all other equipment will be provided. Dress for the weather. No flip-flops allowed. Please specify what type of boat you would like on your registration form (tandem canoe, tandem kayak, solo kayak). If you are registering with another adult, please choose a tandem boat.

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.

Possum's Harvest Moon
by Anne Hunter
Wednesday, November 5, 1–2 p.m.

Possum wants to throw a party to celebrate the harvest moon, but most of the other animals are preparing for the long winter.  Will anyone come to Possum's celebration?  After the story we'll learn how to "play possum" and make an opossum 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 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!