Lake Crabtree Public Programs

Lake Crabtree Trailhead

Registration for Public Programs & Reminders

To register for one of our public programs, click the Lake Crabtree icon next to the program to be taken to the registration page on our online registration website, or use the button below to search for programs by location, age, date and more.

Having trouble registering for a program online? Contact Colleen Bockhahn at 919-460-2723 or email us at [email protected] for assistance.

*Preregistration is required for all programs, unless otherwise noted. All participants must be registered. All in-person family programs require an adult to register and attend with children under 18. Age restrictions may apply. Age limits are established for safety and program content. Pets are not permitted at programs.

Types of Public Programs

Family Programs

Nature Nerds

Friday, Nov. 12
1–2 p.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 a different group of animals, plants, fungi or other living things each month. Help collect data for our Biodiversity Project on iNaturalist while increasing your own identification skills.

This month we will be exploring under logs and our coverboards for millipedes, centipedes and maybe even salamanders! Learn how to identify some of our common species of these groups and what else we can find. Ages 12 and up. 

Hoo's Eating Hoo?

Tuesday, Nov. 30
6:30–8 p.m.

Learn about predator and prey relationships by taking a closer look at the eating habits of that mysterious creature of the night, the owl. Release your inner scientist as you examine an owl pellet. Then join park staff on a hike to look for signs of owls, other predators and their prey. Ages 6 and up. 

Birding with Vernon

Saturday, Dec. 4
8:30–10 a.m.

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. Bring your own binoculars and field guides if you have them. Beginners and experienced birdwatchers welcome! Ages 12 and up. 

Winter Waterfowl (Virtual)

Tuesday, Dec. 7
noon–1 p.m.

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. This is a virtual version of our popular in-person program and will take place on Zoom.

Test your new identification skills during a bird walk at the park. Walks are scheduled for December 8 and 28. Space is limited, so register today! Ages 8 and up. 

Winter Birding: Waterfowl and More!

Wednesday, Dec. 8
9–11 a.m.

Join park staff in search of winter waterfowl and other birds around the park. Learn how to identify some of our common winter species, along with year-round residents.

Bring binoculars, field guides and spotting scopes, if you have them. We will have binoculars and field guides to lend out and scopes to share, as well. Ages 8 and up. 

Winter Tree Walk

Sunday, Dec. 12
2–3:30 p.m.

Winter is a bleak time of year for most plants, with most of our local plants going dormant. This can mean losing their green leaves, or disappearing altogether.

Come take a walk with park staff as we learn about some evergreen plants that are still brightening up the landscape and try to identify some trees that have lost their leaves for the winter. Ages 6 and up. 

Winter Wildlife Survival Strategies

Tuesday, Dec. 14
6:30–7:30 p.m.

How do wild animals survive the cold and snow? What is the difference between hibernation and brumation? Let's explore some of the strategies and adaptations that animals have developed to make it through tough times. This is a virtual program held on Zoom, so come hang out and learn with us online! Ages 6 and up. 

Winter Birding: Waterfowl and More!

Tuesday, Dec. 28
9–11 a.m.

Join park staff in search of winter waterfowl and other birds around the park. Learn how to identify some of our common winter species, along with year-round residents.

Bring binoculars, field guides and spotting scopes, if you have them. We will have binoculars and field guides to lend out and scopes to share, as well. Ages 8 and up.

Storytime for Tots

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 1–2 p.m. Preregistration is required. Ages 18 months–6 years old.

Storytime for Tots: Fall Leaves and Exploring Trees

Wednesday, November 10
10:00-11:00 a.m.

One of the most obvious signs of fall are the leaves on trees changing color and falling to the ground. We will explore the variety of shapes and colors of leaves in the park, and learn about the life cycle of trees. We will peek under logs and make a leafy craft to take home.

Children must be registered and accompanied by an adult. Storytime for Tots is a monthly series, and includes a story followed by nature exploration and a craft or activity.

Homeschool/Track-Out Series

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.

Adult & Educator Workshops

Self-Guided Activities

Adventure Backpacks

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.

Geocaching

The hunt is on during this high-tech “treasure” hunting activity! The idea is to use GPS devices to find hidden containers within the park. This activity is self-guided by getting coordinates from Geocaching.com and bringing your own GPS unit. Those wishing to establish a new cache must receive approval prior to placing a cache. To obtain the approval you must complete and submit a Geocache Placement Request Form to the park office.

Geocaching on Wake County Park property is handled on a park-by-park basis. Please visit a specific park's website or contact them directly to learn about their geocaching policies.

Geocaching is an accepted recreational activity at Lake Crabtree County Park though at this time, no additional/new geocaches will be approved until further notice. The park maintains a maximum number of caches on park property.

Mobile Tours

Take a mobile tour and see the park through a new lens!

Lake Crabtree County Park has two interactive cell phone tours that you can access from home or while you're at the park. You can access each tour from the hyperlink title below.