Lake Crabtree Public Programs

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Registrations for Public Programs & Reminders

Registration for Public Programs & Reminders

Public Program Registration and 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.

Self-Guided Activites

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.


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 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.

Types of Public Programs

Family Programs

Frog Calls 101

Tuesday, April 20

Noon-1 p.m.

Want to learn how to tell one "ribbit" from the next? Join us for Frog Calls 101, and learn how to identify many of the common frogs we hear in North Carolina just by their calls. See if you can pass the listening quiz at the end of the program to become a toadally legit Frog Call Master!


Wildflower or Weed?

Wednesday, April 28

Noon-1 p.m.

One of the major signs of spring are the numerous wildflowers that emerge, seemingly overnight. While some flowers are celebrated and enjoyed, others are called "weeds" or are overlooked altogether. Learn some of the common lawn and garden flowers you may encounter, and why they should all be appreciated.


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 2-6

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

Check out our Virtual Programs until our in-person programs return!