Lake Crabtree Public Programs

Environmental Educator Sarah showing a salamander to students at Lake Crabtree County Park.

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 colleen.bockhahn@wakegov.com 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

Programs for Everyone

Nature Nerds

Friday, August 12
10-11 a.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. Help collect data for our Biodiversity Project on iNaturalist while increasing your own identification skills. This month we will be focusing on dragonflies and damselflies. Open to ages 10 and up. 

Sounds of Summer: Insect Song (Virtual)

Tuesday, August 16
6:30–7:30 p.m.

Summer brings a symphony of singing insects, including crickets, katydids, and cicadas. Learn how to distinguish between the different groups of Orthopterans, and learn the songs of some of our common species. Ages 8 and up, all participants must register in advance. 

Nature at Night

Friday, August 19
9–10:30 p.m.

Experience the sights and sounds of dusk and darkness. Join park staff as we wander through the park learning more about the park's nocturnal animals and testing your night vision. Come prepared with a flashlight and a sense of adventure! Open to ages 6 and up. 

Nature Nerds

Friday, Sept. 2
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. Help collect data for our Biodiversity Project on iNaturalist while increasing your own identification skills. This month we will be focusing on turtles! Open to ages 10 and up. 

Birding with Vernon

Saturday, Sept. 3
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 are welcome! Open to ages 8 and up.

Mushroom Hunt (TACO)

Saturday, Sept. 24
1–2:30 p.m.

Explore the mysterious world of mushrooms by joining park staff on a hunt through the forest for fungi. Did you know we have fairy circles and glow-in-the-dark mushrooms in the park? Learn some of the common families of mushrooms in our area, and help document the species we have in the park by taking photos and collecting specimens to identify.
 

This program is for ages 8 and up. All participants must be registered and all minors must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Parks for Pollinators!

Wednesday, Sept. 28
10 a.m.–noon

September is Parks for Pollinators month! Learn the importance of our local pollinators and how you can help conserve them. Stop by our activity tent at the floodplain anytime between 10 am and noon to participate in a variety of activities for all ages. For adults, we have ID sheets and other resources you can use to observe pollinators and help us collect photos and data for the Parks for Pollinators iNaturalist project. For kids, we have scavenger hunts, a craft, and other activities all about pollinators.

Participants will receive an Explorer Pack full of ID sheets, a magnifying glass, and more! No pre-registration required, this event is open to all ages. 

Sunset Canoe Trip (TACO)

Wednesday, Sept. 28
6:30–8 p.m.

Join staff for a sunset paddle around the lake. We will explore "bird island", Crabtree Creek and other areas in search of herons, beaver, turtles, and more.

This program is for ages 8 and up. Each registration is for one canoe, and all participants must be listed. Each canoe is limited to two or three people (if three; one of the three must be a child). An adult is required in each canoe.

Animal Investigators (TACO)

Friday, Sept. 30
2–3 p.m.

Grab your magnifying glass and help solve the many mysteries along the Old Beech Nature Trail. Who left the pile of acorns by the rotten log? Whose scat is that? Use your senses and detective skills to answer these questions and more on a leisurely walk.

This program is for ages 6 and up. All participants must be registered and all minors must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Parks for Pollinators!

Friday, Sept. 30
10 a.m.–noon

September is Parks for Pollinators month! Learn the importance of our local pollinators and how you can help conserve them. Stop by our activity tent at the floodplain anytime between 10 am and noon to participate in a variety of activities for all ages. For adults, we have ID sheets and other resources you can use to observe pollinators and help us collect photos and data for the Parks for Pollinators iNaturalist project. For kids, we have scavenger hunts, a craft, and other activities all about pollinators.

Participants will receive an Explorer Pack full of ID sheets, a magnifying glass, and more! No pre-registration required, this event is open to all ages. 

Birding with Vernon

Saturday, Oct. 1
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 are welcome! Open to ages 8 and up. Minors must attend with a registered adult and all participants must pre-register. 

Birding with Vernon

Saturday, Nov. 5
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 are welcome! Open to ages 8 and up. Minors must attend with a registered adult and all participants must pre-register. 

Birding with Vernon

Saturday, Dec. 3
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 are welcome! Open to ages 8 and up. Minors must attend with a registered adult and all participants must pre-register. 

Storytime for Tots

Storytime for Tots occurs on a Wednesday each month from March to November. Each program includes a story followed by nature exploration and a craft or activity. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Come prepared to actively participate with your child. Preregistration is required. Ages 18 months–6 years old. 

Storytime for Tots: Here Fishy, Fishy

Wednesday, August 10
10–11 a.m.

This month we will be learning all about fish! After the story, we will make a fishy craft, test our fishing skills and explore the edge of the lake to see what animals live there.

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.

Storytime for Tots: "Possum's Harvest Moon"

Wednesday, Sept. 14
10–11 a.m.

Our story this month is "Possum's Harvest Moon." We will learn all about opossums and how animals get ready for winter. Learn how to "play possum" and make a 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

The Homeschool/Track-Out Series runs monthly from February to November. 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.

Homeschool/Track-out: Wonderful Water

Wednesday, August 24
10 a.m.–noon

Water is all around us and is essential to all life. But how much do you really know about water? We will learn more about the properties of water, the water cycle, and why watersheds are so important. Prepare to get wet! Parents/guardians are welcome to stay for the program or drop-off. Open to ages 6–13.

Homeschool/Track-out: The Fungus Among Us

Wednesday, Sept. 21
1–3 p.m.

Discover the amazing world of mushrooms and learn about these organisms that are neither plant nor animal. Learn how to identify some of the more common types of fungi in our area and discover the important role they play in our ecosystem. We will even go on a mushroom hunt! Parents/guardians are welcome to stay for the program or drop-off. Open to ages 6–13. 

Adult & Educator Workshops

Rain Barrel Workshop

Tuesday, August 30
6:30–7:30 p.m.

Build your own rain barrel! Participants in this workshop will take home a fully functional 55-gallon rain barrel with installation kit. These are the same rain barrels that retail for $99 and up! Workshops are limited to eight barrels, so reserve your spot now. One registration per barrel. Cost is $50 per barrel and participation is limited to two people per barrel (the person who signed up and one extra person to help).

This event is being presented by "We Plant It Forward".

Become a Junior Park Explorer!

Junior Park Explorer graphic

Do you like to explore parks and preserves? Do you like winning prizes? Our Junior Park Explorers program is for you! Learn more here.

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

LCCP Geocache Photo Take a Child Outside Cache

The hunt is on during this high-tech “treasure” hunting activity! 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 or downloading the Geocaching.com cell phone app.

Those wishing to establish a new cache must follow the proper guidelines and complete and submit a Geocache Form to the park office for review.

Not all of the caches in the park are available to view with a free version of a Geocaching.com account, so check out the geocache links below to see a full list of all geocaches available at Lake Crabtree County Park.

Each geocache has a series of attributes associated with it. Attributes communicate what to expect at a cache location. Head to the Attribute List to see a full breakdown of what each icon represents.

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.