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JUNE 2024


Programs at Harris Lake County Park

Kids Discover Nature: I Love Bugs!

Thursday, June 6; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

For ages 2-5 with accompanying adult

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Hop, fly, and buzz into the world of bugs as we read I Love Bugs by Philemon Sturges, illustrated by Shari Halpern. We’ll have fun learning about all the types of bugs you may find at the park, and then we’ll make a bug craft!

Meet at the Cypress Shelter.  

Citizen Science Thursday:

Harris Lake ecoEXPLORERS

Thursday, June 13; 2 - 3:30 p.m.

For ages 10 and up

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Interested in becoming a citizen scientist and improving your nature identification skills with park staff? We’ve got the opportunity for you! Harris Lake County Park is an ecoEXPLORE HotSpot which means it’s a place where you can make observations of plants and animals and share them with scientists!  


Our focus for today's program will be on reptiles and amphibians! Come learn about the reptiles and amphibians you can find in the park and help us search for these awesome critters! If you are new to ecoEXPLORE, please create a profile at prior to the program. Meet at the Cypress Shelter and bring your device for taking photos and capturing data. For ages 10 and up, must be registered with an adult. Space is limited! 

Meet at the Cypress Shelter.

Exploring the Pond

Saturday, June 15; 10 - 11:30 a.m.

For all ages

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Discover the fascinating world of aquatic critters as we scoop in the pond to observe who lives there up close. View some of the tiniest critters under a microscope. You won't believe your eyes! Space is limited so register early! All participants (children and adults) must be registered in our online system.

Meet at the pond at the Cypress Shelter.

Nature Lab: Art in the Park

Tuesday, June 18; 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

For ages 6-11

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Join us for our quarterly series: Art in the Park! Your children will be inspired by nature’s beauty at this drop-off program. We will go on a hike for natural materials to use in our works of art and then spend some time creating our own masterpieces. We’ll also have time for a game. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring a full water bottle and a snack, and be ready to get messy!

Meet at the Cypress Shelter.


The Buzz on Native Bees

Friday, June 21; 10 - 11 a.m.

For ages 10 and up

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June is National Pollinator Month! Join us in celebrating the bees that play a vital role in our ecosystems, economies, and agriculture. North Carolina is home to over 560 different species of bees. Some form colonies while others are solitary, nesting in the ground, wood, or pithy stems. 

Learn to identify the most common groups of bees in NC, their nesting habits, and the valuable pollination services they provide. We’ll discuss the environmental conditions bees need to thrive and discover simple ways humans can positively influence bee populations at home. Space is very limited!

Meet at the picnic tables in the Educational Garden.

Programs at the

American Tobacco Trail

Remarkable Reptiles at the ATT

Sunday, June 9; 2 - 3 p.m.

For all ages

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Reptiles are really “cool” critters! Learn more about these fascinating, often misunderstood animals, their importance to the ecosystem, and meet our educational box turtle and corn snake up close. Bring your own chair or blanket to sit on.

Meet at the New Hill parking area at the upper picnic table.


Harris Lake County Park will be closed to the public until 2 p.m. this Saturday, June 1, to host the Triangle Sprint and Mini-Sprint Triathlon.


Do you enjoy working outdoors and teaching others about nature? Want a part-time job with flexible hours and a variety of interesting tasks?

Apply now to be a Park Aide of Education for Harris Lake County Park and the American Tobacco Trail!

Learn more about the job and how to apply here:


We offer both in-person and virtual field trip programs free of charge for schools and other organized groups.

On our Group Programs page, you can explore our on-site program offerings and learn how to schedule your visit.

To learn more about planning your virtual experience, visit our Virtual Group Programs page.

You may also contact us at or



Join us in celebrating some very special staff anniversaries!!!


On May 16, Amy Bradshaw, Park Technician of Education, had her 1-year anniversary at HLCP and the ATT!

On June 1, Amy Seeley, Park Technician of Education, marks her first anniversary as part of our team!

On June 3, Logan Holway, Park Technician of Maintenance, celebrates 5 years at the parks!

Time flies when you're doing a fantastic job!

We appreciate all of your hard work and dedication!

StoryWalk® at

the American Tobacco Trail

The Little Engine That Could

June 1-30

“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...” Share the inspiring story of the Little Blue Engine with your children through our latest StoryWalk® along the Trail! You’ll also learn about the different parts of a train and the history of the American Tobacco Trail. This self-guided StoryWalk® will be up throughout June, starting from the lower picnic table at New Hill.

YMCA Camp Blazing Trails at Harris Lake County Park

The YMCA's Camp Blazing Trails will be holding weekly camps at Harris Lake County Park from the week of June 17 through the week of August 12. We are on our second year of this wonderful partnership!

Camp Blazing Trails is a unique half-day camp that focuses on respect for the environment and the great outdoors. Activities include canoeing, fishing, hiking, art, archery, disc golf and special guests themed to the weekly camp theme. 

For more information and to register, visit here.

It's a Wrap! 2024 Longleaf Ramble

Thanks to all who came out for our Longleaf Ramble on Saturday, May 18 – we hope you had fun learning more about the amazing Longleaf Pine ecosystem and all of its inhabitants! Big thanks also to our partners for sharing info and adding to the fun: Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve, North Carolina Herpetological Society - NCHS, NC Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Dragonfly Nature Programs LLC, Wake County Public Libraries, N.C. Forest Service, and Carolina Habitats - formerly Dirtbag Gardens. And finally, thank you to our volunteers from Green Level High School; we couldn’t have done it without you!

This is an annual event, so mark your calendars for

Saturday, May 17, 2025!

(Photos by park staff)

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