​Take Wake County Parks' Junior Naturalist Challenge!

Youth ages 5–15
Get started on becoming a Wake County Parks Junior Naturalist. Register at any Wake County Park or download the Park Challenge Form and mail or email it to Harris Lake County Park (harris.lake@wakegov.com).
Registration is free, but spaces are limited!
Here’s the challenge:
Visit and participate in two programs, camps, events and/or volunteer opportunities at all of the following Wake County Parks:

Each registered Junior Naturalist will receive:

  • A Challenge Scorecard to record completed programs at each park
  • A logo pin from each park, awarded to participants after the completion of two qualifying experiences. One visit must be a staff-led program or special event. One visit may be a park approved self-led activity (Discovery Box, Adventure Backpack, wayside program or volunteer service work).
  • A Wake County Parks daypack after completion of the entire Challenge. To showcase your achievement, place your seven park pins on your new daypack!

Some Rules and Reminders of the Challenge:

  • Child must be between the ages of 5 and 15 to participate.
  • Participant must be registered in Challenge to receive credit for program/camp/event.
  • Participants still pay regular price for programs/camps and events that charge a fee.
  • Challenge must be completed within one year of registration to become one of Wake County Parks' Junior Naturalists.
  • Child can only complete entire Challenge once.
  • If Challenge is not completed within one year, child may re-enroll. Only two attempts may be made to complete the Challenge. Please be aware that child will not receive additional pins previously awarded.
  • Daypack will be awarded at one of Wake County’s seven parks. Participant chooses which park to pick up daypack.
  • Discovery Boxes/Adventure Backpacks can be used as one credit, but the additional credit must be a staff-led program or volunteer work. Self-led activities, including volunteer work, should be scheduled at least two weeks in advance with the specific park and are subject to availability.
  • Child does not have to be a Wake County resident to participate.
  • Remember to plan ahead to get your challenge completed! Family programs and events are offered throughout the year at different parks!
  • Occasionally, programs may be cancelled or rescheduled.