Transition Zone!

We are updating our challenge program and have temporarily suspended any new registrations at this time.  Please visit us again soon to register!

The health and safety of our visitors and staff remain the top priorities for Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space. As Wake County follows the state’s phased approach to lift COVID-19 restrictions, we are also working to safely reopen park services in phases over the coming months.


The following restrictions will remain in place at Wake County parks and preserves through at least July 31: 

  • Park programs and events are canceled. 
  • Playgrounds and park centers are closed.
  • Special operations, such as boat rentals, group camping and lodge rental, are not available. 
  • Shelter rentals and other park use agreements are canceled. 
  • Camps are canceled through the end of 2020.

We are still accepting new Challenge participants, but know your program availability is limited and may affect your completion time frame.


About the Challenge: 

Wake County Parks and Preserves participating in the Challenge:

A registered Junior Naturalist will receive:

  • A Challenge Scorecard to take with you to each park to have signed.
  • A pin from each park after the completion of one park program or event and for a park visit experience at Green Hills County Park and our Nature Preserves.
  • A Wake County Parks daypack after completion of the entire Challenge.

Qualifying Experiences

* Must be a staff-led, public or group program requiring registration, camp or special event at each of the following:
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  • American Tobacco Trail
  • Blue Jay Point County Park  
  • Crowder County Park
  • Harris Lake County Park
  • Historic Oak View County Park
  • Historic Yates Mill County Park
  • Lake Crabtree County Park
* Must visit each of the following sites, take a photo of the Jr. Naturalist with a manmade or natural feature specific to that site and share something enjoyed about your visit. Send picture and write up of experience to
  • Green Hills County Park
  • Robertson Millpond Preserve
  • Turnipseed Nature Preserve

Rules and Reminders:

  • Participants must be between the ages of 4 and 15 to participate,
  • Must be registered in the challenge and have received scorecard to gain credit for program/camp/event or preserve site visit,
  • Visit each park within one year and participate in one staff-led program, camp or special event (excludes Green Hills County Park), and
  • (For Green Hills, Robertson Millpond and Turnipseed): Take a photo of the Jr. Naturalist with a manmade or natural feature specific to that site and share something you enjoyed during your visit at each location and email picture and shared experience to
  • Park pins will be given after completion of each park program. Pins and stickers for Green Hills, Robertson Millpond and Turnipseed will be given when Challenge is complete and daypack is awarded.
  • Complete the Challenge within one year of registration to become a Wake County Parks Junior Naturalist and receive the daypack.
  • Each child can complete entire Challenge only once. If Challenge is not completed in one year, then child may re-enroll and participate in a subsequent year. Only two attempts may be made to complete the Challenge. Child will not receive additional park pins previously awarded.
  • Participant does not have to be a Wake County resident.
  • Remember to plan ahead to get your Challenge completed! Check our website to see upcoming programs and special events and to discover other opportunities at the parks.
  • Email or mail completed scorecard to Harris Lake County Park ( or 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill, NC 27562) upon completion. Staff will coordinate pick up of daypack at one of our participating Wake County Parks.
  • To showcase your Wake County Parks Junior Naturalist achievement, place your park and preserve pins on your new daypack!
Questions? Contact: or 919-387-4342