​Take Wake County Parks' Junior Naturalist Challenge!

Youth ages 4–15
Get started on becoming a Wake County Parks Junior Naturalist. Complete our online form to get registered or download the Park Challenge Form and mail to Harris Lake County Park.  Please allow at least a week to receive your Scorecard and Challenge Guidelines in the mail.
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 4 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.  Please contact staff in advance to coordinate the location and time of daypack pick up once your challenge is complete. 
  • 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 canceled or rescheduled.