Take the Wake County Parks Jr. Naturalist Challenge!

As you may have heard Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space has made the decision to cancel all public programs and non-essential gatherings at its parks, effective Saturday, March 14, 2020, in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes the group and public programs, special events, shelter reservations and overnight stays. These cancellations will remain in effect until April 15, 2020, when the county will reevaluate the situation. Our parks will remain open. The No. 1 priority of Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space is the safety and well-being of our visitors and employees.

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

Youth ages 4–15
Get started on becoming a Wake County Parks Junior Naturalist. 
Register by completing the online form!
Registration is free, but spaces are limited!

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 harris.lake@wakegov.com:
  • 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 harris.lake@wakegov.com.
  • 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 (harris.lake@wakegov.com 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:
harris.lake@wakegov.com or 919-387-4342