Nature Facilities and Program Area

Last updated Oct. 05, 2018 - 1:26 pm
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Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources staffs a variety of nature parks and preserves which provide programming and access to the outdoors for everyone to enjoy.

Give Play Scholarship

Give Play is an initiative supported by the City of Oaks Foundation and the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department with the goal of removing cost as a barrier for getting youth engaged in park programs.

Learn more about Give Play Scholarship

Group Nature Programs

Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Nature Programs offer a variety of group programs at several parks around the city. These programs are hands-on and curriculum based for school groups, scout groups, preschools, homeschool groups, and other organizations.

More about our Group Nature Programs

Nature Parks and Preserves

Annie Louise Wilkerson, MD Nature Preserve Park

157 acres of land along Falls Lake gifted to create its first designated nature preserve. Dr. Annie Louise Wilkerson, a renowned Raleigh doctor with many pioneering achievements in her 53-year career in medicine, stipulated in her will that the park be maintained as a "nature preserve park" used for the primary purpose of nature and wildlife education.

Durant Nature Preserve

237-acre park with hardwood and pine forests, wildflowers and ferns, wetlands, and two lakes. A variety of habitats in the park provide wonderful wildlife viewing. Waterfowl, turtles, and fish can be seen at both lakes. Evidence of many mammals can be found along the creek banks and trails.

Walnut Creek Wetland Park

A "green" built facility is within a 59-acre park boasts a variety of songbirds and hummingbirds, as well as raptors including red shouldered hawks, barred owls, and even the occasional bald eagle. Waterfowl including great blue herons, wood ducks, and geese are regularly sighted. Mammal visitors include deer, foxes, groundhogs, beaver, and more. A rich variety of reptiles and amphibians make their homes here as well.

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