Walnut Creek Wetland Park Programs

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Our mission is to make people aware of the importance of wetlands for clean water, habitat, and recreation while emphasizing the importance of human interaction with nature through programs, field trips and special events.

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Nature Programs

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We offer a variety of nature-based programs for all ages:

  • Preschool Swamp Romp and Wee Wetland Walkers for the youngest children.
  • Youth programs include Playing with the Elements, Kids Nature Nights, Beginning Worm Composting, and That’s So Gross mini-camps.
  • Families can enjoy the Family Naturalists series and Family Vermicomposting.
  • For adults, there are programs on Introduction to Invasive Plants, Tree Identification, Creating a Backyard Habitat, Introduction to Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens, the Lifelong Learner Series, and guided hikes and mini-programs for developmentally disabled adults.

For current classes and activities please call the Wetland Park.

Drop-In Programs

Person holding a turtle at Walnut Creek Wetlands Park

The center offers free self guided activities to enjoy any time the park is open:

  • Reading Nook
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Greenway Walk
  • Each month features a different theme with interactive learning, a touch table and related make-n-take craft.

We do green building tours free of charge. Groups larger than three, please call ahead.

Group Programs

A group participating in a guided walk

Looking for great group programs and field trip destinations? We offer educational programs focusing on wetland science adapted to standard course of study. Browse our group program options below:

Preschool Swamp Romp

Who lives in a wetland? Spend time with a nature instructor learning about many of the interesting animals that call our wetland home. Activities may include stories, a craft, games, songs, and a greenway walk. Visit our regularly scheduled monthly Swamp Romps or schedule a private Swamp Romp for your school or group. Most programs can be customized to your needs. Recommended ages 2-6 years. Fee is $50 per class.

Don’t Eat the Cookie and Farm2Park: A Wetland History

This 2-part field trip is specifically designed to meet 3rd grade standards. In part 1 students learn about tree life cycles while also using perimeter and diameter measurements with tree cookies. Part 2 focuses on the history of the park and its community, and the community activists that worked to bring the park to fruition, while also retelling a story and working with decade timelines. The fee for each part is $50. 

Discovering Wetlands

Swamps are not dark, creepy places, but are critical elements in a healthy eco-system, providing habitat for wildlife, mitigating flooding, neutralizing toxins in water, and filtering sediment. Forest walks, games, demonstrations, discussions and hands on activities will lead participants to a better understanding of the importance of wetlands. Recommended for grades 1-8. The fee is $50 per class.

Wetland Birds

Join a nature instructor to learn about what makes birds unique and how birds have adapted to use wetlands as homes. Participants will learn to identify common wetland species by their calls and field marks and, weather permitting, enjoy a guided walk through the wetland where they can practice looking for signs of bird activity. Recommended for grades K-5. The fee is $50 per class.

Group Program Requirements

  • Maximum group size for all programs is 30 for classroom-only programs, and 15 for wetland immersive programs. 
  • Reservations must be made at least three weeks before the requested date and can be made as early as August 1st for the current school year. Early planning and scheduling are advised!
  • Payment in full is due at the time of booking, and no later than 2 weeks before the program.
  • Four 8-foot picnic tables and two large decks can accommodate classes that want to have lunch here.

Birthday Parties

Join us for a swamp soiree, birdie birthday or wetland wing-ding birthday party! Our fee is $215 for a 3-hour package that includes a guided walk and program. Please call the park for more information and reservations.

Special Events

Kids playing in the mud during a special event

Call for specific time and dates.

Wake County Big Sweep

Walnut Creek Wetland Park was founded by members of the community who came together to hold regular cleanups in an effort to restore the park area’s beauty. Be a part of the legacy! Big Sweep is held twice a year in the spring and the fall.

Mud Day

Mud Day is a community festival held annually in May, to celebrate wetlands and the importance of connecting children and children-at-heart to nature.

Christmas Bird Count

Christmas Bird Count is hosted by Wake Audubon Society and is held on the 3rd Saturday in December. Check with the Park Office to confirm the date and time.



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Walnut Creek Wetland Park

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