Trail at Lake Johnson curving into green wooded area with sun peeking through

Upcoming Programs at Lake Johnson Park

Experience the beauty and nature of Lake Johnson Park! Visit the waterfront or access the trails from our Thomas G. Crowder Woodland Center. Take a walk on our five miles of paved and natural surface trails, watch for birds and wildlife or join us for one of our many programs listed below! 

You can register for any program online using RecLink. Courses can be found easily in RecLink by searching the registration barcode listed below.

Nature Photography for Beginners
Saturday, November 7, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

This class will introduce the techniques and principles of photography that will improve your photography skills. Learn how to maximize your camera potential to capture beautiful photos of Lake Johnson Park’s flora and fauna. This course is suited to a beginner or intermediate photographers.
Location: Thomas Crowder Woodland Center
Ages: 16+
Cost: $8
Barcode: 259127

Environmental Lectures Series – Managing Man-made Lakes
Monday, November 9, 6 to 7 p.m.

Did you know that both Falls Lake and Jordan Lake are man-made lakes? They were actually made by the US Army Corps of Engineers, who continues to manage much of these lakes. Join the company of park rangers with the US Army Corps of Engineers in what exactly goes into managing these lakes and what they have to offer.
Location: Virtually via Microsoft Teams
Ages: 16+
Cost: Free
Barcode: 258533

Fall Leaves
Saturday, November 14, 1 to 3 p.m.

Why do leaves change color? Come find out in this fun-filled program. You will learn about leaves while participating in leaf themed activities. We will even perform a science experiment to see what pigments leaves have.
Location: Thomas Crowder Woodland Center
Ages: All ages welcome, but most appropriate for families with children elementary school age or older
Cost: $4
Barcode: 258526

Sustainability in Art – Wreath Making
Thursday, December 3, 6 to 8 p.m.

Join us for this conservation and sustainability-focused art series. This series will be crafting a new project suitable for gift giving or sprucing up your own home. We will cover a broad range of topics from spotting and utilizing invasive plants or giving household scraps new life. All participants under the age of 16 must be registered with an adult.

In this course, we will be making a wreath base from invasive vines and building from that to create a beautiful winter decoration from scraps and sustainable materials.
Location: Thomas Crowder Woodland Center
Ages: 14+
Cost: $12
Barcode: 258524

Winter Nature Crafts
Sunday, December 13, 1 to 3 p.m.

Have last-minute Christmas shopping to do? Need to wrap some presents? Drop off the kids to celebrate the first day of winter with fun nature crafts and get a couple hours to yourself.
Location: Thomas Crowder Woodland Center
Ages: 7+
Cost: $4
Barcode: 258530

Environmental Lectures Series – Wintering Hummingbirds in North Carolina
Monday, December 14, 6 to 7 p.m.

This month Susan Campbell, a well-known hummingbird bander and Research Affiliate with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences will be joining us. Susan has been studying hummingbirds statewide for over twenty years.  She will discuss the distribution, movements, and ecology of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in our area.  She will also include tips on attracting these winged gems to your property.
Location: Virtually via Microsoft Teams
Ages: 16+
Cost: Free
Barcode: 258534