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 using the links below.

All programs are subject to modification or cancellation. View the Raleigh Parks Know Before You Go Guide for Programs

Fundamentals of Stand-Up Paddleboarding

These classes will introduce the basics of paddleboarding in a calm setting and at a relaxed pace. Participants will learn the parts of each watercraft, paddling strokes and techniques, maneuverability, and self-rescue techniques. All equipment is provided. This program is open to participants ages 15+ and costs $35 for residents and $50 for non-residents. It will take place at Lake Johnson Park’s Waterfront Center. Adult(s) must accompany child(ren) under 16, register, and pay the program fee. Registration for
this program closes midnight the day prior to program start date.

Register for Tuesday, July 6, 6-8 p.m.

Register for Monday, July 12, 6-8 p.m.

Evening Kayak Tour

Wednesday, July 7, 6-8 p.m.

Explore Lake Johnson on the water with an experienced guide and naturalist. Participants will learn about the wildlife, history, and natural features of the lake. Tours provide opportunities to see wildlife such as wading birds, many types of turtles, bald eagles, and osprey. Participants will even get to stay out a bit later than normal, so they can be on the water as the sun is setting. With a brief paddling lesson at the beginning this program is great for beginner and experienced paddlers alike! All equipment is provided. It will take place at Lake Johnson Park’s Waterfront Center. Adult(s) must accompany child(ren) under 16, register, and pay the program fee. This program costs $20 for residents and $35 for non-residents. Advance registration is required for this program.

Register for Evening Kayak Tour

Sustainability in Art - Fabric Beach Bag

Wednesday, July 7, 6-8 p.m.

Join us for this conservation and sustainability focused art series. We 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. This program costs $8 for participants and will take place at the Thomas G Crowder Woodland Center.

Register for Sustainability in Art - Fabric Beach Bag

Ballroom Dance 101

Have you ever wanted to learn how to do the Waltz, Swing, Tango, Foxtrot, or Rumba? Come join us at Thomas G Crowder Woodland Center and learn to dance. Each class will include instruction from our dance instructor. This program is open to participants ages 15+ and costs $10.

Register for Swing - Saturday, July 7 9-10:15 a.m.

Register for Waltz - Saturday, July 7 10:30-11:45 a.m.

Fundamentals of Kayaking

Tuesday, July 13, 6-8 p.m.

This class will introduce the basics of kayaking in a calm setting and at a relaxed pace. Participants will learn the parts of each watercraft, paddling strokes and techniques, maneuverability, and self-rescue techniques. All equipment is provided. This program is open to participants ages 15+ and costs $25 for residents and $40 for non-residents. It will take place at Lake Johnson Park’s Waterfront Center. Adult(s) must accompany child(ren) under 16, register, and pay the program fee. This program costs $25 for residents and $40 for non-residents. Registration for this program closes midnight the day prior to program start date.

Register for Fundamentals of Kayaking

Evening Stand-Up Paddleboarding Tour

Wednesday, July 14, 6-8 p.m.

Explore Lake Johnson on the water with an experienced guide and naturalist. Participants will learn about the wildlife, history, and natural features of the lake. Tours provide opportunities to see wildlife such as wading birds, many types of turtles, bald eagles, and osprey. Participants will even get to stay out a bit later than normal, so they can be on the water as the sun is setting. With a brief paddling lesson at the beginning, this program is great for beginner and experienced paddlers alike! All equipment is provided.
Adult(s) must accompany child(ren) under 16, register, and pay the program fee. This program costs $30 for residents and $45 for non-residents. Advance registration is required for this program.

Register for Evening Stand-Up Paddleboarding Tour

Know Your Knots

Saturday July 17, 1-3 p.m.

A well tied knot can go a long way. In this program participants will learn how to tie 10 useful knots. Participants will even put a few to the test to see how well their knots hold up. Adult(s) must accompany child(ren), adult(s) attend free and do not need to register. This program is for participants ages 7-12 and costs $4. This program will take place at the Thomas G Crowder Woodland Center.

Register for Know Your Knots