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

Sustainability in Art - Plastic Bag Totes

Wednesday, September 1, 6 to 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. 

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Fundamentals of Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Tuesday September 7, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

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. 

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Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga

Mondays, 6:30 to 7:30pm

This course will take students through a vinyasa style yoga sequence with some added strength training, play time, and a gentle cool down with certified instructor Angelique Bolding. Yoga and/or stand-up paddleboard experience is required. All equipment is provided. This program costs $15 to attend and is open to participants ages 16 and up. It takes place at the Waterfront Center.

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Environmental Lecture Series: Collaborating with Youth for Climate Change presented by Hannah Barg

Monday, September 13, 7 to 8 p.m.

Today’s youth have already and will continue to be affected by climate change impacts such as extreme heat, hurricanes, and sea level rise. Collaboration between educators and youth is vital to move from climate awareness/ literacy to climate action. In this lecture, Hannah will use both theory and practice to discuss how adult educators can effectively engage with youth on climate topics. Specifically, Hannah will discuss her role as an educator for a teen climate ambassador program as well as my Master’s thesis research on youth climate change education. This program will be held virtually and is free to attend. A link to the lecture will be emailed prior to the lecture.

Register for Collaborating with Youth for Climate Change

Evening Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour

Tuesday, September 14, 5:30 to 7:30 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 birds, turtles, bald eagles, and osprey. With a brief paddling lesson at the beginning, this program is great for beginner and experienced paddlers alike! All equipment is provided. This program costs $30 for residents and $45 for non-residents. It is open to participants ages 14 and up. All participants under the age of 16 must be registered with an adult. This program takes place at the Waterfront Center.

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Guided Nature Hike

Saturday, September 18, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Join us for a 2-mile hike on the beautiful trails of Lake Johnson Park. A knowledgeable nature instructor will accompany you on each hike to discuss natural features and Lake Johnson’s history. The hikes will be held on our unpaved trails that may not be suitable for children under the age of 7. Parts of the trail considered moderate/strenuous. This program costs $2 to attend. It is open to participants ages 5 and up. All participants under the age of 16 must be registered with an adult. This program meets at the TGC Woodland Center but takes place on park trails.

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