People walking on wooden boardwalk with view of lake and waterfront center

Join us for Upcoming Programs at Lake Johnson Park

Join us for 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!

Advanced registration is required for all programs. You can register for any program online using RecLink at the links below. Additional programs at Lake Johnson Park can be easily found using keyword “Johnson.”

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

Fundamentals of Paddling
Waterfront Center
Tuesday from 6 – 8pm
These classes will introduce the basics of paddling 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 up. It costs $25 for Raleigh residents and $40 for non-residents. Adult(s) must accompany participant(s) under 16, register, and pay the program fee.
Register for Fundamentals of Paddling: Standup Paddleboard on June 14th
Register for Fundamentals of Paddling: Kayak on August 2nd

Evening Paddling Tour
Waterfront Center
Tuesdays from 6 – 8pm
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 is open to participants ages 14 and up. It costs $20 for Raleigh residents and $35 for non-residents. Adult(s) must accompany participant(s) under 16, register, and pay the program fee.
Register for Evening Paddling Tour: Kayak on June 21st
Register for Evening Paddling Tour: Standup Paddleboard on July 12th
Tree ID Trek
TGC Woodland Center

Saturday July 9th from
Come join our naturalists and learn how to identify some common trees found in the park. Participants will learn features of tree ID that will help year-round. No prior tree identification knowledge is necessary. Earn 2 hours criteria II or III EE credit upon request. This program is open to participants ages 14+ and costs $4 to attend. Adult(s) must accompany child(ren) under 16, register, and pay the program fee.
Register for Tr
ee ID Trek