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The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Nature Program Area offers a variety of programs that align with the North Carolina Science Standards.  These may be held at City park locations or in your school classrooms. Our programs are arranged at the time and location the group requests and can cover two topics simultaneously. 

For more information, please contact the Nature Program at 919-996-6856 or email Donna Shinn.

Special Offers

Second Topic at Half Price: Want to make your field trip an even better educational experience? Book two topics for your students to enjoy while at the park. We offer a half price discount when a second topic is booked for the same day of programming.

Fall Season: Fall is a gorgeous time to visit our City parks! The leaves are changing, the temperatures are cooler and nature is thriving. Join us in the Fall (September-December) and experience your programs for just $40.

School Age Programs

A group of school-aged kids participating in a nature program

Our programs offer hands-on outdoor experiences on nature topics that correlate with North Carolina science curriculum standards.

Group Size: One classroom of students (we discourage splitting classrooms to ensure high-quality educational programming)

Chaperones Needed: One adult per five students

Duration: One hour (can be adjusted based on the group's transportation needs)

Cost: $50 per program (plus a travel fee if we visit your school)

Program Topics:

  • Amazing Avians
  • Adventures in Aquatic Life/Pond Study (available at: Laurel Hills Park, Powell Drive Park, Durant Nature Preserve)
  • Beneath our Feet
  • Critters Up Close
  • Ecosystem Connections
  • Exploring Ecosystems
  • Habitat Hunt
  • Investigating Insects
  • My, How You've Changed
  • Tree Lifecycle Scavenger Hunt
  • Animal Adaptations
  • Exploring Soil
  • Protecting Our Planet
  • Seed Science

Preschool Programs

A group of young boys participating in a nature program

Preschoolers can learn about nature too! Our hands-on programs can be held indoors or outdoors at your preschool facility or at a City of Raleigh park.

Ages: 3 to 5 years old

Group Size: 20 children maximum

Chaperones Needed: Two per group

Duration: 45 minutes

Cost: $50 plus a fee for travel reimbursement

Program Topics:

  • Animals in Winter
  • Beneath our Feet
  • Bug Safari
  • Dinosaurs and Fossils
  • EGGcellent Adventure
  • Feathered Friends
  • Reptiles Rock
  • My, How You've Changed! (March through October)
  • Protecting Our Planet Jr.
  • A Shell for A Home
  • Tree-mendous Trees

Sign Up Information

  • Reservations can be made as early as May 1 for the upcoming school year.
  • Early planning and scheduling are advised if you would like a program in the spring.
  • A contract or confirmation and invoice will be emailed at the time of your reservation. For programs at parks/nature preserves, a signed contract must be received within 30 days of your reservation date to confirm the chosen dates.
  • Payment is due six weeks before the first scheduled program date.

For more information, call Nature Programs at 919-996-6856 or email Donna Shinn.

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