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

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.

Little Adventurers
TGC Woodland Center

Saturdays from 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Are you ready for an adventure at Lake Johnson Park? Each month will be a dive into a grand adventure about a different theme. We will spend time outside in the park and in the classroom learning about the theme of the month. This program is open to participants ages 4 – 6 years old and costs $3 to attend. Adult(s) must accompany participant(s), adult(s) attend free and do not need to register.

Register for Little Adventures: Migration on February 12th 

Register for Little Adventures: Animal Tracks on March 12th 

Environmental Lecture Series - The Fermi Paradox: Why E.T. can't Phone Home presented by Doug Lively
Held the 2nd Monday of each month
Join us virtually for an exciting environmental lecture series held every second Monday of the month. With a new topic each month, there is something for everyone. We will have professionals and graduate students presenting on topics that they know best! Call 919-996-3141 to find out more about our upcoming speakers and topics. Earn 1 hour of criteria III EE credit. All lectures will be virtual; however, advance registration is required. Meeting invitation will be sent prior to lecture. Recorded lecture will be made available post-lecture on the Environmental Lecture Playlist 

We LOVE natives! How to identify, control and eradicate our invasive pests presented by Leigh Bragassa
Monday February 14th from 6 – 7pm
As we know, invasive species are the second greatest threat to habitat loss after paving. This talk will focus on some of our more commonly known invaders as well as some (unfortunately) up-and-comers. How to map, track, and apply early detection and rapid response, and what to do when things have simply gone pear-shaped. We'll also discuss things everyone can do that can help mitigate the threat of invasive species. We'll also discuss some super strong natives that you might not want in a garden bed but can compete at an Olympic level with some of the most aggressive invasive plants. These are the backbone of our pollinator plants and can keep ecosystems on life support. Leigh Bragassa has been working with the City of Raleigh’s Parks Division for 17 years and is proud to serve as the first ever Invasive Species Program Coordinator as of 2015.

Register for We LOVE natives! How to identify, control and eradicate our invasive pests 

Bird Feeder Watch
TGC Woodland Center
Saturday, February 19th from 9 – 11am
Join us for the Great Backyard Bird Count! Spend some time counting birds at our feeders and then make your own suet bird feed to take home. Ages 7+ welcome, but most appropriate for families with children middle school age or older. Adult(s) must accompany child(ren), register, and pay the program fee.

Register for Bird Feeder Watch 

Feathery Friends
TGC Woodland Center
Sunday February 20th from 1 – 2:30pm
Come learn about our feathered, flying friends. You will learn about what makes birds cool, spend some time identifying birds at our feeders, and make your own bird treats to take home. All ages welcome, but most appropriate for families with children elementary school age or older. Adult(s) must accompany child(ren), register, and pay the program fee. Advance registration is required for this program.

Register for Feather Friends 

Sunrise Birding Walk
TGC Woodland Center
Monday, February 21st from 7 – 9am
This program is for beginning birders and well-practiced watchers alike. Join us as we take a sunrise trek around the lake to find our avian friends. We will focus on both songbirds and waterfowl and maybe see some raptors! Bring your own binoculars if possible, as supplies are limited. Please bring water and wear comfortable footwear. Earn 2 hours criteria II or III EE credit upon request. Participants under the age of 16 must be registered with an adult.

Register for Sunrise Birding Walk 

All Levels Yoga
TGC Woodland Center
Thursdays February 24 to March 31 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
This class is for those seeking to unwind the body and mind after a long day. During class you will build internal heat and focus, strength and flexibility. Class will start with conscious breathing and gentle stretches, progressing to more active, fluid styles of yoga. Class will incorporate standing postures and balance work. Expect to be challenged but leave feeling refreshed, relaxed and centered. Modifications for some poses will be offered so you can choose to work at the level appropriate for you. Previous yoga experience is recommended. Certified yoga instructor: Jenny Turnage. This program is open to participants ages 18 and up. It costs $60 for residents and $75 for non-residents.

Register for All Levels Yoga