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Little Explorers Preschool Nature Programs

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Graham Lawn

691 Palmer Drive

Raleigh, NC 27603

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Preschool Nature Programs at Dix Park

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Young nature lovers will have great fun sharing in this program all about animal noses! We will enjoy lots of activities, sing songs and see live animals and their snouts and sniffers up close.

Ages 2-6, only. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration required. Please register child(ren) only. Adults do not need to register.

Please arrive a few minutes before 11:00 am. We know that sometimes late arrivals can't be helped, but arriving late can disrupt the attention of the group.

Thursday, September 23- Animal Architects

Our natural world is filled with talented architects from beavers to birds to bees! Children will become architects as they come to understand how wild creatures create and build. Children will enjoy games, stories, songs and crafts.

Thursday, October 21- Going Batty

Bats are fascinating creatures. Children will enjoy activities and games that will help them to understand that although bats may not look like human animals, they are mammals just like us.

Tuesday, November 9- Reptiles Rock

Reptiles are fascinating animals. Little naturalists are invited to this memorable program where they will see and touch live reptiles including turtles, lizards and snakes and discover just how amazing these creatures truly are.

COVID-19 Safety Reminders


A 6-foot distance should be maintained between yourself and other participants in the program at all times.

For the latest Raleigh Parks COVID-19 related information and guidance please visit

Know Before You Go

Walking up hills, in grass and on uneven surfaces will be necessary. Closed-toe shoes are recommended.

Port-a-johns and water fountain are available near the program location.


If we need to postpone or cancel due to inclement weather, we will communicate through Eventbrite email. Instructor will make decision on-site if program needs to be cancelled after confirmation email is sent by staff.

Directions to the Program Location

This program meets on the field beside the Graham Building at 691 Palmer Drive. From Western Boulevard, turn onto Hunt Drive. Turn left onto Umstead Drive. Follow Umstead Drive and make a right into the last parking lot on the right before reaching Lake Wheeler Road.


Dorothea Dix Park continues to strive to be accessible and welcoming for visitors, including those with disabilities. Currently, portions of Dorothea Dix Park, including some areas where programs and events occur, have uneven surfaces and are not fully accessible. Accessibility is a primary focus for early park improvements and all future planning and development.

Parking: Accessible parking spaces are available in all lots.

Restrooms: Accessible port-a-johns are located at the Big Field and Flowers Field. Indoor accessible restrooms are available in the newly renovated Chapel.

Programs and events: Raleigh Parks Inclusion Services works with community members to support participation. To request a program modification based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please complete and submit the Accommodation Request Form or contact Inclusion Services staff at 919-996-2147 or

COVID – 19 Risks / Release, Indemnity, and Agreement Not To Sue (revised 7/6/2020)

The City of Raleigh has been forced to confront the potential dangers associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The City’s Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department remains committed to providing high quality programming. However, in order to comply with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other federal, state, and local public health agencies, the PRCR Department has implemented additional safety precautions to ensure that program participants and other PRCR Department staff will have a fun, exceptional experience.

The contents of this document supplement applicable program policies (including Camp Policies and School-Based Program policies), the Program Registration Form, and the online registration for participants who registered through RecLink at Unless amended herein, all prior policies applicable to the program for which you have registered remain in effect. Please review the following information carefully to learn more about what the City is doing to maintain a healthy program environment and what participants (or their Parents/Guardians, if applicable) should do before participating in the PRCR program for which you have registered.

COVID-19 Risks

COVID-19 is a highly contagious and novel viral agent. Its transmission vectors are imperfectly understood, and it may be possible to transmit or become infected by COVID-19 despite strict adherence to guidelines prescribed by the CDC and other federal, state, and local health agencies.

Participants in Raleigh Parks programs will be in a group setting where they may come into contact with other program participants (instructors, coaches,campers, camp counselors, camp program staff, and camp program administrators, etc.). Many program activities will be conducted in a public community center setting. As a result, while PRCR Department staff will make reasonable efforts to adhere to the above-stated guidelines, participants in PRCR programs may be exposed to increased risk of transmission or infection of COVID-19 through various actions or interventions, including but not limited to contact with or proximity to one or more of the following:

Other program participants, staff members, or administrators;

The personal belongings of program participants, staff members, or administrators;

Programming and activity materials including, but not limited to, markers, books, games, toys, recreational equipment, etc.; and;

City of Raleigh community center fixtures and furnishings, including door knobs, chairs, tables, plumbing apparatus, light switches, etc.

I understand that participating in the recreational program selected involves risk of injury or illness. These risks include, but are not limited to, inclement weather, accidents while traveling, food related illness, equipment problems or failures, contact with and actions of other participants, spectators, and volunteers, slips/trips/falls, musculoskeletal injuries, exposure to and illness from infectious diseases, and any and all risks described in the preceding section. I choose for myself or for my child to participate in the selected programs despite the risks. By signing below, I acknowledge all risks of injury, illness, death, and property damage, and affirm that I have assumed all responsibility of injury, illness, or death in any way connected with participation in the program. I also agree for myself and for any child participant to follow all rules and procedures of the program and to follow the reasonable instructions of the counselors, staff members, and supervisors of the program.

Photo Release

Pictures or video may be taken of participants at this Program for use in Dorothea Dix Park publicity. By registering for the Program, I hereby grant the City of Raleigh and the Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy permission to use my likeness in a photograph, video, or other digital media (“photo”) in any and all of their publications, including web-based publications and digital platforms, without payment or other consideration. I hereby irrevocably authorize the City of Raleigh and the Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy to edit, alter, copy, exhibit, publish, or distribute these photos for any lawful purpose.

I have read this release thoroughly and understand that by registering for this program I am waiving legal rights. If I am registering a minor for the Program, I agree that I am a parent, legal guardian, or am otherwise responsible for the minor whose application I am submitting and that I affirm consent on behalf of that minor.

Email Consent

By Registering for this Program, I consent to receive emails from Dorothea Dix Park and Dix Park Conservancy about park news, community engagement, opportunities to support the park, as well as upcoming programs and events. Participant can unsubscribe at any time. 

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Graham Lawn

691 Palmer Drive

Raleigh, NC 27603

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Dorothea Dix Park is the site of one of the most exciting new park projects in America. The 308-acre site blends historic architecture and rich landscapes into a unique destination in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. Admission free programs and events are made possible through the generous donors of the Dix Park Conservancy. Check out all of our events on Eventbrite and visit for more information about the park.

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