Oak Room Picnic Shelter
Programs + Events

Little Explorers: Paws + Claws

Preschoolers will have fun learning about animals and nature at the park. Stories, games, songs, and live creatures bring this program to life for little learners!

Event Details

Children will have fun learning all about animal feet with this engaging program. Games, songs plus live creatures with interesting feet will bring this program to life!

This program is for children ages 2-6 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 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.

This program is free to the public thanks to Raleigh Parks Nature Programs.

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Oak Room Picnic Shelter, 691 Palmer Drive, Raleigh, NC, 27603

Registration: While free to attend, space is limited. Registration is required. Please register each child, adults do not need to register.

Registration opens 2 weeks in advance at 12:00 pm. 


Know Before You Go

  • This program takes place outdoors on the grass.

  • Please dress for the weather. Closed-toe shoes are recommended.

  • Temporary restrooms and water fountain are on-site.

  • Indoor restrooms are available at the Stone Houses Visitor Center.

Directions and Parking

  • Via Western Boulevard: Enter at S. Boylan Avenue
  • Via Lake Wheeler Road: Enter at Umstead Drive
  • Turn onto Palmer Drive.
  • Parking is located above the picnic shelter.




Dix Park continues to strive to be accessible and welcoming for visitors, including those with disabilities. Currently, portions of 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.

Program Location: This program location is not ADA accessible.

Parking: ADA parking spaces are available in all lots.

Restrooms: Accessible restrooms are available at the Stone Houses Visitor Center.

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


Contact Dix Park Staff at 919-996-3255 or