Reservations & Resources

picnic shelter in front of field

Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space provides reservable picnic shelters and photography permits as resources to the public. Visitors may also learn more about the parks through the Natural Resources Inventory Database, which is known as NRID.


Picnic shelters are available for public use at five Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space locations. Visit our Shelters Page to learn more, including capacity limits and other rules. If you already know what shelter you want, you can reserve it through our online registration system

Helpful Hint: Within the reservation filter search function, the available search time must be between 9 a.m. and the seasonal park closing time. If you designate a time that is before or after shelter availability, the system will notify you that it is closed for reservation. You can contact the specific park for seasonal closing times.

Professional Photography Permits

Wake County’s parks and preserves provide the perfect backdrop for your bridal, graduation, prom or family photos. To ensure that all park visitors have an enjoyable experience, registration is required for professional, client-based photo shoots. Learn more about professional photography permits.

Natural Resources Inventory Database

The Natural Resources Inventory Database graphic featuring binoculars and a red bird

The Wake County Natural Resources Inventory Database, known as NRID, is a compilation of wildlife and plant observations recorded at Wake County parks and preserves. Anyone can use it – whether you’re a birdwatcher, teacher, student, citizen scientist or just curious about nature – to:

• Explore data and photos.

• Print checklists.

• Discover fun facts about the species found here.

Access NRID and start exploring!