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Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation will resume programming with modifications after July 6. Facilities remain closed at this time, but trails and lake access are open. If you have questions regarding our additional health and safety measures, please call the nature center at 980-314-7878. We are looking forward to seeing you again soon!

If you had a surprise day off work tomorrow, what would you WANT do? Would you want to kayak on Mt. Island Lake? Ride an Off-Road Segway on the forest trails at Latta Nature Preserve? Hike up Mt. Mitchell? SUP and chill? Marvel at the sensory explosion that is a Full Moon hike? Latta Outdoor Adventures is the group where people just like you come to find out what Outdoor Adventures are being offered RIGHT NOW at Latta Nature Preserve! We will keep you posted on all the programs for age 12 to Adult. Some are FREE meet-ups. Some cost a few bucks. Don’t have your own gear? No problem. That’s why we are here. Book a tour with us and let the Outdoor Recreation Specialists at Latta do the heavy lifting, literally. If you want to meet-up for ANY of our programs call Latta Nature Center to sign up (980)314-7878 or sign up on-line at parkandrec.com (calling is easier plus you get to talk to Courtney or David). Have an idea for an adventure that isn’t on our meet-ups? Tell us what you want to do and let’s do it! You can even book a private program tailored in (almost) any way imaginable. So what are you waiting for? Don’t waste that day off!

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Friday Morning Nature Hike

Latta Nature Center

Registration is required to maintain small group size. Register here: https://apm.activecommunities.com/mecklenburgparks/Activity_Search?detailskeyword=lnp+friday&IsAdvanced=False&ddlSortBy=Activity+name&SearchFor=2&SearchLevelID=2&NumberOfItemsPerPage=50&IsSearch=true Our nature preserves are biodiverse with everything from ferns to piedmont prairie flowers. Come hike with a naturalist and explore our trails where we will identify different plants and gather a greater understanding of the importance of our preserve. All ages welcome - Free (Children must be accompanied by an adult.) A health screening questionnaire is required for participation in all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to complete check-in procedures.

Intro to Paddleboarding on Mountain Island Lake - Registration Required

Latta Plantation Nature Preserve


Click here to register https://apm.activecommunities.com/mecklenburgparks/Activity_Search?detailskeyword=lnp+intro&IsAdvanced=True&ddlSortBy=Activity+name&SearchFor=2&SearchLevelID=2&NumberOfItemsPerPage=50&IsSearch=true Jump into a new adventure and learn how to Stand-up Paddleboard while exploring the beauty of Mountain Island Lake! Learn the strokes, maneuvers, and rescue techniques of SUPs with our ACA certified instructors. All equipment provided! Please wear weather appropriate clothing and bring drinking water. Ages 12 and older - $25 *Note* All of our equipment is sanitized after every use. Participants are encouraged to bring their own PFDs and paddles.

Open Paddle on Mountain Island Lake

Latta Nature Center


Do you want to experience the scenic waters of Mountain Island Lake on your own, or maybe take the whole family out for a watery adventure, but you don’t have your own boat? No boat, No problem! Reserve one of our kayaks or canoes and create your own adventure on the lake. Staff will outfit you with equipment, provide local knowledge about the lake, and help you launch from Latta Waterfront. Launch times are at 9am, 10am, 1pm, or 2pm and last for TWO hours. Single kayak: $20 Tandem kayak: $25 Canoe: $30 Reserve your launch time in our eParks system: https://apm.activecommunities.com/mecklenburgparks/Activity_Search?detailskeyword=lnp+open+paddle&IsAdvanced=False&ddlSortBy=Activity+name&SearchFor=2&SearchLevelID=2&NumberOfItemsPerPage=50&IsSearch=true

Sunday Nature Seekers: Piedmont Prairie

Latta Nature Center

Register here: https://apm.activecommunities.com/mecklenburgparks/Activity_Search?detailskeyword=lnp+sunday&IsAdvanced=False&ddlSortBy=Activity+name&SearchFor=2&SearchLevelID=2&NumberOfItemsPerPage=50&IsSearch=true Come explore Latta Nature Preserve with a naturalist. We will enjoy the sights and sounds of nature as we take a hike around the Piedmont Prairie. Hike: Easy to Moderate 2 .0 miles Meet at Shelter 3 behind Latta Nature Center Ages 18 and older - FREE

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Monday Morning Fitness Group

Latta Plantation Nature Center

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