The Walnut Creek Wetland Community Partnership formed in 2014 by residents and organizations interested and working in the community surrounding the Walnut Creek wetlands in Southeast Raleigh. Their mission is to

provide an information hub and communication forum for academic, government, community leaders, and residents to collaborate on education, research, sustainable management of the wetlands’ natural resources and development of the surrounding human community.

Partners communicate through an email listserv and periodic gatherings in the community. WRRI and NCSU College of Natural Resources are coordinating the partnership. Email Christy Perrin at to subscribe to the listserv. Email Christy or Louie Rivers at with any questions.

Parks with Purpose project

A  “Parks with a Purpose” effort has been engaging community in creating a new park facility with multiple benefits. A Community Task Force guides the project that started in 2018 and is funded by The Conservation Fund. The Task Force chose to design and construct nature park facilities on a site along Bailey Drive in partnership with City of Raleigh. A community design workshop will be held on November 9 from 10 am- 1 pm at St. Ambrose Church. Scroll down to “News and Opportunities” for more information and ways to get involved.

New Documentary

A new short documentary film tells the inspiring story of the Walnut Creek Wetland Park, from its founding to the present day. Watch the film here.


What are wetlands? Wetlands are low lying lands that collect water, have soggy soil, and provide homes to a variety of plants and animals. Wetlands act as sponges and filters, helping to control flooding and provide clean water. The Walnut Creek wetlands in southeast Raleigh help to remove pollution and reduce flooding from water flowing from downtown Raleigh. They also provide a natural outdoor place for people to enjoy.

News and Opportunities

Current efforts

  • New “Parks with a Purpose” project engages community in identifying and installing a park facility with multiple benefits. A Community Task Force guides the project that started in 2018 and is funded by Conservation Fund.
  • Dresden McGregor,an NCSU graduate student, worked in the community to learn more about residents’ views, flooding, and green infrastructure opportunities. These are projects that use nature to provide community and environmental benefits. Email Louie Rivers for information.
  • City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources worked with community to develop a master plan for a Wetland Park to surround the existing Walnut Creek Wetland Center. Council approved the plan.
  • Theo Jass and Ryan Emanuel, NCSU CNR, used American Rivers funding to see how high Little Rock Creek and Rochester Heights’ creeks get after rain events.


Have you worked in the Walnut Creek wetlands and/or surrounding community in southeast Raleigh?  We seek to create an archive of projects and results and resources to share with the community.  Please contact us if you’ve got a project to share.

Who we are

We step up to the table with our individual motivations, gifts, talents, and humility, seeking to share those in a place we care about, with people we care about. We invite residents and organizations that are active in the community to join us. So far, we include: