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Outdoor Education

San-Lee Park

Environmental Education opportunities exist for groups both on and off site.  Programs run approximately one hour and are hands-on and focus on the environment and wildlife in North Carolina.  Each program is taught according to age level and number of participants.  Program topics are prepared according to your interests and needs. 

Summer Camps   Nature Days
Conservation Cubs   Geocaching
Public Programs   Adult-Teacher Workshops
Program Evaluation   Facility Rentals



Summer Camps       

Summer Camp 2016 Survey           

Get up close and personal with nature.  Children become involved and actively learn about different aspects of the environment and nature through games, hikes, crafts, stories, and field trips.  Each week has a different theme so children can attend more than one week of camp.  Children must bring a lunch and 2 snacks if staying all day; 1 snack if ½ day. 


Program Dates: June 20 – August 12
No Camp week of July 4th
Registration:       April 1- June 10
Ages:                 4-12
Fees:                 Half Day $65.00 (7:30 am- 12:00 pm)
                           Full Day $110.00 (7:30 am - 5:30 pm)
Additional $15 fee for non-county residents                        
Please call 919-776-6221 Ext. 8 to Pre-register for Programs

Nature Days


Join the Nature Center Staff for a day devoted to the animals by spending your teacher work day helping the Nature Center Staff provide basic care for the animals (not snakes).  This includes preparing their food, feeding them and even cleaning up after them.  (Children will not be handling any animals).  A hike and/or craft time will be included weather and time permitting.  Cjildren who attend the half day prgram will be required to bring a lunch.  children who attend the full day program wil be required to bring 2 snacks and a lunch.

Program Dates:   January 19, May 3, November 8 
Registration :           Call 919-776-6221 Ext. 8 to Pre-register
                                San-Lee Park Office  
                                572 Pumping Station Road 
                                Pre-registration is required. 
                                Ages:                     Grades K-5th 
Fees:                      Full Day $20.00 Half Day $12

Conservation Cubs


Conservation Cubs is geared towards preschool aged children where they learn about the environment through games, crafts, hikes, stories, wildflower identification, and other activities. Snacks are provided. Please dress according for the weather.
Program Dates:      September - May
                                  2 Wednesday's every month
                                  10:00-11:00 am
Registration :          San-Lee Park Office
                                  Call (919) 776-6221 Ext. 7 for more information
Ages:                        3-5 years of age
Fees:                        $6.00 for one day or $10.00 for both days per child (Subject to change)
Preregistration required to receive discounted price.  

 Public Programs


Learn something new about the environment around you. Public programs are offered quarterly. Topics and program length varies.  Please dress accordingly for the weather.
Program Dates:       Saturday, February 13, 2016, 9am-12pm
                                                   (Backyard Bird Count)
                                     Saturday, May 21, 2016, 9am-12pm
                                                    (Turtle Talk)
                                     Saturday, September 17, 2016, 9am-12pm
                                                    (Take A Hike)
Registration Site:      San-Lee Park Office
                                   Pre-registration is required the Wednesday before the program.
A minimum of 5 people are required for the program to be held. 
Ages:                       ALL Ages
Fees:                        Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
                                 $3.00 per participant

Junior Counselor Program 

We are looking for responsible 13-17 year olds for our Junior Counselor Program (JC).  This is a volunteer position.  Each JC will be assigned to a counselor for the week and will be required to assist his/her counselor.  This includes set-up and clean up of crafts and games, taking campers to the bathroom and anything else requestd by the counselor.  Please remember that as a JC, you will not be a camper,  so there may be times where you do not get to participate in games/crafts because you will be helping campers in your group.  To apply to be a JC, please fill out an application and turn it in to the Outdoor Education Specialist, between April 1 and June 1.  A formal interview wil be held if necessay and space is limited to 4 JC's per week.  Please call the park,  at 919-776-6221 Ext. 8.


Geocaching is a relatively new game that is growing quickly in popularity. It can be compared to a high tech scavenger hunt, using “GPS” technology in order to find hidden treasures. Participating in cache hunting is a good way to spend time in the great outdoors with friends or family. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the Internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. The visitor should leave something for the cache if they take something. There are several cache sites located in Lee County, please contact San Lee Park to obtain a geocache placement application and the policies associated with the placement of a geocache site. Good luck and happy hunting.

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Facility Rentals

San-Lee Park, located at 572 Pumping Station Road, offers rental facilities for family reunions, weddings, meetings and company picnics. Reservation forms and fees should be received 21 working days prior to event when renting facilities. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at any Lee County facility. You may call the main office (919-775-2107 ext. 4201) to rent these facilities. 
SLP Pavilion


The shelter has 13 picnic tables (seats 100 people), 2 charcoal grills, a horseshoe pit and volleyball court.  A volleyball kit and horseshoes are included in the rental fee.  Water and electricity hook up is available upon request.

                                 San-Lee Park Shelter Fees                
                  Number Of People                      Rate    

100 People or Less   $55 (up to 4 hours)    
    $100 (over 4 hours)    
Over 100 People   $70 (up to 4 hours)    
    $130 (over 4 hours)    

Additional $25 fee for non-county residents.

Multi-Purpose Room

This room is ideal for weddings, receptions, meetings, scout events and reunions.  NEW FACILITY UNDER CONSTRUCTOIN.
Multi-Purpose Room Fee is $TBA/day for county residents
                                                    $TA/day for non-county residents
SLP Meadow


The meadow is a large open outdoor space located across the meadow creek. It is ideal for weddings, church services and company picnic activities.  No chairs or tables at site.
Meadow Fee is $35/day county residents - $60/day for non-county residents.


This is a small outdoor theatre with wooden benches. It is located next to the lake and has a great view! It seats approximately 50 people.
Amphitheatre Fee is $20/day. 

Outdoor Education
San Lee Park

572 Pumping Station Road
Sanford, NC  27330

Phone (919)776-6221



2016 Summer Camp Survey


San-Lee Park Nature Center and
Building Are


August 22, 2016 Ground Breaking