WILMINGTON — Cape Fear River Watch is set to host its annual LakeFest educational festival Saturday, Sept. 23.
There is no cost to attend this family-friendly celebration of science, nature and wildlife native to the region. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. near the boathouse at Greenfield Lake Park in Wilmington. Parking is available at 298 Park St.
Attendees to LakeFest will enjoy games, crafts, activities, half-price paddle boat rides, nature tours, face painting, and educational exhibits from more than 20 area environmental organizations.
Free nature tours will run at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and will be limited to the first 25 individuals that register in-person during LakeFest. Nature tours run about 30 to 40 minutes.
Paddleboat, kayak, and canoe rentals will be half-priced during LakeFest. Discounted rental rates are $5 per hour for two-seater paddleboats, single kayaks and canoes, and $7.50 per hour for four-seater paddleboats and tandem kayaks. Limited quantities are available, organizers said.
Port City Pops dessert food truck will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Greenfield Lake Park is a 190-acre park owned by the city. It features two children’s playgrounds, tennis courts, a skatepark, kayak access, picnic areas, and an approximately 4.5-mile trail around the lake. Cape Fear River Watch manages the Greenfield Lake Boathouse.
Cape Fear River Watch’s mission is to protect and improve the water quality of the Cape Fear River Basin for all people through education, advocacy, and action. Cape Fear River Watch was founded in 1993.