The City of Oaks Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and youth development organization closely aligned with Raleigh’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.

  • Preserving Raleigh's natural treasures

  • Connecting children (and adults!) to nature

  • Ensuring a great outdoors for a great Raleigh!


Our Mission

Keeping nature nearby for all to enjoy.

Our vision

Lives made richer by nature.

Thank you for all the great work you are doing for Raleigh!
— Nancy McFarlane, Mayor of Raleigh
Honored to be a part of such an effective organization that’s making a real difference in preserving Raleigh’s open space and connecting citizens to our city’s parks, playgrounds, and natural lands.
— Adam Migliore Meyer

Founders Circle

The Foundation benefited during our formative first year from the energy, advice and start-up funding contributed by several community leaders. We are forever indebted to our Founders’ vision and leadership.

  • Stephen Bentley

  • Kevin Brice

  • Adryon Clay

  • John Dorsey

  • Linda Edmisten

  • John Healy

  • Richard Hibbits

  • Mary Coker Joslin

  • William Joslin

  • Nell Joslin

  • Grayson Maughan

  • Thomas McCormick

  • Charles Meeker

  • Mack Paul

  • John Preyer

  • Charles ReCorr

  • Scott Reston

  • Franklin Roberts

  • Diane Sauer

  • Louis Wilkerson, Jr.

  • Peyton Woodson

  • Smedes York

  • Honorary Member - Bob Kellam.

Our Partners

Our business, government and community partners generously contribute their money, time and expertise to strengthen the Foundation and make Raleigh a better place to live, work and play. We greatly appreciate our partners!

  • Fuller Land & Development

  • Drake Real Estate Partners

  • The Site Group

  • CSX Transport

  • Morningstar Law Group

  • Trophy Brewing

  • 1% for the Planet

  • North Carolina Community Foundation

  • Triangle Community Foundation

  • Duke Energy Foundation

  • Carolina Hurricanes Foundation (formerly the Kids ‘n Community Foundation)

  • Fresenius Kabi

We especially value the close partnership with have with the City of Raleigh, especially the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Development, working together to build new parks and nature preserves, to connect new greenway trails, and to provide exciting and active summer camp experiences to local children, for a greener, healthier, and more sustainable community!