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Have you ever seen a civil war musket up close? Or have you ever taken a break from a busy nearby city to sit near the peaceful Eno River? Have you ever wondered what is growing on the trees at Mt. Mitchell?

From fishing lessons to astronomy programs, from tree identification hikes to kite workshops, our parks offer a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful.

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NC State Parks Calendar of Events
Search Criterion: June 2015
Search Results: 142 records found. Sorted by State Park.

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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Family Discovery Nature Programs
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.
Cost: included with park admission

Date: 2015-06-01
Start time: 2pm
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Flags of the Confederacy
Meet at the Visitor Center to learn about flags of the Confederacy.

Date: 2015-06-01
Start time: 10:00 a.m.
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-06-01
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Family Discovery Nature Programs
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.
Cost: included with park admission

Date: 2015-06-02
Start time: 2pm
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-06-02
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Family Discovery Nature Programs
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.
Cost: included with park admission

Date: 2015-06-03
Start time: 2pm
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Evening Gun
Meet at the fort at 4:00 p.m.to view a cannon firing demonstration.

Date: 2015-06-03
Start time: 4:00 p.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-06-03
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Family Discovery Nature Programs
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.
Cost: included with park admission

Date: 2015-06-04
Start time: 2pm
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-06-04
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Natural Side of Fort Macon Hike
Join a ranger at the Visitor Center for a short hike exploring the natural side of Fort Macon. Hike will cover both trail and beach.

Date: 2015-06-04
Start time: 10:00 a.m.
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Raven Rock State Park    (910) 893-4888
Hike for Your Health
Get outside, get moving and get healthy! Join Raven Rock's Office Assistant as we enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and your beautiful state park. Must be able to hike 2 to 5 miles on trails that can be flat, hilly and include steps. Ages 12 and up. This hike is being offered every Thursday, so make it a healthy habit to come out to Raven Rock for some great weekly exercise. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Please call 910-893-4888 to register.

Date: 2015-06-04
Start time: 9 a.m.
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Family Discovery Nature Programs
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.
Cost: included with park admission

Date: 2015-06-05
Start time: 2pm
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-06-05
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Turtle Talk
Meet at the CEC Lobby at 10:00 a.m. to learn about the life history of the Loggerhead Sea Turtle.

Date: 2015-06-05
Start time: 10:00 a.m.
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Carolina Beach State Park    (910) 458-8206
Carnivorous Plant Hike
Take a hike with a park ranger and learn about the fascinating world of carnivorous plants that grow at Carolina Beach State Park. See plants that bite back such as sundews bladderworts butterworts pitcher plants and the Venus fly trap. Meet at the Nature Trail Parking Lot at 10:00 a.m. For more information call 910-458-8206.

Date: 2015-06-06
Start time: 10:00 am
Start location: Nature Trail Lane Parking Area
 
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Carvers Creek State Park    (910) 436-4681
Volunteer Day!!!
In celebration of National Trails Day, we will be constructing and working on maintenance on new trails on Saturday, June 6th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm . We ask our volunteers bring gloves and water. Please come to our volunteer days in proper clothing to work. Proper clothing includes closed toed shoes, long pants, and a t-shirt you don’t mind getting dirty. To help us prepare and organize our volunteer days please let us know what volunteer day(s) you plan on attending and how many people will be with you. The easiest way to do this is to send a quick email to carvers.creek@ncparks.gov. For more information, please contact us at our main office.



Date: 2015-06-06
Start time: 9:00 AM
Start location: In front of Park Office
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Family Discovery Nature Programs
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.
Cost: included with park admission

Date: 2015-06-06
Start time: 2pm
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
National Trails Day
What better way to celebrate National Trails Day than to take a hike? Join a Park naturalist on adventurous guided hikes throughout the day. Check back for more details closer to the event date. No additional cost for hikes after Park admission; specific trails and hike times will be posted later.

Date: 2015-06-06
Start time: 8:30am
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Volunteer Project on the New Skyline Trail
Quarterly volunteer projects are open to the general public.
Ranger Tyson Phillips will be the lead on all volunteer projects.
The Rogue Ranger Program is a volunteer program where volunteers assist rangers with some of their most rewarding job duties. These opportunities include hiking uncharted territories, bushwhacking new trails, battling invasive plants and socializing at local events!

Date: 2015-06-06
Start time: 9am
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Crowders Mountain State Park    (704) 853-5375
Volunteer Trail Work Day
We are seeking volunteers to help us maintain our hiking trails at Crowders Mountain State Park. Meet new people and work with experienced volunteers and park staff dedicated to maintaining the beautiful hiking trails at Crowders Mountain State Park. No experience is required. This is a great learning opportunity. We will train you on the job. The trail work includes task such as: erosion control, rehabbing old trails, building new trails, and rerouting sections of eroded trail. All work tools, safety glasses, and hearing protection will be provided. Water and refreshments will also be provided. We ask that you bring work gloves, appropriate footwear for the outdoors, sunscreen, insect repellant, comfortable work clothes, and any medications that you may need.
We meet at 8:00am at the Sparrow Springs Visitor Center for refreshments, fellowship, and a short safety meeting. We will then work on the trails until 11:30am. Children must be accompanied by an adult. If you are interested in volunteering for our trail work days or need additional information, please call the park office at 704-853-5375.


Date: 2015-06-06
Start time: 8:00am
Start location: Sparrow Springs Visitor Center
 
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Elk Knob State Park    (828) 297-7261
American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® Volunteer Work Day
Warmer weather has finally returned along with the National Trails Day® Volunteer Trail Work Day at Elk Knob State Park. On June 6, staff and volunteers will meet at the Summit Trailhead at 9 am and work until approximately 3:30 pm, weather permitting. Tools are provided but volunteers should wear close-toed shoes and bring work gloves, lunch and water. Most of the time will be spent on maintenance of the Summit Trail or completion of the Maple Run trail. If you would like to be involved in a fulfilling project that will fill you with a well-deserved sense of pride, then join us on Saturdays at Elk Knob State Park. For more information please call 828-297-7261.







“American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® is a nationally recognized trail awareness program that occurs annually on the first Saturday of June and inspires the public to discover, learn about, and celebrate trails while participating in outdoor activities, clinics, and trail stewardship projects. National Trails Day® is a registered trademark of American Hiking Society.”

Date: 2015-06-06
Start time: 9:00 a.m.
Start location: Trailhead parking lot
 
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Fort Fisher State Recreation Area    (910) 458-5798
Basin Hike- National Trails Day
Come celebrate Nation Trails Day! Take a hike and discover the basin. On the way learn about the significance of the basin area and the plants and animals that live there. This hike is about 1.5 miles and of moderate difficulty. We also ask that you wear shoes that may get muddy just in case. Be sure to bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray!

Date: 2015-06-06
Start time: 10:00 AM
Start location: Exhibit Room
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Civil War Musket Demonstration
Meet at the fort entrance at 10:30 and 2:30 to learn about the firing process of the Civil War musket.

Date: 2015-06-06
Start time: 10:30 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-06-06
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Goose Creek State Park    (252) 923-2191
National Trails Day
Come on out and celebrate "National Trails Day"! We will be offering a short guided hike along our Flatty Creek Trail. We will have an amazing view of the marsh and river while we discuss some of the ecology and importance of that particular area. You may want to bring water, sunscreen, a hat and bag spray. Meet at the campground parking lot at the entrance to the campground.

Date: 2015-06-06
Start time: 2:00 pm
Start location: Campground Parking Lot
 
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Gorges State Park    (828) 966-9099
Lower Bearwallow Falls and Lime Kilns
Join Ranger McGraw at 10:00am at the Frozen Creek Access for an adventure to Lower Bearwallow Falls and the Lime Kilns. This short but strenuous hike will take several hours and require 4x4 access into the interior of the park. Don’t forget your cameras, water and your lunch. -- Limit 15 people

Date: 2015-06-06
Start time: 9:00 Am
Start location: Frozen Creek
 
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Grandfather Mountain State Park    (828) 963-9522
Guided Ranger Hike
Celebrate National Trails Day by taking a guided Ranger Hike.
Difficulty: moderately strenuous terrain

Meet Ranger Appling at Boone Fork at This program is suitable for adults and children above the age of 10. Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Please, no pets.



Participants should be prepared for the weather conditions, dressed appropriately and bring water and snacks for the hike. In the event of inclement weather, contact the park office on the day of the program. 828.963.9522 or email luke.appling@ncparks.gov.

Date: 2015-06-06
Start time: 10am
Start location: Boone Fork Parking Lot
 
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Hammocks Beach State Park    (910) 326-4881
Military Appreciation Day
AGES: ALL
DURATION: 6 HOURS

Come on down to the park and enjoy a fun-filled day of celebration for all our military members and their families. The festival will have food, games and local educational exhibits for all families to enjoy! Complimentary ferry rides to Bear Island will be available.

You can contact park office with any questions regarding the event: 910-326-4881.

Date: 2015-06-06
Start time: 10:00am
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Haw River State Park    (336) 342-6163
Amphibians Eye View of Wetlands
Ranger led Hike to Wetlands where we'll explore the importance of permanent and seasonal wetlands and discuss what different habitats amphibians need in order to reproduce and survive.





Date: 2015-06-06
Start time: 10:00
Start location: Main Lodge
 
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Jones Lake State Park    (910) 588-4550
Beat the Heat Exercise Hike
Join a park ranger early in the morning to burn some calories on a 4 mile hike around Jones Lake. Learn about the different habitats while starting a healthy habit (exercise). Participants should meet at the Visitor Center at 7:00 am for this program. Please bring bug spray, water, and hiking shoes. This event is free of charge and is open to the general public. Contact the park office at (910) 588-4550 with any questions.

Date: 2015-06-06
Start time: 7 am
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Jordan Lake State Recreation Area    (919) 362-0586
C.A.S.T. (Catch A Sure Thing!)
Catch a Sure Thing (C.A.S.T.) This program is designed for youth ages 6 to 12 who have little to no experience with fishing and who want to learn. Participants (youth) will learn basic fishing skills such as, how bait a hook, what fish are found in Jordan Lake and if willing are encouraged to unhook the fish! No worries about casting. Youth will learn how to use a bobber and will sink the line straight off the dock. While on the dock, all youth will wear a PFD for safety regulations.

Group size is limited and reservations are required. Dress according to the weather and if needed bring water, sunscreen, hat and/or sunglasses. Fishing pole, bait and PFD will be provided.

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

If you have any questions or want to reserve a spot, call or email Ranger Steve McMurray at 919-362-0586 ext 219 or steve.mcmurray@ncparks.gov

Date: 2015-06-06
Start time: 9:30
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Lake James State Park    (828) 584-7728
National Trails Day - Discover the Salamander!
June 6th is National Trails Day and no better day to hit the trails in search of these little amphibious treasures. The wonderful world of Salamanders will be discovered as Park Ranger Kevin Bischof leads a hike along different types of salamander habitat in search of these small elusive amphibians. Meet at the Holly Discovery Trail parking area and come prepared to journey through woodlands, seeps, streams, and pools. Bring appropriate footwear and keep in mind some of these areas may be a little muddy, so keep the new sneakers at home. The hike will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.

Date: 2015-06-06
Start time: 9:00 a.m.
Start location: Paddy's Creek Area - Holly Discovery Trail parking lot
 
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Lake Norman State Park    (704) 528-6350
National Trails Day
If you would like to volunteer, come out and spend some time on Lake Norman State Park’s Itusi Trail! Help to maintain this hiking and biking trail for future generations. Please call 704-528-6350 or come by the Park Office to register. Max amount of people for this event is 25. Projects include: cutting back trail encroachment, re-marking sections of trail, cleaning out water drainages, replacing old signs. Requirements: 12 old and up, Pre-registration, and Volunteer forms completed.

Date: 2015-06-06
Start time: 10 AM
Start location: TBD
 
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Merchants Millpond State Park    (252) 357-1191
Nature Hike on Bennetts Creek Trail
Enjoy a day of exercise at Merchants Millpond State Park. Meet at the Visitor Center to explore what sights. We will be hiking from the Visitor Center across Millpond Rd and Bennetts Creek Trail. Duration of 1.5 to 2 hours If you have any questions, call (252)357-1191.

Date: 2015-06-06
Start time: 2:30
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Mount Jefferson State Natural Area    (336) 246-9653
How to Train Your Dragon to be an Amphibian
Dragons are not Amphibians, but dragons and amphibians do look a lot alike. Let’s explore some big differences between these two types of creatures. Where do they live and what do they eat? Come up to Mt. Jefferson and make your very own dragon costume and learn about the differences between amphibians and dragons. This is a crafting program.



Date: 2015-06-06
Start time: 2:00
Start location: Picnic Shelter
 
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Pettigrew State Park    (252) 797-4475
Ecology Hike
It's National Trails Day! Join park staff for a hike to discover the flora and fauna of Pettigrew State Park. We will hike through the swamp along the new Somerset boardwalk and discover all that nature has to offer! For more information call (252)797-4475.

Date: 2015-06-06
Start time: 2:00
Start location: Park Office
 
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Pilot Mountain State Park    (336) 325-2355
Horne Creek Clean-up!
Come to Pilot Mountain State Park to enjoy fun in the sun while being a steward of the environment by helping "clean-up" Horne Creek! Join Park Rangers as we hike down Horne Creek to clean the stream! Along the way we will talk about the benefits of our stream restoration and pick up any debris that may have washed away during the project! Please bring your own water bottle, shoes that are able to get wet, and an attitude ready for working outside in the creek. The program will run from 12 - 3:00 p.m. Please meet at the designated Parking Area inside the Horne Creek Access of Pilot Mountain State Park.
For questions or directions please visit our website at http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/pimo/main.php or call our office at (336)325-2355.

Date: 2015-06-06
Start time: 12:00 p.m.
Start location: Horne Creek Access Parking Area - North River Section
 
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South Mountains State Park    (828) 433-4772
National Trails Day
“Hike, Bike & Ride”



Visit South Mountains State Park on National Trails Day and participate in the Hike, Bike and Ride challenge. Hike, bike or ride the designated trails of your choice to a backcountry check-in station. Participants must complete the return trip to get a prize. Route loops are moderate to strenuous and range from 3 to 18 miles. This event is free and open to the public. Event registration is from 8:00-10:00 am. For more information contact the park office at 828-433-4772.

Date: 2015-06-06
Start time: 8:00
Start location: Various
 
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Carolina Beach State Park    (910) 458-8206
Carnivorous Plant Hike
Take a hike with a park ranger and learn about the fascinating world of carnivorous plants that grow at Carolina Beach State Park. See plants that bite back such as sundews bladderworts butterworts pitcher plants and the Venus fly trap. Meet at the Nature Trail Parking Lot at 10:00 a.m. For more information call 910-458-8206.

Date: 2015-06-07
Start time: 10:00 am
Start location: Nature Trail Lane Parking Area
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Family Discovery Nature Programs
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.
Cost: included with park admission

Date: 2015-06-07
Start time: 2pm
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Civil War Musket Demonstration
Meet at the fort entrance at 10:30 or 2:30 to learn about the firing process of the Civil War musket.

Date: 2015-06-07
Start time: 10:30 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-06-07
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Family Discovery Nature Programs
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.
Cost: included with park admission

Date: 2015-06-08
Start time: 2pm
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Bird Hike
Meet at the Fort Parking Lot at 10:00 a.m. for a guided hike to observe coastal birds.

Date: 2015-06-08
Start time: 10:00 a.m.
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-06-08
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Family Discovery Nature Programs
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.
Cost: included with park admission

Date: 2015-06-09
Start time: 2pm
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-06-09
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Family Discovery Nature Programs
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.
Cost: included with park admission

Date: 2015-06-10
Start time: 2pm
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Evening Gun
Meet at the fort at 4:00 p.m.to view a cannon firing demonstration.

Date: 2015-06-10
Start time: 4:00 p.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-06-10
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Family Discovery Nature Programs
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.
Cost: included with park admission

Date: 2015-06-11
Start time: 2pm
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-06-11
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Junior Ranger Day
Junior Ranger Day at Fort Macon State Park - Participants (ages 6-12) are invited to complete their Junior Ranger booklets with a variety of nature and historical programs offered throughout the day. Junior Rangers successfully completing their requirements will be awarded a Junior Ranger patch. Parents must accompany their children--NO drop-offs. Call park office (252-726-3775) for reservations. Space limited.

Date: 2015-06-11
Start time: 1:00 p.m.
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Natural Side of Fort Macon Hike
Join a ranger at the Visitor Center for a short hike exploring the natural side of Fort Macon. Hike will cover both trail and beach.

Date: 2015-06-11
Start time: 10:00 a.m.
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Raven Rock State Park    (910) 893-4888
Hike for Your Health
Get outside, get moving and get healthy! Join Raven Rock's Office Assistant as we enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and your beautiful state park. Must be able to hike 2 to 5 miles on trails that can be flat, hilly and include steps. Ages 12 and up. This hike is being offered every Thursday, so make it a healthy habit to come out to Raven Rock for some great weekly exercise. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Please call 910-893-4888 to register.

Date: 2015-06-11
Start time: 9 a.m.
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Family Discovery Nature Programs
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.
Cost: included with park admission

Date: 2015-06-12
Start time: 2pm
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Crabs of the Carolinas
Did you know that almost 50 different species of crabs have been found at Fort Macon? Meet at the Visitor Center to learn about some of these. Many live examples will be on display.

Date: 2015-06-12
Start time: 10:00 a.m.
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-06-12
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Carolina Beach State Park    (910) 458-8206
Carnivorous Plant Hike
Take a hike with a park ranger and learn about the fascinating world of carnivorous plants that grow at Carolina Beach State Park. See plants that bite back such as sundews bladderworts butterworts pitcher plants and the Venus fly trap. Meet at the Nature Trail Parking Lot at 10:00 a.m. For more information call 910-458-8206.

Date: 2015-06-13
Start time: 10:00 am
Start location: Nature Trail Lane Parking Area
 
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Carvers Creek State Park    (910) 436-4681
Leaf Looking
Ever look at a tree and wonder what type it is? Well, in spirit of National Get Outdoors Day, come join a Park Ranger and learn all the tricks on how to identify trees by looking at their leaves. Please keep in mind that this event will not be held at Carvers Creek State Park. It will be located at the Smith Lake Recreation Area.

Date: 2015-06-13
Start time: 10:00 AM
Start location: Smith Lake Recreation Area
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Family Discovery Nature Programs
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.
Cost: included with park admission

Date: 2015-06-13
Start time: 2pm
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Movie on the Meadows
Gate opens 7:30pm; movie starts 9pm on the Meadows.
After our family-friendly guided hikes and programs for National Get Outdoors Day, join us for America’s favorite pastime to watch an outdoor movie on the big screen. Don’t forget to pack a blanket or camping chair and a flashlight. Check back soon for more details.
Cost: $10 per car, $8 per car Annual Passholders

Date: 2015-06-13
Start time: 7:30pm
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
National Get Outdoors Day
Get outside with your family or friends to promote active adventures in the great outdoors. Park naturalists will offer family-friendly guided hikes throughout the day as well as kids’ activities. Then join us in the evening for a fun-filled outdoor movie event (parking charge required for movie - see Movie on the Meadows event listing at www.chimneyrockpark.com for additional details). Check back for more details closer to the event date.

Date: 2015-06-13
Start time: 8:30am
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Falls Lake State Recreation Area    (919) 676-1027
National Get Outdoors Day - Amphibians of NC
Come Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day at Falls Lake by learning more about NC State Parks Year of the Amphibian!



2015 is the Year of the Amphibian! North Carolina is home to a lot of cool frogs, toads, salamanders, among many others! Come out and celebrate the Year of the Amphibian with a ranger. There will be cool amphibian themed activities for all ages.



Please dress appropriately for the weather.



Check back soon for time and place!

Date: 2015-06-13
Start time: TBD
Start location: TBD
 
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Fort Fisher State Recreation Area    (910) 458-5798
National Get Outdoors Day-Basin Hike
Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day by taking a hike to discover the basin. On the way learn about the significance of the basin area and the plants and animals that live there. This hike is about 1.5 miles and of moderate difficulty. Be sure to bring sunscreen, bug spray and water.

Date: 2015-06-13
Start time: 10:00 AM
Start location: Exhibit Room
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Civil War Musket Demonstration
Meet at the fort entrance at 10:30 or 2:30 to learn about the firing process of the Civil War musket.

Date: 2015-06-13
Start time: 10:30 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-06-13
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Goose Creek State Park    (252) 923-2191
National Get Outdoors Day
Celebrate "National Get Outdoors Day" with Goose Creek State Park. We are offering a short half-mile hike that goes through a beautiful pine forest and along the gorgeous Pamlico River. After the hike we encourage you to enjoy the park even more by possibly packing a picnic lunch, grilling, swimming at our swim beach or even exploring more of our diverse and beautiful hiking trails. Meet in the last parking lot.

Date: 2015-06-13
Start time: 10:00 a.m.
Start location: Last Parking Lot
 
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Grandfather Mountain State Park    (828) 963-9522
Camping Etiquette
Why not Celebrate "National Get Outdoors Day" by camping? Camping is a fun way to spend time with friends, family, or on your own. Join Ranger Sicard to learn a few things that will help making any camping experience a fun and safe one. During this program participants will learn how to set up the site if it is not already established for you, how to keep food stored, and how to dress properly to stay cool or warm. There will be hands on portions for those who would like to get involved. All participants will be given a checklist for future camping to determine if they are using the proper camping etiquette. The knowledge learned can be used to pass on to others so that our natural resources can be enjoyed but not over used. This program will last approximately one hour and is open to all ages (ages 16 or less must be accompanied by an adult). No dogs please. Dress appropriately for the weather conditions.

Please call the park office if you have any questions 828-963-9522



Date: 2015-06-13
Start time: 5pm
Start location: Boone Fork Parking Lot
 
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Haw River State Park    (336) 342-6163
National Get Outdoors Day - Herp Hike!
Join a Ranger on a fun hike to the Wetlands and around the park looking for the different types of Herps (Reptiles and Amphibians) that call Haw River State Park home. Over 40 different species live in the park! Learn all about these amazing animals- how they live, what they eat, why they’re so important for our environment, and what you can do to help them. Wear hiking shoes and bring a bottle of water. We'll see you on the trail!

Date: 2015-06-13
Start time: 10:00am
Start location: Main Lodge
 
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Jones Lake State Park    (910) 588-4550
Discovery Hike
Join a park ranger for a hike through the bay forest at Jones Lake State Park and "discover" why this environment is unique. Discussion on the hike will include the flora and fauna of the forest, and why Carolina Bays are important. Participants should meet at the Visitor Center at 10:00 am for this program. Please bring bug spray, water, and hiking shoes. This event is free of charge and is open to the general public. Contact the park office at (910) 588-4550 with any questions.

Date: 2015-06-13
Start time: 10 am
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Jordan Lake State Recreation Area    (919) 362-0586
C.A.S.T. (Catch A Sure Thing!)
Catch a Sure Thing (C.A.S.T.) This program is designed for youth ages 6 to 12 who have little to no experience with fishing and who want to learn. Participants (youth) will learn basic fishing skills such as, how bait a hook, what fish are found in Jordan Lake and if willing are encouraged to unhook the fish! No worries about casting. Youth will learn how to use a bobber and will sink the line straight off the dock. While on the dock, all youth will wear a PFD for safety regulations.
Group size is limited and reservations are required. Dress according to the weather and if needed bring water, sunscreen, hat and/or sunglasses. Fishing pole, bait and PFD will be provided.
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
If you have any questions or want to reserve a spot, call or email Ranger Steve McMurray at 919-362-0586 ext 219 or steve.mcmurray@ncparks.gov

Date: 2015-06-13
Start time: 9:30
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Lake Waccamaw State Park    (910) 646-4748
National Get Outdoors Day
Get out of the house and take a hike on our Park trails. A ranger will give a hike to show participants a portion of our trails and see some of our carnivorous plants. This event is free to the public

Date: 2015-06-13
Start time: 2:00pm
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Mount Jefferson State Natural Area    (336) 246-9653
Amphibians Serenades
Let’s hear it for our music making frogs! Sit back and listen to a variety of naturally wild amphibian calls. We will combine frog songs and images that will make you jump-up and ask, “Who taught these thin-skinned composers to sing.” Don’t miss this enjoyable multimedia opportunity to find out who’s singing those summer night serenades



Date: 2015-06-13
Start time: 2:00
Start location: Park Office
 
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Raven Rock State Park    (910) 893-4888
Pollinator Party
Come celebrate Pollinators at Raven Rock State Park. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 13 in and around the Visitor Center come join in the fun. There will be fun educational activities to learn about pollinators. A local beekeeper will have live bees, we will have face painting, and butterfly and bee arts and crafts. If you would like to plant a flower in the parks pollinator/classroom garden please call the park office for a list of the different native plants to choose from. Educational videos on bees and butterflies will be available for viewing. Fun for all ages. Learn why pollinators are so vital to our well being. Come dressed in a pollinator or flower costume, even dress up your pet.

Date: 2015-06-13
Start time: 10 a.m.
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Carolina Beach State Park    (910) 458-8206
Carnivorous Plant Hike
Take a hike with a park ranger and learn about the fascinating world of carnivorous plants that grow at Carolina Beach State Park. See plants that bite back such as sundews bladderworts butterworts pitcher plants and the Venus fly trap. Meet at the Nature Trail Parking Lot at 10:00 a.m. For more information call 910-458-8206.

Date: 2015-06-14
Start time: 10:00 am
Start location: Nature Trail Lane Parking Area
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Family Discovery Nature Programs
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.
Cost: included with park admission

Date: 2015-06-14
Start time: 2pm
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Civil War Musket Demonstration
Meet at the fort entrance at 10:30 or 2:30 to learn about the firing process of the Civil War musket.

Date: 2015-06-14
Start time: 10:30 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-06-14
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Family Discovery Nature Programs
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.
Cost: included with park admission

Date: 2015-06-15
Start time: 2pm
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Crabs of the Carolinas
Did you know that almost 50 different species of crabs have been found at Fort Macon? Meet at the Visitor Center to learn about some of these. Many live examples will be on display.

Date: 2015-06-15
Start time: 10:00 a.m.
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-06-15
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Family Discovery Nature Programs
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.
Cost: included with park admission

Date: 2015-06-16
Start time: 2pm
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-06-16
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Mount Jefferson State Natural Area    (336) 246-9653
Geology Hike
Let's get outdoors! Come hike and explore geology on Mt. Jefferson. Several types of geological formations will be seen on this mountain hike. Metamorphic formations and intrusive quartz are also located on the trail. Come on out and hike! This is a one mile hike. Wear appropriate shoes or boots. 922





Date: 2015-06-16
Start time: 2:00
Start location: Picnic Area
 
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South Mountains State Park    (828) 433-4772
Volunteer Work Day
Help keep your park beautiful. South Mountains State Park invites volunteers to assist park staff from 9:00am - 4:00pm with trail work and park beautification projects. Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot at 9:00am. Gloves, tools and water will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged bring a bag lunch and to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Please contact the park office for more information. 828-433-4772.



Date: 2015-06-16
Start time: 9:00 - 12:00
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Family Discovery Nature Programs
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.
Cost: included with park admission

Date: 2015-06-17
Start time: 2pm
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Evening Gun
Meet at the fort at 4:00 p.m.to view a cannon firing demonstration.

Date: 2015-06-17
Start time: 4:00 p.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-06-17
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Family Discovery Nature Programs
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.
Cost: included with park admission

Date: 2015-06-18
Start time: 2pm
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-06-18
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Natural Side of Fort Macon Hike
Join a ranger at the Visitor Center for a short hike exploring the natural side of Fort Macon. Hike will cover both trail and beach.

Date: 2015-06-18
Start time: 10:00 a.m.
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Raven Rock State Park    (910) 893-4888
Hike for Your Health
Get outside, get moving and get healthy! Join Raven Rock's Office Assistant as we enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and your beautiful state park. Must be able to hike 2 to 5 miles on trails that can be flat, hilly and include steps. Ages 12 and up. This hike is being offered every Thursday, so make it a healthy habit to come out to Raven Rock for some great weekly exercise. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Please call 910-893-4888 to register.

Date: 2015-06-18
Start time: 9 a.m.
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Family Discovery Nature Programs
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.
Cost: included with park admission

Date: 2015-06-19
Start time: 2pm
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-06-19
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Reptiles of Fort Macon
Meet at the Visitor Center and learn about the reptiles found at Fort Macon.

Date: 2015-06-19
Start time: 10:00 a.m.
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Hammocks Beach State Park    (910) 326-4881
Kayak Trip
AGES: 13 AND OLDER
DURATION: 2 HRS.

Come to the park and enjoy our ranger-guided kayak trip through the surrounding marsh waters of Hammocks Beach State Park. This will be a great opportunity to discover some of the wildlife that call coastal North Carolina home. Kayaks, paddles, and lifejackets will be provided. Space is limited.

Registration is required by contacting the park office: 910-326-4881.

Date: 2015-06-19
Start time: 8:30am
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Carolina Beach State Park    (910) 458-8206
Carnivorous Plant Hike
Take a hike with a park ranger and learn about the fascinating world of carnivorous plants that grow at Carolina Beach State Park. See plants that bite back such as sundews bladderworts butterworts pitcher plants and the Venus fly trap. Meet at the Nature Trail Parking Lot at 10:00 a.m. For more information call 910-458-8206.

Date: 2015-06-20
Start time: 10:00 am
Start location: Nature Trail Lane Parking Area
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Family Discovery Nature Programs
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.
Cost: included with park admission

Date: 2015-06-20
Start time: 2pm
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Civil War Musket Demonstration
Meet at the fort entrance at 10:30 or 2:30 to learn about the firing process of the Civil War musket.

Date: 2015-06-20
Start time: 10:30 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-06-20
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Jordan Lake State Recreation Area    (919) 362-0586
Astronomy Viewing Session
Monthly sky watching sessions are free and open to the public! The event is hosted by the staff from Morehead Planetarium.

Take an informal tour of the constellations with a MPSC educator; telescopic views of beautiful objects, including planets, nebulae, star clusters and, of course, the Moon when available, and discuss constellation myths and legends. Check the "News" listing at the home page of www.moreheadplanetarium.org or call Guest Relations at (919) 962-1236 on the day of the sky watching session to be sure weather conditions will permit us to host this outdoor activity.



Date: 2015-06-20
Start time: 9:00 - 11:00
Start location: Ebenezer Day Use Area
 
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Jordan Lake State Recreation Area    (919) 362-0586
C.A.S.T. (Catch A Sure Thing!)
Catch a Sure Thing (C.A.S.T.) This program is designed for youth ages 6 to 12 who have little to no experience with fishing and who want to learn. Participants (youth) will learn basic fishing skills such as, how bait a hook, what fish are found in Jordan Lake and if willing are encouraged to unhook the fish! No worries about casting. Youth will learn how to use a bobber and will sink the line straight off the dock. While on the dock, all youth will wear a PFD for safety regulations.

Group size is limited and reservations are required. Dress according to the weather and if needed bring water, sunscreen, hat and/or sunglasses. Fishing pole, bait and PFD will be provided.

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

If you have any questions or want to reserve a spot, call or email Ranger Steve McMurray at 919-362-0586 ext 219 or steve.mcmurray@ncparks.gov

Date: 2015-06-20
Start time: 9:30
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Mount Jefferson State Natural Area    (336) 246-9653
Amphibians Answers
Amphibians are fun to see and they have been around for a good while. So, why are they in decline? Join the park ranger for a fascinating look at the some of the most current scientific literature available. Let’s find-out what we know about this next generation of amphibians. We will examine who the researchers are and what have they reported?



Date: 2015-06-20
Start time: 2:00
Start location: Picninc Shelter
 
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Carolina Beach State Park    (910) 458-8206
Carnivorous Plant Hike
Take a hike with a park ranger and learn about the fascinating world of carnivorous plants that grow at Carolina Beach State Park. See plants that bite back such as sundews bladderworts butterworts pitcher plants and the Venus fly trap. Meet at the Nature Trail Parking Lot at 10:00 a.m. For more information call 910-458-8206.

Date: 2015-06-21
Start time: 10:00 am
Start location: Nature Trail Lane Parking Area
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Family Discovery Nature Programs
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.
Cost: included with park admission

Date: 2015-06-21
Start time: 2pm
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Naturalist Niche Series Simon Says Birdwalk
Summer Birding: During the summer, dozens of species of warblers breed in Chimney Rock. Join world-traveled expert Simon Thompson on this moderate hike to see and hear these feathered friends, including Worm-eating, Swainson's, Black-and-white, Hooded and Yellow-throated Warblers. The summer-resident Scarlet Tanagers and Wood Thrushes will likely be singing and establishing their territories. Limited to 15; advance registration required. Call 800-277-9611 to register.
Binoculars and a field guide are also recommended. Wear comfortable shoes.

Date: 2015-06-21
Start time: 8:30am
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Civil War Musket Demonstration
Meet at the fort entrance at 10:30 or 2:30 to learn about the firing process of the Civil War musket.

Date: 2015-06-21
Start time: 10:30 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-06-21
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Family Discovery Nature Programs
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.
Cost: included with park admission

Date: 2015-06-22
Start time: 2pm
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-06-22
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Family Discovery Nature Programs
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.
Cost: included with park admission

Date: 2015-06-23
Start time: 2pm
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-06-23
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Family Discovery Nature Programs
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.
Cost: included with park admission

Date: 2015-06-24
Start time: 2pm
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Evening Gun
Meet at the fort at 4:00 p.m.to view a cannon firing demonstration.

Date: 2015-06-24
Start time: 4:00 p.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-06-24
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Family Discovery Nature Programs
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.
Cost: included with park admission

Date: 2015-06-25
Start time: 2pm
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-06-25
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Junior Ranger Day
Junior Ranger Day at Fort Macon State Park - Participants (ages 6-12) are invited to complete their Junior Ranger booklets with a variety of nature and historical programs offered throughout the day. Junior Rangers successfully completing their requirements will be awarded a Junior Ranger patch. Parents must accompany their children--NO drop-offs. Call park office (252-726-3775) for reservations. Space limited.

Date: 2015-06-25
Start time: 1:00 p.m.
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Natural Side of Fort Macon Hike
Join a ranger at the Visitor Center for a short hike exploring the natural side of Fort Macon. Hike will cover both trail and beach.

Date: 2015-06-25
Start time: 10:00 a.m.
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Raven Rock State Park    (910) 893-4888
Hike for Your Health
Get outside, get moving and get healthy! Join Raven Rock's Office Assistant as we enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and your beautiful state park. Must be able to hike 2 to 5 miles on trails that can be flat, hilly and include steps. Ages 12 and up. This hike is being offered every Thursday, so make it a healthy habit to come out to Raven Rock for some great weekly exercise. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Please call 910-893-4888 to register.

Date: 2015-06-25
Start time: 9 a.m.
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Family Discovery Nature Programs
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.
Cost: included with park admission

Date: 2015-06-26
Start time: 2pm
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-06-26
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Carolina Beach State Park    (910) 458-8206
Carnivorous Plant Hike
Take a hike with a park ranger and learn about the fascinating world of carnivorous plants that grow at Carolina Beach State Park. See plants that bite back such as sundews bladderworts butterworts pitcher plants and the Venus fly trap. Meet at the Nature Trail Parking Lot at 10:00 a.m. For more information call 910-458-8206.

Date: 2015-06-27
Start time: 10:00 am
Start location: Nature Trail Lane Parking Area
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Family Discovery Nature Programs
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.
Cost: included with park admission

Date: 2015-06-27
Start time: 2pm
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Elk Knob State Park    (828) 297-7261
Great American Backyard Campout
Novice campers are invited to join the Rangers at Elk Knob State Park for an enjoyable night of camping on Saturday, June 27 beginning no earlier than 3 pm. This is the seventh year that Elk Knob has participated in the campout which introduces families to the joy of camping without the expense of buying equipment. It is a great event for two main reasons: it allows participants a night of supervised camping at Elk Knob State Park, and we provide the tents, dinner, s'mores and interesting programs to fill the night with entertainment. Participants should bring their own snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, breakfast for Sunday morning, and their own sleeping bags or blankets. The campout is free but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by June 22. You may register by calling 828-297-7261. Space is limited to the first 7 families who have never camped before. Adults must accompany children. Children must be 6 years and older. Pets are not allowed. Don't miss a great opportunity to try camping without the expense involved. It may be the start of a new hobby for the family.



Planned activities include a demonstration of cool camping equipment by Footsloggers, an informative "Leave No Trace" presentation by Mast General Store, a live owl program and night hike by staff from Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation and viewing of the night skies through two 8" telescopes.



Activities begin at 4 pm so arrive early enough to get set up and be ready to enjoy the activities. Activities are subject to change.



Date: 2015-06-27
Start time: 3:00 p.m.
Start location: Field at park entrance
 
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Eno River State Park    (919) 383-1686
Geology Hike at Occoneechee Mountain
Come and learn about Occoneechee Mountain's geologic wonders. Explore the pyrophyllite quarry with a real geologist! Call 919-383-1686 to register. Limit 15.

Date: 2015-06-27
Start time: 2:00 p.m.
Start location: OCMO parking lot by the picnic table.
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Civil War Musket Demonstration
Meet at the fort entrance at 10:30 or 2:30 to learn about the firing process of the Civil War musket.

Date: 2015-06-27
Start time: 10:30 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-06-27
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Jordan Lake State Recreation Area    (919) 362-0586
C.A.S.T. (Catch A Sure Thing!)
Catch a Sure Thing (C.A.S.T.) This program is designed for youth ages 6 to 12 who have little to no experience with fishing and who want to learn. Participants (youth) will learn basic fishing skills such as, how bait a hook, what fish are found in Jordan Lake and if willing are encouraged to unhook the fish! No worries about casting. Youth will learn how to use a bobber and will sink the line straight off the dock. While on the dock, all youth will wear a PFD for safety regulations.
Group size is limited and reservations are required. Dress according to the weather and if needed bring water, sunscreen, hat and/or sunglasses. Fishing pole, bait and PFD will be provided.
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
If you have any questions or want to reserve a spot, call or email Ranger Steve McMurray at 919-362-0586 ext 219 or steve.mcmurray@ncparks.gov

Date: 2015-06-27
Start time: 9:30
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Mount Jefferson State Natural Area    (336) 246-9653
Amphibian Tube Ride (US 221 Access New River State Park)
Amphibian Tube Ride (Tube and Walk-Amphibian)

Amphibians are on the land and in the river? “Experience” what that’s all about! Bring your bathing suit a towel and learned something about amphibians then, head over to New River State Park. After a short amphibian introduction, each participant will float on an inner tube for a 15 minute ride down the river and then walk back up on the land. However, before each trip down the river you have to name something you know about amphibians. Amphibian information will be available throughout the activity. PFD’s will be provided to all participants.





Date: 2015-06-27
Start time: 2:00
Start location: US 221 Access New River State Park
 
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Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area    (919) 383-1686
Occoneechee Geology Hike
Come and learn about Occoneechee Mountain's geologic wonders. Explore the prophyllite quarry with a real geologist!

*Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Wear hiking shoes, bring water, sunscreen and bug repellant.

Date: 2015-06-27
Start time: 2:00 p.m.
Start location: OCMO parking lot by the picnic table.
 
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Carolina Beach State Park    (910) 458-8206
Carnivorous Plant Hike
Take a hike with a park ranger and learn about the fascinating world of carnivorous plants that grow at Carolina Beach State Park. See plants that bite back such as sundews bladderworts butterworts pitcher plants and the Venus fly trap. Meet at the Nature Trail Parking Lot at 10:00 a.m. For more information call 910-458-8206.

Date: 2015-06-28
Start time: 10:00 am
Start location: Nature Trail Lane Parking Area
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Family Discovery Nature Programs
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.
Cost: included with park admission

Date: 2015-06-28
Start time: 2pm
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Writers on the Rock
The culture and heritage of Appalachia is an experience like no other, and it serves as the perfect backdrop for a variety of storytelling. View the soaring cliffs and stunning valleys of Chimney Rock and the Hickory Nut Gorge as you get to know your favorite authors and meet new ones as they give readings, share their experiences and autograph copies of their books. A selection of titles by each author will be available for sale. A complete roster of authors will be available soon; check back for details.
Included with Park admission; 1-4pm on the upper parking lot

Date: 2015-06-28
Start time: 1pm
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Civil War Musket Demonstration
Meet at the fort entrance at 10:30 or 2:30 to learn about the firing process of the Civil War musket.

Date: 2015-06-28
Start time: 10:30 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-06-28
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Family Discovery Nature Programs
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.
Cost: included with park admission

Date: 2015-06-29
Start time: 2pm
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-06-29
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Family Discovery Nature Programs
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.
Cost: included with park admission

Date: 2015-06-30
Start time: 2pm
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-06-30
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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