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There's something for everyone

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.

Browse through the calendar or the event listing below.

Explore our 100th Anniversary events.

 

Monday, February 1, 2016

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Century of State Parks Poetry Contest Mount Jefferson State Natural Area 01/01/2016 (All day) to 04/01/2016 (All day)
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Fort Macon State Park
02/01/2016 - 10:00am
 
Chimney Rock State Park
02/02/2016 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
 
Hammocks Beach State Park
02/02/2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
 
Fort Macon State Park
02/03/2016 - 10:00am
 
Hammocks Beach State Park
02/04/2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
 
Eno River State Park
02/05/2016 - 8:30am
 
Lake James State Park
02/05/2016 - 10:00am
 
Pettigrew State Park
02/06/2016 - 9:00am
 
Jones Lake State Park
02/06/2016 - 10:00am
 
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Century of State Parks Poetry Contest Mount Jefferson State Natural Area 01/01/2016 (All day) to 04/01/2016 (All day)
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Merchants Millpond State Park
02/07/2016 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm
 
New River State Park
02/07/2016 - 1:00pm
 
Hanging Rock State Park
02/07/2016 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
 
Fort Macon State Park
02/08/2016 - 9:00am
 
Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve
02/09/2016 - 5:00pm
 
Fort Macon State Park
02/10/2016 - 10:00am
 
 
Disappearing Frogs Project (DFP) Art Exhibition Opening Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve 02/12/2016 - 8:00am to 02/29/2016 - 5:00pm
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Hammocks Beach State Park
02/12/2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
 
Grandfather Mountain State Park
02/12/2016 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
 
Crowders Mountain State Park
02/13/2016 - 8:00am to 11:30am
 
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Century of State Parks Poetry Contest Mount Jefferson State Natural Area 01/01/2016 (All day) to 04/01/2016 (All day)
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Disappearing Frogs Project (DFP) Art Exhibition Opening Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve 02/12/2016 - 8:00am to 02/29/2016 - 5:00pm
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Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
02/14/2016 - 9:00am to 10:00am
 
Lake James State Park
02/14/2016 - 10:00am
 
Eno River State Park
02/14/2016 - 2:00pm
 
Hammocks Beach State Park
02/15/2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
 
Carvers Creek State Park
02/16/2016 - 11:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
02/17/2016 - 10:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
02/18/2016 - 10:00am
 
Raven Rock State Park
02/19/2016 - 10:00am
 
Lake James State Park
02/20/2016 - 10:00am
 
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Century of State Parks Poetry Contest Mount Jefferson State Natural Area 01/01/2016 (All day) to 04/01/2016 (All day)
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Disappearing Frogs Project (DFP) Art Exhibition Opening Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve 02/12/2016 - 8:00am to 02/29/2016 - 5:00pm
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Lake James State Park
02/21/2016 - 1:00pm
 
Lake Norman State Park
02/21/2016 - 1:00pm
 
Pilot Mountain State Park
02/21/2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
 
Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve
02/22/2016 - 9:00am
 
 
Fort Macon State Park
02/24/2016 - 10:00am
 
Raven Rock State Park
02/25/2016 - 9:00am
 
Grandfather Mountain State Park
02/26/2016 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
 
Jones Lake State Park
02/27/2016 - 9:00am
 
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Century of State Parks Poetry Contest Mount Jefferson State Natural Area 01/01/2016 (All day) to 04/01/2016 (All day)
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Disappearing Frogs Project (DFP) Art Exhibition Opening Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve 02/12/2016 - 8:00am to 02/29/2016 - 5:00pm
 
NC State Parks Week Lake Waccamaw State Park 02/28/2016 (All day) to 03/05/2016 (All day)
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NC Parks Week Lake James State Park 02/28/2016 - 8:00am to 03/05/2016 - 6:00pm
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Pilot Mountain State Park
02/28/2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am
 
Gorges State Park
02/28/2016 - 10:00am
 
Hammocks Beach State Park
02/28/2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
 
 
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Come to Raven Rock State Park and Create amphibian-inspired artwork! with a lesson from local artist, Jeannine Reese.

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Meet a Park Ranger at the Visitor Center to debunk common myths and to learn fascinating facts about owls who live in the park.

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 1:00pm to 1:45pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Come join park staff Celebrate 100 S’more Years in North Carolina State Parks with free cook em’ yourself s’mores.  We will provide the s’mores ingredients and the fire, just stop into the visitor center (8801 Glenwood Ave) between 1pm and 3pm to learn a little about the history of William B. Umstead State Park and enjoy a free s’mores before or after you hike. 

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center 8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC

 Join a park ranger around the campfire to hear the history of NC State Parks. (about 20 minutes)  Celebrate by making and eating S’mores!  First 5 families to sign up and participate get a 100 year celebration bandana.   Dress for outdoor weather and bring your own chair or blanket to sit on.  Rain date is Feb 7th @ 1 PM. 
 

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Meet at the Visitor Center for a nature hike discussing various aspects about nature in winter. This hike will be about 2 miles long and will take place on trails that are easy to moderate for the average person.

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
US 221 Access Visitor Center

Lake James hosts many species of waterfowl during the winter months, as well as the critters that stay here year-round. As an added bonus, winter offers some of the most majestic views of the Linville Gorge and the Black Mountain Range of the year. Ranger Clay Veasey will be your captain and guide aboard the park patrol boat as we search for loons, otters, eagles and scenic vistas.

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 1:45pm
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - East Shelter

When snow is on the ground and the trees are bare, how do all those non-hibernating animals get by?  How did humans get by, especially if their stores of food ran out or went bad?  There are sources of nutrition and medicinals year round if you know where to look.  Come find out.  Program will be outdoors, weather permitting, but will be indoors otherwise.

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Trailhead Parking Lot

“The 10 Essentials”
What items should you always carry with you when hiking?  Meet a Park Ranger at the Visitor Center at 2:00 pm to learn about the "10 Essentials".  
 
 

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Bird-watching is fun year-round, but February is a great month to start! Learn about the different birds found in our area in winter months. We'll cover how to ID them, what to feed them, and why YOUR participation in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count from February 12-15, 2016 is important!

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Auditorium

The Junior Ranger Program gives participants an opportunity to take a closer look at careers managing natural resources. Activities allow for closer examination of plants and wildlife found in state parks. Join a Park Ranger for an overview of the program and both activities from the program will be covered. Learn general information about the animals that call William B.

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Vistor Center Auditorium