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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.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

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Wildlife Rehab Inc. of Forsyth County will bring live animals and discuss caring for injured and orphaned wildlife.  Meet at the Campground Amphitheater.  The General Pubic is invited but must park in the Visitor Center or Lake parking lots due to lack of parking by the Amphitheater.  Positively no dogs allowed at this program.

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Start Location:
Campground Amphitheater

Escape the summer heat and enjoy the sights and sounds along this peaceful section of the Eno River.
**Children must be accompanied by an adult.
**It is strongly recommended that participants should wear closed-toe shoes that are appropriate for hiking.  We also suggest bringing a full water bottle, snack, and a rain jacket.    

Date of Event:
Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 8:30am
Start Location:

Enjoy a program set up for children and the young at heart.  Campground Amphitheater - Campers and Cabin Guests only, PLEASE.

Date of Event:
Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 9:30am
Start Location:
CAmpground Amphitheater

Cost: Admission to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.
Special Ranger Boot Camp for World Ranger Day
Around the globe, park rangers are on the front line in the fight to protect our natural heritage. World Ranger Day offers a chance to support their vital work, which ranges from environmental campaigning to education. The day is also an opportunity to... more

Date of Event:
Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Start Location:
Cliff Dwellers

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. 

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Sunday and every Saturday until Sun Aug 28 2016 .
Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Meet at the Nature Trail Lane Parking area

Meet in Fort Macon at 10:30 or 2:30 to learn about a 19th century musket's history, loading procedures, and firing.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Sunday and every Saturday until Sun Jul 31 2016 except Sat Jul 16 2016, Sun Jul 17 2016.
Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 10:30am to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Fort Macon

Join an Environmental Educator at the Indian Creek trailhead to discover the amazing design and construction of various “Home-Sweet-Homes” you might see in the park.  Learn to distinguish the difference between the nests of hornets and paper wasps as well as a variety of birds.

Date of Event:
Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 11:00am to 11:45am
Start Location:
Indian Creek Trailhead

Meet in the Fort entrance for a guided tour of Fort Macon.  Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are held daily at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00, & 3:00.

Date of Event:
Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Fort Entrance

Join park staff for a presentation about sea turtles. We will discuss what species we see here at Fort Fisher, basic biology, and what we do to help with conservation efforts. Please call 910-458-5798 to make reservations.

Date of Event:
Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Exhibit Room

Join a ranger at the visitor center to learn about animals that make their home at Merchants Millpond.  We will use taxidermy mounts to talk about these special animals.  Meet at the visitors center at 1 PM.  Program is approximately 30 minutes.

Date of Event:
Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center
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