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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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Monday, August 1, 2016

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Join a Ranger at the bathhouse to enjoy a quiet canoe trip on the Hanging Rock Lake.  During this program, we will go over basic canoe techniques and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.  Bring questions, be prepared to be out on the lake for about 45 minutes, and don’t bring anything you cant live without. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  All equipment is provided.  There is no... more

Date of Event:
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 7:00pm
Start Location:
Lake Bathhouse

Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project will be presenting a talk on sea turtles at the Carolina Beach State Park visitor center at 7:00 p.m. Learn about threatened and endangered sea turtles nesting and hatching on our beaches from May - October, and how you can help protect these magnificent creatures. For more information contact the park office at (910) 458-8206.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Wednesday until Wed Aug 31 2016 .
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 7:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center Auditorium

Meet at the top of the main dune (at the park vehicle) about 30 minutes before sunset to learn about the park and local history.  Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on the dunes. Times depends on time of sunset. Approx. 20 mins.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 8:15pm to Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 8:15pm
Start Location:
Top of the Main Dune 30 minutes before sunset

Meet in the Visitor Center lobby for a leisurely hike exploring the natural side of Fort Macon.  Hike will cover both trail and beach.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu Sep 29 2016 .
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

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:
Repeats every day until Wed Aug 31 2016 .
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Fort Entrance

2016 marks 100 years since the first purchase that began the state park system.  "Saving the Best" is Exploring North Carolina's tribute to the work of park staff.  The video features scenery and landscapes found across the state.  Every Monday & Thursday at 2:00 pm.  All ages welcome.  Meet in the auditorium.

Date of Event:
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 2:00pm to Monday, August 29, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center Auditorium

Come join a Ranger to discover the often remarkable adaptations that help the animals of Umstead survive and thrive here.

Reservations Required: Please call the Visitor Center at (919)571-4170 Ext. 0
Limit: 25
Program Time: 30 Mins

Date of Event:
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center (Located off Highway 70/Glenwood Ave, Raleigh)

Tailgate with a Ranger to learn more about their multiple roles performed in the park. Tools of the trade will be on display. All are invited to this fun exchange of experiences and questions. Meet at Shelter #3 on the Indian Creek Trail.

Date of Event:
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Shelter # 3 Indian Creek Trail

Meet at the top of the main dune (at the park vehicle) about 30 minutes before sunset to learn about the park and local history.  Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on the dunes. Times depends on time of sunset. Approx. 20 mins.

Date of Event:
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 8:15pm to Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 8:15pm
Start Location:
Top of the Main Dune 30 minutes before sunset

The tranquility of paddling a canoe on a quiet morning is one of life's simple pleasures. Discover the beauty of Lake James State Park from the water with Park Ranger Jamie Cameron. Whether you're an expert paddler or you don't know the difference between starboard and port, we'll provide the equipment and instruction to make it a memorable morning. Six park canoes are set aside for this free... more

Date of Event:
Friday, August 26, 2016 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - Bathhouse Breezeway
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