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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 

2016 Photo Scavenger Hunt

 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

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Raven Rock State Park
12/01/2016 - 9:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
12/01/2016 - 11:00am
 
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Fort Macon State Park
12/05/2016 - 10:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
12/05/2016 - 11:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
12/06/2016 - 11:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
12/08/2016 - 11:00am
 
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William B Umstead State Park
12/13/2016 - 9:45am
 
Fort Macon State Park
12/13/2016 - 11:00am
 
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Mount Jefferson State Natural Area
12/19/2016 - 10:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
12/19/2016 - 11:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
12/20/2016 - 11:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
12/22/2016 - 11:00am
 
Carvers Creek State Park
12/22/2016 - 1:00pm
 
Fort Macon State Park
12/23/2016 - 11:00am
 
Hammocks Beach State Park
12/23/2016 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
 
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Carvers Creek State Park
12/27/2016 - 10:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
12/27/2016 - 11:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
12/29/2016 - 11:00am
 
William B Umstead State Park
12/29/2016 - 2:00pm
 
Hammocks Beach State Park
12/30/2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
 
Fort Macon State Park
12/30/2016 - 11:00am
 
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Meet in the Fort entrance for a guided tour of Fort Macon.  Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are held Monday through Friday at 11:00.

Date of Event:
Repeats every day every Monday and every Tuesday and every Wednesday and every Thursday and every Friday until Fri Dec 30 2016 .
Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Fort Entrance

Meet in the Fort entrance for a guided tour of Fort Macon.  Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are held Monday through Friday at 11:00.

Date of Event:
Friday, December 9, 2016 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Fort Entrance

With the inlets always changing so do the barrier islands.  Bodie Island today extends to include the area of Jockey's Ridge.  Join us for a presentation on these changes and the history of Bodie Island.  Meets at the Jockey's Ridge State Park visitor center.

Date of Event:
Friday, December 9, 2016 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Come out before the premier of Star Wars: Rogue One to look up at the stars with North Carolina State University's Astrophysics Group. They will provide two telescopes and be your guide as you gaze upon Mercury, Venus, Orion Nebula, & galaxies far, far  a   w   a   y  .

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Date of Event:
Friday, December 9, 2016 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Start Location:
Beaverdam Entrance: 14600 Creedmoor Road, Wake Forest, NC

Please come out and join the Friends of the Cliffs and the staff at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park on the evening of Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, for our annual Christmas Flotilla and Tree Lighting.  This year's event will feature food and beverage selections from Pizza Inn of Goldsboro and Eat Roadkill Taphouse & Grill of Goldsboro, in addition to others.  The event will start at 5:30 p.m. at... more

Date of Event:
Friday, December 9, 2016 - 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Start Location:
Swim Lake Beach

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... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 8:00am to 11:30am
Start Location:
Sparrow Springs Visitor Center

Bring your binoculars and join us for a relaxing morning outing.  All experience levels welcome
 
Wear hiking shoes and long pants and bring water and binoculars.
 
*Children must be accompanied by an adult.
 

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 8:30am
Start Location:
Few's Ford Parking Loop

Join us as we explore the Longleaf Pine ecosystem in North Carolina's Sandhills and how it’s dependent on regular fire to grow. With a ranger, we will talk about this unique place, how animals and plants have adapted to survive here, and how fire plays a role in helping them thrive. We will also learn about techniques and equipment park rangers use to promote this ecosystem. We will... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Park Office

Bald eagles? Yes. Otters? Sure. Black bears? Yup. Bobcats? You betcha. Lake James and the land surrounding it are a paradise for wildlife. Winter is an excellent time to hit the woods and search for critters that can be easier to see now than any other season. Join Ranger Jamie Cameron for a hike on the Paddy’s Creek Trail, with plenty of views of the lake and great habitat for birds and... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - Bathhouse Breezeway

Join a ranger and learn about the geological mysteries of the Carolina Bays. Formation theories, and the natural communities associated with Carolina Bays will be discussed.  Participants should meet at the Park Visitor center at 10:00 am.  This event is free of charge and open to the general public. If you have any questions, please call the park office at (910) 588-4550.

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center
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