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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.

Browse through the calendar or the event listing below.

Explore our 100th Anniversary events or our Summer Bucket List!

 

Friday, July 1, 2016

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Discover the animals of Jockey’s Ridge and learn to identify them by the clues they leave behind. Includes an activity and a short hike. Every Wednesday at 2:00 pm.  Approx. 1 hr. *Registration Required (ages 7-13).

Date of Event:
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 2:00pm to Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center Auditorium

Discover the natural and cultural history of our sea turtles including their nesting activities, any natural and human threats, and all the management practices being implemented to protect these sea dwellers.
 

Date of Event:
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Bear Island

Join a Ranger in the Visitor Center auditorium to learn all about the snakes that we have in the area.  Program will be approximately 35-45 minutes.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Meet in the fort to watch a 19th century cannon be loaded and fired in the military tradition of the "Evening Gun."  US Coast Guard Base Fort Macon will provide the cannon crew.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Wednesday until Wed Jul 27 2016 .
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 4:00pm
Start Location:
Fort Macon

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, July 27, 2016 - 7:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center Auditorium

Meet at park office then drive up to the picnic area. This is a simi-strenuous Night Hike to Luther Rock. We will discuss bat’s echo-location, owl survival skills, and stars or space ships that cross each evening above Ashe County. Bring closed toe shoes and a small flashlight. Must have an Adult Present
 

Date of Event:
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 8:00pm
Start Location:

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, July 27, 2016 - 8:15pm to Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 8:15pm
Start Location:
Top of the Main Dune 30 minutes before sunset

“Don’t Blink”- Mysterious Rock BirdsThursday July 28th, 9:00 am Get up and search for the rock birds. These winged creatures secretly live up the mountains. Our hike into the Lost Province Trail will search just under 2 miles of forest. We will explore the world of these winged wanders. Don’t even blink on this adventure, these things are fast. Good luck.  ... more

Date of Event:
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Aicnic Area

Pettigrew State Park presents Dragonfly Detectives!! Come join us in participating in a Dragonfly Detectives citizen science project. Participants will have an opportunity to participate in real science and learn about the natural world through hands-on activities. Some of these activities include identifying and catching dragonflies, identifying aquatic insects, learning about migration,... more

Date of Event:
Repeats every day every Monday and every Tuesday and every Wednesday and every Thursday and every Friday until Fri Jul 29 2016 .
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Park Office

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 Jul 28 2016 .
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center
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