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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 Pettigrew State Park and learn about waterfowl that migrate to Lake Phelps every year.  This is an introduction to the many birds that are wintering in the area.  Meet at the park office at 9:00 a.m. to start this program.  Be sure to dress for the weather and be prepared to hike 1 mile.  Call the park office for more information 252 797-4475.

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Park Office

Meet with a park ranger at the Summit Area display board located on the upper side of the Summit Area parking lot.  We will be hiking along the Jomeokee Trail.  During the hike we will be discussing the park's history, geology and the local flora and fauna.

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Summit Area Parking Lot

Join a park 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 Jones Lake State Park Visitor Center at 10:00am.  Call the Park office at 910-588-4550 for more information. This event is free of charge and open to the general public.

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Enjoy a leisurely walk along the Hemlock Nature Trail, and learn about some of the many plant species that stay green all year long.  Meet at the Jacob Fork Parking Area at 11:00 am for this easy one mile walk.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Feb 27 2016 .
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Jacob Fork Parking Area

Come out and join a park ranger for a scavenger hunt/hike on the 1.2 mile Duck Cove Trail in Beaverdam Recreation Area.  Scavenger hunt is designed for ages 6-12 but all ages are encouraged to participate.

Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Wear appropriate clothes and shoes.  No registration required.

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Beaverdam Recreation Area - Duck Cove Trail

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