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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.

 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

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Fort Macon State Park
02/03/2017 - 11:00am
 
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Crowders Mountain State Park
02/07/2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
 
Fort Macon State Park
02/07/2017 - 11:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
02/09/2017 - 11:00am
 
Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area
02/09/2017 - 1:00pm
 
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Fort Macon State Park
02/16/2017 - 10:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
02/16/2017 - 11:00am
 
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Fort Macon State Park
02/20/2017 - 11:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
02/21/2017 - 11:00am
 
Jockeys Ridge State Park
02/21/2017 - 2:00pm
 
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Fort Macon State Park
02/27/2017 - 11:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
02/28/2017 - 11:00am
 
Hammocks Beach State Park
02/28/2017 - 4:00pm
 
 
 
 
 
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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 week every Monday and every Tuesday and every Wednesday and every Thursday and every Friday until Tue Feb 28 2017 .
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Fort Entrance

We've all had (or at least heard of) maple syrup. Traditionally maple syrup making is a typical scene in the winter forests of the Northeast and upper Midwest of the United States, however, the Southeast has its own version of maple syrup that is just as good and made in the same way.

Join a Park Ranger to learn how to properly identify Sycamore trees, how to tap them for their sap, and... more

Date of Event:
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center - 8801 Glenwood Avenue entrance

The Division of Parks and Recreation and Hammocks Beach State Park along with the community are excited to discover and explore the ideas and concepts that will shape the mainland area of Hammocks Beach State Park and encourage everyone to get involved and join the conversation as we explore the possibilities!  Citizens will be able to comment on conceptual plans, programming elements and... more

Date of Event:
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

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, February 24, 2017 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Fort Entrance

Join a ranger to talk about the only native marsupial in the United States, the opossum.

Date of Event:
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

How did women help the soldiers during the War Between the States?  What kind of items did the women spies conceal and how was it done?   Were there any spies in Carteret County and the surrounding areas?  To find out the answers to these and other questions join us on Friday, February 24th at 2pm in the Fort for our Spy Sensibilities program.
 

Date of Event:
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Ft. Macon

Need to add a few miles to you log? Join a State Ranger at the visitor center off of Highway 221 I the New River State Park for a 2.4 mile hike. It is recommended to where sturdy shoes, dress according to the weather for the day and bring water.
 

Date of Event:
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
221 Access Visitor Center

Meet with a park ranger at the start of the Jomeokee Trail to experience our most popular trail as the sun begins to go down and our nocturnal animals emerge.  We will be hiking along the Jomeokee Trail while trying to listen and find some of our most elusive species like owls, coyotes, bobcats, and more!  Please bring your own flashlight (preferably red), dress for the weather, and be... more

Date of Event:
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Start Location:
Summit Area Parking Lot

The Challenge is this: Begin at dawn in Black Mountain, the quaint "front porch of Western North Carolina", and follow trails to the "rooftop" of Western North Carolina, the 6,684' summit of Mount Mitchell - eastern America's highest point - then return to the start/finish area!  With a starting altitude of 2,360', the elevation gain for this 40-mile run will be 4,324' - in the first 20 miles... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 7:00am to 10:00pm
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This hike is part of the 2017 Stanly Winter Hiking Series, Community Health Wellness.  This hike is availabe to all age groups and meets at Morrow Mountain State Park Office Parking lot.   We will hike 5.0 miles on the Morrow Mountain Trail.  Please wear hiking shoes and appropriate clothing for weather and bring water for hydration.  In the event of inclement weather hikes may be cancelled,... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Morrow Mountain State Park Office Parking Lot
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