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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!

 

Monday, August 1, 2016

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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

We will read “A Tale of Two Beasts” and learn the difference between Pets and Wild Animals through game and craft.  For kids age 3-5 and meant to do with a parent or caregiver.

Date of Event:
Friday, August 26, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center Auditorium

Meet at the bathhouse to learn about the different species of Sea Turtles that call our ocean home.

Date of Event:
Friday, August 26, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Beach Access Bathhouse

Celebrate 100 years of North Carolina State Parks at our first state park, Mount Mitchell. We’ll ascend nearly 4,000 feet in elevation in 6 miles to the 6,684 foot high summit of Mount Mitchell to join a celebration with music, food, history, and more.  Descent from the mountain will be by tour bus.  Spend two nights camping along the South Toe River and immerse yourself in the mountain... more

Date of Event:
Friday, August 26, 2016 - 10:30am to Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 6:00pm
Start Location:
Tour bus departing from Raleigh, NC. Or meet Friday Afternoon at Black Mountain Campground.

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 .
Friday, August 26, 2016 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Fort Entrance

The Stokes Future Farmers' Market provides both economic opportunities for local farmers and artisan crafters and access to fresh local food and local crafts to residents and visitors in Stokes County.  Our current vendors sell seasonal fresh produce, locally-raised beef, honey, handmade scented soaps, homemade baked goods, handmade jewelry, hand-painted decorative items, handmade kitchen... more

Date of Event:
Friday, August 26, 2016 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join park staff every Friday & Saturday at 2:00 pm to talk about animals found around the park. Learn about their unique adapatations and behaviors that help them survive. Approx. 30mins. All ages welcome. 

Date of Event:
Friday, August 26, 2016 - 2:00pm to Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a Park Intern in conducting an environmental study of the water at William B. Umstead State Park. Learn about the life cycles of insects and how studying the bugs found in streams can tell us how healthy the ecosystem is. We will take a stream sample, identify what we find, and discuss the results. Perfect for young people with an interest in STEM fields. There will be a short walk to the... more

Date of Event:
Friday, August 26, 2016 - 4:00pm
Start Location:
Oak Rock Trail (Meet at additional parking lot located below the Visitor Center)

Grandfather Mountain State Park’s Two Day Centennial events:  There is something for everyone!
 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26

On Friday, August 26 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, join us in a special event to celebrate the spectacular attributes of Grandfather Mountain and 100 years of NC State Parks.  Host of ... more

Date of Event:
Friday, August 26, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Start Location:
ASU Library, 218 College St, Boone (Room 114) (Google Map: https://goo.gl/ancIb2)
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