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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.

 

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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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Come on out and Join a Park Ranger at the Bald Eagle Observation Deck. Learn about the bald eagles of Jordan Lake and let’s see what other birds we can spot and identify!!!  The deck is located off of Martha’s Chapel Road approx. ¼ mile from Ferrington Road.  Look for the binocular sign and park in the gravel parking lot.  Please come prepared for the weather.  The deck is usually 5-10 degrees... more

Date of Event:
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 9:30am
Start Location:
Observation Deck off of Martha's Chapel Rd.

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:
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
SUMMIT AREA PARKING LOT

Want to learn how to attract cool critters to your yard?  Join a Ranger to learn tricks for getting visits form frogs, salamanders, birds and pollinators.

Then, build a bluebird house you can take home!  Parts will be pre-cut and pre-drilled; fun for all age!  ....and its FREE!  Registration is required and limited.  Please dress for the weather and bring drinking water and a snack. ... more

Date of Event:
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Beaverdam Shelter 23

Easily the nation’s most iconic and easily identified birds (at least the adults), the bald eagle is the cherished symbol of our great country, but what do you know about its life cycle and habits? Lake James hosts a healthy population of eagles throughout the year – including a nest site that has been active for more than a decade. Join Ranger Jamie Cameron on a quest to spot one of these... more

Date of Event:
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 1:30pm
Start Location:
Catawba River Area - Park Office

Join a Ranger at the visitor center for a program that discusses some interesting facts about the reasons that white-tailed deer shed their antlers this time of year.  The program will last approximately 45 minutes.

Date of Event:
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 1:30pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Learn about the most common animals who call the Swamp home. There will be mounts, pelts, and skulls to see. This program will be held indoors, so come out and enjoy it, rain or shine!

Date of Event:
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Auditorium

Park staff will be leading a historical tour through Mr. James Stillman Rockefeller's winter estate.  We will be walking through and around the estate and discussing the history of the surrounding structures, some dating back to the early 1800s.  Tours are free but YOU MUST SIGN-UP ahead of time.  You may call or come by the office to sign up. Please allow... more

Date of Event:
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Rain Shelter

It is the year of the Spider in North Carolina State Parks, and while it is a bit early in the year to go looking for spiders it is never too early to start learning about them.  Join a park ranger at the main park office (6101 Cole Mill Road) to learn about these amazing creatures.  We will follow it up with a hike down to Fews Ford to look for examples of good spider habitats.... more

Date of Event:
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Park Office

Enjoy a leisurely walk along the Hemlock Nature Trail, and learn about some of the many plant species that stay green all year long. 
 

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Sunday until Sun Feb 26 2017 .
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Jacob Fork Parking Area

Appropriate for ages 12 and up; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 

How many times have you been out and seen a flower you like and wish you could keep it forever. Join Ranger Sicard for the Origami flower making session and you can do just that. Participants will get the chance to make a few different kinds of flowers closely resembling the real flower which... more

Date of Event:
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Park Office - 9872 Hwy 105 S, Suite 6, Banner Elk (Google Map: https://goo.gl/Uq0vrX)
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