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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.

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Explore our 100th Anniversary events.

 

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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)

This year we celebrate North Carolina State Parks Centennial Anniversary (1916-2016). These wild and wonderful state parks are places of nature, beauty, family, and solitude. What do these parks mean to you? Take a moment, ponder, muse, experience, and then write your poem for the 100 year anniversary poetry contest. All styles of poetry are welcome. The contest deadline is April, 1st. There will be a variety of prizes. Drop your poems off at Mt. Jefferson or New River State Parks. For more information call (336) 246-9653.

 

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Fort Macon State Park
02/01/2016 - 10:00am

Meet at the Fort Visitor Center to learn about the wide range of flags used by the confederacy during the War Between the States.

 
Chimney Rock State Park
02/02/2016 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Last year, Grady the Groundhog saw his shadow, correctly predicting six more weeks of winter. Will he be right again this year? Join our furry animal educator on Groundhog’s Day to find out! Chimney Rock Mayor Peter O’Leary will officiate, and we’ll have special activities for kids. Make it a day of family fun with a hike afterward to the top of Chimney Rock or down the Hickory Nut Falls Trail. Included with admission fee to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.

 
Hammocks Beach State Park
02/02/2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Ahhh... you got to love and respect this progmosticating marmot!  Will spring come early this year?  Come out to the park in celebration of the day in which helps us look into the future.  But why?  Learn about the life and times of the whistling pig and why they are used to predict the future.

 
Fort Macon State Park
02/03/2016 - 10:00am

Learn about a Civil War era musket’s history, loading procedures and firing.  Meet in the fort.

 
Hammocks Beach State Park
02/04/2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Join a park ranger on a boat ride over to Huggins Island and learn about the unique history that has shaped this maritime island over the years.  You will get a chance to see and explore one of the Atlantic coast’s better preserved earthwork fortification and how it played a role in the American Civil War.  We will also look at how other populations utilized this island over the years- from early Native Americans to the first colonists of North Carolina.  DRESS FOR THE WEATHER!
 

Seating is limited; REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by contacting the park office: 910-326-4881.

 
Eno River State Park
02/05/2016 - 8:30am

Bring your binoculars and join us for a relaxing morning outing.  All experience levels welcome.
 
Bring hiking shoes, water and binoculars.
 
*Children must be accompanied by an adult.
 

 
Lake James State Park
02/05/2016 - 10:00am

Check out one of the best views on the lake with Park Ranger Clay Veasey. The Sandy Cliff Overlook Trail is an easy, 1/2-mile route through a section of the park that received a restorative prescribed fire in late 2014. Come see for yourself the amazing habitat improvement that can be achieved through a thoughtful prescribed burning program and bring your camera to record the awesome overlook view of Lake James. Meet at the Catawba River Area parking lot at 10 a.m.
 

 
Pettigrew State Park
02/06/2016 - 9:00am

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.

 
Jones Lake State Park
02/06/2016 - 10:00am

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.

 
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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)

This year we celebrate North Carolina State Parks Centennial Anniversary (1916-2016). These wild and wonderful state parks are places of nature, beauty, family, and solitude. What do these parks mean to you? Take a moment, ponder, muse, experience, and then write your poem for the 100 year anniversary poetry contest. All styles of poetry are welcome. The contest deadline is April, 1st. There will be a variety of prizes. Drop your poems off at Mt. Jefferson or New River State Parks. For more information call (336) 246-9653.

 

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Merchants Millpond State Park
02/07/2016 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Merchants Millpond is a wetland full of amazing and interesting animals.  Join a park ranger to find out more about the fascination wildlife we have here at the park.

 
New River State Park
02/07/2016 - 1:00pm

Learn about Black Bears! Join a Park Ranger to learn about this often feared creature. Black bears can be found throughout a large portion of NC. They often make the news when they pass through a populated area. This program will separate the facts and myths about black bears. Meet at the Visitor Center's auditorium.

 
Hanging Rock State Park
02/07/2016 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Did you know that there was once a tribe of Native Americans that lived in the Dan River Valley named the Saura Indians? Join a ranger and we will watch a short video, then play with Native American Tools & Games from Days Gone By.

 
Fort Macon State Park
02/08/2016 - 9:00am

Meet at the Visitor Center and take a leisurely hike to identify birds native to the area.

 
Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve
02/09/2016 - 5:00pm

Join us this month as we read and discuss our February selectio” In Search of Lost Frogs: The Quest to Find the World's Rarest Amphibians” by Dr. Robin Moore. This “part travelogue, part adventure story, part zoological journal” combines narrative with Moore’s own stunning photography to capture the spirit of Moore’s ambitious 2010 campaign-- an endeavor which  sent over thirty teams across the globe in search of amphibians not seen in decades. Featured as a Best Book of the Year by the Guardian, Mother Nature Network, and The Dodo, In Search of Lost Frogs will get all readers excited for the author’s visit to Weymouth Woods on February 27th! Receive 20% off the purchase price of this work at The Country Bookshop for mentioning that you’re part of Weymouth Woods’ book club.
 

 
Fort Macon State Park
02/10/2016 - 10:00am

Learn about a Civil War era musket’s history, loading procedures and firing.  Meet in the fort.

 
 
Disappearing Frogs Project (DFP) Art Exhibition Opening Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve 02/12/2016 - 8:00am to 02/29/2016 - 5:00pm

The (Disappearing Frog Project) DFP is raising awareness about the rapid, global disappearance of amphibian species. Artwork by regional and local area artists, including student artwork, celebrating Amphibians will be on display inside the newly remodeled museum.  Artwork is available for purchase.

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Hammocks Beach State Park
02/12/2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Join a ranger over to Bear Island and learn about one of North Carolina’s hidden treasures.  You will be able to explore and enjoy some of nature’s wonders that can be found during these cooler winter days and maybe collect some seashell souvenirs!  Dress appropriately for the weather and the boat ride.  We have a limited amount of binoculars to use for the trip; bring your own to use if you have them.
 

Seating is limited; REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by contacting the park office: 910-326-4881.

 
Grandfather Mountain State Park
02/12/2016 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

Have you ever wanted to try snowshoeing, or you like snowshoeing but do not have a pair? Well, this is your chance.  Join Ranger Sicard for a snowshoe hike that will begin at the Boone Fork Parking Lot (milepost 299.9 on the Blue Ridge Parkway). There will be a limited number of snowshoes available and will be given out on a first come first use basis, so please plan to arrive on time.  The hike will begin at 2pm and will last approximately 2-2.5 hours. Please dress accordingly for the weather and bring any snacks, water, and personal items you will need to be out in the weather for the duration of the hike. To make the hike more comfortable, we suggest you wear the sturdiest winter weather shoes you have (boots with firm soles and insulation to keep feet dry and warm). No animals will be allowed on the hike.   If the Parkway is closed, we will meet at the entrance to the Asutsi Trail on Hwy 221 (Located South of Holloway Mtn Road – GPS: 36.116397, -81.777301). If there is not enough snow to snowshoe, a program on Winter Weather Hiking will be substituted and will be at the same location(s) as mentioned above. 

** This hike will count toward our park's 100-Mile Challenge ** 

Dates for the Snowshoe Hikes:

  • Jan.23  2pm Snowshoeing
  • Jan.30  2pm Snowshoeing
  • Jan.31  2pm Snowshoeing
  • Feb.12  2pm Snowshoeing
  • Feb.13  2pm Snowshoeing
  • Feb.26  2pm Snowshoeing
  • Feb.27  2pm Snowshoeing

If you would like more information on the 100-Mile Challenge or if you have questions about the snowshoe hikes, please contact Ranger Sicard at the park office 828-963-9522 or email: grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov.

 
Crowders Mountain State Park
02/13/2016 - 8:00am to 11:30am

We are seeking volunteers to help us maintain our hiking trails at Crowders Mountain State Park.  Meet new people and work with experienced volunteers and park staff dedicated to maintaining the beautiful hiking trails at Crowders Mountain State Park.  No experience is required.  This is a great learning opportunity.  We will train you on the job.  The trail work includes task such as: erosion control, rehabbing old trails, building new trails, and rerouting sections of eroded trail.  All work tools, safety glasses, and hearing protection will be provided.  Water and refreshments will also be provided.  We ask that you bring work gloves, appropriate footwear for the outdoors, sunscreen, insect repellant, comfortable work clothes, and any medications that you may need. 

We meet at 8:00am at the Sparrow Springs Visitor Center for refreshments, fellowship, and a short safety meeting.  We will then work on the trails until 11:30am.  If you are interested in volunteering for our trail work days or need additional information, please call the park office at 704-853-5375.  

 
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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)

This year we celebrate North Carolina State Parks Centennial Anniversary (1916-2016). These wild and wonderful state parks are places of nature, beauty, family, and solitude. What do these parks mean to you? Take a moment, ponder, muse, experience, and then write your poem for the 100 year anniversary poetry contest. All styles of poetry are welcome. The contest deadline is April, 1st. There will be a variety of prizes. Drop your poems off at Mt. Jefferson or New River State Parks. For more information call (336) 246-9653.

 

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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

The (Disappearing Frog Project) DFP is raising awareness about the rapid, global disappearance of amphibian species. Artwork by regional and local area artists, including student artwork, celebrating Amphibians will be on display inside the newly remodeled museum.  Artwork is available for purchase.

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Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
02/14/2016 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Come on out to the lake and see what waterfowl are making Jordan Lake their home.    Join a park ranger on locating and identifying waterfowl.  Spotting scopes will be available and please dress for the weather!  We will meet between the playground and volleyball net.  For further information please contact Ranger Steve McMurray at steve.mcmurray@ncparks.gov or 919-356-0856 ext. 219

 
Lake James State Park
02/14/2016 - 10:00am

Looking for a unique way to spend quality time with your Valentine? Hermit thrushes, cedar waxwings, American goldfinches and brown creepers are among the many species of birds that spend the winter at Lake James. Ranger Jamie Cameron will be on hand to lead the hike, spot and identify birds along the way. The hike will take place on the 2.25-mile Fox Den Loop Trail. Dress appropriately for the weather and meet at the Catawba River Area breezeway at 10 a.m.
 

 
Grandfather Mountain State Park
02/14/2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Dates:  Feb. 14 & 21
Appropriate for ages 10 and up; children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  Please, no pets.

Participants will learn how to identify local trees without the aid of leaves by learning differences in bark, limb, bud and branching patterns. Participants are encouraged to bring field guides to local trees. Program will last approximately two hours and hike 1 mile (2 miles round trip).  Hiking boots are recommended. This is an outdoor event and those in attendance should come dressed for the current weather conditions. If there is new snow and/or ice, please call ahead. 828.963.9522 or email grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov.  Difficulty: moderately strenuous terrain.

 
Hammocks Beach State Park
02/15/2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Join a park ranger on a boat ride over to Huggins Island and learn about the unique history that has shaped this maritime island over the years.  You will get a chance to see and explore one of the Atlantic coast’s better preserved earthwork fortification and how it played a role in the American Civil War.  We will also look at how other populations utilized this island over the years- from early Native Americans to the first colonists of North Carolina.  DRESS FOR THE WEATHER!
 

Seating is limited; REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by contacting the park office: 910-326-4881.

 
Carvers Creek State Park
02/16/2016 - 11:00am

Park staff will be leading 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 approximately 15 minutes to walk from the parking lot to the Rain shelter. If you need a ride to the rain shelter you must attend the Tuesday tour. Please let us know as soon as possible.

 
Fort Macon State Park
02/17/2016 - 10:00am

Learn about a Civil War era musket’s history, loading procedures and firing.  Meet in the fort.

 
Fort Macon State Park
02/18/2016 - 10:00am

Meet in the Visitor Center lobby fo a leisurely hike exploring the natural side of Fort Macon.  Hike will cover both trail and beach.

 
Raven Rock State Park
02/19/2016 - 10:00am

Nature’s Seedlings is a monthly nature discovery program for ages 3 to 7 being held every third Friday of the month.  Explore the world of nature through games, exploration, interaction and crafts. 

February's program will be Who Lives In a Tree.  Children will develop an awareness of trees and some of the animals that call them home.  There will be fun crafts, games and everyone will help to plant a native tree by the Visitor Center.  If time allows we will take a .5 mile hike on the American Beech Trail to learn about the need that people and other animals have for trees and about the roles trees play in the forest.  Live animals will be on exhibit.
Registration is not required but please notify us if you are bringing a group.  Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the program.  Programs will be held outside weather permitting.  Meet at the Visitor Center.

 
Lake James State Park
02/20/2016 - 10:00am

Predators come in all shapes and sizes; those with feathers, those with scales and those with fur – each is unique in its own way. Meet Park Ranger Kevin Bischof to learn about some of the predators of Lake James and their adaptations that make them so effective in the hunt for prey. This will be an indoor program and includes a craft activity to design and create your very own predator. Bring your creativity and enthusiasm to the Catawba River Area basement classroom at 10 a.m.

 
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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)

This year we celebrate North Carolina State Parks Centennial Anniversary (1916-2016). These wild and wonderful state parks are places of nature, beauty, family, and solitude. What do these parks mean to you? Take a moment, ponder, muse, experience, and then write your poem for the 100 year anniversary poetry contest. All styles of poetry are welcome. The contest deadline is April, 1st. There will be a variety of prizes. Drop your poems off at Mt. Jefferson or New River State Parks. For more information call (336) 246-9653.

 

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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

The (Disappearing Frog Project) DFP is raising awareness about the rapid, global disappearance of amphibian species. Artwork by regional and local area artists, including student artwork, celebrating Amphibians will be on display inside the newly remodeled museum.  Artwork is available for purchase.

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Grandfather Mountain State Park
02/21/2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Appropriate for ages 10 and up; children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  Please, no pets.

Participants will learn how to identify local trees without the aid of leaves by learning differences in bark, limb, bud and branching patterns. Participants are encouraged to bring field guides to local trees. Program will last approximately two hours and hike 1 mile (2 miles round trip).  Hiking boots are recommended. This is an outdoor event and those in attendance should come dressed for the current weather conditions. If there is new snow and/or ice, please call ahead. 828.963.9522 or email grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov.  Difficulty: moderately strenuous terrain.

 
Lake James State Park
02/21/2016 - 1:00pm

Come experience nature in a new way, a magnified way! Nature Magnified is a new program series at Lake James that will be introducing kids to the natural world in a different way. Undoubtedly you’ve strolled along the trails of lake and experienced the beauty Lake James has to offer, but have you ever seen the natural world magnified? Come join Ranger Kevin Bischof as he leads a group along the trails of Lake James to explore the trees of the forest at a different level. The park will supply the magnifying loupes, all you have to do is bring the kids and a sense of exploration. Magnification will turn your walk in the woods into a whole new experience. Because the park has a limited number of magnifying loupes, please call ahead of time to reserve your spot. Reservations can be made by calling the park office at 828-584-7728. This program can be used for the Junior Ranger program and will meet at 1:00 pm near the East Shelter in the Paddy’s Creek Area of the park.

 
Lake Norman State Park
02/21/2016 - 1:00pm

North Carolina is home to 28 different birds of prey, who vary in size, habitat and adaptations. Join a ranger in the visitor center classroom to investigate the different characteristics of these birds. For more information, please feel free to call the Lake Norman State Park office at (704) 528-6350. 
 

 
Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve
02/22/2016 - 9:00am

Join us this month as we read and discuss our February selection,” In Search of Lost Frogs: The Quest to Find the World's Rarest Amphibians” by Dr. Robin Moore. This “part travelogue, part adventure story, part zoological journal” combines narrative with Moore’s own stunning photography to capture the spirit of Moore’s ambitious 2010 campaign-- an endeavor which  sent over thirty teams across the globe in search of amphibians not seen in decades. Featured as a Best Book of the Year by the Guardian, Mother Nature Network, and The Dodo, In Search of Lost Frogs will get all readers excited for the author’s visit to Weymouth Woods on February 27th! Receive 20% off the purchase price of this work at The Country Bookshop for mentioning that you’re part of Weymouth Woods’ book club.
 

 
 
Fort Macon State Park
02/24/2016 - 10:00am

Learn about a Civil War era musket’s history, loading procedures and firing.  Meet in the fort.

 
Raven Rock State Park
02/25/2016 - 9:00am

Hike for Your Heath, every Thursday at 9 a.m.
Get outside, get moving, get healthy and get moving.  Participants, ages 12 and up, should be able to hike 3 to 6 miles on trails that can be flat, hilly and include steps.  Please note that we can make adjustments in the route if you want to hike less than three miles.  We do stop to observe wildlife, enjoy environmental education moments and to listen to our natural world.  Call the visitor center for meeting location (910) 893-4888 extension 0.  

 
Grandfather Mountain State Park
02/26/2016 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

Have you ever wanted to try snowshoeing, or you like snowshoeing but do not have a pair? Well, this is your chance.  Join Ranger Sicard for a snowshoe hike that will begin at the Boone Fork Parking Lot (milepost 299.9 on the Blue Ridge Parkway). There will be a limited number of snowshoes available and will be given out on a first come first use basis, so please plan to arrive on time.  The hike will begin at 2pm and will last approximately 2-2.5 hours. Please dress accordingly for the weather and bring any snacks, water, and personal items you will need to be out in the weather for the duration of the hike. To make the hike more comfortable, we suggest you wear the sturdiest winter weather shoes you have (boots with firm soles and insulation to keep feet dry and warm). No animals will be allowed on the hike.   If the Parkway is closed, we will meet at the entrance to the Asutsi Trail on Hwy 221 (Located South of Holloway Mtn Road – GPS: 36.116397, -81.777301). If there is not enough snow to snowshoe, a program on Winter Weather Hiking will be substituted and will be at the same location(s) as mentioned above. 

** This hike will count toward our park's 100-Mile Challenge ** 

Dates for the Snowshoe Hikes:

  • Jan.23  2pm Snowshoeing
  • Jan.30  2pm Snowshoeing
  • Jan.31  2pm Snowshoeing
  • Feb.12  2pm Snowshoeing
  • Feb.13  2pm Snowshoeing
  • Feb.26  2pm Snowshoeing
  • Feb.27  2pm Snowshoeing

If you would like more information on the 100-Mile Challenge or if you have questions about the snowshoe hikes, please contact Ranger Sicard at the park office 828-963-9522 or email: grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov.

 
Jones Lake State Park
02/27/2016 - 9:00am

Join a park ranger early in the morning to burn some calories on a 4 mile hike around Jones Lake.  Learn about the different habitats while starting a healthy habit (exercise).  Participants should meet at the Visitor Center at 9:00 am for this program. Please bring bug spray, water, and hiking shoes.  This event is free of charge and is open to the general public.  Contact the park office at (910) 588-4550 with any questions.

 
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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)

This year we celebrate North Carolina State Parks Centennial Anniversary (1916-2016). These wild and wonderful state parks are places of nature, beauty, family, and solitude. What do these parks mean to you? Take a moment, ponder, muse, experience, and then write your poem for the 100 year anniversary poetry contest. All styles of poetry are welcome. The contest deadline is April, 1st. There will be a variety of prizes. Drop your poems off at Mt. Jefferson or New River State Parks. For more information call (336) 246-9653.

 

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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

The (Disappearing Frog Project) DFP is raising awareness about the rapid, global disappearance of amphibian species. Artwork by regional and local area artists, including student artwork, celebrating Amphibians will be on display inside the newly remodeled museum.  Artwork is available for purchase.

 
NC State Parks Week Lake Waccamaw State Park 02/28/2016 (All day) to 03/05/2016 (All day)

Celebrate NC State Parks Week by experiencing the natural beauty and serenity of our many state parks. Take a short hike. Do some animal watching. Explore the Visitor Center. There's plenty to enjoy at NC State Parks during this special week from 2/28/2016 through 3/5/2016.

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NC Parks Week Lake James State Park 02/28/2016 - 8:00am to 03/05/2016 - 6:00pm

Celebrate NC State Parks Week by experiencing the natural beauty and serenity of our many state parks. Take a short hike. Do some animal watching. Explore the park. There's plenty to enjoy at NC State Parks during this special week!

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Pilot Mountain State Park
02/28/2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Meet with a Park Ranger at the Corridor Lot Parking Area just past the Bean Shoals Access on Hauser Road to embark on a bird walk to look for our winter residents living around the North River Section.  We will be hiking along the Yadkin Island Trail.  Please bring your own binoculars, footwear adequate for hiking, and water.  This program is subject to cancellation during adverse weather conditions.

 
Gorges State Park
02/28/2016 - 10:00am

Meet a Park Ranger at the visitor center for a presentation on the history of Gorges State Park and the surrounding areas of the Jocassee Valley.

 
Hammocks Beach State Park
02/28/2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Do you have a boat and want an excuse to go out and enjoy a nice winter morning in coastal Carolina?  Come out to Hammocks Beach State Park and join park staff for a shoreline cleanup along Queens Creek!  This pristine waterway is one of the sources of freshwater for our coastal habitats.  People, several species of wildlife, and unique vegetation utilize this area in their own special way... and it needs our help!  Bring your boats down to the park and join us for this fun and beneficial cleanup by boat while enjoying the scenery and beauty of one of the area's key waterways.  Sign-up by contacting the park office: 910-326-4881.

 
 
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Join us this month as we read and discuss our February selectio” In Search of Lost Frogs: The Quest to Find the World's Rarest Amphibians” by Dr. Robin Moore.

Date of Event:
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 5:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Learn about a Civil War era musket’s history, loading procedures and firing.  Meet in the fort.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Wednesday until Wed Feb 24 2016 .
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Fort Parade Ground

The (Disappearing Frog Project) DFP is raising awareness about the rapid, global disappearance of amphibian species. Artwork by regional and local area artists, including student artwork, celebrating Amphibians will be on display inside the newly remodeled museum.  Artwork is available for purchase.

Date of Event:
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 8:00am to Monday, February 29, 2016 - 5:00pm
Start Location:
Weymouth Woods Gallery at the Visitor Center

Join a ranger over to Bear Island and learn about one of North Carolina’s hidden treasures.  You will be able to explore and enjoy some of nature’s wonders that can be found during these cooler winter days and maybe collect some seashell souvenirs!  Dress appropriately for the weather and the boat ride.

Date of Event:
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Have you ever wanted to try snowshoeing, or you like snowshoeing but do not have a pair? Well, this is your chance.  Join Ranger Sicard for a snowshoe hike that will begin at the Boone Fork Parking Lot (milepost 299.9 on the Blue Ridge Parkway).

Date of Event:
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Start Location:
Boone Fork Parking Area (Just north of the 300 Milepost on Blue Ridge Parkway) (GPS: 36.120076,-81.781358) http://goo.gl/dEizYH

Meet the park ranger for a one mile hike along the ridgeline out to Luther Rock. Bring a small flashlight and wear sturdy shoes.  Parts of this hike are considered strenuous and hiking at night can be physically challenging. This program is designed for all ages with good basic hiking skills. Children over 7 are welcome but must be closely supervised.  922
 

Date of Event:
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 6:00pm
Start Location:
Park Office

We will explore the different planets and stars that twinkle up in our skies at night.  We will use the telescope to look at the different celestial objects and constellations that might be up in the sky.  Bring your own telescope & red-lighted flashlight if you have them.
 

Date of Event:
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join Ornithologist, Susan Campbell, for Valentine's Weekend bird banding.  Mist nest will be set up at Visitor Center feeders. *Weather Permitting.

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 8:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center Feeders (located behind the Visitor Center)

We are seeking volunteers to help us maintain our hiking trails at Crowders Mountain State Park.

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 8:00am to 11:30am
Start Location:
Sparrow Springs Visitor Center

Join a ranger in this nationwide citizen-science project to count the birds in our backyard for the GBBC.  Hammocks Beach is a great location to see several bird species- from the ones that hide in the woods to those that swim our waters.  We have some binoculars and field guides to use; however you can bring your own if you have them!
 

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Start Location:
Visitor Center