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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 

 

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Fort Macon State Park
09/08/2016 - 10:00am
 
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09/08/2016 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
 
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Fort Macon State Park
09/12/2016 - 9:00am
 
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09/13/2016 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
 
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09/19/2016 - 9:00am to 9:45am
 
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Hawk Watch! - Take A Child Outside Week
Join members of Forsyth Audubon and Park Rangers as we count and document the number of migrating raptors!  Stop by the Little Pinnacle Overlook and look to the skies to see migrating hawks, falcons, eagles, and osprey!  Use a pair of binoculars to see the amazing spectacle for yourself and learn a bit about the natural history of migrating raptors... more

Date of Event:
Repeats every day 8 times .
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 10:00am to 6:00pm
Start Location:
LITTLE PINNACLE OVERLOOK

Lake James is an important waystation for all sorts of animals, birds and insects as the summer winds down. Past experience has proven to the park staff that there’s no better way to explore the lake and its abundant wildlife than by boat. Park Ranger Earl Weaver will be your captain and guide aboard the park patrol boat as we search for terns, beavers, eagles and scenic vistas. The weather... more

Date of Event:
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - East Shelter

Learn about a 19th century musket's history, loading procedures, and firing.

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Repeats every week every Wednesday until Wed Sep 28 2016 .
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Fort Macon

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.

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Repeats every day until Fri Sep 30 2016 except Sat Sep 17 2016, Sun Sep 18 2016.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Fort Entrance

Dune Ranger is a self-guided activity for young visitors to explore the park.  A park ranger will introduce the activities and help complete the first, attend one park program.  An official Dune Ranger patch will be awarded upon completion.  This program is part of the park's participation in  TACO Week (Take A Child Outdoors Week - September 24th-30th)

Date of Event:
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Enjoy a leisurely boat ride through the marsh waters adjacent to Hammocks Beach State Park as you enjoy the wildlife and beautiful scenery. You will learn about the ecology and cultural history of coastal North Carolina as you enjoy the pleasant autumn weather and sights of Swansboro. This interpretive ferry cruise will introduce you to local wildlife, history, and stories that helped shape... more

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Repeats every week every Wednesday and every Saturday until Sat Nov 19 2016 except Sat Oct 08 2016.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Here is your chance to be an official North Carolina State Parks Junior Ranger!  During this week-long program children will get a chance to explore the outdoor world through various topics including: reptiles, habitats, birds, and other wonders to be explored.  Every day will be a different topic to learn and explore.  Children will be working towards earning their North Carolina Junior... more

Date of Event:
Repeats every day until Fri Sep 30 2016 .
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 4:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a park ranger to begin your adventure into the basics of black bears.  What do bears eat? Where do they live? Do they hibernate during NC winters?
And will they attack?  Let’s answer these and other common questions about the largest land mammals in our woods. 
The Ranger will read a true story book about an adventurous bear from the Great Smoky Mountains

This program... more

Date of Event:
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Start Location:
Henderson County Main Library, Children's Auditorium

Join a Park Intern for a short hike on the Potts Branch Trail using the popular App "Pokemon Go". A Park Intern will be out on the trail to answer any questions that program attendees may have about the trail that they are hiking on and provide information about the plants and real life Pokemon that they may see. Parents must accompany children under the age of 16.
 

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Date of Event:
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 6:00pm
Start Location:
Crabtree Small Parking Lot (Located off Highway 70/Glenwood Ave, Raleigh)

46 years ago the General Assembly passed a bill establishing Raven Rock State Park.  To celebrate this anniversary starting September 1, 2016 and continuing through December 15, 2016 Raven Rock State Park’s Thursday morning Hike for Your Health is having a 46-mile Challenge.  Join us every Thursday as we hike 3 to 6 miles on trails that can be flat, hilly and include steps.  We can make... more

Date of Event:
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Call the Visitor Center at 910-893-4888 x0 for start location
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