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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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Join a park ranger for a leisurely hike along the 3.2 mile Great Blue Heron Loop Trail. The hike is easy to moderate and will take a couple of hours to complete. You are more than welcome to walk with the ranger and learn about the history of the park or strike out on own depending on your walking speed. For more information, please contact the park office at 336-342-6163.

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Parking lot of the Iron Ore Belt Access.

Join park staff as we hike the basin trail through maritime forest, back dune, and salt marsh habitat. The trail is approximately two miles and will pass the historic World War II bunker. We will take many stops along the way to learn about all the plants and animals that call this area home! Don't forget to bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray. Call 910-458-5798 to make reservations.

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Exhibit Room

Join staff of Horne Creek Living Historical Farm and a Park Ranger to make a bird feeder in a fun craft for kids and all ages.  Then join a park ranger to walk the grounds of the historical farm and identify some of our winter bird residents.  Please register at hornecreek@ncdcr.gov or call (336) 325-2298.  Cost for the program is $10.00 (+tax) and pre... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Horne Creek Living Historical Farm

Join our volunteer at the vernal pond at the Pump Station access to look for spotted or marbled salamanders, their egg masses and their young.  It’s the breeding season and with luck we’ll see some. Equipment is provided for the hunt. 
 
Bring water, wear shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting wet, and a camera to photograph the salamanders.
 
Children must be... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 10:30am
Start Location:
Pump Station Trailhead (Bridge on Rivermont Dr.)

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 Saturday until Sat Feb 25 2017 .
Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Jacob Fork Parking Area

Many species of waterfowl, including ducks, grebes, loons and cormorants spend the winter months on Lake James and now you have an opportunity to observe them in their element. Ranger Earl Weaver will be your captain and guide aboard the park patrol boat as we search for birds. The weather could be blustery, so be sure to dress warmly if you are one of the eight lucky participants.... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 12:45pm
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - East Shelter

Join a ranger for a reading of Dr. Seuss's "The Lorax".  We will discuss what is means to be a good steward to the environment and also make a craft to take home!

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Rollingview Shelter 15

For the 2017 annual theme, North Carolina State Parks will be honoring a usually small and frequently misunderstood group of animals: spiders! Come out for an indoor program to learn the basics and dispel some myths about this diverse and fascinating group of animals. A free spider bandanna will be given away!

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 25, 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:
Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Rain Shelter

Join a ranger to learn more about these wonderful birds and turn your eyes to the outdoors as the bluebirds begin to find their favorite spots.  We will discuss their natural history, the causes of their population decline, and the reasons for their amazing comeback!  Learn what you can do to help bluebirds in your own backyard.  Seating is limited so please call the park office (252-586-6588... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center
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