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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!

 

Friday, July 1, 2016

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Meet at park office then drive up to the picnic area. This is a simi-strenuous Night Hike to Luther Rock. We will discuss bat’s echo-location, owl survival skills, and stars or space ships that cross each evening above Ashe County. Bring closed toe shoes and a small flashlight. Must have an Adult Present
 

Date of Event:
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 8:00pm
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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:
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 8:15pm to Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 8:15pm
Start Location:
Top of the Main Dune 30 minutes before sunset

“Don’t Blink”- Mysterious Rock BirdsThursday July 28th, 9:00 am Get up and search for the rock birds. These winged creatures secretly live up the mountains. Our hike into the Lost Province Trail will search just under 2 miles of forest. We will explore the world of these winged wanders. Don’t even blink on this adventure, these things are fast. Good luck.  ... more

Date of Event:
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Aicnic Area

Pettigrew State Park presents Dragonfly Detectives!! Come join us in participating in a Dragonfly Detectives citizen science project. Participants will have an opportunity to participate in real science and learn about the natural world through hands-on activities. Some of these activities include identifying and catching dragonflies, identifying aquatic insects, learning about migration,... more

Date of Event:
Repeats every day every Monday and every Tuesday and every Wednesday and every Thursday and every Friday until Fri Jul 29 2016 .
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Park Office

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

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu Jul 28 2016 .
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

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 Sat Jul 30 2016 .
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Fort Entrance

What items should you always carry with you when hiking?  Meet a Park Ranger at the Visitor Center to learn about the "10 Essentials".     
 

Date of Event:
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

2016 marks 100 years since the first purchase that began the state park system.  "Saving the Best" is Exploring North Carolina's tribute to the work of park staff.  The video features scenery and landscapes found across the state.  Every Monday & Thursday at 2:00 pm.  All ages welcome.  Meet in the auditorium.

Date of Event:
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 2:00pm to Monday, August 29, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center Auditorium

Discover the natural and cultural history of our sea turtles including their nesting activities, any natural and human threats, and all the management practices being implemented to protect these sea dwellers.
 

Date of Event:
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Bear Island

Meet a Ranger at the Bathhouse for a paddle around Hanging Rock's 12-acre lake.  We'll talk about the flora and fauna of the park and hopefully see some wildlife.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Basic canoeing skills are highly suggested.  All equipment is provided. There is no fee but you MUST pre-register.  Limit 15 participants.  Sign-up at the Visitor Center (336) 593-8480.  No... more

Date of Event:
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 7:15pm
Start Location:
Lake Bathhouse
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