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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.

 

Monday, February 1, 2016

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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)
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Fort Macon State Park
02/01/2016 - 10:00am
 
Chimney Rock State Park
02/02/2016 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
 
Hammocks Beach State Park
02/02/2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
 
Fort Macon State Park
02/03/2016 - 10:00am
 
Hammocks Beach State Park
02/04/2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
 
Eno River State Park
02/05/2016 - 8:30am
 
Lake James State Park
02/05/2016 - 10:00am
 
Pettigrew State Park
02/06/2016 - 9:00am
 
Jones Lake State Park
02/06/2016 - 10:00am
 
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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)
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Merchants Millpond State Park
02/07/2016 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm
 
New River State Park
02/07/2016 - 1:00pm
 
Hanging Rock State Park
02/07/2016 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
 
Fort Macon State Park
02/08/2016 - 9:00am
 
Hallowed Ground: Historic Sites and Civil Rights Photography Exhibit Hanging Rock State Park 02/09/2016 - 9:00am to 02/29/2016 - 4:45pm
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Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve
02/09/2016 - 5:00pm
 
Fort Macon State Park
02/10/2016 - 10:00am
 
 
Disappearing Frogs Project (DFP) Art Exhibition Opening Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve 02/12/2016 - 8:00am to 02/29/2016 - 5:00pm
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Hammocks Beach State Park
02/12/2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
 
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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)
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Hallowed Ground: Historic Sites and Civil Rights Photography Exhibit Hanging Rock State Park 02/09/2016 - 9:00am to 02/29/2016 - 4:45pm
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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
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Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
02/14/2016 - 9:00am to 10:00am
 
Lake James State Park
02/14/2016 - 10:00am
 
Grandfather Mountain State Park
02/14/2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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)
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Hallowed Ground: Historic Sites and Civil Rights Photography Exhibit Hanging Rock State Park 02/09/2016 - 9:00am to 02/29/2016 - 4:45pm
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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
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Grandfather Mountain State Park
02/21/2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
 
Lake James State Park
02/21/2016 - 1:00pm
 
Lake Norman State Park
02/21/2016 - 1:00pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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)
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Hallowed Ground: Historic Sites and Civil Rights Photography Exhibit Hanging Rock State Park 02/09/2016 - 9:00am to 02/29/2016 - 4:45pm
 
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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
 
NC State Parks Week Lake Waccamaw State Park 02/28/2016 (All day) to 03/05/2016 (All day)
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NC Parks Week Lake James State Park 02/28/2016 - 8:00am to 03/05/2016 - 6:00pm
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Pilot Mountain State Park
02/28/2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am
 
Gorges State Park
02/28/2016 - 10:00am
 
Hammocks Beach State Park
02/28/2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
 
 
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Event List

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