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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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The Fish are waiting, will you walk away with a great fish story?   Come out and go fishing with a Park Ranger at Mayo River State Park.    The program starts with a meet up at 7pm at the picnic area parking lot.  Bring your own tackle, bait, and insect repellent.  There is some tackle available to be used own loan.  All participants 16 years old and older must have a North Carolina Fishing... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Start Location:
Picnic Area Parking Lot

Jones Lake State Park is offering a viewing of an installment of "Planet Earth".  The viewing will be located at the Visitor Center at 8:30 pm and is free to the public.  Bring the family, chairs, popcorn, and drinks.  For more info please contact Ranger John Privette at (910) 588-4550.

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 8:30pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Come out on a beautiful summer night to celebrate National Moth Week, which celebrates the beauty, diversity, & ecological importance of moths! We'll learn a little bit about our nighttime friends before we wander around an array of light-attractants and white sheets to ID as many moths as possible. 
All ages and moth experience welcome!

If you'd like, bring your own... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 8:30pm
Start Location:
Few's Ford Parking Lot

Join a Park Ranger at the River Run Trail head beginning at the lower river access parking lot for a short 1 mile round trip hike to learn about the park's unique history.  We will also visit an old home site off the trail.  Please wear sturdy shoes and bring some water.
 

Date of Event:
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 9:00am
Start Location:
221 Access Lower Parking Lot

Enjoy a program set up for children and the young at heart.  Campground Amphitheater - Campers and Cabin Guests only, PLEASE.
 

Date of Event:
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 9:30am
Start Location:
Campground Amphitheater

Meet a ranger at 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 the month of July and maybe collect some seashell souvenirs!  Dress appropriately for the weather.  Bring binoculars if you have them.
Meet at ferry waiting station on Bear Island.
 

Date of Event:
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 9:45am
Start Location:
Bear Island

Take a hike with a park ranger and learn about the fascinating world of carnivorous plants that grow at Carolina Beach State Park. See plants that bite back such as sundews bladderworts butterworts pitcher plants and the Venus fly trap. 

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Sunday and every Saturday until Sun Aug 28 2016 .
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Meet at the Nature Trail Lane Parking area

Bring the kids to check out our taxidermy mounts in the Discovery Room and learn about the animals that call Goose Creek home. 

Date of Event:
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Cost: Included with admission to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.

Meet with a park ranger in the Indoor Classroom in the Meadows to see what animals call Chimney Rock State Park HOME.
 

Date of Event:
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Indoor Classroom

Join a Ranger at the Pilot Creek Access to walk through the meadows to learn about pollinators and try your luck at catching some and identifying them.  Learn about their lifecycle, the difference in them, and why they are important in our everyday lives!

Date of Event:
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Start Location:
PILOT CREEK ACCESS
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