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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 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:
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 8:15pm to Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 8:15pm
Start Location:
Top of the Main Dune 30 minutes before sunset

Meet at the bathhouse to view space through a telescope and learn more about our Universe.

Date of Event:
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 9:00pm
Start Location:
Beach Access Bathhouse

Use a seine net to discover the aquatic life found thriving in Roanoke Sound.  Be sure to wear clothes and shoes that you don't mind getting wet.  Every Wednesday at 9:00 am at the Parks's sound access on W. Soundside Road.  All ages.  Approx. 45 mins.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 9:00am to Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Park Sound Access on W. Soundside Road

Calling all Jr. Rangers! From July 25th to the 27th New River State Park will be hosting an Advanced Ranger day camp.  Join park staff to build upon your Jr. Ranger skills. We will meet at the 221 Access Visitor Center from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. each day. Please bring water and be prepared to get wet. For more information or to sign up please call the park at 336-982-2587.
 

Date of Event:
Repeats every day every Monday and every Tuesday and every Wednesday and every Thursday and every Friday until Wed Jul 27 2016 .
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
221 Access Area - Visitor Center

Appropriate for Kids ages 6-12
** All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Adults are required to participate on the hike.  Younger siblings ages 4-5 welcome with accompanying parent or adult.  Please no pets.

Join a park ranger to explore the Track Trail section of the Profile Trail!  This is a two-mile round trip hike. Families... more

Date of Event:
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:30pm
Start Location:
Profile Trail Parking Area, Hwy 105 S, Banner Elk (GPS: 36.121990, -81.829993) https://goo.gl/dBX99s

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 .
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Park Office

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 .
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Fort Entrance

Discover the animals of Jockey’s Ridge and learn to identify them by the clues they leave behind. Includes an activity and a short hike. Every Wednesday at 2:00 pm.  Approx. 1 hr. *Registration Required (ages 7-13).

Date of Event:
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 2:00pm to Wednesday, August 31, 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:
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Bear Island

Join a Ranger in the Visitor Center auditorium to learn all about the snakes that we have in the area.  Program will be approximately 35-45 minutes.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center
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