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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 or NC Science Festival events.

 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

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“The Snakes of North Carolina” Lake Waccamaw State Park 03/31/2016 - 12:00pm to 06/18/2016 - 10:00am
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Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
05/01/2016 - 7:30am
 
Grandfather Mountain State Park
05/01/2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am
 
Merchants Millpond State Park
05/01/2016 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
 
Fort Macon State Park
05/02/2016 - 10:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
05/02/2016 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
 
NC Paddle Festival American Canoe Association Paddle Classes Hammocks Beach State Park 05/03/2016 - 9:00am to 05/06/2016 - 6:00pm
 
Stars and Planets Mayo River State Park 05/07/2016 - 9:30pm to 05/08/2016 - 12:30am
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Fort Macon State Park
05/03/2016 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
 
Lumber River State Park
05/04/2016 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
 
Fort Macon State Park
05/05/2016 - 10:00am
 
Dismal Swamp State Park
05/06/2016 - 9:30am
 
Chimney Rock State Park
05/07/2016 - 5:00am to 7:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
05/07/2016 - 8:00am
 
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“The Snakes of North Carolina” Lake Waccamaw State Park 03/31/2016 - 12:00pm to 06/18/2016 - 10:00am
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Stars and Planets Mayo River State Park 05/07/2016 - 9:30pm to 05/08/2016 - 12:30am
 
Fort Tours Fort Macon State Park 05/09/2016 - 11:00am to 05/15/2016 - 4:00pm
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Fort Tours Fort Macon State Park 05/08/2016 - 11:00am to 05/14/2016 - 4:00pm
 
Carolina Beach State Park
05/08/2016 - 10:00am
 
Dismal Swamp State Park
05/08/2016 - 11:00am
 
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area
05/08/2016 - 11:30am
 
Lake James State Park
05/09/2016 - 8:00am
 
Fort Tours Fort Macon State Park 05/10/2016 - 11:00am to 05/16/2016 - 4:00pm
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Fort Tours Fort Macon State Park 05/11/2016 - 11:00am to 05/17/2016 - 4:00pm
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Fort Tours Fort Macon State Park 05/12/2016 - 11:00am to 05/18/2016 - 4:00pm
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Fort Tours Fort Macon State Park 05/13/2016 - 11:00am to 05/19/2016 - 4:00pm
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Spring Boy Scout Day & Campout Chimney Rock State Park 05/14/2016 - 9:30am to 05/15/2016 - 9:00am
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Fort Tours Fort Macon State Park 05/14/2016 - 11:00am to 05/20/2016 - 4:00pm
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“The Snakes of North Carolina” Lake Waccamaw State Park 03/31/2016 - 12:00pm to 06/18/2016 - 10:00am
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Fort Tours Fort Macon State Park 05/09/2016 - 11:00am to 05/15/2016 - 4:00pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spring Girl Scout Day & Campout Chimney Rock State Park 05/21/2016 - 9:30am to 05/22/2016 - 9:00am
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Fort Tours Fort Macon State Park 05/10/2016 - 11:00am to 05/16/2016 - 4:00pm
 
 
 
 
 
Falls Lake State Recreation Area
05/21/2016 - 8:30am to 2:00pm
 
Carvers Creek State Park
05/21/2016 - 9:00am
 
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Fort Tours Fort Macon State Park 05/11/2016 - 11:00am to 05/17/2016 - 4:00pm
 
 
 
 
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Fort Tours Fort Macon State Park 05/12/2016 - 11:00am to 05/18/2016 - 4:00pm
 
 
 
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Fort Tours Fort Macon State Park 05/13/2016 - 11:00am to 05/19/2016 - 4:00pm
 
 
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Spring Boy Scout Day & Campout Chimney Rock State Park 05/14/2016 - 9:30am to 05/15/2016 - 9:00am
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Fort Tours Fort Macon State Park 05/14/2016 - 11:00am to 05/20/2016 - 4:00pm
 
Hanging Rock State Park
05/15/2016 - 8:00am to 9:00am
 
Lake James State Park
05/15/2016 - 9:00am
 
New River State Park
05/15/2016 - 9:00am
 
 
 
 
 
Goose Creek State Park
05/20/2016 - 10:00am
 
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“The Snakes of North Carolina” Lake Waccamaw State Park 03/31/2016 - 12:00pm to 06/18/2016 - 10:00am
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Spring Girl Scout Day & Campout Chimney Rock State Park 05/21/2016 - 9:30am to 05/22/2016 - 9:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
05/23/2016 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
 
Jockeys Ridge State Park
05/24/2016 - 10:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
05/24/2016 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
 
Fort Macon State Park
05/25/2016 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
 
"NC Parks at 100" Jockeys Ridge State Park 05/26/2016 - 2:00pm to 08/25/2016 - 2:00pm
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Grandfather Mountain State Park
05/22/2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am
 
Lake James State Park
05/22/2016 - 9:00am
 
Hanging Rock State Park
05/22/2016 - 9:30am to 10:15am
 
Lumber River State Park
05/26/2016 - 9:30am to 1:30pm
 
Lumber River State Park
05/26/2016 - 9:30am to 1:30pm
 
Centennial Scavenger Hunt South Mountains State Park 05/27/2016 - 12:00pm to 05/30/2016 - 5:00pm
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Lake James State Park
05/27/2016 - 9:00am
 
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“The Snakes of North Carolina” Lake Waccamaw State Park 03/31/2016 - 12:00pm to 06/18/2016 - 10:00am
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"NC Parks at 100" Jockeys Ridge State Park 05/26/2016 - 2:00pm to 08/25/2016 - 2:00pm
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Centennial Scavenger Hunt South Mountains State Park 05/27/2016 - 12:00pm to 05/30/2016 - 5:00pm
 
Fort Macon State Park
05/31/2016 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
 
Hanging Rock State Park
05/29/2016 - 9:00am to 10:00am
 
Hanging Rock State Park
05/29/2016 - 9:30am
 
Carolina Beach State Park
05/29/2016 - 10:00am
 
 
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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 Jun 04 2016 .
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Fort

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, June 1, 2016 - 9:00am to Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Park Sound Access on W. Soundside Road

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:
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Fort

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, June 1, 2016 - 2:00pm to Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center Auditorium

Meet in the fort to watch a 19th century cannon be loaded and fired in the military tradition of the "Evening Gun."  US Coast Guard Base Fort Macon will procide the cannon crew.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Wednesday until Wed Jun 29 2016 .
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 4:00pm
Start Location:
Fort

Join a Park Ranger at the Lake Bathhouse for an evening of canoeing.  Learn basic canoeing techniques and enjoy the lake in the quiet evening, listening to the sounds of nature while learning a little about Hanging Rock State Park.  There is no fee but you MUST pre-register by calling (336) 593-8480 or stop by the park visitor center. Limit 12 participants.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 6:30pm
Start Location:
Lake Bathhouse

Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project will be presenting a talk on sea turtles at the Carolina Beach State Park visitor center at 7:00 p.m. Learn about threatened and endangered sea turtles nesting and hatching on our beaches from May - October, and how you can help protect these magnificent creatures. For more information contact the park office at (910) 458-8206.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Wednesday until Wed Aug 31 2016 .
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 7:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center Auditorium

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 Jun 30 2016 .
Thursday, June 2, 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:
Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Fort

Meet at Park Visitor Center for a presentation of Skins and Skulls.  During the program we will explore the skins and skulls of our local animals and learn where they live, how they survive, and how we can protect them.

Date of Event:
Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center
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