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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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Join a Ranger for a “strenuous, but fun uphill run.”  This will be a 3.7-mile round-trip route with an elevation gain of 500 feet.  The run will start at the Group Camp parking area and will follow the main park road up to the Lake Bathhouse.  It will continue by following the main road down and around the Visitor Center parking area.  You will finish by following the main road down to the... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 8:00am to 9:00am
Start Location:
Group Camp Parking Area

Join a ranger on a guided hike through areas of the park that have seen prescribed fire at different time.  While walking through these areas, you will learn about the benefits of prescribed fire and how we implement it here at the park.  Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water.  
 

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Parking lot between shelter 13 and 14

Join a ranger and learn about the geological mysteries of the Carolina Bays. Formation theories, and the natural communities associated with Carolina Bays will be discussed.  Participants should meet at the Park Visitor center at 10:00 am.  This event is free of charge and open to the general public. If you have any questions please call the park office at (910) 588-4550.

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join the ranger for a leisurely paddle along the historic Dismal Swamp Canal. All ages and abilities welcome. Boats, paddles, PFDs, and instruction (if needed) are provided. Limited to 8 boats; you must pre-register to reserve your spot!

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Boat Launch

Lumber River State Park is offering a Kayak Trip down the Lumber River. We will be meeting at the Chalk Banks Access Area, at 10:00 am.  All participants must be able to swim.  Program will take approximately 3 hrs.  Bring sunscreen, drinking water, a snack, and any other necessary items.   For more information or to make reservations, as space is limited, please contact... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Start Location:
Chalk Banks Access Area Picnic Area

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 .
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Meet at the Nature Trail Lane Parking area

Meet at the swim beach for a chance to fish the brackish waters of the Pamlico River.  This program is for ages 6 and up.  We will practice casting, baiting a hook and hopefully taking fish off the hooks.  This will be a catch and release program.  Fishing license are not required for the program.  Space is limited, so registration is required.  Please call the park at (252) 923-2191 to... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Swim Beach

Celebrate 100 years of State Parks at New River State Park for an all day event, filled with fun and festivities on July 30th, 2016. Meet at the Visitor Center at the US Hwy 221 Access. There will be a host of programs and activities going on all day. Each program has its own description and is listed separately, and you can participate in the following activities: Nature Hike, River Ramble, ... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
US Hwy 221 Access Area

Have you ever wanted to try fishing but don’t want to invest in all the equipment? You can borrow ours! Meet a ranger down at the Riverwalk Trail behind the Old Rock Cafe to learn the basics of fishing and try your hand at pulling some trout out of the Rocky Broad River. All supplies will be provided. All ages welcome.

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Riverwalk Trail

Come learn about black bears and proper safety precautions when in bear country. Length: 30 min.

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Education Classroom
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