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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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Come join the naturalist to learn about the edible and medicinal plants of the mountain. Length: 30 min.

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 12:30pm
Start Location:
Education Classroom

State Parks have many wonderful things to discover and explore from plant life to wild life.   But have you ever wondered about what lies beneath?  Come out to Mayo River State Park as we explore the geology under our feet.  The program will start at the park office, and we will then travel to the Fall Creek area.  Wear sturdy shoes for hiking.  Bring your own drinking water and insect... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Park Office

Join a ranger for a canoe trip on the pond to see what animals and plants we can find.  Learn about Millpond history and what makes the pond so special.  Pre-registration is required by calling the park office.  Bug spray, closed toed shoes, water and sunscreen recommended.  Meet at the visitors center at 1 PM.  Trip is approximately 1 hour.   Great for all ages.

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Take a break half-way up the Hanging Rock Trail to feel bear fur, see a bear skull, and learn fascinating facts about the reclusive and seldom-sighted visitor to Hanging Rock State Park.

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Start Location:
Half Way Up Hanging Rock Trail

Join park staff every Friday & Saturday at 2:00 pm to talk about animals found around the park. Learn about their unique adapatations and behaviors that help them survive. Approx. 30mins. All ages welcome. 

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 2:00pm to Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Fact or Fiction: Do raccoons wash their food? Find out the answer to this and much more about those furry little “masked bandits” at South Mountains State Park. Meet Ranger Amanda at the Visitor Center at 2:00 pm to learn a few myths and legends as well as fun facts about raccoons. All ages welcome!
 
 

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a ranger for a program on what our mountain trout eat in our streams at Stone Mountain State Park. Bring clothes and shoes that you can get wet. Weather permitting.

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Bridge beside site #55 in the A Loop of the Family Campground

Join a Ranger as we discover what is swimming and living in Horne Creek.  This program will introduce participants to some of the fish species that live in the Yadkin River Basin.  Come prepared to get wet as we put a siene in the creek to capture some of its inhabitants, but don't worry we will return them unharmed.  This program is for any age that wondered what might be living in a small... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
PILOT CREEK ACCESS

The cougar was once a common site in North Carolina's mountains. Come and learn about their anatomy and why they are no longer in the area. Length: 30 min.

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Education Classroom

Discover the answers to many of your questions regarding the various snakes of Eastern NC.  Learn which species are commonly seen here at Medoc and learn the unique contribution these animals make to our ecosystem.  Join a ranger for this one-hour program and meet our Corn Snake, “Charlie.”  Seating is limited so please call the park office at 252-586-6588 to register for this program.

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center
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