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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 a ranger in the picnic area for a program on owls. One of Stone Mountain's great night preditors.

Date of Event:
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 5:30pm
Start Location:
Picnic Area

Park staff will be leading historical tour through Mr. James Stillman Rockefeller’s winter estate. We will be walking through and around the estate, and discussing the history of the surrounding structures, some dating back to the early 1800s. Tours are free but YOU MUST SIGN UP ahead of time. You may call or come by the office to sign up. Please allow approximately 15 minutes to walk from the... more

Date of Event:
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 6:00pm
Start Location:
Rain Shelter

Meet at the Visitor Center and take a leisurely hike to identify birds native to the area.

Date of Event:
Monday, July 25, 2016 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

 
Come and join us to learn the basics of canoeing and to then use those skills to maneuver through the cypress swamp.  Please sign up with the park office.  Only 10 will be allowed to sign up.
We will meet at the Rain Shelter for this event.

Date of Event:
Monday, July 25, 2016 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Rain Shelter

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 .
Monday, July 25, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
221 Access Area - Visitor Center

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 .
Monday, July 25, 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 .
Monday, July 25, 2016 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Fort Entrance

2016 marks 100 years since the first purchase that began the state park system.  "Saving the Best" is Exploring North Carolina's tribute to the work of park staff.  The video features scenery and landscapes found across the state.  Every Monday & Thursday at 2:00 pm.  All ages welcome.  Meet in the auditorium.

Date of Event:
Monday, July 25, 2016 - 2:00pm to Monday, August 29, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center Auditorium

Join park staff as we hike the basin trail through maritime forest, back dune, and salt marsh habitat. The trail is approximately two miles and will pass the historic World War II bunker. We will take many stops along the way to learn about all the plants and animals that call this area home! Don't forget to bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray. Call 910-458-5798 to make reservations.

Date of Event:
Monday, July 25, 2016 - 4:00pm
Start Location:
Exhibit Room

Join park staff every Tuesday morning at 9:00 am for a leisurely walk along our Soundside Nature Trail  and discuss the interesting habitats of barrier islands.  Approx. 45 mins.  All ages welcom.  Meet at the sound access parking area on W. Soundside Rd.

Date of Event:
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 9:00am to Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Sound Access Parking Area on W. Soundside Road
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