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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.

 

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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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C.A.S.T. (Catch A Sure Thing) Jordan Lake State Recreation Area 04/09/2016 - 9:30am to 06/25/2016 - 11:00am
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C.A.S.T. (Catch A Sure Thing) Jordan Lake State Recreation Area 04/16/2016 - 9:30am to 07/02/2016 - 11:00am
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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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Seine the Sound Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/01/2016 - 9:00am to 08/31/2016 - 9:00am
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*Tracks in the Sand Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/01/2016 - 2:00pm to 08/31/2016 - 2:00pm
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Fort Macon State Park
06/01/2016 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
 
Fort Macon State Park
06/01/2016 - 4:00pm
 
Hanging Rock State Park
06/01/2016 - 6:30pm
 
 
Dune Critters Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/03/2016 - 2:00pm to 08/26/2016 - 2:00pm
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National Trails Day Lake Waccamaw State Park 06/04/2016 (All day)
 
Dune Critters Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/04/2016 - 2:00pm to 08/27/2016 - 2:00pm
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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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C.A.S.T. (Catch A Sure Thing) Jordan Lake State Recreation Area 04/09/2016 - 9:30am to 06/25/2016 - 11:00am
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C.A.S.T. (Catch A Sure Thing) Jordan Lake State Recreation Area 04/16/2016 - 9:30am to 07/02/2016 - 11:00am
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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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Seine the Sound Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/01/2016 - 9:00am to 08/31/2016 - 9:00am
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*Tracks in the Sand Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/01/2016 - 2:00pm to 08/31/2016 - 2:00pm
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Dune Critters Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/03/2016 - 2:00pm to 08/26/2016 - 2:00pm
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Dune Critters Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/04/2016 - 2:00pm to 08/27/2016 - 2:00pm
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New River State Park
06/05/2016 - 9:00am
 
Carolina Beach State Park
06/05/2016 - 10:00am
 
Chimney Rock State Park
06/05/2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
 
"NC Parks at 100" Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/06/2016 - 2:00pm to 08/29/2016 - 2:00pm
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Soundside Hike Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/07/2016 - 9:00am to 08/30/2016 - 9:00am
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*Blackbeard's Treasure Hunt Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/07/2016 - 11:00am to 08/30/2016 - 11:00am
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What's in a Name? Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/07/2016 - 2:00pm to 08/30/2016 - 2:00pm
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Sunset on the Ridge Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/07/2016 - 8:15pm to 08/31/2016 - 8:15pm
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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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C.A.S.T. (Catch A Sure Thing) Jordan Lake State Recreation Area 04/09/2016 - 9:30am to 06/25/2016 - 11:00am
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C.A.S.T. (Catch A Sure Thing) Jordan Lake State Recreation Area 04/16/2016 - 9:30am to 07/02/2016 - 11:00am
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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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Seine the Sound Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/01/2016 - 9:00am to 08/31/2016 - 9:00am
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*Tracks in the Sand Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/01/2016 - 2:00pm to 08/31/2016 - 2:00pm
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Dune Critters Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/03/2016 - 2:00pm to 08/26/2016 - 2:00pm
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Dune Critters Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/04/2016 - 2:00pm to 08/27/2016 - 2:00pm
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"NC Parks at 100" Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/06/2016 - 2:00pm to 08/29/2016 - 2:00pm
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Soundside Hike Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/07/2016 - 9:00am to 08/30/2016 - 9:00am
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*Blackbeard's Treasure Hunt Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/07/2016 - 11:00am to 08/30/2016 - 11:00am
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What's in a Name? Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/07/2016 - 2:00pm to 08/30/2016 - 2:00pm
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Sunset on the Ridge Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/07/2016 - 8:15pm to 08/31/2016 - 8:15pm
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Mount Jefferson State Natural Area
06/12/2016 - 2:00am
 
Lake James State Park
06/12/2016 - 8:30am
 
Carvers Creek State Park
06/12/2016 - 9:00am
 
 
 
 
 
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C.A.S.T. (Catch A Sure Thing) Jordan Lake State Recreation Area 04/09/2016 - 9:30am to 06/25/2016 - 11:00am
 
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C.A.S.T. (Catch A Sure Thing) Jordan Lake State Recreation Area 04/16/2016 - 9:30am to 07/02/2016 - 11:00am
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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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Seine the Sound Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/01/2016 - 9:00am to 08/31/2016 - 9:00am
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*Tracks in the Sand Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/01/2016 - 2:00pm to 08/31/2016 - 2:00pm
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Dune Critters Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/03/2016 - 2:00pm to 08/26/2016 - 2:00pm
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Dune Critters Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/04/2016 - 2:00pm to 08/27/2016 - 2:00pm
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"NC Parks at 100" Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/06/2016 - 2:00pm to 08/29/2016 - 2:00pm
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Soundside Hike Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/07/2016 - 9:00am to 08/30/2016 - 9:00am
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*Blackbeard's Treasure Hunt Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/07/2016 - 11:00am to 08/30/2016 - 11:00am
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What's in a Name? Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/07/2016 - 2:00pm to 08/30/2016 - 2:00pm
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Sunset on the Ridge Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/07/2016 - 8:15pm to 08/31/2016 - 8:15pm
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Dismal Swamp State Park
06/19/2016 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
 
Carolina Beach State Park
06/19/2016 - 10:00am
 
Chimney Rock State Park
06/19/2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
 
 
 
 
 
 
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C.A.S.T. (Catch A Sure Thing) Jordan Lake State Recreation Area 04/16/2016 - 9:30am to 07/02/2016 - 11:00am
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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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Seine the Sound Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/01/2016 - 9:00am to 08/31/2016 - 9:00am
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*Tracks in the Sand Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/01/2016 - 2:00pm to 08/31/2016 - 2:00pm
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Dune Critters Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/03/2016 - 2:00pm to 08/26/2016 - 2:00pm
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Dune Critters Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/04/2016 - 2:00pm to 08/27/2016 - 2:00pm
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"NC Parks at 100" Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/06/2016 - 2:00pm to 08/29/2016 - 2:00pm
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Soundside Hike Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/07/2016 - 9:00am to 08/30/2016 - 9:00am
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*Blackbeard's Treasure Hunt Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/07/2016 - 11:00am to 08/30/2016 - 11:00am
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What's in a Name? Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/07/2016 - 2:00pm to 08/30/2016 - 2:00pm
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Sunset on the Ridge Jockeys Ridge State Park 06/07/2016 - 8:15pm to 08/31/2016 - 8:15pm
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Carolina Beach State Park
06/26/2016 - 10:00am
 
Carvers Creek State Park
06/26/2016 - 10:00am
 
Chimney Rock State Park
06/26/2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
 
 
 
 
 
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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 .
Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Meet at the Nature Trail Lane Parking area

Appropriate for all ages; children 16 and under must be accompanied by adult. Please leave pets at home.
2-mile hike round trip  |  Difficulty Level: Easy

Celebrate the North Carolina State Parks' Centennial with Grandfather Mountain's 100 Mile Challenge.   Hikers can log more miles for their challenge with our Nuwati Trail Hike. This two mile guided hike will take hikers... more

Date of Event:
Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Start Location:
Boone Fork Parking Area (Just north of the 300 Milepost on Blue Ridge Parkway) (GPS: 36.120076,-81.781358) http://goo.gl/dEizYH

Cost: Admission to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.

Meet a park ranger near Grady’s Discovery Den to begin our leap into Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths).  Migrate over to the park’s pollinator garden, built by volunteers and junior rangers, where we will discuss the basics of butterflies and their magical metamorphosis.  Stay a little longer to help our park... more

Date of Event:
Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Grady's Discovery Den

Join us as we will be walking and exploring the historical farm buildings not yet open to the public. There is no need to sign up to this event. Bring a bottle of water and your walking shoes! Please meet in front of the park office for this event.

Date of Event:
Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Park Office

Learn about a 19th century musket's history, loading procedure, and firing. Demonstrations will be held at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm in the fort parade ground.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Sunday and every Saturday until Sun Jun 26 2016 except Sat Jun 18 2016.
Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 10:30am to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Fort

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 02 2016 .
Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Fort Entrance

Come join the naturalist and learn about all the different edible plants and different medical uses.

Length: 30 minutes

Date of Event:
Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Education Classroom

Come and canoe the New River with a park ranger. Learn thehistory of the river and basic canoe instruction while you enjoy a leisurely trip down the New. Wear clothing and shoes suitable for the water. Please be aware that the water temperature is cooler than the air.

Life vest will be fitted at the Visitor Center prior to departure.
 
Space is limited to 10 people and... more

Date of Event:
Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
221 Access Visitor Center

Knot tying is a fundamental skill for many tasks. Whether you are a beginning climber, backpacker or just want to learn a few knots.  Join a Ranger at the Visitor Center at 2:00 pm. 
 

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Sunday until Sun Jun 26 2016 .
Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Come learn what makes Mt. Mitchell unique and what organisms have done to survive the harsh winters.

Length: 30 minutes

Date of Event:
Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Concession Stand Breezeway
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