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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 

2016 Photo Scavenger Hunt

 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

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Raven Rock State Park
12/01/2016 - 9:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
12/01/2016 - 11:00am
 
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Fort Macon State Park
12/05/2016 - 10:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
12/05/2016 - 11:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
12/06/2016 - 11:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
12/08/2016 - 11:00am
 
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William B Umstead State Park
12/13/2016 - 9:45am
 
Fort Macon State Park
12/13/2016 - 11:00am
 
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Mount Jefferson State Natural Area
12/19/2016 - 10:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
12/19/2016 - 11:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
12/20/2016 - 11:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
12/22/2016 - 11:00am
 
Carvers Creek State Park
12/22/2016 - 1:00pm
 
Fort Macon State Park
12/23/2016 - 11:00am
 
Hammocks Beach State Park
12/23/2016 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
 
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Carvers Creek State Park
12/27/2016 - 10:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
12/27/2016 - 11:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
12/29/2016 - 11:00am
 
William B Umstead State Park
12/29/2016 - 2:00pm
 
Hammocks Beach State Park
12/30/2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
 
Fort Macon State Park
12/30/2016 - 11:00am
 
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We will explore the different planets and stars that light up our night skies.  We will use the telescope to look at the different celestial objects and constellations that might be up in the sky.  Bring your own telescopes and red-lighted flashlight if you have them.

PROGRAM IS WEATHER-DEPENDENT.  Contact the park office to inquire about program status: 910-326-4881.
 

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

The Holly Discovery Trail is a national award-winning interpretive experience geared for young folks and parents who are seeking outdoor opportunities for their children. The trail also wends its way through a beautiful riparian forest near Paddy’s Creek that’s full of wildlife. Ranger Jamie Cameron will lead the way around the .75-mile loop trail to point out birds, trees and anything else of... more

Date of Event:
Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - Holly Discovery Trail

It has been many years since members of the public have had the opportunity to visit the historic cemetery on Long Arm Peninsula. Before the area became part of Lake James State Park in 2005 it was long held in private ownership. As new park facilities are developed to access and enjoy this beautiful area, the park staff is excited to provide a rare opportunity to walk among the tombstones.... more

Date of Event:
Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - Bathhouse Breezeway

Park staff will be leading a 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 parking... more

Date of Event:
Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Rain Shelter

Make you way up to Mt. Jefferson and enjoy the view from sunset overlook. The ranger will meet you there to discuss local history, mountain tops, and park history. This program is for all ages. (921... more

Date of Event:
Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Meet at 1st Overlook

Have you ever wondered what Park Rangers do?  You can find out.  Come by Shelter # 2 to ask questions and learn all about it.

Date of Event:
Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm
Start Location:
Picnic Shelter # 2

Fire is a valuable tool in maintaining a healthy ecosystem.  We will talk about the reason why we burn, how we burn and how it can benefit the landscape.

Date of Event:
Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Do you have a bucket of shells and don't know what to do with them?  Each month come out to the park and learn about some of the unique beach findings and what crafty ways can be applied with them.  You will get a chance to build your own craft to take home.

SPACE IS LIMITED. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED BY CALLING THE PARK OFFICE: 910-326-4881.

This month's craft: Sea Shell... more

Date of Event:
Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Come join Park Ranger Assistant, Kelsey Smith, for a brief hike to visit the three (3) different types of pine trees in Weymouth Woods, followed by making your own
Pinecone Christmas Tree!

Date of Event:
Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

The Junior Ranger Program gives participants an opportunity to take a closer look at careers managing natural resources. Activities allow for closer examination of plants and wildlife found in state parks. Join a Park Ranger for an overview of the program and both activities from the program will be covered. Learn general information about the animals that call William B. Umstead State Park... more

Date of Event:
Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center - 8801 Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh
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