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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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What items should you always carry with you when hiking?  Meet a Park Ranger at the Visitor Center to learn about the "10 Essentials".     
 

Date of Event:
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

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:
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 2:00pm to Monday, August 29, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center Auditorium

Discover the natural and cultural history of our sea turtles including their nesting activities, any natural and human threats, and all the management practices being implemented to protect these sea dwellers.
 

Date of Event:
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Bear Island

Meet a Ranger at the Bathhouse for a paddle around Hanging Rock's 12-acre lake.  We'll talk about the flora and fauna of the park and hopefully see some wildlife.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Basic canoeing skills are highly suggested.  All equipment is provided. There is no fee but you MUST pre-register.  Limit 15 participants.  Sign-up at the Visitor Center (336) 593-8480.  No... more

Date of Event:
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 7:15pm
Start Location:
Lake Bathhouse

Meet at the top of the main dune (at the park vehicle) about 30 minutes before sunset to learn about the park and local history.  Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on the dunes. Times depends on time of sunset. Approx. 20 mins.

Date of Event:
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 8:15pm to Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 8:15pm
Start Location:
Top of the Main Dune 30 minutes before sunset

Did you know that every frog and toad species has its own unique sound!?!?!  Join a Park Ranger to learn more about the special adaptations that frogs have to help them in cold temperatures and participate in a citizen science project by listening!!  Meet at the Parking Area past the second creek crossing at the Bean Shoals Canal Access.  Bring a flashlight and some boots!  For directions... more

Date of Event:
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 8:30pm to 9:30pm
Start Location:
NORTH RIVER SECTION - BEAN SHOALS ACCESS

The tranquility of paddling a canoe on a quiet morning is one of life's simple pleasures. Discover the beauty of Lake James State Park from the water with Park Ranger Jamie Cameron. Whether you're an expert paddler or you don't know the difference between starboard and port, we'll provide the equipment and instruction to make it a memorable morning. Six park canoes are set aside for this free... more

Date of Event:
Friday, July 29, 2016 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - Bathhouse Breezeway

Bring a lunch because we are going to find out the answer to the question; why climb a mountain? This will be an up-hill hike with lots of stops, GPS, Compass, and Maps lessons too. We will be hiking the new Mountain Ridge Trail. This will be a strenuous up-hill hike over two miles. We will stop for lunch along the way There will be places to exit the hike on the way up and carpooling may be... more

Date of Event:
Friday, July 29, 2016 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Park Office

Meet at the bathhouse to learn about the different species of Sea Turtles that call our ocean home.

Date of Event:
Friday, July 29, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Beach Access Bathhouse

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 .
Friday, July 29, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Park Office
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