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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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Join park staff in an old-fashioned Cake Walk with live music and home-baked goodies to benefit our Danbury Volunteer Fire Department.  Win some sweets or bid on one of the multiple auction prizes!  Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Visitor Center or on the day of the fundraiser.  This FUN event for the entire family will take place in the middle lane of the Visitor Center parking... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center Parking Lot

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 23, 2016 - 2:00pm to Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
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 2 weeks every Saturday until Sat Jul 23 2016 .
Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a ranger for a .5 mile hike and tour of the historic Hutchinson Homestead.

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Lower Trail Head Parking Area

Have you ever seen what owls do after they eat their food?  How rude!  Join a park ranger to tear open some owl pellets and see what your owl’s last meal was.  This is a hands-on program that should last about an hour.  Meet the park ranger at the New River State Park visitor center at the 221 Access Area.

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
221 Access Area, Visitor Center

Journey into the past as you hike along the green ridgeline of this Appalachian Mountain. Meet the ranger for a fascinating look at the history of this ever changing region. This will be a one-mile hike. Closed toe shoes.  925  
 
 

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
History Hike

Come to the Merchants Millpond State Park Visitor Center where we will discuss the health of the pond.  Topics to cover how weather, geese and people effect the pond.

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 2:30pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

“The past is never dead. It’s not even the past.”- William Faulkner

Come step back in time and let history come to life at Chimney Rock State Park. Led by a senior history major from Appalachian State University, this guided hike will last approximately one hour and will ultimately take guests to the top of the namesake Chimney Rock. Along the way during the frequent stops at scenic... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Cliff Dwellers

Join a Ranger for a ¾ mile hike along the Stream Loop Trail.  Along the way, we will learn to identify some of the more common tree species in our area.  The hike should last about an hour, so dress appropriately and bring water.  Call the park office at 252-586-6588 to register for this free program.

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Picnic Shelter

Have you ever wondered what creatures are making those sounds outside at night? Join a Park Ranger and learn about what is in the woods around you, why they make the noises that they do and some simple identification. 
 

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Holly Point Amphitheater
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