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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.

 

Monday, February 1, 2016

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Century of State Parks Poetry Contest Mount Jefferson State Natural Area 01/01/2016 (All day) to 04/01/2016 (All day)
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Fort Macon State Park
02/01/2016 - 10:00am
 
Chimney Rock State Park
02/02/2016 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
 
Hammocks Beach State Park
02/02/2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
 
Fort Macon State Park
02/03/2016 - 10:00am
 
Hammocks Beach State Park
02/04/2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
 
Eno River State Park
02/05/2016 - 8:30am
 
Lake James State Park
02/05/2016 - 10:00am
 
Pettigrew State Park
02/06/2016 - 9:00am
 
Jones Lake State Park
02/06/2016 - 10:00am
 
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Century of State Parks Poetry Contest Mount Jefferson State Natural Area 01/01/2016 (All day) to 04/01/2016 (All day)
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Merchants Millpond State Park
02/07/2016 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm
 
New River State Park
02/07/2016 - 1:00pm
 
Hanging Rock State Park
02/07/2016 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
 
Fort Macon State Park
02/08/2016 - 9:00am
 
Hallowed Ground: Historic Sites and Civil Rights Photography Exhibit Hanging Rock State Park 02/09/2016 - 9:00am to 02/29/2016 - 4:45pm
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Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve
02/09/2016 - 5:00pm
 
Fort Macon State Park
02/10/2016 - 10:00am
 
Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve
02/11/2016 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
 
Disappearing Frogs Project (DFP) Art Exhibition Opening Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve 02/12/2016 - 8:00am to 02/29/2016 - 5:00pm
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Hammocks Beach State Park
02/12/2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
 
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Century of State Parks Poetry Contest Mount Jefferson State Natural Area 01/01/2016 (All day) to 04/01/2016 (All day)
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Hallowed Ground: Historic Sites and Civil Rights Photography Exhibit Hanging Rock State Park 02/09/2016 - 9:00am to 02/29/2016 - 4:45pm
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Disappearing Frogs Project (DFP) Art Exhibition Opening Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve 02/12/2016 - 8:00am to 02/29/2016 - 5:00pm
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Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
02/14/2016 - 9:00am to 10:00am
 
Lake James State Park
02/14/2016 - 10:00am
 
Grandfather Mountain State Park
02/14/2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Century of State Parks Poetry Contest Mount Jefferson State Natural Area 01/01/2016 (All day) to 04/01/2016 (All day)
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Hallowed Ground: Historic Sites and Civil Rights Photography Exhibit Hanging Rock State Park 02/09/2016 - 9:00am to 02/29/2016 - 4:45pm
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Disappearing Frogs Project (DFP) Art Exhibition Opening Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve 02/12/2016 - 8:00am to 02/29/2016 - 5:00pm
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Grandfather Mountain State Park
02/21/2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
 
Lake James State Park
02/21/2016 - 1:00pm
 
Lake Norman State Park
02/21/2016 - 1:00pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Century of State Parks Poetry Contest Mount Jefferson State Natural Area 01/01/2016 (All day) to 04/01/2016 (All day)
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Hallowed Ground: Historic Sites and Civil Rights Photography Exhibit Hanging Rock State Park 02/09/2016 - 9:00am to 02/29/2016 - 4:45pm
 
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Disappearing Frogs Project (DFP) Art Exhibition Opening Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve 02/12/2016 - 8:00am to 02/29/2016 - 5:00pm
 
NC State Parks Week Lake Waccamaw State Park 02/28/2016 (All day) to 03/05/2016 (All day)
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NC Parks Week Lake James State Park 02/28/2016 - 8:00am to 03/05/2016 - 6:00pm
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Pilot Mountain State Park
02/28/2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am
 
Gorges State Park
02/28/2016 - 10:00am
 
Hammocks Beach State Park
02/28/2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
 
 
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Meet the park ranger for a one mile hike along the ridgeline out to Luther Rock. Bring a small flashlight and wear sturdy shoes.  Parts of this hike are considered strenuous and hiking at night can be physically challenging. This program is designed for all ages with good basic hiking skills. Children over 7 are welcome but must be closely supervised.  922
 

Date of Event:
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 6:00pm
Start Location:
Park Office

We will explore the different planets and stars that twinkle up in our skies at night.  We will use the telescope to look at the different celestial objects and constellations that might be up in the sky.  Bring your own telescope & red-lighted flashlight if you have them.
 

Date of Event:
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

CANCELLED!!!  Canceled due to weather. 

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 8:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center Feeders (located behind the Visitor Center)

We are seeking volunteers to help us maintain our hiking trails at Crowders Mountain State Park.

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 8:00am to 11:30am
Start Location:
Sparrow Springs Visitor Center

Join a ranger in this nationwide citizen-science project to count the birds in our backyard for the GBBC.  Hammocks Beach is a great location to see several bird species- from the ones that hide in the woods to those that swim our waters.  We have some binoculars and field guides to use; however you can bring your own if you have them!
 

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a park ranger for talks on eagles, song birds, waterfowl and the lake at the Eagle Observation Deck located off of Martha’s Chapel Road (look for the binocular sign approx.

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Start Location:
Observation Deck off of Martha's Chapel Drive

Ever wonder what snakes species are at home in eastern North Carolina? Which ones are venomous? Join a park ranger at the Visitor Center in exploring the various snakes in this area and the other unique species found throughout our great state. Participants should meet at the Jones Lake State Park Visitor Center at 10:00 am.  Call the park office @ (910) 588-4550 for more information.

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Enjoy a leisurely walk along the Hemlock Nature Trail, and learn about some of the many plant species that stay green all year long.  Meet at the Jacob Fork Parking Area at 11:00 am for this easy one mile walk.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Feb 27 2016 .
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Jacob Fork Parking Area

Get on the bandwagon and learn how to harness the energy of the sun. The sun can provide warmth, be able to cook your food or power an off grid cabin!  Meet at the park visitor center to find out more how to use this alternate power source. Please call the office to register: 919-778-6234.

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
The Visitor Center

Join a Park Ranger and learn the basics of using a Map and Compass.  An introduction to how to read a compass and map will be followed by an activity where you will be able to put your skills to use.  We will meet at the picnic area at the Bean Shoals Access off Hauser Road at 1:00 p.m.  Maps and Compasses will be provided.

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Bean Shoals Access - North River Section
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