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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
 
Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve
02/09/2016 - 5:00pm
 
Fort Macon State Park
02/10/2016 - 10:00am
 
 
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
 
Grandfather Mountain State Park
02/12/2016 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
 
Crowders Mountain State Park
02/13/2016 - 8:00am to 11:30am
 
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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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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
 
Eno River State Park
02/14/2016 - 2:00pm
 
Hammocks Beach State Park
02/15/2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
 
Carvers Creek State Park
02/16/2016 - 11:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
02/17/2016 - 10:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
02/18/2016 - 10:00am
 
Raven Rock State Park
02/19/2016 - 10:00am
 
Lake James State Park
02/20/2016 - 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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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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Lake James State Park
02/21/2016 - 1:00pm
 
Lake Norman State Park
02/21/2016 - 1:00pm
 
Pilot Mountain State Park
02/21/2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
 
Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve
02/22/2016 - 9:00am
 
 
Fort Macon State Park
02/24/2016 - 10:00am
 
Raven Rock State Park
02/25/2016 - 9:00am
 
Grandfather Mountain State Park
02/26/2016 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
 
Jones Lake State Park
02/27/2016 - 9:00am
 
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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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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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Event List

Merchants Millpond is a wetland full of amazing and interesting animals.  Join a park ranger to find out more about the fascination wildlife we have here at the park.

Date of Event:
Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Learn about Black Bears! Join a Park Ranger to learn about this often feared creature. Black bears can be found throughout a large portion of NC. They often make the news when they pass through a populated area. This program will separate the facts and myths about black bears. Meet at the Visitor Center's auditorium.

Date of Event:
Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
US Hwy 221 Access Visitor Center

Did you know that there was once a tribe of Native Americans that lived in the Dan River Valley named the Saura Indians? Join a ranger and we will watch a short video, then play with Native American Tools & Games from Days Gone By.

Date of Event:
Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

“The 10 Essentials”
What items should you always carry with you when hiking?  Meet a Park Ranger at the Visitor Center at 2:00 pm to learn about the "10 Essentials".  
 
 

Date of Event:
Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Get Hooked! Join anglers Jeff Newton and Bob Tupper at the Visitor Center at 2:00 pm for an introductory class on fly fishing. Jeff and Bob are instructors with Project Healing Waters and are members of Trout Unlimited. All class materials will be provided free.  Classes may vary based on interest and skill level of the participants.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Sunday until Sun Feb 28 2016 .
Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Winter can be an amazing time to explore the forest in a whole new way!  Come join a ranger for a hike in this winter wonderland.  There is no such thing as bad weather, just unprepared.  So, come prepared for the weather.  This hike will be approximately 1 mile along the Hickory Trail.
 

Date of Event:
Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
New River State Park, 221 Access Area, Meet at Visitor Center

Join us for a talk about birds who come to visit the Sandhills in winter.  A short hike will follow to look for some of these visiting birds.  Meet in the Visitor Center Auditorium.
 

Date of Event:
Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center Auditorium

Meet a ranger at the Hutchinson Homestead for a program on how Stone Mountain was formed.

Date of Event:
Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 4:00pm
Start Location:
Hutchinson Homestead

Meet at the Visitor Center and take a leisurely hike to identify birds native to the area.

Date of Event:
Repeats every month on January, February, March, December on the second Monday 4 times .
Monday, February 8, 2016 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join us this month as we read and discuss our February selectio” In Search of Lost Frogs: The Quest to Find the World's Rarest Amphibians” by Dr. Robin Moore.

Date of Event:
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 5:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center