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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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Join a Park Ranger for a fascinating look at one of nature's most successful winged predators. We will take a short hike to try and catch a glimpse of these silent predators. Be prepared for a 1 mile hike. Call the park office at (252)797-4475 for more information.

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 4:00pm
Start Location:
Park Office

Take an informal tour of the constellations with MPSC educators: telescopic views of beautiful objects, including planets, nebulae, star clusters and, of course, the Moon when available.  Location: Ebenezer Beach, gates will remain open till the end of the activity.   Please check the weather on day of event if cloudy the event will be cancelled.

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Start Location:
Ebenezer Day Use Area

Come on out to the lake and see what waterfowl are making Jordan Lake their home.    Join a park ranger on locating and identifying waterfowl.  Spotting scopes will be available and please dress for the weather!

Date of Event:
Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Start Location:
Ebenezer Day Use Area

Looking for a unique way to spend quality time with your Valentine? Hermit thrushes, cedar waxwings, American goldfinches and brown creepers are among the many species of birds that spend the winter at Lake James. Ranger Jamie Cameron will be on hand to lead the hike, spot and identify birds along the way. The hike will take place on the 2.25-mile Fox Den Loop Trail.

Date of Event:
Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Catawba River Area - Park Office

UPDATE - NEW LOCATION 02/11/16 12:00PM:  the location for the Feb. 14 program has been changed to the north end of the Lowes Foods parking lot in Banner Elk.

Date of Event:
Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Lowes Foods parking lot (north end); Highway 105 at intersection of Highway 184 (GPS: 36.117745, -81.835408 http://goo.gl/2UfGha)

Fact or Fiction: Do raccoons wash their food? Find out the answer to this and much more about those furry little “masked bandits” at South Mountains State Park. Meet Ranger Amanda at the Visitor Center at 2:00 pm to learn a few myths and legends as well as fun facts about raccoons. All ages welcome!

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Sunday until Sun Feb 21 2016 .
Sunday, February 14, 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 14, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join park staff for a discussion on our local carnivorous plants and how they eat. For more information contact the Depot Museum @ (910) 646-1992.

Date of Event:
Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Depot Museum

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.
 

Registration is required by contacting the park office: 910-326-4881.

Date of Event:
Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

If you like history you will enjoy visiting our restored house and learning about life as an early colonist.
You can experience winter at the Piper-Cox House.

Date of Event:
Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
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