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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.

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Fort Macon State Park
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01/02/2017 - 11:00am
 
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This hike is part of the 2017 Stanly Winter Hiking Series, Community Health Wellness.  This hike is availabe to all age groups and meets at Morrow Mountain State Lower Picnic Area parking lot.  The hike will begin on the Hattaway Mountain Trail is a streneous 2.0 mile hike.  Please wear hiking shoes and appropriate clothing for weather and bring water for hydration.  In the event of inclement... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Lower Picnic Area Parking Lot

Join a park ranger for a hike through the bay forest at Jones Lake State Park and "discover" why this environment is unique.  Discussion on the hike will include the flora and fauna of the forest, and why Carolina Bays are important.  Participants should meet at the Visitor Center at 10:00 am for this program. Please bring bug spray, water, and hiking shoes.  This event is free of charge and... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Hike with a Ranger along a section of Little River Trail and see a portion of the park that burned during the Chestnut Knob Fire. Learn about some of the fire fighting techniques used and work that has been done so far to repair the park's many miles of trails affected by the fire. Also, learn about future trail work and how you can help the park with various trail projects in the coming year... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Jacob Fork Parking Area

Enjoy a leisurely walk along the Hemlock Nature Trail, and learn about some of the many plant species that stay green all year long.         
 

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Jan 28 2017 .
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Jacob Fork Parking Area

Many species of waterfowl, including ducks, grebes, loons and cormorants spend the winter months on Lake James and now you have an opportunity to observe them in their element. Ranger Earl Weaver will be your captain and guide aboard the park patrol boat as we search for birds. The weather could be blustery, so be sure to dress warmly if you are one of the eight lucky participants.... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 12:45pm
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - East Shelter

It may be cold outside, but trout waters will be open soon, so get ready with a fly fishing crash course.  Participants will learn all the skills needed to start fly fishing, including rigging, casting, fly selection and fishing tactics.  All equipment for this program will be provided.  Please dress for the weather and bring drinking water and a snack.  Program runs 90 minutes.  Fishing... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Highway 50 Boat Ramp upper lot

Come hear about the lives of spiders, why they do what they do, and how they function.  Meet at the park office.

Date of Event:
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Park Office

Come take a short hike with a Ranger to discover what stays green in the forest during the winter.  Reservations Required: Please call (919) 571-4170 to reserve a spot. 

Date of Event:
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center - 8801 Glenwood Avenue entrance

Enjoy a leisurely walk along the Hemlock Nature Trail, and learn about some of the many plant species that stay green all year long. 
 

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Jan 28 2017 .
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Jacob Fork Parking Area

Wilderness Survival 101 will cover basic survival information as covered in the Boy Scouts of America handbook. Topics covered will include basic first aid, shelter and others based on class interest and instructor discretion. Program will be presented by park volunteer, Jeff Newton, who also teaches Fly Fishing 101 and has a great deal of experience in the outdoors. Program is free and open... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center
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