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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 on a boat ride over to Huggins Island and learn about the unique history that has shaped this maritime island over the years.  You will get a chance to see and explore one of the Atlantic coast’s better preserved earthwork fortification and how it played a role in the American Civil War.  We will also look at how other populations utilized this island over the years- from ear

Date of Event:
Monday, February 15, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Park staff will be leading historical tour through Mr. James Stillman Rockefeller's winter estate. We will be walking through and around the estate, and discussing the history of the surrounding structures, some dating back to the early 1800s. Tours are free but YOU MUST SIGN-UP ahead of time. You may call or come by the office to sign up.

Date of Event:
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Rain Shelter

Learn about a Civil War era musket’s history, loading procedures and firing.  Meet in the fort.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Wednesday until Wed Feb 24 2016 .
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Fort Parade Ground

Join a ranger over to Bear Island and learn about one of North Carolina’s hidden treasures.  You will be able to explore and enjoy some of nature’s wonders that can be found during these cooler winter days and maybe collect some seashell souvenirs!  Dress appropriately for the weather and the boat ride.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Meet with a Park Ranger at the Summit Area display board located on the upper side of the Summit Area parking lot.  We will be hiking along the Jomeokee Trail.  During the hike we will be discussing the park's history, geology and the local flora and fauna.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Summit Area Parking Lot

Meet in the Visitor Center lobby fo a leisurely hike exploring the natural side of Fort Macon.  Hike will cover both trail and beach.

Date of Event:
Repeats every month on January, February, March, December on the third Thursday 4 times .
Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Participate in frog themed games, reading and crafts while learning about frogs and the Disappearing Frogs Project. Open to children grades K-5 and their families. 

Note that this event takes place at the Town of Southern Pines Public Library.

Date of Event:
Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Start Location:
The Town of Southern Pines Public Library

Nature’s Seedlings is a monthly nature discovery program for ages 3 to 7 being held every third Friday of the month.  Explore the world of nature through games, exploration, interaction and crafts. 

Date of Event:
Friday, February 19, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Come join a ranger for some fishing in Occoneechee’s ponds.  Kids under the age of 15 do not need a fishing license, however, anyone over the age of 15 must have a license.
 
*Children must be accompanied by an adult.
 

Date of Event:
Friday, February 19, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Occoneechee parking lot

Predators come in all shapes and sizes; those with feathers, those with scales and those with fur – each is unique in its own way. Meet Park Ranger Kevin Bischof to learn about some of the predators of Lake James and their adaptations that make them so effective in the hunt for prey. This will be an indoor program and includes a craft activity to design and create your very own predator.

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Catawba River Area - Park Office
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