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2017 NC Science Festival

2017 NC Science Festival

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April 7-23, 2017

The NC Science Festival is a 2-week long celebration of the educational, cultural, and financial impact of science in North Carolina. Our goal is to connect with folks from all walks of life - Fostering a sense of community through exciting events that are fun, educational, and inspiring for future generations.

Learn about Kelvin the Spokesbot, who is the offical mascot of the NC Science Festival.

Join us for several opportunities to participate in special programming for this year's Festival!  

 

First Day Hikes

Launch a new year at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park during this First Day Hike.
A Park Ranger will lead visitors from the front entrance of the park along the 3-mile main road to the base of the Rock.
Hikers will learn about the Park’s fascinating history during their trek.

A shuttle service will be provided back to the front gate at the end of the hike.
Hike participants can return to the Park for the day at no charge.

State parks across the nation are offering First Day Hikes as a way to promote healthy lifestyles and year-round recreation at America's state parks.
Each year over 720 million people visit America's state parks and contribute $23 billion to the economy.  
State parks are a "close to home" resource and an important part of our national fabric, enhancing our quality of life.
We hope this hike inspires you to make state parks a regular part of your exercise routine and your life.
 
This hike will be moderately strenuous.
Hikers should wear comfortable shoes, dress appropriately for the weather and bring plenty of water

Cost: Free!
Meet at the Old Rock Café at 8am.
Advance registration is not required.
Please call the state park office at 828-625-1823 if you have any questions.
 

Date of Event:
Monday, January 1, 2018 - 8:00am to 10:00am
Start Location:
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park - Start at the park entrance next to the Old Rock Café

Start your New Year by exploring the mysterious Carolina Bays! This 1 mile hike will begin at 8:00 AM at the park office. Hikers will learn formation theories of bay lakes as well as facts about Singletary Lake State Park. Please contact the park office to register by calling 910-669-2928. 

Date of Event:
Monday, January 1, 2018 - 8:00am to 9:00pm
Start Location:
Park Office

Start a new New Year's Day tradition.  After you eat your greens for prosperity and black-eyed peas for good luck, come to Lumber River State Park for a healthy, educational, fun hike on Griffin's Bluff and along the banks of the river.  Make this your first hike of many in 2018 at Lumber River and other beautiful parks in our state and country.  This hike will last about an hour as we walk about a half a mile, stopping to look for the birds and animals that make the park and river their home during winter. Tips for better wildlife viewing will be offered.  Dress for the weather and bring binoculars, if desired, to have a better view of interesting sightings.  Call the park office at (910) 628-4564 for more information on this program or other places to take your First Hike.  If you can't make this hike, start a new tradition and go hiking somewhere on New Year's Day.

Date of Event:
Monday, January 1, 2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Meet at the Princess Ann Access Area office.

Start the year off in the outdoors! Join a park ranger for a 1.5 mile hike through the forests of Lake Norman State Park.   We will be hiking through a mixture of hardwood and pine forests that  are found in the Piedmont of North Carolina.  Discussion on the hike will include the history of Lake Norman State Park and the plant and animals that are found during the cold winter months.  Participants should meet at the Visitor Center at 9:00 am for this program. Please wear sturdy shoes for this moderately strenous walk in the woods.  This event is free of charge and is open to the general public. Contact the park office at (704) 528-6350 with any questions.
 

Date of Event:
Monday, January 1, 2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Start the year off right by getting outside for a First Day Hike! Meet over at the Weymouth Center at 555 E. Connecticut Ave in Southern Pines for a 1-mile hike through old growth longleaf pine forest. You’ll meet the oldest known living longleaf pine in the world as well as the former state champion longleaf!

Date of Event:
Monday, January 1, 2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Weymouth Center - 555 East Connecticut Ave, Southern Pines

Please come and meet with a Park Ranger on the first day of the new year. During the hike down the Jomeokee Trail, we will be discussing the park's history, geology and local flora and fauna. (1 hour)

Date of Event:
Monday, January 1, 2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Summit Area Parking Lot

Join a statewide and national effort to celebrate parks and healthy living on January 1st! Park staff will be leading an approximately 5-6 mile hike on a moderate section of the Ridgeline Trail. We will begin at the Boulders Access Area at Crowders Mountain State Park, NC and end in the Kings Mountain State Park, SC camping area (as in years’ past).  Please bring water, snacks, suitable clothing, and appropriate footwear.  The hike will be cancelled in the event of heavy rain, below normal temperatures, or winter weather.  If the weather is questionable, please call the Crowders Mountain State Park Office at 704.853.5375 to confirm. Pets are not allowed on this hike.  All children 16 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Date of Event:
Monday, January 1, 2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Boulders Access Area (108-2C Van Dyke Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086)

Celebrate the New Year with a hike that will cover  a portion of the Goose Creek, Flatty Creek and Ivy Gut Trails walking approximately two miles.

Date of Event:
Monday, January 1, 2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Campground Parking Lot

Start the year out right by coming out and joining a park ranger for a scavenger hunt/hike on the 0.75 mile Neuse Bend Trail in Rolling View Recreation Area.  Scavenger hunt is designed for ages 6-12 but all ages are encouraged to participate. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Wear appropriate clothes and shoes. Reservations are required...Please call the park office at 919-676-1027 to sign up.

**Hikes will be held at 10am, and 2pm!!  Registration for hikes starts Friday, December 1st, 2017 and are limited to the first 35 participants per time slot**

The hikes will start at the Rolling View Recreation Area Track Trailhead (http://kidsinparks.com/rolling-view-recreation-area-falls-lake)

Rolling View Recreation Area is located at 4201 Baptist Road, Durham, NC 27703

Date of Event:
Monday, January 1, 2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Rolling View Recreation Area - Neuse Bend Trail (TRACK Trail)

There is no better way to start off a new year than with a hike at Lake James. Meet Park Ranger Kevin Bischof for what has become a cherished holiday tradition at Lake James State Park – the First Day Hike. Whether you’re interested in starting a resolution of fitness, nature appreciation or learning about the environment, make a visit to Lake James State Park part of your family’s holiday tradition. The hike will start at the Paddy’s Creek Area bathhouse breezeway at 10 a.m. Bring warm clothing and be prepared to walk two miles.

Date of Event:
Monday, January 1, 2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - Concession Breezeway