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Events and Programs

Dismal Swamp State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.

 

If you would like to learn how to identify tricky winter trees, come to this workshop to find out what other clues you can use to find out which tree is which!
**Dress for the weather—we will go outside for about 30 minutes!**

Date of Event:
Sat, 01/19/2019 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Auditorium

Join the ranger for an indoor talk about one of the Swamp's most iconic residents: the American Black Bear! How big do they get? What do they eat? And what should you do if you meet one on the trails? Learn the answers to all these questions and more. While actual bear sightings can't be guaranteed, you'll be able to see mounts, pelts, and more. Take a stroll outside afterwards and look for bear sign.

Date of Event:
Sat, 01/26/2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Auditorium

Winter is a wonderful time to observe many different types of birds. Some are only here for the winter, and most make use of the park bird feeders, which means you can observe them from the warmth of the indoors! Learn a little about identifying birds and which ones to look for this time of year. This program is intended for beginners.

Date of Event:
Sat, 02/02/2019 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Auditorium

Join the ranger for a short indoor talk about the many fascinating animals that call the Swamp home. You will be able to see mounts, skulls, and tracks. There will also be touchable pelts.

Date of Event:
Repeats every 2 weeks until Sat Feb 23 2019 except Sat Jan 26 2019.
Sat, 01/12/2019 - 11:00am, Sat, 02/09/2019 - 11:00am, Sat, 02/23/2019 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Auditorium

Come learn about the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, a fun and easy citizen science project. The ranger will review how to fill out and submit your data and lead a short walk to count birds on the Boardwalk. You can count on your own throughout the weekend. For more on the GBBC, visit http://gbbc.birdcount.org/.
**Event runs Friday, 15 February through Monday, 18 February for gathering and submitting data. Presentation is Saturday, 16 February ONLY.**

To learn more about identifying birds, attend our Winter Birding Basics program on Saturday, 2 February 2019!
 

Date of Event:
Sat, 02/16/2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Auditorium
Contact:

Dismal Swamp State Park

2294 US 17 North
South MillsNC 27976
Phone252-771-6593
dismal.swamp@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 36.505700
Longitude: -76.355100

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March - October: 8am - 6pm 
November - February: 8am - 5pm 
Closed Christmas Day

Visitor Center
Weekdays: 8am - 4:30pm
Saturday - Sunday: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Trails close one-half hour before park closing time.