By simply pulling a seine net through the water, we'll discover the diversity of aquatic life found thriving in Roanoke Sound. Be sure to wear clothes and shoes that you don't mind getting wet.
Events and Programs
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 event listing below. (Selection will show all events for AND/OR after selected date)
Meet in the Visitor Center lobby for a leisurely hike exploring the natural side of Fort Macon. Hike will cover both trail and beach.
Meet in the Fort entrance for a guided tour of Fort Macon. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are held daily at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00, & 3:00.
Join a park ranger to begin your adventure into the basics of black bears. What do bears eat? Where do they live? Do they hibernate during NC winters? And will they attack? Let’s answer these and other common questions about the largest land mammals in our woods. The Ranger will read a true story book about an adventurous bear from the Great Smoky Mountains.
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Many people come to Wiliam B. Umstead State Park looking for a way to unwind from the stresses of life in the Triangle. While some people enjoy physical activities like running and mountain biking, there are other less physically-demanding ways to enjoy this beautiful natural place. One way to do this is through the practice of Mindfulness Meditation which is a simple, practical and... more
Enjoy this ranger-guided trip through the adjacent marsh water as we explore some of the ecosystems which make this part of North Carolina so special. Kayaks, paddles, & lifejackets will be provided. Must be 13 years & older to participate. Space is limited; Registration is required by contacting the park office: 910-326-4881.
Lake James is an important waystation for all sorts of animals, birds and insects as the summer winds down. Past experience has proven to the park staff that there’s no better way to explore the lake and its abundant wildlife than by boat. Park Ranger Earl Weaver will be your captain and guide aboard the park patrol boat as we search for terns, beavers, eagles and scenic vistas. The weather... more
Join a ranger at Fort Macon’s swim beach looking for and talking about some of the shells that can be found along our coast.
Learn some of the skills you need to be a park ranger as we read a book, play some games, and make a craft. All activities will be geared towards 3 to 5-year-olds and meant for parents to do with their children.
Join in with NC State Parks and BlueCross Blueshield's NC Hike Program for a moderate 4 mile total out-back-hike to the historic Hutchinson Homestead and Stone Mountain Falls.