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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.

 

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Eno River State Park
03/02/2017 - 8:30am
 
Fort Macon State Park
03/02/2017 - 11:00am
 
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Fort Macon State Park
03/07/2017 - 11:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
03/08/2017 - 9:30am
 
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03/08/2017 - 11:00am
 
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Fort Macon State Park
03/14/2017 - 11:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
03/16/2017 - 10:00am
 
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03/16/2017 - 11:00am
 
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Eno River State Park
03/23/2017 - 8:30am
 
Fort Macon State Park
03/23/2017 - 11:00am
 
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Eno River State Park
03/27/2017 - 9:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
03/27/2017 - 11:00am
 
Fort Macon State Park
03/30/2017 - 11:00am
 
Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve
03/30/2017 - 7:00pm
 
 
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Event List

Learn about a 19th century musket's history, loading procedures, and firing.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Wednesday until Wed Mar 29 2017 .
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 9:30am
Start Location:
Fort Macon

Come prepared for adventure as we search far and wide for salamanders in their natural habitat.  Learners should be ready to get dirty and wet.  We will search for salamanders in a variety of locations to learn of their life cycle as well as capture a view into their world.      (Limit 15)
 

Date of Event:
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Pump Station Trailhead (Bridge on Rivermont Dr.)

Meet in the Fort entrance for a guided tour of Fort Macon.  Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are held Monday through Friday at 11:00.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Monday and every Tuesday and every Wednesday and every Thursday and every Friday until Fri Mar 31 2017 .
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Fort Entrance

It’s that time of the year! Join a ranger to see what you can plant to attract pollinators to your garden. 

Date of Event:
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor’s Center

Lake James hosts many species of waterfowl during their return migration north, as well as the critters that stay here year-round. Ranger Earl Weaver will be your captain and guide aboard the park patrol boat as we search for loons, otters, eagles and scenic vistas. The weather could be blustery, so be sure to dress warmly if you are one of the eight lucky participants. Registration is... more

Date of Event:
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - East Shelter

Spring is the season for the tree frogs of North Carolina to come out and start singing their songs. What better way to celebrate the warmer and sunnier days than to provide a safe place for our amphibian friends to hide while they make their calls. Access your artistic side by decorating your own frog tube that you can either bring home to accent your own backyard, or leave here in the park... more

Date of Event:
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 5:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor's Center (8801 Glenwood Avenue)

Meet in the Fort entrance for a guided tour of Fort Macon.  Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are held Monday through Friday at 11:00.

Date of Event:
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Fort Entrance

Join us for a two-mile leisurely walk through the park that will finish up as the sun is setting. What better way to celebrate National Take a Walk in the Park Day?!

Date of Event:
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 7:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Come out for a ranger-led nature hike. We will be exploring our fire-dependent longleaf pine ecosystem and the recently drained millpond that provides a glimpse of land-use history dating back to the 1800’s. We will observe numerous native species to the sandhills and visit some 200-year-old longleaf pine trees with red cockaded woodpecker cavities. Bring a bottle of water, a camera (if you... more

Date of Event:
Friday, March 31, 2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Park Office

Meet in the Fort entrance for a guided tour of Fort Macon.  Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are held Monday through Friday at 11:00.

Date of Event:
Friday, March 31, 2017 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Fort Entrance
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