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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.

Event List

Lets get together and do a little trail work to celebrate National Trails Day!!  We need volunteers to work on the Laurel Trail.  We will be removing old post, clearing brush and stablizing trail.   Please meet at the Morrow Mountain Office Parking lot.  You will need: sturdy work shoes, long pants, gloves, bug spray, and water.  Thanks!! 

Date of Event:
Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Office Parking Lot

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

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu Jun 29 2017 except Thu Apr 27 2017.
Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

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.

Date of Event:
Repeats every day until Fri Jun 30 2017 .
Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Fort

Take a stroll with a ranger on the Commissary Trail and get an overview on the wonders here at Mt. Mitchell. Be prepared for hiking and please bring water.

Date of Event:
Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Park Office

Join a park ranger at the Tory’s Den parking lot for a short (0.3 mi) hike to the cave.  We will discuss how the area was used during the American Revolution and learn a bit of interesting local history.
Approximate length: 45 minutes.
 

Date of Event:
Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Torys Den Parking Lot

Meet with a park ranger at the TRACK Trail/Sassafras Trail located on the upper side of the Summit Area parking lot near the restroom for a short walk through recently burned areas of Pilot Mountain State Park.  Come learn why we perform prescribed fires at Pilot Mountain, and see firsthand the effects of fire on this mountainous landscape.

Date of Event:
Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 5:00pm to 5:30pm
Start Location:
Summit Area Parking Lot

Even though we might not always like them, bees have an important role in nature. Find out what bees do for us 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.

Date of Event:
Friday, June 2, 2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Meet at the bathhouse to learn about the different species of Sea Turtles that call our ocean home.

Date of Event:
Repeats every month on June, July, August on the first Friday until Fri Aug 04 2017 .
Friday, June 2, 2017 - 10:30am
Start Location:
Beach Access Bathhouse

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.

Date of Event:
Friday, June 2, 2017 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Fort

Join a ranger to learn how to identify wildflowers here at the Highest Peak East of the Mississippi and what others you may find on your drive on the BlueRidge Parkway.

Date of Event:
Friday, June 2, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Upper Summit Parking lot
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