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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.  (Selection will show all events for AND/OR after selected date)

Event List

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 Thu Nov 30 2017.
Monday, November 20, 2017 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Fort Entrance

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:
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Fort Entrance

Supplies to make a pine-cone turkey to adorn your holiday table will be set up for you to make with your children (or for yourself!) at your leisure daily during our normal Visitor Center operating hours of 8 am-4:30 pm. Then take a hike and search for some live wild turkeys!

Date of Event:
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 8:00am to Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 4:30pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center Lobby

Learn about a Civil War era musket’s history, loading procedures and firing.  Meet in the fort.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Wednesday until Thu Nov 30 2017.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Fort Parade Ground

A presentation at the park's visitor center on the history of the area before and following the designation as one of our state parks.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, November 22, 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 Monday through Friday at 11:00.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Fort Entrance

Meet at the visitor center to learn about all of the different owls of eastern NC. We will even get a chance to call to the owls and see if we can get a response. “WHOO! WHOO!”

Date of Event:
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 5:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Come out and let your kids turn ordinary pine cones into Christmas Trees!

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Date of Event:
Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Piper-Cox House

With the inlets always changing, so do the barrier islands.  Bodie Island today extends to include the area of Jockey's Ridge.  Join us for a presentation on these changes and the history of Bodie Island.  Meets at the Jockey's Ridge State Park visitor center.

Date of Event:
Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

If you're looking to get a bit of exercise before Thanksgiving dinner, get out of the kitchen and into the woods! There's no football or pumpkin pie for the wildlife outside, so join a park ranger for a 2-mile hike to see what's happening in nature on this holiday. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, bring a water bottle, and dress for the weather.

Date of Event:
Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center
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