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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 calendar or the event listing below.

 

Monday, May 1, 2017

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Ever wonder what it’s like to be a spider? Come find out as you discover the pages of the children’s book Diary of a Spider along the Bower’s Bog Trail at Weymouth Woods. This is a self-led 0.3-mile adventure and can be done any time the park is open (8am to 8pm). But this trail will only be set up from May 18th - May 30th; before and after those dates, the spider will be telling his... more

Date of Event:
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 8:00am to 8:00pm
Start Location:
Bower's Bog Trailhead near Visitor Center

Join us every Thursday at 9 a.m. as we hike 3 to 6 miles on trails that can be flat, hilly and include steps.  We can make adjustments in the route if you want to hike less or have time constraints.  During the hikes we do stop to observe wildlife, enjoy environmental educational moments and just to stop and listen to our natural world.  For ages 12 and up.  Get outside, get moving and get... more

Date of Event:
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

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 May 25 2017 except Thu Apr 27 2017.
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

This 6 hour workshop covers the beginner basics of fly fishing and how to host a fly fishing clinic for visitors. Course covers fish ID (native and stocked), fishing regulations, how water quality and macro invertebrates correlate to good fishing spots, fly selection, knot tying, casting, and how to lead your own fishing clinic. This is intended for formal and non-formal educators looking to... more

Date of Event:
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Please meet at the Lower Parking Lot.

Join a ranger for a leisurely paddle on the Yadkin River.  We will depart from the Pilot Mountain State Park Canoe Access at the end of Shoals Road, and end our trip at Donnaha Park.  The trip will take us through the Bean Shoals and past a Bald Eagle's nest.  You will need to arrange for return transportation from Donnaha Park to the Canoe Access.  Canoes and Personal Flotation Devices will... more

Date of Event:
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Yadkin River Access/Shoals Road

Check out our summit Balsam Nature trail and learn about the plant life, upcoming blooming season and how geology can create these environments.

Date of Event:
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Education 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 Wed May 31 2017 .
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Fort

Compare this mysterious canine to its kin the wolf and foxes and to discover how these animals can adapt to highlands and even our backyards.

Date of Event:
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm
Start Location:
Upper Summit Parking Lot

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a spider? Come find out as you discover the pages of the children’s book Diary of a Spider along the Bower’s Bog Trail at Weymouth Woods. This is a self-led 0.3-mile adventure and can be done any time the park is open (8am to 8pm). But this trail will only be set up from May 18th - May 30th; before and after those dates, the spider will be telling his... more

Date of Event:
Friday, May 26, 2017 - 8:00am to 8:00pm
Start Location:
Bower's Bog Trailhead near Visitor Center

Come learn to read the skulls and discover what each skull tells about the life and history of the animal!
 

Date of Event:
Friday, May 26, 2017 - 10:00am to 10:30am
Start Location:
Education Classroom
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