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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 with a Park Ranger at the Jomeokee Trailhead. During the hike, we will be discussing the park's history, geology and local flora and fauna. (1Hr)

Date of Event:
Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Summit Parking Area

Ever wonder what snakes’ species are at home in eastern North Carolina? Which ones are venomous? Join a park ranger at the Visitor Center in exploring the various snakes in this area and the other unique species found throughout our great state. Participants should meet at the Jones Lake State Park Visitor Center at 10:00 am.  Call the park office @ (910) 588-4550 for more information. This... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Did you eat a bit too much during Thanksgiving?   Hike it off!  Join an Environmental Educator for a moderately-steep hike to the popular Hanging Rock (1.3 miles one-way), stopping briefly along the way for a few “nature spotlights”.   The hike will end at the top.
 

Date of Event:
Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Hanging Rock Trailhead

Look for a Park Ranger and his interesting display of skulls and skins at the Visitor Center.
 

Date of Event:
Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Eat too much turkey at Thanksgiving? Join a Ranger for a short hike along our Alder Trail. The hike will start at the Visitor Center, its .8 miles in length, and is home to many different species of flora and fauna. The hike is open to all ages. Bring comfortable walking shoes and plenty of water. Hike is weather permitting. For more information please call 704-528-6350.

Date of Event:
Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE, start time changed from 10 to 11:45
Come on out and Join a Park Ranger at the Bald Eagle Observation Deck. Learn about the bald eagles of Jordan Lake and let’s see what other birds we can spot and identify!!!  The deck is located off of Martha’s Chapel Road approx. ¼ mile from Ferrington Road.  Look for the binocular sign and park in the gravel... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 11:45am to 12:45pm
Start Location:
Observation Deck off of Martha's Chapel Rd.

Join a park ranger on a boat ride over to Huggins Island and learn about the unique history that has shaped this maritime island over the years. You will get a chance to see and explore one of the Atlantic coast’s better preserved earthwork fortification and how it played a role in the American Civil War. We will also look at other generations that have utilized this island over the years.... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a Park Ranger in learning how to recognize and identify our favorite Summer and Fall wildflowers during Winter. Also, learn about the ecological benefits a fallow field adds to a wildlife habitat. 

Free Native grass seed samples to participants as long as supplies last. 

Date of Event:
Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Wagoner Access - Contact Station

Drop in and check out the skins and skulls of animals that are found in this area.  A ranger will be on hand to answer questions.  At park office.

Date of Event:
Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Park Office

A ranger will have a table set up in the Visitor Center lobby from 1:00 - 1:45 displaying the skins and skulls of some of Hanging Rock's furry (and slithery) native denizens.  Stop by to talk and have a look!
 

Date of Event:
Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center
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