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

Event List

How dangerous are black bears?  Can we coexist?  Why are black bears so unique?  What should I do if I see a black bear?  The program will begin at 2:00 pm in the Visitor Center.
 
 

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Sunday until Sun Nov 26 2017.
Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Park staff will be leading a tour through James Stillman Rockefeller's winter estate. We will be begin by discussing the history of the property and how it came to be Long Valley Farm, followed by taking a guided tour inside the Rockefeller House and learning about James Stillman Rockefeller. We will then end with walking around the outside of the estate and discussing some of the surrounding... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Rain Shelter

You know there’s always room for pie! Come out to the park and learn the art of cooking in a Dutch Oven, a handy skill for the next time you cook outside. While we bake we will also discuss the history of pumpkin pie, yum!

Date of Event:
Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Beaver Dam Lake Area: Shelter 21

Rediscover your park today and hike with a ranger to the mountain summit 4683 feet above sea level. At the summit, we will examine the NC Climate Office data collection tower. This tower has a great story to tell. See for yourself the science of weather, and climate on the top of Mt. Jefferson. 922
 

Date of Event:
Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Picnic Area

Come and join us in the classroom as we display, discuss, and identify most of the shells found  commonly on the Fort Fisher beach.  Then we will go out on the beach and test our ID skills. Please call 910-458-5798 to make reservations.

Date of Event:
Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Exhibit Room

This hike is part of the Go Hike NC initiative sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina.  There is no better way to burn off the calories from a big Thanksgiviing weekend then joining this 3 mile roundtrip hike that will ascend over 1,000" from the Rocky Borad River to the top ridge of Bluerock Mountain.  
With special permission from neighboring land trust, The Nature... more

Date of Event:
Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Gravel pull off across from the Bat Cave Applehouse - 400 Lake Lure Hwy, Lake Lure, NC 28746

Learn about the true engineer of home-building and an expert in close family ties.  Feel its lustrous fur, examine its skull, and discover the abilities of this aquatic genius. 
 

Date of Event:
Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 11:00am to 11:45am
Start Location:
Indian Creek Trailhead

PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE start time changed from 10 to 11:45
Come on out and Join a Park Ranger at Ebenezer Day Use Area. Learn about the bald eagles of Jordan Lake and let’s see what other birds we can spot and identify!!!  Ranger will be located around the volleyball court.  Please come prepared for the weather.  If rain, program will be canceled.   A spotting scope... more

Date of Event:
Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 11:45am to 12:45pm
Start Location:
Ebenezer Day Use Area

Join a ranger outside the Visitor Center for a short hike to the lake.  We will talk about the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps and the tremendous amount of work they did at Hanging Rock State Park during the Great Depression.  Approximate program length: 30-45 minutes.

Date of Event:
Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

How dangerous are black bears?  Can we coexist?  Why are black bears so unique?  What should I do if I see a black bear?  The program will begin at 2:00 pm in the Visitor Center.
 
 

Date of Event:
Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center
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