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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

Reenactors with the 1st NC Volunteers will be spending the weekend at the fort presenting the public with special living history events and programs.  Events will be held from 10:00 to 4:00 each day and may include flag talks, women's dress talks, musket drills, and artillery demonstrations. A skirmish scenario will take place at 1:30 on both Saturday and Sunday.

Date of Event:
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 10:00am to Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 4:00pm
Start Location:
Fort Macon

Join us at the Boyd Tract (*parking at 555 E. Connecticut Ave in Southern Pines*) for a festival to celebrate the oldest known living longleaf pine! 470 Years Old this year! Food trucks, music, live animals, face painting, turpentine demonstrations, and hikes to the old tree are just the beginning of the fun you can have! You will also have the opportunity to... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Boyd Tract (555 E. Connecticut Avenue)

Take a hike with a park ranger and learn about the fascinating world of carnivorous plants that grow at Carolina Beach State Park. See plants that “bite back" such as sundews, bladderworts, butterworts, pitcher plants, and the Venus fly trap.  Meet at the end of Nature Trail Lane in the Flytrap Trail Parking Lot at 10:00 a.m.  For more information, call 910-458-8206.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Sunday and every Saturday until Sun Oct 28 2018. Also includes Sun Oct 28 2018.
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Flytrap Trail Parking Lot.

Join a park ranger and learn about the geological mysteries of the Carolina Bays. Formation theories and the natural communities associated with Carolina Bays will be discussed. Participants should meet at the Jones Lake State Park Visitor Center at 10:00am.  Call the Park office at 910-588-4550 for more information. This event is free of charge and open to the general public.
 

Date of Event:
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Help us celebrate the NC Science Festival! Public and private conservationists have been protecting lands in and around Chimney Rock for well over 100 years.  Join state park rangers, regional biologists, and other environmental educators to learn about the great work being done to protect our beautiful landscape. Free.  Booths will be located in Chimney Rock Village behind the Old Rock Cafe,... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Riverwalk behind the Old Rock Cafe

Join a Park Ranger for a wildflower walk along the Jacob Fork River.  These moderate hikes will begin at the Jacob Fork Parking Area and last approximately one hour.  Each hike will be about 0.75 miles long.  Current blooming wildflowers and other flora will be identified on this walk.
 
 

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Apr 28 2018.
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Jacob Fork Parking Area

The North Carolina Science Fest is a statewide initiative to get kids involved in science! Our park will be hosting an event focused in geology. We will take a look into the rock cycle and conduct some exciting experiments! Morrow Mountain has a unique geological history and we look forward to seeing our future scientists at this event.  We will meet at the Morrow Mountain Lodge, located next... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Start Location:
Morrow Mountain Lodge

Come celebrate the Earth Day weekend with a NC Hike. Join the park ranger on the park’s newest trail, Sand Live Oak Trail. This trail snakes through the most southern end of the park property, through several different plant communities along the Cape Fear River. Meet the park ranger at 12:30 pm at the end of Nature Trail Lane in the Flytrap Trail parking lot. The hike is 3.5 miles and will... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 12:30pm
Start Location:
Flytrap Trail Parking Lot

NORTH CAROLINA SCIENCE FESTIVAL EVENT

It's Earth Day Weekend - celebrate by taking a trip to Hammocks Beach State Park!

Join a ranger for an exciting and educational hike through the woods as we explore some of the sights and sounds along the park’s new walking trail.  You will learn about the different plants and animals that can be found in some of the forests here in coastal... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a ranger to learn about the diversity of life found here at Mt. Mitchell State Park and what they eat and where you might be able to see these mysterious creatures.

Date of Event:
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Summit
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