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.
Events and Programs
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)
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.