Celebrate Dismal Swamp's 10th Anniversary with a 10K run! Join Ranger Joe for a trip to the S Martha Washington water control structures and back. Add some more miles to your NC 100 Mile Challenge log.
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)
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.
Come prepared for adventure as we search far and wide for salamanders in their natural habitat. Learners should be ready to get dirty and wet. We will search for salamanders in a variety of locations to learn of their life cycle as well as capture a view into their world.
Wear shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting wet.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
An Environmental Educator will share several of nature’s marvels in a display table. Take a close look at a mounted timber rattlesnake, the tiny skeleton of a bat, the skin shed by a spider, and more.
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Do you have a child interested in what the outdoors, or who wanders “what do park rangers do”? Bring them to Mayo River State Park to become a Junior Ranger. The program is designed for kids ages 6 to 12. Participants will get to work through several requirements to earn a Junior Ranger patch, while getting to learn more about the people who work for state parks.
Discover all that nature has to offer! Join park staff for a spring hike to discover the flora and fauna of Pettigrew State Park. Meet at the Park Office at 2:00 pm. Plan on a .5 mile hike and dress for the weather. For more information call (252)797-4475.
NC State Parks has joined the initiative to get women and girls on trails all across North America. Over the next year we want to encourage women to bring female friends and family to hike a trail at least once a month.
What better way to get started than joining a park ranger for a leisurely hike along the 1.42-mile Piedmont Loop Trail. The hike is easy to moderate and takes... more
This will be an program design to teach volunteers how to look for, what to look for and solutions on how to fix hiking trail issues. We will be discussing trail issues but also working to resolve those issues on Lassiter Trail. Bring hiking shoes/boots and a pair of work gloves. For more information contact the park office at 252 357 1191.