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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 Ranger for this guided hike at the Hanging Rock State Park Bathhouse, where there will be a quick park background and safety discussion prior to starting the hike.  We will hike to House Rock and Wolf Rock to enjoy rock formations and panoramic views of other peaks in the Sauratown Mountain Range as well the Piedmont country side.  The Ranger will be available to take hikers on... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Start Location:
Lake Bathhouse

Join a ranger for a Dutch oven breakfast casserole at the park's swim beach by the picnic tables. Bring your own chair and relax and learn about outdoor cooking while the meal is prepared. Registration is limited to the first 10 who sign up. Let us know if you have your own Dutch oven to bring. The swim beach area is about .15-mile walk from the second parking lot.

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Swim Beach

Drop by the park office and check out the animal pelts and taxidermy mounts of various animals found in the park.  A park ranger will be available to answer any questions.

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 10:30am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Brrrrr…..the black bear prepares for denning time ahead.   Take a break half-way up Hanging Rock Trail to feel bear fur, see a bear skull, and learn fascinating facts about the reclusive and seldom-sighted visitor in the park.

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 11:00am to 11:45am
Start Location:
Hanging Rock Trail

Join a ranger to talk about skins and skulls of different animals. You will be allowed to inspect and investigate each item. Meet at the visitor center.

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Enjoy a leisurely walk along the Hemlock Nature Trail and learn about some of the many plant species that stay green all year long. 
 

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Dec 16 2017.
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Jacob Fork Parking Area

Enjoy a boat ride over to one of the newest additions to Hammocks Beach State Park– Jones Island, an island located in the mouth of the White Oak River overlooking Swansboro. We will explore the island and discuss the different wildlife and ecosystems, as well as its cultural history.  DRESS FOR THE WEATHER!  Seating is limited; REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by contacting the park office:... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Fun for the whole family! Create a Naturally Wonderful holiday card for someone special. Decorate a ‘tree cookie’ or pine cone ornament. Several nature and holiday inspired arts and crafts will be available. Children of all ages are welcome.
 

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Dec 16 2017.
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

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 approximately... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Start Location:
Main lodge at The Summit Environmental Education and Conference Center

Appropriate for ages 10 and up (Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Please leave pets at home.

Celebrate State Parks “Year Of The Spider” by Joining Ranger Sicard for a PowerPoint presentation focused on the Spiders that can be found in North Carolina. This program will discuss... more

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Start Location:
Park Office - 9872 Hwy 105 S, Suite 6, Banner Elk (Google Map: https://goo.gl/Uq0vrX)
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