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You’re invited to look into the universe during the fourth annual North Carolina Statewide Star Party, a signature event of the North Carolina Science Festival. Come learn about the night sky. Join the Cape Fear Museum and Carolina Beach State Park for a fun, free, family astronomy event. The Cape Fear Astronomy Society will have telescopes set up for viewing the night sky, and there will be vendors and many activities for everyone to participate in. Parking will be at the Marina area with shuttles provided. Bring a flashlight and some bug repellant. Event will happen rain or shine. For more information contact the park.

Date of Event:
Friday, April 20, 2018 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Start Location:
Meet at Marina

Join us at Fort Macon State Park along with the Crystal Coast Star Gazers for the 2018 State Wide Star Party.  The event will start at 7:00 pm at the Beach Access Parking Lot about 1 mile before you get to the actual fort area.  There will be several telescopes set up with which to view the heavens, and several other astronomy related activities to participate in.  There will be one rain date for this event on April 21st in case of bad weather.
 

Date of Event:
Friday, April 20, 2018 - 7:00pm
Start Location:
Beach Access Area (Bathhouse) Parking Lot

Star light, star bright, join us to look at some stars tonight!!! Join the ranger staff and volunteers for our Star Party! We will be playing star games and looking at the stars through telescopes. Rain date is April 21. For more information, please call 704-528-6350.

Date of Event:
Friday, April 20, 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Start Location:
Swim Beach Parking Lot, 1412 State Park Road, Statesville

Join the Piedmont Astronomy Club and Hanging Rock State Park for a night of star gazing and kid friendly activities Celebrating the NC Statewide Star Party!  We welcome the general public, but anyone who is not a camper or cabin guest must leave the park by 9:00 pm when the gate closes.

Date of Event:
Friday, April 20, 2018 - 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join us at the Dismal Swamp State Park for a Statewide Star Party event! The Swamp offers one of the darker places in the area to observe the stars. Pre-registration is required for this program--call the park office at 252-771-6593 to sign up.
Rain date Saturday, 21 April 2018, same place, same time. Event will be held indoors if the rain date is also rained out!

Date of Event:
Friday, April 20, 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center Parking Lot

NORTH CAROLINA SCIENCE FESTIVAL EVENT

Come out to Hammocks Beach State Park and experience the thrill and excitement of a STARLAB portable planetarium at the park! Sponsored by Woodmen Life– you will get a chance to encounter the universe and learn about the solar system and all the exciting myths and mysteries behind our dark skies.  There will be several other activities for everyone of all ages to enjoy!

If it's a clear night we will bring out the telescopes and binoculars to get a closer look at some of the planets and stars that will be shining that night.

The NC Science Festival’s annual Statewide Star Party is made possible through the generous support of the NC Space Grant.  http://www.ncspacegrant.org/

 

Date of Event:
Friday, April 20, 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Start Location:
Park Maintenance Area

Come out to see the stars at Haw River State Park! There will be star games and activities appropriate for all ages. The evening will include a Solar System night hike to the upper meadow for a campfire, story- time with” mars” mallow treats and night sky viewing presented by the Greensboro Astronomy Club.

Celestial/ Star Costume Contest: come dressed as your favorite planet, movie character, etc…You are welcome to bring a blanket, your own telescope or binoculars! This is a Rain or Shine event.

 

Date of Event:
Friday, April 20, 2018 - 8:00pm to 11:00pm
Start Location:
Main lodge at The Summit Environmental Education and Conference Center.

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

2018 is the Year of the Fish with North Carolina State Parks! Join park rangers at Pilot Mountain State Park to learn about the diversity of fishes in our local streams by exploring the old Japanese traditional micro-fishing method, Tanago. The object of micro-fishing is not to catch the largest fish, but use small tackle to catch a diversity of very small fish. Many fish throughout the creeks, streams, lakes, and waterways in North Carolina have beautiful coloration and diversity, but are too small for the normal angler to catch. Catching these fish in different micro-habitats within the stream will help us learn more about their behavior and habitat! Join us to learn more about fish diversity in North Carolina and have fun catching fish!
Meet at the picnic area just past the second creek crossing within Bean Shoals Canal Access of Pilot Mountain State Park. For directions, visit our website.

Date of Event:
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Bean Shoals Access - Picnic Area

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, and this event will take place rain or shine.

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