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Events and Programs

Haw River State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.

 

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 an hour to complete.  While on the hike, we will take the spur path that leads through the wetlands down to the Haw River.  Adults are more than welcome to walk with the ranger and learn about the history of the park or strike out on their own depending on walking speeds.

Date of Event:
Sat, 03/10/2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Start Location:
Main Lodge at the Summit Environmental Education and Conference Center

Join us for the return of spring with a day in the great outdoors! This free event includes hands-on wildlife demonstrations, fishing, rock-skipping, pond explorations, family-friendly hiking trails and a variety of other fun, wildlife-themed activities.
Learn how to set a turtle trap, collect insects from a stream, observe wildlife and report your findings to scientists. Complete activities at each station and earn a Junior Ranger Patch from Haw River State Park!
Partnering organizations include Haw River State Park, the North Carolina Wildlife Federation's Great Outdoors University, the Greensboro Science Center, University of North Carolina at Greensboro and ecoEXPLORE at The North Carolina Arboretum.
All activities are free of charge and occur rain or shine! Contact Haw River State Park for more information.
For more information, contact the park office at 336-342-6163.

Date of Event:
Sat, 03/17/2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Behind the round building at the end of the park road.

Haw River State Park has partnered with Guilford Creek Week, to discover and learn about the importance of the health of our creeks, streams, rivers and waterways.  Join a park ranger for a hike down to wetlands as we discuss what makes wetland ecosystems so special and all the benefits they provide.  I
 
For more information about Guilford Creek Week and other programs, visit www.guilfordcreekweek.org
 

Date of Event:
Sun, 03/18/2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Start Location:
Main lodge at The Summit Environmental Education and Conference Center.

Taking a night hike in the wetlands opens visitors up to a completely new experience, especially in the early spring.  We’ll listen for frog and toad calls, see if we can spot river otter or beaver and try to call in bard and screech owls.

We’ll also discuss the importance of wetlands and how our everyday choices can have a positive or negative impact to this amazing habitat.  This program is in conjunction with Guilford Creek Week. 
For more information about Guilford Creek Week and other programs, visit www.guilfordcreekweek.org.

 

Date of Event:
Wed, 03/21/2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Start Location:
Main lodge at The Summit Environmental Education and Conference Center.

As the weather warms up, the wetlands come alive with the calls of frogs and toads.  This fun hands-on hour-long program gives little one’s ages six and under a chance to learn about our hopping friends of the water.  We’ll start with a story, watch and handle live frogs and toads and then take a walk down to the wetlands to set our critters free.  And of course, older siblings are welcome.
 
 

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/14/2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Start Location:
Main lodge at The Summit Environmental Education and Conference Center.
Contact:

Haw River State Park Summit Environmental Education and Conference Center

339 Conference Center Dr
Browns SummitNC 27214
Phone336.342.6163
haw.river@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 36.250859
Longitude: -79.756390

Park Hours:

Open seven days a week with the following seasonal gate hours:

Nov - Feb:  8am - 6pm
March, April, May, Sept and Oct: 8am - 8pm
June - August: 8am - 9pm

Closed Christmas Day