Coastal North Carolina is home to many species of birds, both residents and winter visitors. We will explore various habitats in the park to identify these birds and discuss their life cycles. Binoculars are recommended, but not required.
Goose Creek State Park
Meet at the visitor center to go over the basics of camping. Learn about fires, camping equipment and other need-to-know information for a successful camping trip.
This fun and educational program will be held in the visitor center. We will be covering the history, techniques and sportsmanship of hunting black bears in North Carolina.
Need a break from all the hustle and bustle that comes along with the holidays? Maybe you're still in need of a last-minute gift? Meet at the park's visitor center as we celebrate the Christmas spirit by making tree cookie ornaments. Hot cocoa and Christmas music will also be provided.
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.
Come as you are or bring your gear. Learn about types of things you should bring, how to pack your bag, hiking skills and how to plan your trip. Meet at the visitor center and join in for an optional hike with your gear at the end of the program.
Learn the basics of how to bait your hook, cast and use different kinds of bait for fishing. Meet at Dinah's Landing boat ramp. Fishing gear will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. Registration is limited to the first 10 who sign up. This program is for ages 10 and up. Please call (252) 923-2191 to register.
Enjoy the fall evening air and paddle Goose Creek in a kayak. We will look for signs of wildlife on the banks, search for osprey and listen for birds. Registration is limited to ages 16 and up and to the first 5 people who sign up. Kayaks, paddles and lifejackets are provided; however, you may bring your own boat. Bring a towel, water and wear shoes that strap on. Dress for the weather.
Meet at the campground parking lot to learn about deer movement, habitat and diet. We will go for a short hike to look for tracks and signs of deer and other wildlife.
Come drink coffee and enjoy a sunset poetry reading at the swim beach in the park. All ages are invited to read poetry of their choice. There are picnic tables, but you may bring your own chair. The swim beach is a .15-mile leisurely walk from the second parking lot. Swimmers are welcome.