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Have you ever seen a civil war musket up close? Or have you ever taken a break from a busy nearby city to sit near the peaceful Eno River? Have you ever wondered what is growing on the trees at Mt. Mitchell?

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. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful.

Most events are free, though some require pre-registrations.

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NC State Parks Calendar of Events
Search Criterion: May 2015
Search Results: 138 records found. Sorted by State Park.

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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-05-01
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Turtle Talk
Meet at the CEC Lobby at 10:00 a.m. to learn about the life history of the Loggerhead Sea Turtle.

Date: 2015-05-01
Start time: 10:00 a.m.
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Hammocks Beach State Park    (910) 326-4881
Kayak Trip
AGES: 13 AND OLDER
DURATION: 2 HRS.

Come to the park and enjoy our ranger-guided kayak trip through the surrounding marsh waters of Hammocks Beach State Park. This will be a great opportunity to discover some of the wildlife that call coastal North Carolina home. Kayaks, paddles, and lifejackets will be provided. Space is limited.

Registration is required by contacting the park office: 910-326-4881.

Date: 2015-05-01
Start time: 8:30am
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Carolina Beach State Park    (910) 458-8206
Carnivorous Plant Hike
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 Nature Trail Parking Lot at 10:00 a.m. For more information call 910-458-8206.

Date: 2015-05-02
Start time: 10:00 am
Start location: Nature Trail Lane Parking Area
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Spring Boy Scout Day & Campout
For years, Boy Scouts of all ages have enjoyed their own special days in Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. Our nearly 1,000 acres make an incredible backdrop to a variety of programs that are educational and fun! Scouts will enjoy morning programs, have the chance to become NC State Parks Junior Rangers, and then join us for a night of camping beneath the stars.
Check out www.chimneyrockpark.com/education/scouts for cost and program details and please call 800-277-9611 to register.

Date: 2015-05-02
Start time: 9:30am
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Dismal Swamp State Park    (252) 771-6593
Paddle for the Border
This is a 7.5 mile paddle event, now in its 12th year, held annually in conjunction with Chesapeake Parks and Recreation and the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center. Registration is required. You may register through the Chesapeake Parks and Recreation website.

Kayak and Canoe rentals are available through the park for $14.

For the $40 fee, participants receive breakfast, lunch and a t-shirt. Participation is limited, and the event fills quickly.

Date: 2015-05-02
Start time: 8:00 am
Start location: Boat Launch
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-05-02
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Grandfather Mountain State Park    (828) 963-9522
Spring Wildflower Walks: 2015
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The High Country produces spectacular spring wildflowers. Join a park ranger in weekly explorations to see what new spring flowers have emerged.

Hikes are conducted at a slow pace on moderately strenuous trails and last 2 ½ hours. Wear sturdy hiking boots. Bring a jacket, water and snacks. All ages welcome: participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets, please.

The Profile Trail is located on Highway 105 South; ¼ mile north of the Highway 184 intersection [DIRECTIONS]
Boone Fork Parking Lot is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway; just north of mile marker 300 [DIRECTIONS]
The Park Office is located at 9872 Highway 105 S, Banner Elk, NC 28604 [DIRECTIONS]

Call the park office if you have questions: 828.963.9522 or email grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov

Date: 2015-05-02
Start time: 10:00 AM
Start location: Boone Fork Parking Area (Just north of the 300 Milepost on Blue Ridge Parkway)
 
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Jordan Lake State Recreation Area    (919) 362-0586
C.A.S.T. (Catch A Sure Thing!)
Catch a Sure Thing (C.A.S.T.) This program is designed for youth ages 6 to 12 who have little to no experience with fishing and who want to learn. Participants (youth) will learn basic fishing skills such as, how bait a hook, what fish are found in Jordan Lake and if willing are encouraged to unhook the fish! No worries about casting. Youth will learn how to use a bobber and will sink the line straight off the dock. While on the dock, all youth will wear a PFD for safety regulations.

Group size is limited and reservations are required. Dress according to the weather and if needed bring water, sunscreen, hat and/or sunglasses. Fishing pole, bait and PFD will be provided.

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

If you have any questions or want to reserve a spot, call or email Ranger Steve McMurray at 919-362-0586 ext 219 or steve.mcmurray@ncparks.gov

Date: 2015-05-02
Start time: 9:30
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Merchants Millpond State Park    (252) 357-1191
Salamander Hike
We will hike part or all of a trail looking for salamanders in their habitat. Plan to spend 2 hours. You may need bug repellent. Wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the visitor center at Merchants Millpond State Park. If you have any questions, please call (252)357-1191.

Date: 2015-05-02
Start time: 10:00 am
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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South Mountains State Park    (828) 433-4772
Bugs for Me
Frogs and toads have good eyesight, which they depend on to catch moving insects. This game will help participants learn how frogs and toads catch their prey.

Date: 2015-05-02
Start time: 2:00
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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South Mountains State Park    (828) 433-4772
Knot Tying 101
Knot tying  is a fundamental skill for many tasks. Whether you are a beginning climber, backpacker or just want to learn a few knots. Join a Ranger at the Visitor Center at 11:00 am.



Date: 2015-05-02
Start time: 11:00
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Carolina Beach State Park    (910) 458-8206
Carnivorous Plant Hike
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 Nature Trail Parking Lot at 10:00 a.m. For more information call 910-458-8206.

Date: 2015-05-03
Start time: 10:00 am
Start location: Nature Trail Lane Parking Area
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Naturalist Niche Series Waterfall Exploration
Not only is Hickory Nut Falls one of the highest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River, it's also full of plants and animals that are easy to miss if you aren't watching closely. Join a Park naturalist to explore the falls and search for life hiding among the rocks. Call 800-277-9611 to register for this event.

Date: 2015-05-03
Start time: 9:30am
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Dismal Swamp State Park    (252) 771-6593
Wagon Ride
They're back! Our popular Wagon Ride program makes its return for the spring season. Enjoy an approximately 1 hour ride covering 2 miles of Canal Road in the open-air Dismal Swamp Express. There are several educational stops along the route.
You may call ahead to reserve a place; otherwise the wagon will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis (weather permitting). Wagon Rides will continue on Sundays through May 31.

Date: 2015-05-03
Start time: 2 pm
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Dismal Swamp State Park    (252) 771-6593
Wagon Ride
They're back! Our popular Wagon Ride program makes its return for the spring season. Enjoy an approximately 1 hour ride covering 2 miles of Canal Road in the open-air Dismal Swamp Express. There are several educational stops along the route.
You may call ahead to reserve a place; otherwise the wagon will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis (weather permitting). Wagon Rides will continue on Sundays through May 31.

Date: 2015-05-03
Start time: 11 am
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-05-03
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Merchants Millpond State Park    (252) 357-1191
Amphibian Canoe Search
We will canoe into various nooks & crannies of Merchants Millpond looking for amphibians. This will involve searching on some islands. Meet at the visitor center at 176 Millpond Rd., Gatesville, NC 27938. You may need bug repellent. Wear sturdy shoes. You can bring your own canoe or use one of ours. There is no fee, but you will need to sign up at (252)357-1191.

Date: 2015-05-03
Start time: 1:30pm
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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South Mountains State Park    (828) 433-4772
Jump, Hop, Leap
A bullfrog a jump a distance of 10 times its body length. Join a Ranger at the Visitor Center to learn more frog fun facts and to see how far you can jump.

Date: 2015-05-03
Start time: 2:00
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve    (910) 692-2167
Dragons and Damsels
Although we won't be talking about fire-breathing dragons or damsels in distress, we will be searching for some of our most fierce predatory insects: dragonflies. We'll also be on the look out for their more dainty relatives, the damselflies. We'll start with a brief presentation in the auditorium and then go outside to look for some of these beautiful creatures. Comfortable shoes, binoculars, water, sunscreen, and bug spray are all recommended.

Date: 2015-05-03
Start time: 3:00 PM
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Flags of the Confederacy
Meet at the Visitor Center to learn about flags of the Confederacy.

Date: 2015-05-04
Start time: 10:00 a.m.
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-05-04
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-05-05
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Grandfather Mountain State Park    (828) 963-9522
Spring Wildflower Walks: 2015
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The High Country produces spectacular spring wildflowers. Join a park ranger in weekly explorations to see what new spring flowers have emerged.

Hikes are conducted at a slow pace on moderately strenuous trails and last 2 ½ hours. Wear sturdy hiking boots. Bring a jacket, water and snacks. All ages welcome: participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets, please.

The Profile Trail is located on Highway 105 South; ¼ mile north of the Highway 184 intersection [DIRECTIONS]
Boone Fork Parking Lot is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway; just north of mile marker 300 [DIRECTIONS]
The Park Office is located at 9872 Highway 105 S, Banner Elk, NC 28604 [DIRECTIONS]

Call the park office if you have questions: 828.963.9522 or email grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov

Date: 2015-05-05
Start time: 5:00 PM
Start location: Profile Parking Lot (Hwy 105 South - 1/4 mile north of the Hwy 184 intersection)
 
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Hammocks Beach State Park    (910) 326-4881
Nature Trek Series with a Ranger
NOTE: OUTREACH PROGRAM
DURATION: 1 HR.
LOCATION: SWANSBORO PARKS & RECREATION COMMUNITY CENTER

Join a park ranger the first Tuesday of every month as we explore the different animals, plants, and ecosystems of coastal North Carolina. Each month is a different topic. Signup is through the Swansboro Parks and Recreation Department: 910-326-2600.

Date: 2015-05-05
Start time: 5:30pm
Start location: Swansboro Parks & Recreation Building
 
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Jockey's Ridge State Park    (252) 441-7132
What Do Rangers Do?
Have you ever noticed that every time you see a ranger they are doing something completely different from the last time you saw them? What exactly DO they DO? Come talk to a ranger about their duties, responsibilities, and life influences that put them in this career. Meets in the auditorium. Length of program: Approx. 45 minutes. Ages: Great for all ages (especially those starting to think about a life career.)

Date: 2015-05-05
Start time: 11am
Start location: Visitor center
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Civil War Musket Demonstration
Meet at the fort entrance to learn about the firing process of the Civil War musket.

Date: 2015-05-06
Start time: 10:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-05-06
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-05-07
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Natural Side of Fort Macon Hike
Join a ranger at the Visitor Center for a short hike exploring the natural side of Fort Macon. Hike will cover both trail and beach.

Date: 2015-05-07
Start time: 10:00 a.m.
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Raven Rock State Park    (910) 893-4888
Hike for Your Health
Get outside, get moving and get healthy! Join Raven Rock's Office Assistant as we enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and your beautiful state park. Must be able to hike 2 to 5 miles on trails that can be flat, hilly and include steps. Ages 12 and up. This hike is being offered every Thursday, so make it a healthy habit to come out to Raven Rock for some great weekly exercise. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Please call 910-893-4888 to register.

Date: 2015-05-07
Start time: 9 a.m.
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Eno River State Park    (919) 383-1686
Friday Morning Birds
Bring your binoculars and join us for a relaxing morning bird walk. All experience levels welcome.

Date: 2015-05-08
Start time: 8:30 a.m.
Start location: Few's Ford parking loop
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-05-08
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Carolina Beach State Park    (910) 458-8206
Carnivorous Plant Hike
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 Nature Trail Parking Lot at 10:00 a.m. For more information call 910-458-8206.

Date: 2015-05-09
Start time: 10:00 am
Start location: Nature Trail Lane Parking Area
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Annual Passholder Sunrise Breakfast
Few sights in Western North Carolina are as spectacular as watching the sun rise over Lake Lure! Weather permitting, the Park opens early for Annual Passholders with a tasty continental breakfast and the best seats in the area. We’ll be serving up fruit, pastries, juice and hot coffee. Gate opens at 6am for the 7:20am sunrise. Annual Passholders may RSVP by calling 800-277-9611 by Tuesday, May 5.

Date: 2015-05-09
Start time: 6am
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Crowders Mountain State Park    (704) 853-5375
Volunteer Trail Work Day
We are seeking volunteers to help us maintain our hiking trails at Crowders Mountain State Park. Meet new people and work with experienced volunteers and park staff dedicated to maintaining the beautiful hiking trails at Crowders Mountain State Park. No experience is required. This is a great learning opportunity. We will train you on the job. The trail work includes task such as: erosion control, rehabbing old trails, building new trails, and rerouting sections of eroded trail. All work tools, safety glasses, and hearing protection will be provided. Water and refreshments will also be provided. We ask that you bring work gloves, appropriate footwear for the outdoors, sunscreen, insect repellant, comfortable work clothes, and any medications that you may need.

We meet at 8:00am at the Sparrow Springs Visitor Center for refreshments, fellowship, and a short safety meeting. We will then work on the trails until 11:30am. Children must be accompanied by an adult. If you are interested in volunteering for our trail work days or need additional information, please call the park office at 704-853-5375.



Date: 2015-05-09
Start time: 8:00am
Start location: Sparrow Springs Visitor Center
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-05-09
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Grandfather Mountain State Park    (828) 963-9522
Spring Wildflower Walks: 2015
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The High Country produces spectacular spring wildflowers. Join a park ranger in weekly explorations to see what new spring flowers have emerged.

Hikes are conducted at a slow pace on moderately strenuous trails and last 2 ½ hours. Wear sturdy hiking boots. Bring a jacket, water and snacks. All ages welcome: participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets, please.

The Profile Trail is located on Highway 105 South; ¼ mile north of the Highway 184 intersection [DIRECTIONS]
Boone Fork Parking Lot is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway; just north of mile marker 300 [DIRECTIONS]
The Park Office is located at 9872 Highway 105 S, Banner Elk, NC 28604 [DIRECTIONS]

Call the park office if you have questions: 828.963.9522 or email grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov

Date: 2015-05-09
Start time: 3:00 PM
Start location: Boone Fork Parking Area (Just north of the 300 Milepost on Blue Ridge Parkway)
 
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Jordan Lake State Recreation Area    (919) 362-0586
C.A.S.T. (Catch A Sure Thing!)
Catch a Sure Thing (C.A.S.T.) This program is designed for youth ages 6 to 12 who have little to no experience with fishing and who want to learn. Participants (youth) will learn basic fishing skills such as, how bait a hook, what fish are found in Jordan Lake and if willing are encouraged to unhook the fish! No worries about casting. Youth will learn how to use a bobber and will sink the line straight off the dock. While on the dock, all youth will wear a PFD for safety regulations.
Group size is limited and reservations are required. Dress according to the weather and if needed bring water, sunscreen, hat and/or sunglasses. Fishing pole, bait and PFD will be provided.
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
If you have any questions or want to reserve a spot, call or email Ranger Steve McMurray at 919-362-0586 ext 219 or steve.mcmurray@ncparks.gov

Date: 2015-05-09
Start time: 9:30
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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South Mountains State Park    (828) 433-4772
Bugs for Me
Frogs and toads have good eyesight, which they depend on to catch moving insects. This game will help participants learn how frogs and toads catch their prey.

Date: 2015-05-09
Start time: 2:00
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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South Mountains State Park    (828) 433-4772
The 10 Essentials
What items should you always carry with you when hiking? Meet a Park Ranger at the Visitor Center to learn about the "10 Essentials".

Date: 2015-05-09
Start time: 11:00
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Carolina Beach State Park    (910) 458-8206
Carnivorous Plant Hike
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 Nature Trail Parking Lot at 10:00 a.m. For more information call 910-458-8206.

Date: 2015-05-10
Start time: 10:00 am
Start location: Nature Trail Lane Parking Area
 
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Dismal Swamp State Park    (252) 771-6593
Wagon Ride
They're back! Our popular Wagon Ride program makes its return for the spring season. Enjoy an approximately 1 hour ride covering 2 miles of Canal Road in the open-air Dismal Swamp Express. There are several educational stops along the route.

You may call ahead to reserve a place; otherwise the wagon will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis (weather permitting). Wagon Rides will continue on Sundays through May 31.

Date: 2015-05-10
Start time: 2 pm
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Dismal Swamp State Park    (252) 771-6593
Wagon Ride
They're back! Our popular Wagon Ride program makes its return for the spring season. Enjoy an approximately 1 hour ride covering 2 miles of Canal Road in the open-air Dismal Swamp Express. There are several educational stops along the route.

You may call ahead to reserve a place; otherwise the wagon will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis (weather permitting). Wagon Rides will continue on Sundays through May 31.

Date: 2015-05-10
Start time: 11 am
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-05-10
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Merchants Millpond State Park    (252) 357-1191
Dendrology
A beginner's overview of the study of trees will start at the visitor center at 2:30 p.m. Please bring a field guide and be prepared to walk our trails. Discussion will not be limited to just trees but wildlife and habitat. Bug spray and hiking shoes are recommended. Call the park office at 252-357-1191 for more information.

Date: 2015-05-10
Start time: 2:30
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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South Mountains State Park    (828) 433-4772
Animals of the South Mountains
Join a Park Ranger and learn about some of South Mountains animals and their adaptations.

Date: 2015-05-10
Start time: 2:00
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Bird Hike
Meet at the Fort Parking Lot at 10:00 a.m. for a guided hike to observe coastal birds.

Date: 2015-05-11
Start time: 10:00 a.m.
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-05-11
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-05-12
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Jockey's Ridge State Park    (252) 441-7132
Animal Track Search
Join a park ranger for a short discussion on some of the animals that live in the park. Then set out for a short hike to sharpen our detective skills and look for evidence that the animals are here. Great for young children! Wear shoes and weather-appropriate clothing for the short outdoor hike. Length of program: Approximately 40 minutes.

Date: 2015-05-12
Start time: 10am
Start location: Visitor center
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-05-13
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Civil War Musket Demonstration
Meet at the fort entrance to learn about the firing process of the Civil War musket.

Date: 2015-05-14
Start time: 10:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-05-14
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Natural Side of Fort Macon Hike
Join a ranger at the Visitor Center for a short hike exploring the natural side of Fort Macon. Hike will cover both trail and beach.

Date: 2015-05-14
Start time: 10:00 a.m.
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Raven Rock State Park    (910) 893-4888
Hike for Your Health
Get outside, get moving and get healthy! Join Raven Rock's Office Assistant as we enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and your beautiful state park. Must be able to hike 2 to 5 miles on trails that can be flat, hilly and include steps. Ages 12 and up. This hike is being offered every Thursday, so make it a healthy habit to come out to Raven Rock for some great weekly exercise. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Please call 910-893-4888 to register.

Date: 2015-05-14
Start time: 9 a.m.
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Eno River State Park    (919) 383-1686
Mountain Laurel & Heath Hike
Join the Occoneechee ranger to take a look at the Mountain Laurels, Pinxter Azaleas and blueberries in bloom. We will discuss them and other members of the Heath family of shrubs. Our hike will be a maximum of two miles.



Bring water and snacks, and wear good hiking shoes/boots.

Children must be 10 yrs of age or older.



Date: 2015-05-15
Start time: 10:00a.m.
Start location: Occoneechee parking lot.
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-05-15
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Grandfather Mountain State Park    (828) 963-9522
Spring Wildflower Walks: 2015
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The High Country produces spectacular spring wildflowers. Join a park ranger in weekly explorations to see what new spring flowers have emerged.

Hikes are conducted at a slow pace on moderately strenuous trails and last 2 ½ hours. Wear sturdy hiking boots. Bring a jacket, water and snacks. All ages welcome: participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets, please.

The Profile Trail is located on Highway 105 South; ¼ mile north of the Highway 184 intersection [DIRECTIONS]
Boone Fork Parking Lot is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway; just north of mile marker 300 [DIRECTIONS]
The Park Office is located at 9872 Highway 105 S, Banner Elk, NC 28604 [DIRECTIONS]

Call the park office if you have questions: 828.963.9522 or email grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov

Date: 2015-05-15
Start time: 6:30 PM
Start location: Profile Parking Lot (Hwy 105 South - 1/4 mile north of the Hwy 184 intersection)
 
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Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area    (919) 383-1686
Mountain Laurel & Heath Hike
Join the Occoneechee ranger to take a look at the Mountain Laurels, Pinxter Azaleas and blueberries in bloom. We will discuss them and other members of the Heath family of shrubs. Our hike will be a maximum of two miles.



Bring water and snacks, and wear good hiking shoes/boots.

Children must be 10 yrs of age or older.



Date: 2015-05-15
Start time: 10:00a.m.
Start location: Occoneechee parking lot.
 
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Raven Rock State Park    (910) 893-4888
Animal Camouflage Hike
Have you ever wondered fawns have white spots or why most animals have brown as their main color? Animals can be masters of blending into their surroundings so they are not seen. Come on a short hike and learn about what adaptions animals of Raven Rock State Park use to keep hidden. Meet at the visitor center.

Date: 2015-05-15
Start time: 2:00 PM
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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South Mountains State Park    (828) 433-4772
Got Trails? Trail School
This two day workshop will give an overview of sustainable trail design, construction, maintenance and management. Classroom and “hands on” instruction will be provided. Sign up early. Space in limited. For more information and to register for this class contact Ranger Cheryl Waltz at 828-433-4772.



Date: 2015-05-15
Start time: 9:00 - 5:00
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Carolina Beach State Park    (910) 458-8206
Carnivorous Plant Hike
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 Nature Trail Parking Lot at 10:00 a.m. For more information call 910-458-8206.

Date: 2015-05-16
Start time: 10:00 am
Start location: Nature Trail Lane Parking Area
 
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Carvers Creek State Park    (910) 436-4681
Amazingly Awesome Amphibians!
In spirit of National Kids to Parks Day learn about the species native to NC and how to find them when you join a Park Ranger for a hike to find amphibians. Crafts to take home included! Please keep in mind that this event is NOT held at Carvers Creek State Park. It will be held at the Smith Lake Recreation Area.

Date: 2015-05-16
Start time: 10:00 AM
Start location: Smith Lake Recreation Area
 
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Carvers Creek State Park    (910) 436-4681
Sense Hike
In celebration of National Kids to Parks day, children and parents will have the opportunity to experience nature using 4 of your 5 senses here at Carvers Creek State Park from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. What can you hear? What can you see? What can you smell? These are just some of the questions you will answer following our staff on the hike!

Date: 2015-05-16
Start time: 6:00 PM
Start location: In front of Park Office
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Spring Girl Scout Day & Campout
For years, Girl Scouts of all ages have enjoyed their own special days at Chimney Rock. Our nearly 1,000 acres make an incredible backdrop to a variety of programs that are educational and fun! Scouts will also have the opportunity to become NC State Parks Junior Rangers. And the fun doesn't stop when the sun goes down—our 5-acre Meadows is the perfect place to spend a night under the stars.
Visit www.chimneyrockpark.com/education/scouts for program descriptions and pricing information.
Advance registration is required; please call 800-277-9611 to register.


Date: 2015-05-16
Start time: 9:30am
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Falls Lake State Recreation Area    (919) 676-1027
Falls Lake Youth Fishing Tournament
Help us celebrate National Kids to Parks Day at Falls Lake State Recreation Area!!



FREE Events from 8:30am-2pm!

No entry fee for tournament!!

Giveaways and Prizes!!!



Kids 5-13 are invited to sign up for our fishing tournament. All skill levels welcome. All ages invited to our educational booths. Bring your own fishing pole and tackle or borrow some of ours. Space is limited so pre-registration is REQUIRED!!



Registration opens Monday, March 23rd. Call 919-676-1027 to register or find out more information. Calls must be made Monday to Friday between the hours of 8am and 5pm. Registration will NOT be taken by voicemail.





Date: 2015-05-16
Start time: 8:30am
Start location: Beaverdam Shelter 23
 
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Fort Fisher State Recreation Area    (910) 458-5798
National Kids to Parks Day-Basin Hike
Celebrate National Kids to Parks Day by taking a hike to discover the basin. On the way learn about the significance of the basin area and the plants and animals that live there. This hike is about 1.5 miles and of moderate difficulty. Be sure to bring sunscreen, bug spray and water.

Date: 2015-05-16
Start time: 10:00 AM
Start location: Exhibit Room
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Civil War Reenactment
Events will be performed throughout the day from 10 - 4 by the 1st NC Volunteers. Flag talks, women's dress talks and musket firings and drills are a few of the programs being performed.

Date: 2015-05-16
Start time: 10:00
Start location: Fort
 
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Goose Creek State Park    (252) 923-2191
National Kids to Park Day
Load the kids up and head out to visit Goose Creek State Park. You will be led on an awesome adventure through one of our swamps. We will stop and catch a variety of critters for the kids to view. Some may be big...some may be small. You never know what you will find in nature's playground, but we will do our best to make this day unforgettable! Please meet at the park visitor center. You may want to bring water, sunscreen and bug spray.

Date: 2015-05-16
Start time: 2:00 pm
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Gorges State Park    (828) 966-9099
Gorges Gratitude Day
Come join in on all the special activities planned for the day. This event is FREE and open to EVERYONE ! Music, food, special programs and a Foothills Trail Informational Tent!!

Date: 2015-05-16
Start time: 10:00 am
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Haw River State Park    (336) 342-6163
Kids to Parks Day Celebration
It's time to get children into parks and what better way than by exploring the wetlands and forests at Haw River State Park. We will go on a leisurely hike which will include a fun scavenger hunt of the natural area. Prizes to be awarded to all who are able to find all the items on their list (age appropriate lists available). We'll finish up right before lunch with a campfire and s'mores.

Date: 2015-05-16
Start time: 10 a.m.
Start location: Main lodge
 
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Jordan Lake State Recreation Area    (919) 362-0586
C.A.S.T. (Catch A Sure Thing!)
Catch a Sure Thing (C.A.S.T.) This program is designed for youth ages 6 to 12 who have little to no experience with fishing and who want to learn. Participants (youth) will learn basic fishing skills such as, how bait a hook, what fish are found in Jordan Lake and if willing are encouraged to unhook the fish! No worries about casting. Youth will learn how to use a bobber and will sink the line straight off the dock. While on the dock, all youth will wear a PFD for safety regulations.

Group size is limited and reservations are required. Dress according to the weather and if needed bring water, sunscreen, hat and/or sunglasses. Fishing pole, bait and PFD will be provided.

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

If you have any questions or want to reserve a spot, call or email Ranger Steve McMurray at 919-362-0586 ext 219 or steve.mcmurray@ncparks.gov

Date: 2015-05-16
Start time: 9:30
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Lake Norman State Park    (704) 528-6350
Kids to Parks Day - Nature Hike
Come and enjoy a hike with a Ranger. We will walk portions of the Track Trail that has fun activities for children in celebration of "Kids to Parks Day." Just remember to bring comfortable shoes and water as this will be a slightly moderate hike. Contact the park office to register - 704-528-6350

Date: 2015-05-16
Start time: 1:00
Start location: TBD
 
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Lake Waccamaw State Park    (910) 646-4748
National Kids to Parks Day
Bring a child out to the park and celebrate National kids to Parks Day! Join a Park Ranger on a discussion on Carolina Bays and a short hike. Event is free to the public.

Date: 2015-05-16
Start time: 2:00pm
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Pilot Mountain State Park    (336) 325-2355
Frog Watch!
Come join Park Rangers and celebrate the YEAR OF THE AMPHIBIAN by listening to the soothing sounds of frogs and toads. Did you know that every frog and toad species has it's own unique sound!?!?! Amphibians are delicate creatures and can provide great information about the health of a habitat. Join to learn more about frogs and toads and participate in a citizen science project that monitors the frog habitats by listening to them!! Meet at the canoe launch at the bottom of the hill just outside the town of East Bend, NC.
This event will be re-scheduled for May 23rd. if temperatures are below 35°F or during heavy rain or wind.
For directions, visit http://ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/pimo/directions.php or call 336-325-2355.



Date: 2015-05-16
Start time: 8:00 p.m.
Start location: South River Section -Canoe Launch Parking
 
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South Mountains State Park    (828) 433-4772
Animals of the South Mountains
Join a Park Ranger and learn about some of South Mountains animals and their adaptations.

Date: 2015-05-16
Start time: 2:00
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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South Mountains State Park    (828) 433-4772
Got Trails? Trail School
This two day workshop will give an overview of sustainable trail design, construction, maintenance and management. Classroom and “hands on” instruction will be provided. Sign up early. Space in limited. For more information and to register for this class contact Ranger Cheryl Waltz at 828-433-4772.


Date: 2015-05-16
Start time: 9:00 - 5:00
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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South Mountains State Park    (828) 433-4772
The 10 Essentials
What items should you always carry with you when hiking? Meet a Park Ranger at the Visitor Center to learn about the "10 Essentials".

Date: 2015-05-16
Start time: 11:00
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Carolina Beach State Park    (910) 458-8206
Carnivorous Plant Hike
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 Nature Trail Parking Lot at 10:00 a.m. For more information call 910-458-8206.

Date: 2015-05-17
Start time: 10:00 am
Start location: Nature Trail Lane Parking Area
 
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Dismal Swamp State Park    (252) 771-6593
Wagon Ride
They're back! Our popular Wagon Ride program makes its return for the spring season. Enjoy an approximately 1 hour ride covering 2 miles of Canal Road in the open-air Dismal Swamp Express. There are several educational stops along the route.
You may call ahead to reserve a place; otherwise the wagon will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis (weather permitting). Wagon Rides will continue on Sundays through May 31.

Date: 2015-05-17
Start time: 2 pm
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Dismal Swamp State Park    (252) 771-6593
Wagon Ride
They're back! Our popular Wagon Ride program makes its return for the spring season. Enjoy an approximately 1 hour ride covering 2 miles of Canal Road in the open-air Dismal Swamp Express. There are several educational stops along the route.
You may call ahead to reserve a place; otherwise the wagon will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis (weather permitting). Wagon Rides will continue on Sundays through May 31.

Date: 2015-05-17
Start time: 11 am
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Civil War Reenactment
Events will be performed throughout the day from 10 - 4 by the 1st NC Volunteers. Flag talks, women's dress talks and musket firings and drills are a few of the programs being performed.

Date: 2015-05-17
Start time: 10:00
Start location: Fort
 
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Grandfather Mountain State Park    (828) 963-9522
Sensory Hike
Experience the Profile Trail with Ranger Sicard by taking a guided hike that focuses on more than what meets the eye. Participants are encouraged to bring along a notepad or nature journal and a pen or pencil. We will make several stops along the hike to do rubbings of textures, smear soil on pages, and find other opportunities to fully take in the array of senses we have. This will be a 2 mile round-trip hike and will take approximately 2.5 hours to complete. Please meet at the Profile Trailhead on NC-105, bring any snacks and water you may need for the duration of the hike, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult and we ask that you please leave dogs and pets at home.

Date: 2015-05-17
Start time: 9:45 am
Start location: Profile Parking Lot
 
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Grandfather Mountain State Park    (828) 963-9522
Spring Wildflower Walks: 2015
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The High Country produces spectacular spring wildflowers. Join a park ranger in weekly explorations to see what new spring flowers have emerged.

Hikes are conducted at a slow pace on moderately strenuous trails and last 2 ½ hours. Wear sturdy hiking boots. Bring a jacket, water and snacks. All ages welcome: participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets, please.

The Profile Trail is located on Highway 105 South; ¼ mile north of the Highway 184 intersection [DIRECTIONS]
Boone Fork Parking Lot is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway; just north of mile marker 300 [DIRECTIONS]
The Park Office is located at 9872 Highway 105 S, Banner Elk, NC 28604 [DIRECTIONS]

Call the park office if you have questions: 828.963.9522 or email grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov

Date: 2015-05-17
Start time: 1:30 PM
Start location: Boone Fork Parking Area (Just north of the 300 Milepost on Blue Ridge Parkway)
 
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South Mountains State Park    (828) 433-4772
The 10 Essentials
What items should you always carry with you when hiking? Meet a Park Ranger at the Visitor Center to learn about the "10 Essentials".

Date: 2015-05-17
Start time: 2:00
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-05-18
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Toddler Time in the Park
Join a ranger at the visitor center for fun and simple arts and craft projects with a nature theme to help your toddler grow up just a little bit WILD! Recommended for ages 4 - 7. Pre-registration required. Call park office at 252-726-3775. Space limited. No drop-offs.

Date: 2015-05-18
Start time: 4:00 p.m.
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-05-19
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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South Mountains State Park    (828) 433-4772
Volunteer Work Day
Help keep your park beautiful. South Mountains State Park invites volunteers to assist park staff from 9:00am - 4:00pm with trail work and park beautification projects. Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot at 9:00am. Gloves, tools and water will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged bring a bag lunch and to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Please contact the park office for more information. 828-433-4772.


Date: 2015-05-19
Start time: 9:00 - 12:00
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-05-20
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Jockey's Ridge State Park    (252) 441-7132
All About the Ridge
Join us for a discussion on the history and interesting characteristics of Jockey's Ridge. Meets in the auditorium for about 30 minutes.

Date: 2015-05-20
Start time: 2pm
Start location: Visitor center
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-05-21
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Junior Ranger Day
Junior Ranger Day at Fort Macon State Park - Participants (ages 6-12) are invited to complete their Junior Ranger booklets with a variety of nature and historical programs offered throughout the day. Junior Rangers successfully completing their requirements will be awarded a Junior Ranger patch. Parents must accompany their children--NO drop-offs. Call park office (252-726-3775) for reservations. Space limited.

Date: 2015-05-21
Start time: 1:00 p.m.
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Natural Side of Fort Macon Hike
Join a ranger at the Visitor Center for a short hike exploring the natural side of Fort Macon. Hike will cover both trail and beach.

Date: 2015-05-21
Start time: 10:00 a.m.
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Raven Rock State Park    (910) 893-4888
Hike for Your Health
Get outside, get moving and get healthy! Join Raven Rock's Office Assistant as we enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and your beautiful state park. Must be able to hike 2 to 5 miles on trails that can be flat, hilly and include steps. Ages 12 and up. This hike is being offered every Thursday, so make it a healthy habit to come out to Raven Rock for some great weekly exercise. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Please call 910-893-4888 to register.

Date: 2015-05-21
Start time: 9 a.m.
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-05-22
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
What's the Buzz About?
Join a ranger at the visitor center for a closer look at some of the things that might be buzzing about in the park.

Date: 2015-05-22
Start time: 4:00 p.m.
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Hammocks Beach State Park    (910) 326-4881
Kayak Trip
AGES: 13 AND OLDER
DURATION: 2 HRS.

Come to the park and enjoy our ranger-guided kayak trip through the surrounding marsh waters of Hammocks Beach State Park. This will be a great opportunity to discover some of the wildlife that call coastal North Carolina home. Kayaks, paddles, and lifejackets will be provided. Space is limited.

Registration is required by contacting the park office: 910-326-4881.

Date: 2015-05-22
Start time: 8:30am
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Carolina Beach State Park    (910) 458-8206
Carnivorous Plant Hike
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 Nature Trail Parking Lot at 10:00 a.m. For more information call 910-458-8206.

Date: 2015-05-23
Start time: 10:00 am
Start location: Nature Trail Lane Parking Area
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Memorial Day Weekend Family Fun
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife. Programs at 2pm. Try to outwit gravity with one free climb per person on our Climbing Tower from 11am–4pm.

Date: 2015-05-23
Start time: 11am
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Eno River State Park    (919) 383-1686
Geology Hike at Occoneechee Mountain
Come and learn about Occoneechee Mountain's geologic wonders. Explore the pyrophyllite quarry with a real geologist! Call 919-383-1686 to register. Limit 15.

Date: 2015-05-23
Start time: 2:00 p.m.
Start location: OCMO parking lot by the picnic table.
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Cannon Firing
Meet at the fort parade ground at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30 or 3:30 to view the firing process of a Civil War cannon.

Date: 2015-05-23
Start time: 10:30
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-05-23
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Mount Jefferson State Natural Area    (336) 246-9653
Amphibian Read and Hike
Have you ever read a book while hiking on a mountain trail? Come up to Mt. Jefferson, bring your kids and read a story about amphibians while you experience a mountain hike. Each participant starts at page one, “posted on the trail head”. Then at your own pace, you and your family will hike to find the next page further down the trail. By the time you’re finished the hike, you will have read an entire book! Each amphibian story is appropriate for elementary school age students. Pages will be up until 5:00pm.



Date: 2015-05-23
Start time: 11:00 am
Start location: Picninc Area
 
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Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area    (919) 383-1686
Occoneechee Geology Hike
Come and learn about Occoneechee Mountain's geologic wonders. Explore the prophyllite quarry with a real geologist!



*Children must be accompanied by an adult.



Wear hiking shoes, bring water, sunscreen and bug repellant.

Date: 2015-05-23
Start time: 2:00 p.m.
Start location: OCMO parking lot by the picnic table.
 
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South Mountains State Park    (828) 433-4772
Animals of the South Mountains
Join a Park Ranger and learn about some of South Mountains animals and their adaptations.

Date: 2015-05-23
Start time: 11:00
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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South Mountains State Park    (828) 433-4772
Masked Bandits
Fact or Fiction: Do raccoons wash their food? Find out the answer to this and much more about those furry little “masked bandits” at South Mountains State Park. Meet Ranger Amanda at the Visitor Center at 2:00 pm to learn a few myths and legends as well as fun facts about raccoons. All ages welcome!

Date: 2015-05-23
Start time: 2:00
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Carolina Beach State Park    (910) 458-8206
Carnivorous Plant Hike
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 Nature Trail Parking Lot at 10:00 a.m. For more information call 910-458-8206.

Date: 2015-05-24
Start time: 10:00 am
Start location: Nature Trail Lane Parking Area
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Memorial Day Weekend Family Fun
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife. Programs at 2pm. Try to outwit gravity with one free climb per person on our Climbing Tower from 11am–4pm.

Date: 2015-05-24
Start time: 11am
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Dismal Swamp State Park    (252) 771-6593
Wagon Ride
They're back! Our popular Wagon Ride program makes its return for the spring season. Enjoy an approximately 1 hour ride covering 2 miles of Canal Road in the open-air Dismal Swamp Express. There are several educational stops along the route.

You may call ahead to reserve a place; otherwise the wagon will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis (weather permitting). Wagon Rides will continue on Sundays through May 31.

Date: 2015-05-24
Start time: 2 pm
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Dismal Swamp State Park    (252) 771-6593
Wagon Ride
They're back! Our popular Wagon Ride program makes its return for the spring season. Enjoy an approximately 1 hour ride covering 2 miles of Canal Road in the open-air Dismal Swamp Express. There are several educational stops along the route.

You may call ahead to reserve a place; otherwise the wagon will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis (weather permitting). Wagon Rides will continue on Sundays through May 31.

Date: 2015-05-24
Start time: 11 am
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-05-24
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Merchants Millpond State Park    (252) 357-1191
Canoe 101
A introductory canoe class will be held at the visitor center, we will meet at 2:30 at the visitor center. Bring something to drink, and a set of extra clothing just in case. Experience the great Merchants Millpond in the best way. Preregestration is required, if you would like to sign up or have any question please call 252-357-1191.

Date: 2015-05-24
Start time: 2:30
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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South Mountains State Park    (828) 433-4772
The Amazing World of Spiders
Silk stronger than steel? Join Ranger Waltz at the Visitor Center at 2:00 pm for an informative presentation on spiders. Participants will have the opportunity to catch and examine spiders that are alive.

Date: 2015-05-24
Start time: 2:00
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve    (910) 692-2167
Woodpeckers of Weymouth Woods
Throughout the year you might see 8 different species of woodpeckers at the park. Learn how to tell them all apart and what makes each one unique. We’ll start inside for a presentation and then go outside for a short walk to see if we can find any of these awesome birds. There's a group of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers that live in a cluster of trees right behind the visitor center, so hopefully we'll see them feeding young this time of year. Bring binoculars!

Date: 2015-05-24
Start time: 3:00 PM
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Memorial Day Weekend Family Fun
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife. Programs at 2pm. Try to outwit gravity with one free climb per person on our Climbing Tower from 11am–4pm.

Date: 2015-05-25
Start time: 11am
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-05-25
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-05-26
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Stargazing/Astronomy
Meet at the bathhouse to view space through a telescope and learn more about our Universe. This event is weather dependent and may be canceled due to heavy clouds or rain

Date: 2015-05-26
Start time: 8:00 pm
Start location: Beach Access Parking lot
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Evening Gun
Meet at the fort at 4:00 p.m.to view a cannon firing demonstration.

Date: 2015-05-27
Start time: 4:00 p.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-05-27
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-05-28
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Natural Side of Fort Macon Hike
Join a ranger at the Visitor Center for a short hike exploring the natural side of Fort Macon. Hike will cover both trail and beach.

Date: 2015-05-28
Start time: 10:00 a.m.
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Raven Rock State Park    (910) 893-4888
Hike for Your Health
Get outside, get moving and get healthy! Join Raven Rock's Office Assistant as we enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and your beautiful state park. Must be able to hike 2 to 5 miles on trails that can be flat, hilly and include steps. Ages 12 and up. This hike is being offered every Thursday, so make it a healthy habit to come out to Raven Rock for some great weekly exercise. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Please call 910-893-4888 to register.

Date: 2015-05-28
Start time: 9 a.m.
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-05-29
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Carolina Beach State Park    (910) 458-8206
Carnivorous Plant Hike
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 Nature Trail Parking Lot at 10:00 a.m. For more information call 910-458-8206.

Date: 2015-05-30
Start time: 10:00 am
Start location: Nature Trail Lane Parking Area
 
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Chimney Rock State Park    (828) 625-1823
Four Seasons Hike to top of Hickory Nut Falls
FOUR SEASONS HIKES ARE ONLY OPEN TO MEMBERS OF THE FRIENDS OF CHIMNEY ROCK STATE PARK ORGANIZATION

Join them here: http://www.friendsofchimneyrockstatepark.org/fcrsp/Membership
This hike will take members to the top of Hickory Nut Falls and we will discuss the current and future plans of the Skyline and Cliff trails.
Four Seasons hikes will be led by the Park Superintendent. These areas do not have public access at this time and require permission to cross private properties.


Date: 2015-05-30
Start time: 9am
Start location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-05-30
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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Jordan Lake State Recreation Area    (919) 362-0586
C.A.S.T. (Catch A Sure Thing!)
Catch a Sure Thing (C.A.S.T.) This program is designed for youth ages 6 to 12 who have little to no experience with fishing and who want to learn. Participants (youth) will learn basic fishing skills such as, how bait a hook, what fish are found in Jordan Lake and if willing are encouraged to unhook the fish! No worries about casting. Youth will learn how to use a bobber and will sink the line straight off the dock. While on the dock, all youth will wear a PFD for safety regulations.
Group size is limited and reservations are required. Dress according to the weather and if needed bring water, sunscreen, hat and/or sunglasses. Fishing pole, bait and PFD will be provided.
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
If you have any questions or want to reserve a spot, call or email Ranger Steve McMurray at 919-362-0586 ext 219 or steve.mcmurray@ncparks.gov

Date: 2015-05-30
Start time: 9:30
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Merchants Millpond State Park    (252) 357-1191
Frog Find
We will meet at the boat ramp south of the pond off Millpond Road to find & observe frogs. To insure success, I plan to capture some frogs the day before that are not as visible. We will go over the things that make toads unique frogs. We will also talk about the frog’s life cycle. Barring computer interference, we will listen to recorded frog calls. Please wear sturdy shoes and bug repellent. Call (252)357-1191 if you have any questions.

Date: 2015-05-30
Start time: 10:00 am
Start location: Boat Ramp Entrance off Millpond Road
 
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South Mountains State Park    (828) 433-4772
Birds: The Good, the Bad, the Funny
Join Ranger Waltz for an indoor program and a short hike to learn more about our feathered friends. Meet at the Visitor Center at 11:00 am.

Date: 2015-05-30
Start time: 11:00
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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South Mountains State Park    (828) 433-4772
Jump, Hop, Leap
A bullfrog a jump a distance of 10 times its body length. Join a Ranger at the Visitor Center to learn more frog fun facts and to see how far you can jump.

Date: 2015-05-30
Start time: 2:00
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Carolina Beach State Park    (910) 458-8206
Carnivorous Plant Hike
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 Nature Trail Parking Lot at 10:00 a.m. For more information call 910-458-8206.

Date: 2015-05-31
Start time: 10:00 am
Start location: Nature Trail Lane Parking Area
 
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Dismal Swamp State Park    (252) 771-6593
Wagon Ride
They're back! Our popular Wagon Ride program makes its return for the spring season. Enjoy an approximately 1 hour ride covering 2 miles of Canal Road in the open-air Dismal Swamp Express. There are several educational stops along the route.
You may call ahead to reserve a place; otherwise the wagon will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis (weather permitting). Wagon Rides will continue on Sundays through May 31.

Date: 2015-05-31
Start time: 2 pm
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Dismal Swamp State Park    (252) 771-6593
Wagon Ride
They're back! Our popular Wagon Ride program makes its return for the spring season. Enjoy an approximately 1 hour ride covering 2 miles of Canal Road in the open-air Dismal Swamp Express. There are several educational stops along the route.
You may call ahead to reserve a place; otherwise the wagon will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis (weather permitting). Wagon Rides will continue on Sundays through May 31.

Date: 2015-05-31
Start time: 11 am
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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Fort Macon State Park    (252) 726-3775
Fort Tours
Meet at the fort parade ground for a guided tour at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 or 3:00.

Date: 2015-05-31
Start time: 11:00 a.m.
Start location: Fort
 
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South Mountains State Park    (828) 433-4772
Bugs for Me
Frogs and toads have good eyesight, which they depend on to catch moving insects. This game will help participants learn how frogs and toads catch their prey.

Date: 2015-05-31
Start time: 2:00
Start location: Visitor Center
 
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