Goose Creek State Park Calendar of Events for January, February, 2017 | Eastern North Carolina Now | Goose Creek State Park Calendar of Events for January, February, 2017

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      Sunday, January 1, 2017       First Day Hike       10:00 am

    This hike will cover the Mallard Creek Trail, Huckleberry Trail and the Live Oak Trail. Total distance will be approximately one-mile and will bring us through new trail extensions, pine woods, live oak ecosystems and along the Pamlico River. Meet in the last parking lot.

      Saturday, January 7, 2017       Birds of Prey       10:00 am

    Discover the amazing habits and adaptations that our native birds of prey share. We will discuss our large bald eagle, the tiny screech owl and so many more in between. Meet at the visitor center for a fun and eye opening experience.
The trees tend to eventually find their way to the water's edge: Above.    photo by Stan Deatherage

      Saturday, January 14, 2017       Pine Needle Basket Making       10:00 am

   Learn how to make artwork out of the beautiful long leaf pine needles like the Native Americans long ago. Meet at the park visitor center and practice the basic techniques to start making a basket. All materials will be provided. This program is for ages 16 and older. Please call the park office to register as space is limited.

      Saturday, January 21, 2017       Basic and Benefits of Prescribed Fire       2:00 pm

   Did you know that fire plays an important role in the ecosystem at Goose Creek? This presentation covers why we burn, how we burn and some of the equipment we use to incorporate fire into the landscape. Meet at the visitor center.

      Saturday, January 28, 2017       Mallard Creek Hike       10:00 am

    Take a short walk down to Mallard Creek and check out our new proposed trail extension. Meet in the last parking lot.

      Saturday, February 4, 2017       Critter Hunt       2:00 pm

    Have you ever ventured through the woods while turning over logs? Don’t pass up this amazing opportunity to discover some of nature’s most beautiful and hidden critters. You never know what’s waiting to be discovered. We will be searching for multiple species of salamanders, frogs, lizards and insects. Make sure to dress for the weather. Meet at the visitor center.

      Saturday, February 11, 2017       Palmetto Hike       2:00 pm

    Take a one-mile walking tour of the boardwalk and view a freshwater swamp that is transitioning to a brackish water marsh all without getting your feet wet. Meet at the visitor center.

      Saturday, February 18, 2017       Goose Creek Forestry Restoration       10:00 am

    Come out to Goose Creek and discover the natural and cultural history of the park. Learn about the current restoration efforts at the park to reestablish the long leaf pine forest that once dominated the area and was of great economic importance to the Tar Heel State. Meet at the visitor center.

      Saturday, February 25, 2017       Wetland Wonders       10:00 am

    Spend the afternoon with a ranger while learning about the amazing animals that call our wetlands “home”. This program will take place in the Discovery Room which is located in the visitor center.


    Contact:

     Vanessa Fischer

       Goose Greek State Park

       2190 Camp Leach Road
       Washington, NC 27889

       Phone: (252) 923-2191  •  vanessa.fischer@ncparks.gov
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