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Busy weekend in store at Occoneechee State Park / June 06, 2012
Need something to do this weekend? If so, then Occoneechee State Park is where you need to be! They are providing fun family programs that will entertain and educate you and your family about the park, history, and nature.

On Wednesday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m., join the park interpreter, Amanda, for a Wednesday Walk of approximately 2 miles! Meet at the Terrace Gardens parking area.

On Thursday, June 7 at 6:00 p.m., join Khali (the AmeriCorps Representative for Occoneechee State Park) for a Discover Occoneechee lesson! This week’s session will be all about trees!

On Friday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m., bring your whole family along for Family Fun Hour! Meet at the Panhandle Multiuse Trail parking area for an hour filled with fun, family-oriented games! Then at 8:00 p.m., join both Khali and Amanda for a Welcome Campfire to learn all about what a fire needs to survive, while making a tasty campfire treat! Meet at the fire ring beside of the park’s Visitor’s Center.

On Saturday, June 9, the park has activities planned for the entire day! Beginning at 9:30 a.m., join Khali and Amanda for a Good Morning Walk of the Mossey Creek and Tutelo Birding trails (approximately 2 miles), meet at Terrace Gardens. Then at 1:00 p.m., enjoy Krafts with Khali, where you can personalize your very own hiking stick to use on any of the park’s many trails! If you missed Thursday’s Discover Occoneechee lesson, don’t worry! This Discover Occoneechee lesson at 4:00 p.m. will also be all about trees! Then at 6:00 p.m., join Amanda for the park’s most popular program…a wagon ride to the abandoned campground! Lastly, at 8:30 p.m., there will be a night hike of the Plantation Trail (1.2 mile)! Be sure to bring your own flashlight.

On Sunday, June 10 at 9:00 a.m., join Amanda and Khali for another Good Morning Walk! Meet at the Big Oak Trail (approximately 1 mile). Then at 11:00 a.m., enjoy the Go Fish program! Here, you can make your very own bamboo fishing pole, then go fishing with the park interpreter! Then at 1:00 p.m., join Khali in the Visitor Center for a museum tour! Learn all about the park’s history as well as the Occaneechi Story! From 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., join Amanda at Picnic Shelter Number One for Art in the Park. Here you can create art projects by using natural, found, or recycled materials. (Ages 14 and up). After Art in the Park, there will be a Plantation Tour at 6:00 p.m. Join Khali and Amanda at the Terrace Gardens for a tour of the old Occoneechee Plantation and Gardens (1.2 mile hike)

Also, visitors can participate in self-guided hikes any day of the week and at any time! Be sure to stop by the Visitor Center to check-out an Interpretive backpack that is filled with many self-guided activities and information booklets!

Also, for participants that are interested in Geocaching: Occoneechee is home to many Geocaches! For those interested, stop by the park’s Visitor Center to rent a GPS unit that is pre-programmed with all of the geocache coordinates.

Occoneechee State Park will continue to provide you with many programs throughout the summer that will teach you about the park, the park’s history, and nature surrounding the park through fun games and exciting activities. If you would like to schedule a special program for a school, church, scout group then contact Amanda, the park interpreter, for details. Look out for more entertaining and educational events.

Leashed dogs are welcomed on all hikes (with the exception of the Night Hike). Fees may apply. Call Occoneechee State Park main office for details. (434) 374-2210.

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