Oktoberfest on the Farm

A grand petting zoo. Hayrides to our sister farm down the road, Clouds Brewery & Guglhupf. Large and small pony rides included
Pumpkin Golf Tournament for all ages, German hat dance competition. Live Music and Family fun games and food.
$10.00 per person ages 2 & over.

Pumpkin Prowl


  • Adults – $26 – (For ages 12+)
  • Children – $20 – (For ages 3-11)
  • Student/ Senior/ First Responder or Military – $20


Celebrate autumn in the wildest way imaginable: our annual Pumpkin Prowl event!

Pumpkins are a hot commodity in the autumn. From pumpkin pie to pumpkin spiced lattes, everyone wants to get their paws on them. No one knows how to celebrate pumpkin season better than the residents of the Conservators Center!

Grab a coat and a friend, and join us on Saturday, November 16th (rain date of Saturday, November 23) for our annual Pumpkin Prowl, a unique way to celebrate autumn in North Carolina.

From 11:00 to 11:45, decorate or carve a pumpkin as enrichment for our animals! Starting at noon, enjoy food and drinks from local vendors while the kids play autumn-inspired field games. While you’re enjoying the games, taking photos, and meeting our mascots, we will decorate our animals’ habitats with stuffed, scented, or painted pumpkins to celebrate the season. Starting at 1 p.m., watch as our animals discover these fascinating new items in their habitats!

Have you ever wondered what a caracal’s favorite scent is? Or which animals love whipped cream? During Pumpkin Prowl, while you watch the animals explore their enrichment at your own pace, you can also learn interesting facts about how we care for our animal residents from our staff and trained volunteers at the Conservators Center!

Monarch Madness

– Learn about one of the planet’s coolest flying bugs – Monarch butterflies!

From 1:30-2:00, Phyllis Simon and husband Bruce Taggart, who live in northern Orange County and have their own monarch raising operation, will lead a multi-media presentation in Meeting Room B.

From 2:00-3:00, we’ve got a whole host of caterpillar and butterfly crafts and activities for kids. We’ll draw, build, and learn. It’ll be great.

From3:00-3:30, Aerialist Amanda Finch will perform on the Terrace (in a butterfly outfit!).

We’ll also have activities and more details on how you can get involved in citizen science projects that report sightings of adults, eggs, captive-reared, and wild butterflies.

If we’re reeeeeeealy lucky, we might also have a surprise or two.

Fishing with a Ranger

Join a Park Ranger at Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area and go fishing in the ponds! We’ll spend some time talking about the different types of fish found in the ponds, safety tips and practice our casting!

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please call 919-383-1686 to register!

Date of Event:

Sat, 09/28/2019 – 10:00am
Start Location:

Occoneechee Parking Lot

Full Harvest Moon Celebration

Our much loved full moon celebrations are back! Come help us honor the land and celebrate the local community. All profits go towards to our nonprofit partner, Unique Places To Save. Learn more about their work at https://www.uniqueplacestosave.org/.


*Southern Harvest Food Truck*
*Live acoustic music from Bev and Dave www.BevAndDaveGude.com*
*Mead tastings and tours*
*Red Oak’s Tap Takeover satellite bar*
*Tarot Card Reading by Tadpole Magic*
*Art work from Foster Art*
*Swamp Dream Journals*
*More local beers on draft at the Tea House*

Tickets* include:
Mead tasting and tour
Souvenir Honeysuckle Meadery Glass
Entry to Honeysuckle Farm

*Tickets will be mandatory for entry and must be shown upon arrival
12 & under allowed in free

We’re adding a satellite bar downstairs to minimize lines and will be increasing security for entry based on feedback from the last event. Thank you to our community for your wonderful feedback! We hear y’all and want to honor you.

September’s full moon is known as the Full Harvest Moon, as it is the full moon that is closest to the fall equinox. In the northern hemisphere, the Full Harvest Moon rises very soon after sunset, providing plenty of bright light for farmers harvesting their summer crops. September’s full moon is so well-known for its luminosity and brilliance that certain Native American tribes even named it the Big Moon. The Full Harvest Moon holds major cultural significance in many different communities, who spend this full moon not just celebrating the fall harvest, but also the moon itself.

Get Hiking! Haw River Trail at Great Bend Park

Grab a friend and get out for a hike in the woods! We will hike about 2.5 miles on the Haw River Trail, the Island Trail and the Highlands Trail. We will get some great views of the river and the dam at Glencoe. Expect rolling, natural surface (roots, rocks, etc.) terrain with a few steep hills.  Wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes or boots. Bring a water bottle, insect repellent. Trekking poles recommended.

All ages welcome. Minors to be accompanied by an adult.

The hike starts promptly at 5:30 pm. Plan to arrive a few minutes early. Meet in the parking area at Great Bend Park. Car pool if possible – the parking lot is small.

FREE! But registration required!

Whose Scat is That?

Have you ever been curious on ways to tell which animals are around your home but can’t seem to see the animal? Come learn how to identify animals found in the Piedmont area by their tracks and their scat. Be prepared for a short hike to look for signs of animals in the area. Please wear closed-toed shoes and bring plenty of water. Please call the park office at 919-676-1027 to sign-up for this program. Deadline for sign-up is Wednesday, September 25th by 4:30pm.

Date of Event:
Saturday, September 28, 2019 – 10:00am

Start Location:
Shelter 12 at Rolling View State Recreation Area

Build an Owl

Who-who would like to build an owl.  Come to Falls Lake and learn all about what makes an owl such a majestic creature.

Date of Event:
Sunday, September 22, 2019 – 5:00pm

Start Location:
Beaverdam Shelter 23

Snakes of the Piedmont

Have you ever wondered what kind of snakes there are in your backyard?  Do you identify every snake you see, regardless of color, shape and size as a Copperhead?  Well then this program is for you, come join a park ranger as we discover the 20+ different species of snake that reside in the piedmont region of North Carolina.  We will discuss identifying markers, habitats, and other information in hopes that these slithery creatures become more appreciated by the visitors of North Carolina State Parks.

Date of Event:
Saturday, September 14, 2019 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Start Location:
Hollypoint Amphitheater

Camp Craggy Hike

Join Ranger Billy as we hike to the old boy scout Camp Craggy.  It is definitely one of the coolest parts of the park with its quartzite council fire ring, stone steps and old swimming pond.  We will also go by Page’s Mill ruins and see some half-finished millstones in the woods.

Date of Event:
Sunday, September 22, 2019 – 4:15pm

Start Location:
Reedy Creek Parking Lot Harrison Ave off exit 287 1-40

Hike Length and Difficulty:
Moderate 2 1/2 mile hike