The natural wonders of North Carolina’s state parks are even more spectacular when visitors discover the science in and around the parks. Part of the state parks 2016 Centennial celebration is a “high elevation” partnership with the North Carolina Science Festival going on now.
Citizens worked to preserve Mount Mitchell as the first state park in 1916. They understood the science well enough to know that the unique alpine forest on the mountain needed protection. Since then, dozens of other parks have been championed by everyday folks who discover the science of these places enough to know how special they are.
The state parks partnership with the North Carolina Science Festival has been expanded with approximately 50 programs – beginning April 8 at 1:30 p.m. with a Statewide Star Party at William B. Umstead State Park and closing April 24 at 4:30 p.m. with an Emerging Spring Wildflower Walk at Grandfather Mountain State Park. Between those, there’ll be a Salamander Hike at South Mountains. S’More Science at Morrow Mountain and Swamp Life Discoveries at Goose Creek. Click here for a full list of programs.
The NC Science Festival created great brochures for do-it-yourself science activities that park visitors can do at home or even in park campgrounds. Try activities such as searching for glowing spider eyes or observing marshmallow combustion for fun, outdoor science discovery. The list of do-it-yourself activities is found here.