Trail Trek and Centennial Celebration Success!

Trail Trek organizer, John Skuce

Trail Trek organizer, John Skuce

The annual Raven Rock Trail Trek was a rousing success this year, doubling last year’s participant numbers. Trekkers hiked 10 miles and were treated to lunch, an event t-shirt, and a wrist band. Organizer, and FRARO Secretary, John Skuce said he was very pleased with the results.

The NC Parks Centennial Celebration, combined with Earth Day and the Disappearing Frogs Project were equally successful. Park staff member, Jessie Summers, pulled together the exhibitors and demonstrations, which included everything from wildlife rescue (owls and other raptors), ponies to pet, wool spinning, master gardeners, to an electric car, composting, and more. Also included was the Disappearing Frogs Project Art Auction, a live band, and artist Bob Palmatier who provided art lessons. Sandwiches were for sale as well as other goodies. Smokey the Bear was on hand, and so was Ribbit the Frog. Everyone had fun including the exhibitors.

Former Raven Rock Park Superintendent, Jeff Davidson, and Division of Parks and Recreation’s Director, Mike Murphy, spoke about Raven Rock and celebrating 100 years of State Parks.

None of this could not have happened without the hard work of all the park staff – make sure you thank them when you visit the park next time.

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Superintendent Jeff Davidson

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NC Parks Director, Mike Murphy

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Cake!

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Ribbit the Frog visits with families

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Live band: Midlife Crisis

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Yummy food!

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Smokey the Bear pays a visit

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Artist, Bob Palmatier teaches a class

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Toyota Electric Car

Toyota electric car

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Toyota electric car

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Mobile soils classroom

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Frogs and Fungus display

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Sandwiches for the Trekkers and for sale too

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The Disappearing Frog Project

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LP Painted Ponies

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Cape Fear Adventures – kayak the river

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Friendly goat

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Goat milk soap and goods

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Litter Sweep volunteers

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FRARO making new friends

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Master Gardeners

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Yarn products

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Barred Owl

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Centennial Celebration!

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On Saturday, April 9th, Raven Rock State Park will be having a Big Celebration for 100 years in NC State Parks.

2016 TrailTrek logo-400To day kicks off at 8:30 AM with the Raven Rock Trail Trek, a 10 mile hiking challenge using 5 different hiking trails. This is a $25 pre-registration event.  Registration for Trail Trek is now closed.  Please email friendsofravenrock@gmail.com if you are still interested in participating. 

At 10:00 AM, the Centennial Party will begin at the Visitor Center. 

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This will be the final day for the Disappearing Frog Project exhibit, an amphibian related art exhibit that helps create awareness for the decline of amphibians worldwide through the Amphibian Survival Alliance.

recycleBe sure to bring your aluminum cans with you for our recycling drive. You can also bring your veggie and fruit scraps and coffee grounds – the park has two compost bins they’d love to have you add to!

We’ll be taking photos all day long – look for your picture here on our website and on Facebook! You can also share your photos once we’ve posted ours!

In addition to the exhibit, many Earth Day nature-oriented and art exhibitors will be on hand, along with animals, music and art lessons that will fill the day.

Remember April 9th, Raven Rock State Park, rain or shine!

This day is currently being sponsored by the Friends of Raven Rock and the Friends of State Parks.