Earth Day 2020: Celebrate North Carolina State Parks Online

Thursday, April 2, 2020

The North Carolina Government & Heritage Library is starting the Earth Day 2020 celebration early by providing our users with some online resources related to North Carolina State Parks, Recreation & Natural Areas.

NCpedia Online Resources:

NCpedia highlights North Carolina’s unique resources, people, and culture to enrich, educate and inform. This free online resource is a trusted source for North Carolina information that contains over 8,400 articles and 9,100 images. 

North Carolina State Parks & Recreation Areas:

 Family picnicking at Jones Lake State Park, circa 1950. North Carolina State Parks Collection.

There are a total of 38 state parks and recreation areas in North Carolina with the first state park, Mount Mitchell, established in 1915. The North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation exists to inspire all its citizens and visitors through conservation, recreation, and education.

State Parks

The following NCpedia articles are about individual North Carolina State Parks: 

 State Recreation Areas

The following four NCpedia articles are about individual North Carolina State Recreation Areas:

Additional Resources:

North Carolina Digital Collections

    The North Carolina Digital Collections is a joint project between the State Archives of North Carolina and the State Library of North Carolina. The North Carolina Digital Collections contains over 90,000 historic and recent photographs, state government publications, manuscripts, and other resources on topics related to North Carolina.

Materials relating to the natural and cultural history of the state parks system gathered from the holdings of the State Archives, State Library, and N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.

North Carolina State Parks

    Mission: The North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation exists to inspire all its citizens and visitors through conservation, recreation, and education.

  • Conservation: To conserve and protect representative examples of North Carolina’s natural beauty, ecological features, recreational and cultural resources within the state parks system
  • Recreation: To provide and promote safe, healthy and enjoyable outdoor recreational opportunities throughout the state
  • Education: To provide educational opportunities that promote stewardship of the state’s natural and cultural heritage

 

 

Author: 
Francesca Evans, Community Engagement Librarian