Photo by David Baker
Yellowstone River

Click on the tab above to view scheduled activities the Thousand Trails/NACO Preserves in that region.



Pacific City

April 7: Egg coloring and egg hunt.

April 13-15
Pacific City Annual Birding & Blues Festival
The Pacific City Birding and Blues Festival offers a great combination: exploration of bird wildlife during the day and Blues concerts in the evening. The event will feature speakers, riverboat tours, and other excursions in the area. For more information about the Pacific City Birding and Blues Festival, contact the Kiwanda Community Center at (503) 965-7900.


April 7
The Seaside Art Walk
This event takes place on the first Saturday of each month from 5-8 p.m. as galleries, shops and restaurants host artists, authors and musicians. Participating locations often provide tasty treats and beverages. Maps for the Walk are available at participating businesses, the Seaside Chamber and Seaside Visitors Bureau. For more information visit

April 27-29
Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival
You’ll enjoy a great spread of northwest cuisine, myriad arts and crafts, a selection of Oregon and Washington’s finest wineries, a fantastic beer garden and fun entertainment The Rotary Club of Astoria will be serving its traditional crab dinner all weekend long (price TBD based on Market Value) in the Exhibit Hall where you can enjoy live music all weekend. For more information visit

Whalers Rest

April 7: Happy “National Caramel Popcorn Day! Come help us celebrate at 1 p.m. in our South Clubhouse with a free serving of Whalers Own Carmel Popcorn! Children’s Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 3 p.m. Meet in our South Clubhouse for the fun all kids!

April 21: Whalers Rest celebrates “Earth Day Weekend” at 2 p.m. in our South Clubhouse. Join us for Earth Day activities for all ages.


Birch Bay

April 6: Easter Potluck at 5 p.m. April 7: Easter Egg Hunt at 1 p.m. April 21: Earth Day Karaoke Party at 2 p.m.

April 21

71st International Plowing Match 2012

Come and watch these magnificent horses and their plowmen till the soil as in days gone by. Free admission and free parking. Awards will be held at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds (Rotary Building), just 10 miles from the preserve. For details call (360) 354-4111.


Throughout April: Saturday Matinees: 1 p.m. in the Adult Lodge, all ages welcome! April 2-6: Spring Break is here! Join us for lots of fun, inside and out! Movies, games, and our Ultimate Ice Cream Social. April 6-9: Easter Weekend – book your campsite now so you don’t miss the 3rd Annual Egg Hunt & Potluck on Saturday! Bring your favorite dish to share.

Grandy Creek

April 6-8: Easter Eggstravaganza: Join us for some traditional Easter activities like egg dying and an Easter Egg Hunt. Take part in the jelly bean counting contest – closest guess wins all the beans!!

April 1-30
Skagit County Tulip Festival

This month-long festival celebrates the blooming tulips and the Skagit Valley bulb growers. It attracts many visitors who come to see the colorful walk-in fields that bloom out sometime in April. The festival also includes many other attractions including visits to local farms and nurseries, wineries, art shows, street fair, parade, salmon BBQ, and a quilt show. In addition to tulips, the local valley farmers grow irises and daffodils. Event is about a 40 minutes drive from the preserve. For information call (360) 428-5959.

La Conner

April 7-8: Easter Weekend: Come dye eggs with us on Saturday and then watch the fun as kids have an Easter Egg Hunt. Join us on Sunday for brunch.

April 23-27: Spring Break Week activities include crafts and games daily. Watch the board for schedule.

Little Diamond

April 27-29: Arbor Day Celebration: Plant a tree, take a nature hike.

Long Beach

March 30-April 1
Peninsula Arts Association Spring Show

The 21st Annual Peninsula Arts Association Spring Show features over 50 local artists who will be displaying their work. There will also be unique art and art supplies shopping available, much of which is from the very artists on display in the show. An art raffle will also be held (proceeds benefiting the Art Enrichment Program and the PAA High School Graduate Scholarship Fund). Admission and parking are free.

April 28
Black Lake Fishing Derby

The Black Lake Fishing Derby is for kids ages 1-14. The day’s events start out at 7 a.m. with a free pancake breakfast. The fishing starts at 10:30 a.m. with a hotdog lunch in the afternoon. Prizes are awarded based on aggregate weight and age groups. All children must be accompanied by an adult and some fishing poles will be available on a first come first served basis. This is a great way to spend the day with friends and family. Event is held at Blake Lake in Ilwaco, just 1 mile from the preserve.

Mount Vernon

April 2-6: Spring Break: Take a break and come to Mt. Vernon for a getaway – enjoy the trails, miniature golf, a game of softball or our other amenities. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, go to the Oasis, or seek out games or movies at the Lodge.

April 7: Easter events include crafts and egg dying. A special themed dinner is also planned; reservations required. Please call (360) 724-4811.

April 8: Easter Brunch: Enjoy a family brunch with an array of Easter cuisine followed by the popular Egg Hunt and a Jelly Bean guessing contest – closest number wins!

April 13-14

World's Biggest Garage Sale

Garage sale, plus antiques, food, entertainment and more. Held at the Skagit Valley Fairgrounds, just 10 miles from the preserve. For information call (360) 336-9453 or visit


April 7: Easter Weekend: Bring your camera for pictures at the Easter Bunny Egg Hunt. Don’t miss Potluck with Paradise – we’ll provide the ham.



Lake of the Springs

Throughout April: Candy Bar Bingo. Saturday dinners, beginning with our Easter Ham Dinner, plus John Carter entertains every Saturday at the Family Campfire sing-along. Also, Saturday Family Dance with DJ.

April 6-8: Easter Weekend: Events will include Craft and Variety Fair, Kids’ Fishing Derby, and Easter egg coloring. Join us Sunday for Sunrise Service, followed later by Easter Egg Hunt for the kids and visit from the Easter Bunny.

April 23-27: Line Dance Festival: Marion will be hosting the festival along with friends. They are all here to teach you some new dances, so come join the fun. There will be plenty of dancing, food and friends.

Morgan Hill

April 7-8: Weekend events include Friday night movie, Easter egg coloring, and Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday.

April 14-15: Spring Has Sprung: Events include Friday night movie, plus Mike Noonan entertains.

April 21-22: Take Us Out to the Ballgame: Events include Friday night movie, Saturday softball game, plus Dancing DJ, campfire and s’mores.

April 28-29: Show and Tell: Events include Friday movie night, Saturday “Learn to Take a Good Picture” event, plus the music of Gary Carnes.

Palm Springs

April 7-8: Join us for Easter Weekend. There will games by the pool, an Easter Egg Hunt with prizes and there will be church services Easter Sunday.

April 12: Ladies Day Out. This will be our final outing for the season. We will have lunch at the Elephant Bar and shop the local thrift stores.

Rancho Oso

Every Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to noon come on down to the arena to watch the stock dogs herding sheep and cattle and stay for the bucking bull demo! Get up close and personal with our young bulls as we prepare them for a future in rodeo! A definite photo op!

Every weekend join the fun and hop on board the famous Rancho Oso hay wagon to take a tour of the beautiful resort! They will drop off at the barn for the barn tour and dog & bull demo. Don’t forget to call the stables and book your unforgettable horseback ride for ages 8 & over. Of course, you can get the little buckaroos their first ride on a big horse, led by one of our friendly wranglers too!

The wild flowers are blooming, and the weather is perfect for hiking, riding, lounging by the pool or touring our local wineries. Later in the day, join us for wine tasting at the Adult Lodge, or come by the Stone Lodge for the Ice Cream Social to make your favorite sundae! Keep the weekend sweet with our Candy Bar Bingo too!

San Benito

Regular Friday Night Spaghetti Feed now includes rice and fish on menu. Serving begins at 6 p.m. at Reba’s Cafe in the Family Lodge. Every Saturday and Sunday, from 8:30 to 10 a.m., we have breakfast with a full menu. The first and third Saturday is our Manager’s Meeting at 11 a.m. Ice Cream Socials are every Friday through Sunday at 2 p.m. We also have non-denominational Sunday services at 11 a.m.

April 1: Candy Bar Bingo at 3 p.m.

April 7: Happy Easter! We will be having our Easter Dinner at 6 p.m. with a wonderful magic show afterwards with Leo the Magnificent. Lots of great fun; adults, as well as children, love him.

April 8: We’ll head out to the open field and have our Easter Egg Hunt with lots of colorful eggs and prizes.

April 21: We will celebrate April birthdays and anniversaries with cake at the Family Lodge beginning at 6 p.m. Afterwards we will have some Karaoke fun.


April 7
Tahoe Rim Tour & Race
North Tahoe High School to Northstar Cross Country Nordic Race. 26k race, lunch and awards after. Fundraiser for Far West Nordic Ski Education Association; $45 Pre-registered adult, $10 Junior, $60 Race Day registration. For information visit or call (530) 852-0879.

April 15
Billy Dutton Uphill
Event starts at 8 a.m. at Squaw Valley USA. For information call (530) 583-6985.


April 7: Dominic’s Karaoke for the whole family. Who knows - you might be discovered for American Idol.

April 8: Happy Easter! Easter Egg Hunt with prizes.

April 13: SkyMed Seminar. Everyone in attendance gets a FREE Spaghetti Dinner.

April 14: Larry Stevens plays a variety of new and old Country/Classic Rock. You will really enjoy yourself

April 21: Casino Night. Come play Blackjack for FREE. Play with Wilderness money and get rich. Tickets given and drawing for prizes at the end of the evening. Must be 21 to play

April 28: Movie Night.



Bay Landing

March 30-Apr. 1: Let the March winds blow you into Bay Landing! Paper airplanes will be soaring over and dodging the kites doing their dance in the sky. Look out! Frisbees are flying everywhere. What do I hear? Someone is whistling a tune, can you? Balloons are taking off in the distance – where will they end up? Angie will even have something to eat that will fly off your plate.

April 6-8: Easter Weekend: Hop on over for our Easter activities. Sunrise Services will be held at the local churches in town – see park for listings. Angie will have all kinds of goodies cooked up from her “Rattlesnake Cave”. Find the Golden Egg at our egg hunt and win the HUGE prize. Free cake and ice cream with be served for the April birthdays and anniversaries. Don’t forget to decorate your own bonnet and basket for our contest. We will be having an Adult Flashlight Hunt starting at dark so bring your flashlights to find your Golden Egg. Also, on the 7th, Cheryl, our Mary Kay Consultant, will be having another Complete Makeover Contest. Be sure to stop in and sign up for the big contest. Great prizes plus a makeover. Good Luck Ladies!

Colorado River

Throughout April: Every Thursday at 1 p.m. Crafts with Maureen in the Activity Center. Every Saturday: Craft Sale from 8 a.m. to noon at the Activity Center. What’s Happening at Colorado River/Meeting with Manager at 10:30 a.m., Potluck Supper at 5:30 p.m. (Call Ranger for details), and Bingo with Maureen and Gary at 7 p.m. in the Activity Center. Every Sunday: Worship Service with Rev. and Mrs. J. V. Hamman in the Activity Center at 10 a.m

April 11: Ice Cream Social in the Activity Center.

April 25: Ice Cream Social in the Activity Center.

Lake Conroe

April 7: Come celebrate Easter with us! We’ll dye eggs (be sure to bring your hard boiled eggs), have egg relays, do an egg toss and have an egg hunt. Special Easter services will be held on Sunday morning. This will be an egg-ceptionally fun weekend at Lake Conroe.

April 14: Back to the 50’s Weekend: Get out that poodle skirt, ladies, and slick back your hair, gents, and let’s have fun remembering the good ole days. There will be hula-hoop contests and bubblegum blowin’, root beer floats and rock and rollin’. Be there or be square, daddy-o!!

April 21: Cajun Fest Weekend: Crawfish races, games on the pavilion and some finger-lickin’ good crawfish, boudin sausage, corn on the cob and potatoes, Yum! In the evening we’ll be dancing on the pavilion to the ever-popular music of Blackjack County Band. This is one weekend you won’t want to miss! April 28: Kids’ Fishing Tournament Weekend: There’s fish in them thar ponds, so kids, bring your poles and let’s catch ‘em. Prizes will be awarded so be sure to sign up in the AC for the big fish-off.

Lake Tawakoni

April 7: Easter activities.

First Monday Trade Days

Held at the Canton Fairgrounds, just 30 miles from the preserve this event is one of the world’s largest trade days.

Lake Whitney

April 7: We are planning a fun Easter Weekend! Starting with an Easter Egg Hunt for the Children on Saturday afternoon, followed by an Adult Flashlight Egg Hunt on Saturday evening! We will have a visit from the Easter Bunny and lots of crafts and activities for the entire family to enjoy.

April 21-22

Antique Alley & 37 Miles of Sales

This unique event is located in the downtown areas of Cleburne, Grandview, Itasca, and Maypearl. You will find vendors lining the street selling antiques, collectibles, art and crafts, handmade furniture, Western décor, jewelry plus more. Festival style food and many private landowner shows. Downtown Grandview will offer Mennonite homemade ice cream 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For information call the Chamber of Commerce for each town: Cleburne (817) 645-2455, Grandview (817) 866-4881, Itasca (254) 687-2331 and Maypearl (972) 435-2131.

April 28

Third Annual Monarch Butterfly Festival

A sight so beautiful you will never forget this wonderful experience. Event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cherokee Village Resort and Nature Center at Lake Whitney, 220 Deep Canyon Drive, less than10 miles from the preserve. For information call (254) 694-2564

Medina Lake

April 6-8: Friday Fish Fry at the Top of the Trail Café. Saturday events include Bunny Hunt, Easter egg coloring, Adult Easter Egg Night Hunt. Bring your Easter bonnet for our contest. Children’s Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, plus meet the Easter Bunny. April 14: Bingo Weekend: We’ll play Ice Cream Bingo, Candy Bar Bingo, Card Bingo and Super Bingo.

April 14-15

Chuckwagon Races

Wagon races are the NASCAR of Cowboys! Open pasture horse drawn wagons compete at breakneck speeds. Wagons from Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas will be competing. Gunslingers will start the show around 11:00 a.m. with a gunfight. The chuckwagons will enter at noon with competition to follow. Held at Twin Elms Guest Ranch in Bandera. For information call (830) 796-3628.



Green Mountain Park

April 7: Easter Weekend events include egg hunts, plus our $25 Golden Egg Hunt.

Tucker's Sculpture Streetscape Gallery
Located in downtown Lenoir, just 3 miles from the preserve, this gallery displays sculpture all around on Main Street and West Avenue.

Fort Defiance
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, come visit one of the country’s most unique historic places. Saturday reenactments. For information call (828) 758-1671. Located in Lenoir, just 5 miles from the preserve.

Lake Gaston

April 6-8: Welcome Back and Easter Celebration Weekend: The resort opens for the season and plans include a full range of Easter activities. Bring your favorite appetizer to the Welcome Back Social and enjoy the first DJ dance of the season.


Carolina Landing

April 28: Make a Difference Day: Our annual event! We are constructing a new walkway to pool area with parking for golf carts. We will also add a picnic area and plant several trees.

Main Street Block Party

Event is held every Thursday night in April from 6 to 9 p.m. Each Thursday features a local band/performer, plus vendors for food and drinks. Bring a chair and enjoy the entertainment. A great family event for people of all ages! Event is in downtown Anderson, just 22 miles from the preserve.


Cherokee Landing

April features Member-Generated Activities including Cards, Bingo, Horseshoes, Billiards, Puzzles, Fishing, Volleyball, and Shuffleboard. If you wish to play Bingo, please see the Ranger for assistance. We will be passing out Activities for the major holidays (Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day).

Natchez Trace

March 29-April 1
Mule Day Celebration
Event features mule competitions, mule pulling, mule driving, plus food concessions, live music, arts & crafts, beauty pageant, children’s entertainment and rides and a huge Mule Day Parade. For information visit or call (931) 381-9557.


Chesapeake Bay

April 7-8: Easter Eggstravaganza: Kids, bring your bikes to the campground to decorate and show off in the bicycle parade. Paint Easter eggs while your parents check out the first craft show of the season. Sunrise Service on Sunday followed by Easter Egg Hunts.

April 28: The best view of the Richmond Race is on the big screen at the campground!




April 6-8: Activities include egg coloring, crafts, and morning Easter Egg Hunt for all ages followed by a Potluck ham dinner.

April 13: Spring Cleaning so bring your rake and you will be rewarded by the staff.

April 16-22: School’s out on vacation so all the families come and keep the kids busy all week long. The pool will be opened and there will be lots of activities


Lake and Shore

April 6-8: Hippity Hoppity Easter Weekend: Come and enjoy your Easter at the shore! We will have plenty of fun activities for the entire family, including Easter egg dying, egg hunts, crafts, games and plenty of candy. Fun for all ages. There will even be a special Easter Egg Hunt for adults.


Rondout Valley

April 7-8: Hop on over for an eggciting time! Annual egg hunt and egg coloring along with lots of other fun and entertaining activities.



April 28-29
Land Speed Racing
Four times a year, scores of car and motorcycle racers gather at the Airborne Airpark in Wilmington to speed down the Ohio Mile racetrack. Vehicles range from production cars and bikes (basically off the showroom floor) to exotic, purpose-built racers. It is quite a show! Sponsored by the East Coast Timing Association. Event is held at Airborne Airpark just 15 minutes from the preserve. For more information visit


PA Dutch Country

April 6-9: Events will include Friday night Candy Bar Bingo, Saturday wagon ride and Soup and Sandwich Social with music from Men and Machine.

April 13-15: Saturday Ceramics Class ($), plus wagon ride.

April 20-22: Ceramics Class ($), plus wagon ride.

April 27-29: Ceramics Class ($), wagon ride, and Wine and Cheese Social.