National Park Service summer programs are now underway
National Park Service Outer Banks Group summer programs are now
underway. A wide variety of programs is being offered,
arts and crafts for kids, campfires and night-sky gazing, history and
nature walks and talks, and recreational opportunities, such as surf
fishing and snorkeling.
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Summer programs on Hatteras Island at
Cape Hatteras National Seashore will run from May 27 – Labor
Programs at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Wright Brothers
National Memorial, and Bodie and Ocracoke islands on Cape Hatteras
National Seashore will start on June 12 and run through August 20.
Additionally, the visitor center and museum at the Cape
Hatteras Lighthouse will be open for the extended hours of 9 a.m. to 6
p.m. daily. The lighthouse itself will open for the extended
hours of 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The visitor centers at Fort
National Historic Site, Wright Brothers National Memorial, and Bodie
and Ocracoke islands on Cape Hatteras National Seashore will remain
open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
With the spotlight this year
on the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, Outer Banks
Civil War programs are being presented at both Fort Raleigh National
Historic Site and Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
tours will be offered this summer. The U.S. Coast Guard
Tour will provide an up-close look at Coast Guard operations and
vessels at Oregon Inlet and Hatteras stations. Old Days at the Hatteras
Weather Station relays the history of this recently restored building
and U.S. Weather Bureau operations on Hatteras Island. Night Climb – a
guided night tour of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse – will be available
twice every Thursday evening. Pre-registration is required
Evening Campfire programs are offered at the
seashore on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. A
seashore evening program, Night Lights, will include an exploration of
star gazing and tide-line bioluminescent plankton, along with a
discussion of why dark nights are valuable to both people and wildlife.
This program will be offered on Hatteras Island at 8:30 p.m. on
The summer program schedules also include many other
history talks, nature walks, and recreational programs such as surf
fishing, cast netting, crabbing, seining, and snorkeling.
schedules are available on-line at each park’s website: Fort Raleigh
NHS, www.nps.gov/fora; Wright Brothers NMEM, www.nps.gov/wrbr; and Cape
Hatteras NS, www.nps.gov/caha. Program schedules are also listed in In
the Park, the National Park Service Outer Banks summer newspaper,
available at any park visitor center and Outer Banks Visitors Bureau
Welcome Center starting May 28.
The Full Moon Tour of the Cape
Hatteras Lighthouse will also return this year on June 15, July 15,
Aug. 13, and Sept. 12 – watch for details to be announced.
For more information on visiting the Cape Hatteras National Seashore,
go to http://www.nps.gov/caha/index.htm
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