June 4, 2013
National Park Service summer programs include something for everyone
National Park Service Outer Banks Group is ready with a summer schedule
full of a variety of programs for park visitors, including history
talks, nature walks, recreational programs, and a multitude of
children’s programs. The summer schedule runs from June 1 – Sept.
Program schedules and descriptions are available on-line at each park’s website: Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, www.nps.gov/fora; Wright Brothers National Memorial, www.nps.gov/wrbr; and Cape Hatteras National Seashore, www.nps.gov/caha.
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.
From May 24 through
Labor Day, the visitor center and museum at the Cape Hatteras
Lighthouse are open on extended hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will be open on extended hours of 9 a.m.
to 5:30 p.m. during those same dates. The Bodie Island Visitor
Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bodie Island Lighthouse
tours run from 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. The visitor centers at Fort
Raleigh National Historic Site, Wright Brothers National Memorial, and
Ocracoke Island on Cape Hatteras National Seashore are open from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. daily.
Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort
Raleigh National Historic Site are offering many programs throughout
the summer including two special kids programs—“Faster Than a Flyer?”
at Wright Brothers National Memorial and “Playing the Part” at Fort
Raleigh National Historic Site.
Recreation programs on such
subjects as surf fishing, seining, crabbing, cast netting, and
snorkeling are only part of the offerings at Cape Hatteras National
Seashore. Beach walks and special kids’ programs are complemented
by special programs. A Coast Guard Station tour will provide an
up-close look at Coast Guard operations and vessels at the Hatteras
Station. “Old Days at the Hatteras Weather Station” relays the history
of this recently restored building and U.S. Weather Bureau operations
on Hatteras Island. There is a night climb – a guided night tour of the
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, which is offered twice every Thursday
evening. This program requires pre-registration program – see the park
website for details. There is also a “Village Walking Tour” on
Ocracoke, which is a discovery of the island’s historic sites.
Full Moon Tour of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will also return this
year on June 23, July 22, Aug 20, and Sept 19. Watch for details to be
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