September 3, 2015

Park Service's fall programs run from Sept. 8 - Oct. 12

National Park Service Outer Banks Group -- Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Cape Hatteras National Seashore -- fall program season will run from Tuesday, Sept. 8, through Monday, Oct. 12.  A variety of programs are offered, and all are free.


Hatteras Island

  • Daily, 11 a.m. -- Barrier Island Dynamics:  A look at the wild side of the Outer Banks. Learn how the flora and fauna of this island community are shaped and adapt to the natural processes of island migrations. Meet at the Hatteras Island Visitor Center Pavilion (15 minutes).
  • Daily, 2:30 p.m. – Light Station Talk: A discussion of the details and history of the much photographed sentinel. Hatteras Island Visitor Center Pavilion (20 minutes).
  • Wednesdays, 8 a.m. – Morning Bird Walk: Meet winged residents and those travelling the Atlantic Flyway. Binoculars are available. Meet at fish cleaning tables near ORV Ramp 44. Bring bug spray (90 minutes).

Ocracoke Island

  • Sunday and Saturday at 3 p.m. -- Banker Ponies: The Banker Ponies are definitely an Ocracoke must-see! Learn more about their mysterious origins, unique physical attributes, and survival skills. Sunscreen is recommended. Ocracoke Pony Pens. (30 minutes)
  • Tuesday at 2 p.m. and Wednesday at 11 a.m. -- Ocracoke History: Ocracoke Island has an incredibly rich cultural history. Algonquian, pilots, fisherman, pirates, lifesavers, and solders all play a part in this fascinating story. Come find out more about the island and its people. Ocracoke Visitor Center. (30 minutes)
  • Tuesday at 11 a.m. -- Pirates!: Ocracoke was a popular place for Blackbeard and other pirates during the early 1700s. Find out why the island was so attractive to them and how the golden age of piracy dramatically ended here. Ocracoke Visitor Center. (30 minutes)
  • Monday and Friday at 2 p.m. and Thursday at 11 a.m. -- Barrier Island Nature: Learn about sea turtles, shorebirds, seashells, and shoreline migration. Join a ranger for a talk about the wild side of the seashore. Topics will vary daily. Ocracoke Visitor Center. (30 minutes)
  • Thursday at 8:30 a.m. – Morning Bird Walk: Meet winged residents and those travelling the Atlantic Flyway. Binoculars are available. Meet at the Hatteras Ferry parking lot on the north end of the island. Bring bug spray. (90 minutes)

By attending programs and completing a workbook, kids can become Junior Rangers.  Booklets are free and available at each National Park Service visitor center.


  • Daily, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. – One Island, Many Stories!:  Roanoke Island has seen many people come and go.  Some died here, while others found things only possible in their dreams.  Join us to explore the human history of this place. (25 minutes)
  • Daily, 1 p.m. – The Lost Colony?:  The colonial ambitions of the English in the late 16th century and their explorations of the "New World" forever changed the history of Roanoke Island.  Explore the history and mystery surrounding England's first attempt to colonize the "New World". (25 minutes)


  • Daily, 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m. – Flight Room Talk:  Learn about the Wright brothers and how they developed the first successful airplane.  See a demonstration of their control system on a reproduction of the 1903 Flyer.  Flight Room Auditorium (25 minutes).
  • Daily, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. – Snapshots in Time:  The First Flight Boulder marks the exact takeoff point of the first controlled, heavier-than-air, powered flight in the history of the world.  Explore the profound power of this place and recreate the famous image of the first flight. (25 minutes).

For general information on the Outer Banks Group national park sites, visit,,; Twitter: @CapeHatterasNPS, @WrightBrosNPS, @FortRaleighNPS;,,, or call 252-473-2111.


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