Visit Your Park During National Park Week April 21-29, 2018
Park Week, April 21-29, 2018, is an annual national celebration of
people, parks, trails, heritage areas, national trails and rivers,
seashores, historic sites, beautiful landscapes, and so many more
places that are remarkable. National Park Week is a great time to
connect with the vast network of national parks, which protect and
preserve our natural and cultural history.
National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac
welcomes visitors and members of the local communities to visit Cape
Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and
Wright Brothers National Memorial during National Park Week. Entrance
to Wright Brothers National Memorial will be free on April 21. Entrance
to Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Fort Raleigh National Historic
Site is free year-round.
With this year’s National Park Week theme of “Park Stars,” all three of
our Outer Banks national parks are offering special programs:
Wright Brothers National Memorial:
April 22-29 daily at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm
& Sand (and Stars!): Step back in history during this short walk to
learn about aviation superstars Wilbur and Orville Wright and the
lasting impact of their first flight (25 minutes). Meet at the
reconstructed camp building.
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site:
April 22-29 daily at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm
Star-Crossed Colony?: There seems to be as many theories about the Lost
Colony as there are stars in the sky. Learn more about the history and
mystery (25 minutes). Meet at the reconstructed earthen fort.
April 27-29 daily at 11:30 am
Star & the Freedmen's Colony: The North Star lit the way to freedom
for many of those escaping slavery. For some the furthest north they
had to reach was the Freedmen's Colony on Roanoke Island (25 minutes).
Meet at the reconstructed earthen fort
Cape Hatteras National Seashore:
April 22-29 daily at 11:30 am
a Guiding Star: The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has been a beacon of safe
passage for mariners at sea. Learn more about this sentinel. Meet at
the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Pavilion. April 28 at 8:00 pm, Night Sky
Over Hatteras: Bring blankets and chairs for this evening of stargazing
on the beach (1 hour). Meet at ORV Ramp 43 parking lot and consider
bringing bug spray.
National Junior Ranger Day is April 21.
The Junior Ranger program helps children and families connect with
parks in ways that engage them in exploring, learning, and practicing
stewardship. Each national park site on the Outer Banks offers a Junior
Ranger program for visiting youth. Check in at a park visitor center
for a Junior Ranger booklet. There will be special Junior Ranger
activities available from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Fort Raleigh NHS,
Wright Brothers NMEM, and at the Cape Hatteras NS Bodie Island
Lighthouse. If you can’t visit a national park on National Junior
Ranger Day, you can still become a web ranger by visiting
National Park Prescription Day is April 29. This
is a day to harness the power of parks and public lands in contributing
to a healthy society. To celebrate, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore
and Wright Brothers National Memorial, in partnership with the Outer
Banks Hospital, are offering two free Yoga in the Park events: April 29
at 10:00 am at Coquina Beach and April 21 at 10:00 am at Wright
Brothers National Memorial (meet at the white tent). Bring a yoga mat
or towel, sunscreen, and water.
For a fun and free way to learn more about the National Park Service
during National Park Week, you can take an on-line 30-40 minute
activity, Introduction to the National Park Service: The History of the
NPS, available at www.provalenslearning.com. Completion of this course
can provide teachers with 0.2 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits.