Upcoming Events and Programs at OBX National Parks

By on May 24, 2023

Education Program outside Ocracoke Discovery Center. (NPS)

Cape Chronicle | OBX National Parks

An expanded schedule of ranger-led educational programs begin this weekend at Cape Hatteras National Seashore,Ā Fort Raleigh National Historic SiteĀ andĀ Wright Brothers National Memorial.

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Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Bodie Island
Lighting the Way for 150 Years – Bodie Island Lighthouse
  • Dates: Daily from 11-11:30 a.m. (May 27-Sept. 4)
  • Location: Meet on the back porch of the Keeper’s Quarters
  • Details: Discuss the details and history of this beautiful sentinel.

 

Shaping These Barrier Islands
  • Dates: Daily from 2:30-3 p.m. (May 27-Sept. 4)
  • Location: Meeting on the back porch of the Keeper’s Quarters
  • Details: Wars, hurricanes, winds and ocean currents have all had impacts on the shores of Cape Hatteras. Join us to learn about some of these events and the changes they have made to these islands.

 

Crabbing with a Ranger
  • Dates: Tuesdays and Fridays from 9-10:30 a.m. (beginning June 6)
  • Details:Ā Ever wanted to try your hand at catching blue crabs? Rangers bring the gear, you bring the bait. Call 252-966-1761 to pre-register beginning the Saturday prior to the program. There is a six-minute walk to get from meeting location to the program location.

 

Bodie Island Visitor Center

The Bodie Island Visitor Center is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

Bodie Island Lighthouse Climbing
  • Dates: Daily beginning May 24. First climb at 9 a.m. and final climb at 5:40 p.m.
  • Details: Climbing tickets are available only on the day of intended climb. Buy tickets atĀ www.recreation.gov/ticket/252034/ticket/10087143Ā (tickets are available to purchase online beginning at 7 a.m. daily; tickets cannot be purchased in person).

 

 

Hatteras Island

Lighting the Way for Over 150 years
  • Dates: Daily from 11-11:30 a.m. (May 27-Sept. 4)
  • Location: Meet at the Hatteras Island Visitor Center Pavilion
  • Details: Discuss the details and history of this beautiful sentinel and learn about restoration efforts.

 

Shaping These Barrier Islands
  • Dates: Daily from 2:30-3 p.m. (May 27-Sept. 4)
  • Location: Meet at the Hatteras Island Visitor Center Pavilion
  • Details: Wars, hurricanes, winds and ocean currents have all had impacts on the shores of Cape Hatteras. Join us to learn about some of these events and the changes they have made to these islands.

 

Totally Turtles
  • Dates: Monday-Friday from 12-12:30 p.m. (May 29-Sept. 1)
  • Location: Meet at the Hatteras Island Visitor Center Pavilion.
  • Details: Learn about sea turtles through interactive games and activities for all ages.

 

Kayak with a Ranger
  • Dates: Mondays and Thursdays from 8:30-10:30 a.m. (beginning June 8)
  • Details: Join a ranger to explore salt marshes and surrounding waters of the Pamlico Sound on this easy kayak program. Minimum age is 7. All equipment is provided. To register, you must call 252-513-2457 beginning the Saturday prior to the program.

 

Hatteras Light at Night
  • Dates: Tuesdays from 9-9:45 p.m. (beginning June 13)
  • Location: Park in the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse parking lot.
  • Details: Bring blankets and chairs for the evening of stars and stories on the grounds of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

 

Surf Fish with a Ranger
  • Dates: Wednesdays from 8:30-10 a.m. (May 31-Aug. 30)
  • Details: Ever wanted to try your hand at surf fishing? Rangers bring the rods, you bring the bait. Call 252-513-2457 to pre-register beginning the Saturday prior to the program.

 

Old Days at the Weather Station
  • Dates: Every other Wednesday from 2:30-3 p.m. (beginning July 12)
  • Location: Meet at the U.S. Weather Bureau Station in Hatteras Village.
  • Details: Come explore the historic U.S. Weather Bureau Station and hear amazing stories that intertwine with our own lives and major historic events.

 

Soundside Explorers

Dates: Fridays from 9:30-11 a.m. (June 2-Sept. 1)

Details: Join a ranger for this activity-based exploration of the Pamlico Sound. Registration is required. Call 252-513-2457 to pre-register beginning the Saturday prior to the program.

 

Museum of the Sea

The Museum of the Sea, located across from the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, is open daily from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

 

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is not open; however, the grounds outside the lighthouse are open 24/7.

 

 

Ocracoke Island

Celebrating 200 Years of Service – Ocracoke Lighthouse
  • Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays from 11-11:30 a.m. (May 29-Aug. 30)
  • Location: Meet on the grounds of the Ocracoke Light Station
  • Details: Discuss the details and history of this beautiful sentinel and the keepers that kept the light burning.

 

Shaping These Barrier Islands
  • Dates: Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30-3 p.m. (May 23-Aug. 29)
  • Location: Meet outside the Ocracoke Island Discovery Center
  • Details: Wars, hurricanes, winds and ocean currents have all had impacts on the shores of Cape Hatteras. Join us to learn about some of these events and the changes they have made to these islands.

 

Bird Walk
  • Dates: Tuesdays from 8:30-9:30 a.m. (beginning June 6)
  • Location: Meet at the beach access parking lot adjacent to the Ocracoke Campground.
  • Details: An introduction to the birds of Ocracoke. Meet winged residents and those traveling the Atlantic Flyway. Binoculars are available.

 

Banker Ponies
  • Dates: Wednesdays (start date and time to be determined-checkĀ website for updates)
  • Location: Meet outside the Pony Pasture.
  • Details: Come meet the ponies who once roamed as a wild herd and learn about their living history on Ocracoke Island.

 

Ocracoke Lighthouse
  • The base of the Ocracoke Lighthouse is open for viewing daily from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

 

Ocracoke Island Discovery Center
  • The Ocracoke Island Discovery Center is open daily from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

 

 

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

Lost Colony Walking Tour
  • Dates: Daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (May 27-Sept. 4)
  • Location: Meet outside the Lindsay Warren Visitor Center
  • Details: Delve into the history and mystery surrounding England’s first attempt to establish a colony in the new world.

 

Forgotten Colony
  • Dates: Daily at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. (May 27-Sept. 4)
  • Location: Meet in front of the Visitor Center.
  • Details: During the American Civil War, Roanoke Island became a haven for formerly enslaved people. Discover the successes and failures of the Freedmen’s Colony and the Civil War battle that shaped it.

 

Visitor Center
  • Fort Raleigh National Historic Site’s Visitor Center is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

Wright Brothers National Memorial

The Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wind and Sand
  • Dates: Daily at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (May 27-Sept. 4)
  • Location: Meet outside the back doors of the visitor center
  • Details: Step back in history during this short walk to the actual site of the first powered flights. Discover why the Wright brothers chose Kitty Hawk for their flight experiments and what life was like on the Outer Banks.

 

Wright Legacy
  • Dates: Daily at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. (May 27-Sept. 4)
  • Location: Meet at the tent across the parking lot from the Visitor Center.
  • Details: Twelve seconds was all the Wright brothers needed on Dec. 17, 1903, to show the world humans can fly. Those twelve seconds were just the start of aviation history and the Wright legacy. Explore the rest of the Wright story as you discover the impact that Wilbur and Orville had on history, the legacy they left behind and how they are remembered in the world today.

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