• Spring-time view of the seashore, with shorebirds returning to the surf.

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

2008 National Park Service Spring Program Schedule

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Date: May 1, 2008
Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111

Learn more about your National Parks while visiting the Outer Banks this spring!

Beginning May 4, the National Park Service Outer Banks Group will be providing scheduled public programs at Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. Spring programs at Cape Hatteras National Seashore will begin May 11. The spring program schedules will run through May 22.

Learn about the Wright brothers, their flight experimentation and success at the Wright Brothers National Memorial Flight Room Talk (30 minutes) each weekday at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The movie, Kitty Hawk – The Wright Brothers Journey of Invention (30 minutes), will be shown daily at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, Flight Room Talk is offered at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Fun with Flight, a kids’ kite-building and flying program, will be offered at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Children can earn aJunior Flight Ranger patch – just ask for a booklet at the visitor center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The Lost Colony: 1587, a 30-minute examination of the theories of the fate of the Lost Colony, will be presented at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m. as staff is available. Roanoke – the Lost Colony, a17-minute movie is shown every ½ hour daily. Children are invited to participate in the Junior Roanoke Ranger program, offered every day. Check at the visitor center for a workbook to earn a patch, 9 am. to 5 p.m. daily.

Starting May 11, Cape Hatteras National Seashore will offer a variety of programs that focus on the islands’ natural and cultural history. All programs run approximately 30 minutes and start at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Pavilion in Buxton. Barrier Island Nature, a talk about the natural "wild side" of the seashore will be presented on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. Sentinel of the Shore, a program on the iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will be given on Monday and Thursday. Come to the Ranger’s Choice program on Tuesday and Saturday to hear of the many intriguing facets of these barrier islands. Additionally, children can earn a Junior Seashore Ranger badge by completing activities in a booklet available at every Seashore visitor center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

A full range of summer talks, walks and activities will be offered throughout the National Park Service Outer Banks Group sites from May 23 through Labor Day. The summer program schedule is currently listed on park websites: Cape Hatteras National Seashore,

Did You Know?

Seasparkle, a tiny dinoflagellate that can be seen glowing in the surfline at night.

The beaches along Cape Hatteras National Seashore sparkle at night. When you kick the sand, you disturb tiny dinoflagellates like seasparkle, magnified in the picture to the left. A chemical reaction causes them to glow with a blue-green light.