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

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Celebrate National Park Week! April 20 - 28, 2013

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Date: April 12, 2013
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111

During this year's National Park Week, April 20-28, Superintendent Barclay Trimble invites the public to experience their national parks across the country, and those here on the Outer Banks; Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial. Special programs will be offered during National Park Week and a portion of the week, April 22-26, will be fee-free days for entry to Wright Brothers National Memorial.

The national park system has been described as "the best idea America ever had". National parks preserve majestic natural wonders. They keep watch over valued sites and artifacts of our American culture. National park sites offer recreation and discovery in some of the most unique areas of our country's landscape.

"I urge you to explore our Outer Banks Group parks" stated Superintendent Trimble."Whether you seek active recreation, immersion into the natural world or intellectual stimulation, our parks offer exceptional experiences." 

A special 30-minute program--It's National Park Week!-will be offered at 2 pm on Tuesday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 24 at the Wright Brothers and Fort Raleigh visitor centers; and at the Hatteras Island Visitor Center at 11 am on Monday, April 22, Tuesday April 23, and Wednesday, April 24.

A great way for kids to learn about national parks is through the National Park Service Junior Ranger Program. Along the Outer Banks, children can actually become three different kinds of junior rangers: a Seashore Ranger at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, a Flight Ranger at Wright Brothers National Memorial, and a Roanoke Ranger at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.Just go to the visitor centers located at these national park sites, and pick up a Junior Ranger booklet to get started. These Junior Ranger programs are designed for ages 5 to 13.Children who cannot visit the parks can still become a park ranger via the web by visiting www.nps.gov/webrangers.

For a fun and free way to learn more about the National Park Service during National Park Week, you can take a free on-line course titled Introduction to the National Park Service: Its History and Mission. This 30-40 minute course, available at www.eppley.org, is designed for anyone who has an interest in the National Park Service. Completion of this course can provide teachers with 0.12 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits.

ww.nps.gov/caha, www.nps.gov/wrbr, www.nps.gov/fora.

Did You Know?

This artist's rendering shows the U.S.S. Monitor foundering in a storm off of Cape Hatteras in December 1862.

The U.S.S. Monitor sank off Cape Hatteras during a storm in December 1862. The wreck's location was a mystery until 1973 when a research vessel found the ship 16 miles off the cape in 230 feet of water. In 1975, the Monitor was named the nation’s first National Marine Sanctuary.