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

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Celebrate National Park Week! National Park Week is April 22-28

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Date: April 20, 2007
Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111

During this year’s National Park Week, April 22-28, the National Park Service Outer Banks Group invites the pubic 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.

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 the Outer Banks Group parks” stated Superintendent Michael B. Murray.  “Whether you seek active recreation, immersion into the natural world or an opportunity to learn more about local history, these parks offer exceptional experiences.”

During National Park Week, you can attend programs and learn of how our world was changed by two brothers at Wright Brothers National Memorial.  Take time to enjoy Cape Hatteras National Seashore ocean and soundside beaches – take in their natural beauty and sounds.  Join us during National Park Week for the first full week of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse climbing season.  You can hike trails at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, not only for exercise, but as an exploration through the same woodlands traveled by our country’s first English visitors.  

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 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.

National Park Week is an annual Presidentially proclaimed week for celebration and recognition of Your National Parks.

Did You Know?

The Principal Lightkeeper's Quarters and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse move toward their new homes, a safer distance from the ocean.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick structure ever moved. When it was built in 1870, it stood 1,500 feet from the shore. By 1999, the lighthouse was within 100 feet of the ocean. To protect it from the encroaching sea, it was moved inland a total of 2,900 feet over a 23-day period.