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National Park Service 2009 Spring Program Schedule Announced
Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111
Beginning May 1, the National Park Service Outer Banks Group will be providing scheduled public programs for the pre-summer season at Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Cape Hatteras National Seashore. These 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, How Strong is the Wind(40 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. 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 weekdays at noon, 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 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore will offer a variety of programs that focus on the islands’ natural and cultural history. Additionally, children can earn a Junior Seashore Ranger badge by completing activities in a booklet available at every Seashore visitor center, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
At the Bodie Island Visitor Center, Outer Banks History is offered on Sunday and Wednesday at 2 p.m.; Sentinel of the Shore at 11 a.m. on Monday and Thursday; Graveyard of the Atlantic at 2 p.m. on Friday; Barrier Island Nature at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday; and Marsh Discovery Walk at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Each program is approximately 30 minutes.
On Hatteras Island, 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 daily at 2:30 p.m. Sentinel of the Shore, a program on the iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will be given daily at 10:30 a.m.
On OcracokeIsland, join in on these 30-minute programs at the OcracokeVisitorCenter: Ocracoke History, Monday at 11 a.m. and Friday at 3:30 p.m.; and Barrier Island Nature at 11 a.m. on Sunday and 3 p.m. on Tuesday. The 30-minute Banker Ponies will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday and 2 p.m. on Saturday – meet at the Pony Pen. An hour-long Morning Birdwalk will start at 8 a.m. – meet at the Hatteras-bound ferry parking lot. Meet at the OcracokeVisitorCenter for a one-hour Village Walking Tour on Thursday at 12:30 p.m.
A full range of summer talks, walks and activities will be offered throughout the National Park Service Outer Banks Group sites from May 22 through Labor Day. The summer program schedule will be listed on park websites by May 15: Cape Hatteras National Seashore, www.nps.gov/caha; Wright Brothers National Memorial, www.nps.gov/wrbr; and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, www.nps.gov/fora. Program will also be listed in the summer edition of the Outer Banks Group newspaper, In The Park, which will be available at all National Park Service visitor centers and Outer Banks Visitors Bureau welcome centers by Memorial Day weekend.
Did You Know?
Lightning whelks eat about one large clam per month. The whelk pries the clam open with its muscular foot, wedges the clam open with its shell, then eats the soft inside of the clam. Lightning whelk shells, which whorl to the left, wash up on the beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.