National Park Service Summer Programs Begin
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111
National Park Service Summer Programs To Start
Summer programs will soon be starting at the National Park Service Outer Banks Group. A wide variety of programs are being offered.
Summer programs on Hatteras Island at Cape Hatteras National Seashore will run from May 27 – Labor Day. Programs at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Wright Brothers National Memorial, and Bodie and Ocracoke Islands on Cape Hatteras National Seashore will start on June 12 and run through August 20.
Additionally, on May 27, the visitor center and museum at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will be open for the extended hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The lighthouse itself will open for the extended hours of 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The visitor centers at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Wright Brothers National Memorial, and Bodie and Ocracoke Islands on Cape Hatteras National Seashore will remain open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Given the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War commemoration, Outer Banks Civil War programs are being given at both Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
Three special tours will be offered this summer: Coast Guard Station Tour will provide an up-close look at Coast Guard operations and vessels at Oregon Inlet and Hatteras stations; Old Days at the Hatteras Weather Station relays the history of this recently restored building and U.S. Weather Bureau operations on Hatteras Island; and Night Climb – a guided night tour of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse offered twice every Thursday evening (a pre-registration program – see the park website for details).
Evening Campfire programs are offered at the Seashore on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. A special Seashore evening program, Night Lights, will include an exploration of star gazing and tide-line bioluminescent plankton along with a discussion of why dark nights are valuable to both people and wildlife will be offered on Hatteras Island at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.
The summer program schedules also include many other history talks, nature walks, and recreational programs such as surf fishing, cast netting, crabbing, seining, and snorkeling.
Program schedules will soon be available on-line at each park's website: Fort Raleigh NHS, www.nps.gov/fora; Wright Brothers NMEM, www.nps.gov/wrbr; and Cape Hatteras NS, www.nps.gov/caha. Program schedules are also listed in In the Park, the National Park Service Outer Banks summer newspaper, available at any park visitor center and Outer Banks Visitors Bureau Welcome Center starting May 28.
The Full Moon Tour of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will also return this year on June 15, July 15, Aug. 13, and Sept. 12 – watch for details to be announced!
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.