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

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

National Public Lands Day - September 24

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Date: September 20, 2011
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111

Wright Brothers Entrance Fee Waived for National Public Lands Day -September 24, 2011

Superintendent Mike Murray announced today that Saturday, September 24, 2011, Wright Brothers National Memorial will celebrate National Public Lands Day by offering free admission to park visitors.

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the largest, hands-on volunteer effort in the United States designed to improve and enhance public lands for all Americans to enjoy.NPLD is supported by nine Federal land management agencies and is supported nationally and locally by agency partner organizations.

More than 170,000 people will volunteer across the country to build trails, plant trees, paint signs, remove trash and invasive plants, and restore water resources.Volunteer's one-day efforts will equal more than $15 million in improvements to public lands.To learn more about National Public Lands Day you can visit their website at www.publiclandsday.org.

The staff at Wright Brothers National Memorial, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Cape Hatteras National Seashore encourage the park's friends, neighbors and visitors to take advantage of this annual interagency "fee free" day by getting reacquainted with their local national parks.While entrance fees for passengers in both private and commercial vehicles will be waived, recreation "user fees" such as camping fees and lighthouse climbing fees will not be waived.

For information on visiting the Outer Banks Group parks, please visit the park's websites at www.nps.gov/wrbr, www.nps.gov/caha, and www.nps.gov/fora, or by calling 252-473-2111.

Did You Know?

Ocracoke Inlet was one of the most heavily traveled inlets in the 1700s.

In the 1700s, Ocracoke Inlet was one of the busiest inlets in the East. It was one of the few navigable waterways for ships accessing inland ports such as Elizabeth City, Edenton or New Bern. It was here that Blackbeard the pirate found the inlet's heavy shipping traffic ripe for easy pickings.