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April 16, 2014
Construction Projects Begin or Near Completion in Seashore
Superintendent Barclay Trimble announced today that DOT Construction/Barnhill Contracting Company has begun the construction project for the new designated Ramp 25 (located east of Rt. 12, between Ramp 23 and Ramp 27 on Hatteras Island) for off-road vehicle (ORV) and pedestrian access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches.

April 14, 2014
National Park Week is April 19 - 27 2014
During this year’s National Park Week, April 19-27, Superintendent Barclay Trimble invites the public to experience their national parks across the country, and those here on the Outer Banks.

April 14, 2014
Park Plans Prescribed Burn on Bodie Island
As part of the Outer Banks Group Fire Management Plan, a prescribed burn could be conducted during the week of April 14, 2014 in the Bodie Island District of Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

April 10, 2014
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Volunteers Commended
This National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, the National Park Service commends Volunteers Richard and Kay Gordon, winter stewards of the Cape Hatteras Light Station for nearly ten years.

April 08, 2014
NPS Commends Ocracoke Volunteer Sherry Atkinson
This National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, the National Park Service commends Volunteer Sherry Atkinson, a caretaker of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Ocracoke ponies.

April 03, 2014
Park Volunteers Honored During National Volunteer Week
During National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, the National Park Service Outer Banks Group celebrates the volunteers that work at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. This past year, these volunteers donated a total of 18,982 hours!

April 02, 2014
Cape Point Temporarily Closes to ORV Access for Shorebird Breeding
Superintendent Barclay Trimble announced today the temporary off-road vehicle (ORV) access closure of Cape Point area in accordance with the requirements of the ORV Management Plan for Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

April 01, 2014
Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras Lighthouses Open on April 18
The Cape Hatteras National Seashore Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras Lighthouses will open for the season on Friday, April 18, 2014.

March 18, 2014
Know Your Park Presentations are Rescheduled on March 26 and 27
The National Park Service Outer Banks Group Know Your Park citizen science program series continues this spring with this upcoming rescheduled presentation.

March 11, 2014
Prenesting Areas Established for 2014 Shorebird Breeding Season
Between January 28 and February 8, 2014, National Park Service (NPS) Resources Management staff conducted annual assessments of breeding habitat for piping plover (PIPL), Wilson’s plover (WIPL), American oystercatcher (AMOY), and colonial waterbirds (CWBs).

March 03, 2014
Economic Benefits of Parks to Surrounding Communities
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 3,050,689 visitors to the Outer Banks Group (Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial), spent $175,341.2 million in communities near the parks. That spending supported 2,469 jobs in the local area.

March 03, 2014
NPS Recruits Bodie Island Lighthouse Volunteers
The National Park Service is currently accepting applications from members of the local communities to volunteer at the Bodie Island Lighthouse and assist with tour operations during the 2014 season.

February 27, 2014
Improvements to Ocracoke Facilities Begin
Superintendent Barclay Trimble announced today that National Park Service (NPS) contract crew, Team Henry Enterprise, LLC, has begun repair work on the NPS Ocracoke pier and docks in Silver Lake which were damaged during Hurricane Sandy.

February 20, 2014
Park Offers Temporary Route for Weekend Closure of NC12
Superintendent Barclay Trimble announced today that Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) will offer a temporary route for off-road vehicles (ORVs) on the weekend of February 28, 2014, as a detour to a North Carolina Dept. of Transportation’s (NCDOT) culvert replacement project and temporary closure of NC 12 in the village of Frisco.

February 20, 2014
Know Your Park Series Continues Feb 26 and 27
The National Park Service Outer Banks Group invites the public to a Know Your Park citizen education program presentation Sargassum on the Edge of the Gulf Stream, by Dr. Lindsay Dubbs.

February 06, 2014
2014 Cape Hatteras National Seashore Campground Season
Outer Banks Group Superintendent Barclay Trimble announced today that Oregon Inlet, Frisco, and Ocracoke Campgrounds will open to the public on Friday, April 18, 2014.

January 28, 2014
Outer Banks Group parks Closed Due to Winter Storm
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning and a Wind Advisory in effect for the region affecting the Outer Banks Group units, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial, by mid- afternoon on Tuesday, January 28.

January 27, 2014
Prescribed Burn Planned in February on Bodie Island District
Superintendent Barclay Trimble announced today that shortly after February 17, 2014, weather and conditions permitting, National Park Service fire management staff, as part of the Outer Banks Group Fire Management Plan, could conduct prescribed burning on Bodie Island within Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

January 17, 2014
Know Your Park Science Programs Continue
The National Park Service Outer Banks Group Know Your Park citizen science program series continues this winter with upcoming scheduled presentations.

January 15, 2014
Ocracoke Soundside Boat Ramp Repairs Begin
Superintendent Barclay Trimble announced today that repairs of the Ocracoke soundside boat ramp begin the week of January 13, 2014.

December 09, 2013
Longtime Staff Member Retires
After nearly 37 years with the National Park Service (NPS), Park Ranger Warren Wrenn will retire on December 27, 2013.

Did You Know?

Sea Whip, though it looks like a plant, is actually whole colony of animals.

A piece of sea whip that washes up on the beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore is not a plant, but the skeleton of a whole colony of animals. A tiny animal lived in each hole on the yellow, orange or purple stems. It had a mouth, a stomach and eight tentacles to catch food.