Change in Harkers Island Visitor Center Hours
The Harkers Island Visitor Center is open Sunday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Morehead City Harbor Dredged Material Management Plan
Cape Lookout National Seashore is a cooperating agency in the Morehead City Harbor Integrated Dredged Material Management Plan being developed by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. The full plan draft can be downloaded from the following link. More »
September Program Schedule at Seashore
Contact: Wouter Ketel, (252) 728-2250 Ext. 3005
Harkers Island, North Carolina. Superintendent Russ Wilson announces the following summer activities during the month of September at the Cape Lookout National Seashore. Additional programs may be offered. Programs will run on schedule, unless there is inclement weather. For more information on these programs and other program offerings call the Harkers Island Visitor Center at (252) 728-2250 for a complete schedule.
Horse Sense and Survival, September 6th (6 hours), By Reservation Only
The wild horses on Shackleford Banks are fascinating to observe, but may be difficult to find. Join a Park Ranger for a day-long walking trip to find horses and watch their behavior. The park will arrange transportation by local ferries and there will be a charge for this ride. If you have your own boat, call the park for the reservations and meeting locations. There is no charge for the walking program. Come prepared for a day in the sun and walking through deep sand. Bring water, lunch, bug repellent, sunscreen, a sun hat, binoculars, and camera with telephoto lens. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes to walk in deep sand and those that can get wet and muddy. Call the Cape Lookout National Seashore at (252) 728-2250 for reservations.
Lighting the Way (Daily, 15 minutes)
Come learn the history of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse and the life of a lighthouse keeper. Programs begin at 10:15 AM, 1:15 PM, and 3:15 PM on the porch of the Assistant Keepers’ Quarters next to the Lighthouse.
Life of a Keeper (Saturday & Sunday, 30 minutes)
Lighthouse Keepers were dedicated men and women who kept the lighthouse burning through fair weather and hurricanes. Come discover how they, and their families, managed to keep the light burning. Programs begin at 11:15 AM at the Light Station Pavilion near the ferry dock.
Island Explorations (Saturday and Sunday - September 6, September 7, September 14, September 20, September 21, and September 28, 30 minutes)
Come join a Park Ranger for new adventures at Cape Lookout National Seashore. From the ocean to the sound and from the sea to the sky, these programs will take you on a different encounter with nature each day. Programs begin at 1:15 PM at the Light Station Pavillion near the ferry dock.
Discovery Cart (Saturday and Sunday, 30 minutes)
Come and discover what lies beneath the waters of Cape Lookout National Seashore at our Discovery Cart. Learn about horseshoe crabs, loggerhead sea turtles, sea urchins, sharks, whales, shells and the creatures of that live within them, and much more! Programs begin at 2:30 PM at the Light Station Pavilion near the ferry dock.
Fishing with a Ranger (Saturday - September 13 and September 27, 1 hour)
Join a ranger and other fishing enthusiasts to learn the art of surf fishing. We provide poles, water and instruction. Catching fish is up to you. An adult must accompany participants 13 and younger during this program. Programs begin at 1:15 PM at the ocean beach overlook at the end of the boardwalk.
PortsmouthVillageGuided Tour (Thursday, 1 hour)
Join a Park Ranger for this guided tour through historic PortsmouthVillage. Discover what life was like for those who once called Portsmouth and the Outer Banks home. Bring drinking water, bug repellent and sunscreen. There are no amenities in the village. Programs begin at 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM at the Haulover Point dock in PortsmouthVillage.
Did You Know?
If you keep your eyes on the water, you may catch a glimpse of whales’ tails (shown here), dolphins playing in the water, or sea turtles popping up for a breath of air. Cape Lookout National Seashore More...