Change in Harkers Island Visitor Center Hours
Harkers Island Visitor Center hours will be Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. until further notice.
December 2012 and January 2013 Ranger Programs at the Seashore
Contact: Wouter Ketel, 252-728-2250 ext. 3005
Programs will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Call the Harkers Island Visitor Center or check the park's website for an up-to-date list of available programs.
For more information on these programs, or to request a program for your family or group, call the
Discovery Cart (30 minutes) – Do you like shells and bones? Would you like to learn about what you may have picked up on the beach? Uncover the story of what can be found washed up on the shore.
Time and date: 1:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
History on Hooves (30 minutes) – Are they really survivors of Spanish shipwrecks?How do they survive the harsh conditions of a barrier island? Come hear the story of some of the most famous residents, the wild "Banker Horses" of Shackleford Banks.
Time and date: 3:00 pm on December 15, December 29 and January 19.
Civil War Stories (30 minutes) – Lighthouse raids, confederate spies, and blockade-runners: find out how the Cape Lookout Lighthouse loomed large in the Union and Confederate struggle to control the supply routes along the
Time and date: 3:00 pm on December 16, December 30 and January 20.
Coastal Heroes (30 minutes) – Violent storms and deadly shoals have claimed thousands of lives along the North Carolina coast. From the first surf rescue crews to WWII soldiers and sailors, discover the stories of the men and women who risked their lives to save others from danger at sea.
Time and date: 3:00 pm on December 22 and January 26.
Beach Babies: Shorebird Nesting (30 minutes) – Cape Lookout National Seashore isn't just a great place to relax on the beach. These beaches also provide vital nesting grounds for endangered and threatened shorebirds. Whether you are a bird enthusiast or not, they are fun to watch. Find out how to identify them and their nests and learn how you can help protect them.
Time and date: 3:00 pm on December 23 and January 27.
Life of a Loggerhead (30 minutes) – After spending most of its life in the ocean, a female sea turtle must leave the sea and haul herself onto a beach to lay its eggs. The beaches of Cape Lookout National Seashore provide critical nesting grounds for sea turtles. Explore the life of a sea turtle and find out how you can help protect these amazing reptiles.
Time and date: 3:00 pm on January 5.
Tending the Light (30 minutes) – Lighthouse Keepers were dedicated men and women who kept the light burning through fair weather and hurricanes.Come see the uniform and some other items used by the keeper, while learning about their lives.
Time and date: 3:00 pm on January 6.
Rocks Rock: Coastal Geology (Second Saturday Event) – Uncover the story of the Outer Banks told by the islands' rocks and sand. Come learn about these dynamic islands that reside just off our coast.
Time and date: 1:00 pm on January 12
Sharks and Whales (30 minutes) – Sharks, Whales, and Dolphins … "Oh My".To be afraid or not to be: that is the question.Get the inside scoop on these creatures from the smallest sand sharks near the coast to the giant blue whales swimming in the ocean.
Time and date:3:00 pm on January 13
Ribbon of Sand (film) (Daily, 26 minutes)
Through the imagery of this film, including spectacular aerial and underwater photography, you will travel through the
Did You Know?
In the early 1900s, development plans were proposed for Cape Lookout. The layout had more than 3000 lots and included a railroad connecting Beaufort to the Cape Lookout Coast Guard Station. Photo courtesy of Samuel Lee Willis.